About

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My writing

I write to understand.

  • Writing allows me to crystallize my thinking. I can examine ideas from different perspectives, much like laying them out on a lab table.
  • I treat all information gathering as a hunt for model enhancements. I'm looking for parts to swap in or systems I can adopt to upgrade my life operating system.
  • You will find me deep within the expanses of self-education, philosophy, cognition and other limbs of life, but my love for software, workflows and technology will further my quest to unite them.
  • These essays are a constellation of curiosities—a kaleidoscope of collaboration on my search for knowledge, wisdom, and meaning.
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What I'm doing now

Last update: 4 June 2021. Page inspired by Derek Sivers.

Interests

Reading
Technology
Philosophy
Formula 1
Apps
Creativity
Automation/Shortcuts
Stoicism
Web Development
Flexibility
Life-long learning
Meditation
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels
Cognition
Poetry
iOS/Mac OS/iPadOS 
Digital Art
Writing
Good Memes

History

I love computers. It started on Windows 95 when I was little more than 5.

The year was 1999, which meant that a cup of tea was made while you waited for the dial-up. I was five at the time and didn't drink tea, so I settled for an episode of Pokémon.

My first PC was custom built by my Dad. Two years earlier, he bought a Compaq Presario laptop. It cost £1000 and came with 4MB of memory.

I spent much of my time playing games and learning how to operate the computer. I could have stored my whole Pokémon card collection inside the base unit. The monitor took up half my desk.
My first Computer, 1999
My first computer, 1999
There wasn’t much to do without the internet, and, as I was five, I moved onto K'NEX.
Me 6, showing off my first invention with K'NEX
Me 6, showing off my first invention with K'NEX
One memory I have from back then is how nervous I was for a regional school K'NEX competition. We were all given the pieces to assemble something before the judges. It’s still the only competition I’ve ever won.

I was allowed the full internet at 11 and built my first website at 12.

It was a discography for Eminem. Nothing more than a red wallpaper with a black table. Even by 2006 standards, it was crude. It may still exist online somewhere. My Dad says it was hosted on Wanadoo, but I can’t find it.

Not long after building the red website, I met Bryn, who got me hooked on electronic music production.

That one interaction shaped the course of my future. I went on to college to study music, eventually graduating from University in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in audio technology.

Since I was 14, for the last 13 years of my life, I've studied that skill. I got pretty good at it too. I had some early success; Ben Verse heard one of my songs and played it at his next Pendulum show. I had a few releases on independent record labels too.

Four years ago, I started a YouTube channel that's racked up 1.4 million views. That led me to build a sample library company seen in Shopify, Dropbox, and Gary Vaynerchuk's Vlogs.

Recently, I discovered that the samples were being used by Grammy-award winning‌ ‌producers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Madonna,‌ ‌Demi‌ ‌Lovato,‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌Eminem. Funny how things come full circle.

This history birthed my love for knowledge and technology which this site is dedicated to exploring.

Favourite apps

OmniFocus 
Obsidian
Fantastical
Notion
Ulysses
Roam
Mindnote
Hazel
DevonThink
Vivaldi
Toggl/Timery
Overcast 
Keyboard Maestro
Zapier
Apple Shortcuts
Instapaper
Atom