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Writing

As long as you live, keep learning how to live. - Seneca

  • Three topics unite my essays: philosophy, psychology, and the human condition. Every piece has a running theme of practicality: offering you actionable principles.
  • I call my work essays, which means an attempt or try. My goal is to explore a topic or answer a question. Because I write as much for myself as I do for others, I address the reader as 'we'. 
  • These essays represent my quest for understanding. They are a collection of curiosities from my contemplative mind.

Mind Macros

Every Monday I distil the most profound lessons from my 20-hour reading weeks into a four-minute newsletter called Mind Macros.

  • I include two passages for each category:
    - Practical advice
    - Food for thought
    - Quotes to ponder
  • Accompanying each passage is my attempt to provide context, ask a question or prompt an exercise.
  • My aim is to extract the most valuable content from everything I read and share it with you in four minutes.
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What I'm doing now

  • Reading (probably)
  • Learning how to live
  • Learning how to write well
  • Publishing essays every week
  • Tweeting about what I'm learning
  • Summarizing the books I'm reading
  • Sending out Mind Macros every Monday
  • Managing an audio sample library company

Last update: 8 October 2021. Page inspired by Derek Sivers.

Interests

Reading
Technology
Practical Philosophy
Formula 1
Meditation
Anime
Creativity
Life-long Learning
Poetry
Flexibility
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels
Writing
Networked thought
Cognition
Bodyweight Strength
Stoicism
Psychology
Good Memes
Digital Art
Journaling
Conversations that distract you from the world

History

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

The year was 1999, back when you made a cup of tea 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 1.5 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
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Anthony de Mello - Awareness
Epictetus - Discourses and Enchiridion
Eiji Yoshikawa - Musashi
Derren Brown - Happy
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Seneca - Letters from a Stoic
Laozi - Tao Te Ching
John Gwynne - The Faithful and the Fallen Series
Steven Pressfield - The War of Art
Viktor E. Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Confucius - The Analects
Pema Chödrön - When Things Fall Apart
Walter Isaacson - Leonardo da Vinci
Michael Puett - The Path

Quotes

  • Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents. - Epictetus