What I’m Doing Now

November 4, 2015

I’m in Madrid, attempting to stay sane, focused and free from the Kardashians. I spend my time on these things:

  • weightlifting, sprinting, meditating, training for a half marathon
  • writing new articles (for myself and clients) and journaling
  • answering emails and limiting use of social media (most active: Twitter)
  • reading books to get the smartz
  • improving Spanish
  • learning how to code
  • tracking all the new media I consume in 2016

My main obsession of the moment is eating large quantities of food and lifting heavy weights in order to improve my physique. And running. Which I have to force myself to do.

If my activities or priorities change, I’ll update this page. Last update was January 2016.

I thought I might try a number of health and wellness related experiments throughout the year, tackling something different each month.

January saw me give up alcohol and coffee. Two things I realised that, after undertaking the challenge, actually played a bigger role in my day-to-day lifestyle than I first thought.

Still, suffice to say, (at this time of writing with one day left to run in the month) I’ve successfully completed my first health and wellness related challenge of the year.

Here are a few things I’ve learned from it. Read More

I’ve deemed, rather unofficially, 2016 the year of code. The reasons being: 1) that I’ve worked with websites, blogs and content far too long to really have ignored deeply understanding what’s going on beneath all these platforms and 2) because I need one particular focus to guide me through the year.

Then there are a whole bunch of other reasons too. Like secretly hoping to turn what I learn into a future income stream, or to leverage what I learn in order to deliver more value to the people I work with (or have worked with in the past).

And finally there’s the reason that it’s fairly cheap to learn and that I didn’t fancy blowing 40K on an aircraft pilot course just yet.

Anyway, I started in the first week of the New Year. And here’s what I’ve learned thus far. Read More

I first discovered David Foster Wallace as a young Literature student at University of Sussex. Back then, I was too immature to really appreciate him, finding some of his essays fairly abstract and hard to interpret. Having read This Is Water, I feel I might have missed out on a lot of his work and art, but more tragically, the starkly human reminders contained within.

This Is Water is a super short read, primarily owing to the fact that it wasn’t really an intended read at all, but rather a commencement speech, given by Wallace, at Kenyon College in 2005 (three years before his suicide death). Read More

The Christmas lights have come down in Spain, the day of the Three Kings has just been and gone and we’re well into January now. Still, I’m not quite done yet wrapping up 2015 yet. And after asking a whole bunch of my friends for their recommendations on the best movies, music and books they saw over the last year, I found that I, in turn, was struggling to recall a great deal of what I consumed over that time period.

So consider this an amends making of sorts. An attempt for me to piece together the remnants of how I spent a large chunk of my time from January to December reading, listening and watching things. Recommending what stood out and had the greatest impact. Because aside from learning a whole bunch of lessons from living life itself, I also got something out of other people’s work, ideas and artistic creations.  Read More

Finishing this just as the New Year rang in, finding myself in my 30th year, I couldn’t help but feel like I wish I’d had read this much earlier. Yes, it’s a book about seduction and dating, and yes I thought I’d probably have this sorted by now as an adult. That said, I’m not afraid to admit I still face challenges in this area.

Models then, for me at least, is a highly illuminating book that talks about dating, relationships and sex from a male perspective in a wholeheartedly healthy way. Unlike the ‘Manosphere’ material that most modern day men are consuming, Models maintains a more level-headed, logical and emotionally balanced approach to discussing male-female relationship dynamics.

Perhaps what’s best about Manson’s 200-page plus book is that it is less about ‘pick-up’ and more about psychology, self-development and awareness. In it’s discussion of those topics it’s much more palatable than a lot of Reddit’s ‘Red Pill’ reads (and the blogs and books that make up the aforementioned ‘Manosphere’) that teeter dangerously on the precipice of outright misogyny and over-compensation. Manson gets his message across early, when he suggests that “confidence is to have both: respect for both oneself and for women.” Keeping that in mind, what unfolds in the rest of Models is highly valuable, I’d suggest, to most young men looking to learn more about issues of masculinity and better their selves in regards to attracting women. Read More