About

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Writing

I write to understand.

  • Writing allows me to crystallize my thinking. Like a lab table, I am able to examine ideas from different perspectives.
  • I treat all information gathering as a hunt for model enhancements. I'm looking for parts to swap in or practices I can adopt to upgrade my life operating system.
  • These essays are a constellation of curiosities on my search for knowledge, wisdom, and meaning.

Mind Macros

Every Sunday, I publish Mind Macros, a newsletter that makes you smarter by distilling the key lessons from the best books.

  • I’m a book nerd and a compulsive note-taker.
  • Mind Macros is a passion project. This is the email newsletter I wanted.
  • I offer six excerpts from books every Sunday, with my interpretation of each.
  • Links are provided to my complete summaries if you wish to dig deeper into any of the titles.
  • Two passages are included for each category:
    - Practical advice
    - Food for thought
    - Quotes to ponder
  • I aim to extract the actionable elixir from everything I read and share only the most valuable content with you.
  • Mind Macros is a dose of delight to help you prepare for the week ahead.
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What I'm doing now

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

Interests

Reading
Technology
Pratical Philosophy
Formula 1
Apps
Creativity
Automation/Shortcuts
Stoicism
Web Development
Flexibility
Life-long learning
Meditation
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels
Cognition
Poetry
macOS
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 when you made a cup of tea while waiting for the dial-up.

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

Most of my time was spent playing games and learning how to use the computer. I could have stored my whole Pokémon card collection inside the base unit. Half the desk was dedicated to the monitor.
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 an Eminem discography. Nothing more than a red wallpaper and a black table. Even by 2006 standards, it was crude. Perhaps it still exists online. 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 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 are being used by Grammy-award winning‌ ‌producers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Madonna,‌ ‌Demi‌ ‌Lovato,‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌Eminem. I wonder if he ever saw the website. It's yours, Marshall, if you can find it.

This history birthed my love for knowledge and self-education, which this site explores.

Favourite Books

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Viktor E. Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
Eiji Yoshikawa - Musashi
Walter Isaacson - Leonardo da Vinci
Epictetus - The Enchiridion
Derren Brown - Happy
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Robert Greene - Mastery
Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep
Tara Brach - Radical Acceptance
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Andre Agassi - Open
Anthony de Mello - Awareness
Steven Pressfield - The War of Art
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Seneca - Tao of Seneca

On sharing knowledge

I use this quote as the foundation for my writing.

  • "Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. And if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it." - Seneca