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2020-10-06: I did not expect that I would be so elated at the sound of an exploding diaper after a day with just …

2020-10-06: New coffee!

2020-10-05: Watched Rampage (2018) last night. Not much can be said really — giant beasts, biotechnology, a …

2020-10-03: In a moment of madness, I started to play Nethack in between feeds. It’s been a great way to …

2020-10-01: Read: The Strange Bird: A Borne Story by Jeff VanderMeer 📚

2020-10-01: This is a great interview with Panos Panay on the Surface Duo.

2020-09-30: Once in a blue moon, the stars align and baby finishes his feed without needing a diaper change. …

2020-09-29: Once every so often, I get bitten by the “build your own custom PC” bug. Maybe this time it’ll stick …

2020-09-29: I was thinking about getting a Magic Keyboard for my iPad Pro, but then realised that I could try …

2020-09-28: Switched up to an ancient Apple keyboard (c. 2008) to avoid waking Baby O with the loud clicks and …

2020-09-27: Currently reading: The Strange Bird: A Borne Story by Jeff VanderMeer 📚

2020-09-27: This is so petty on my part, but I really dislike having the bookmarks in the “Favourites …

2020-09-26: Currently reading: The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey 📚

2020-09-25: Read: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer 📚

2020-09-25: One thing that I’ve appreciated about Readwise is its camera OCR function. Having tested a variety …

2020-09-22: John Medina, Brain Rules for Baby: Write this across your heart before your child comes into the …

2020-09-21: Reading Vance, his style of fantasy may be contrasted with Tolkien’s in this manner: the former …

2020-09-21: Reading The Dying Earth by Jack Vance 📚

2020-09-21: Started to use the Readwise.io free trial after seeing Roam integration at work. I’m hopeful that …

2020-09-20: “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over …

2020-09-18: That’s a lot of crying — in the paediatrician’s waiting room.

2020-09-18: Smart Stacks are amazing. 📱

2020-09-17: As much as I’d like to get started testing the new sleep tracking functionality on the Apple Watch, …

2020-09-17: As much as I love Apple (and the updated OSs today), I’m really hoping that they start to …

2020-09-17: Rowan Williams on Theological Education Rowan Williams: Theological Education Is for Everyone “What do you think are the purpose and nature …

2020-09-16: Today’s email from “Daily Dad” is very timely and encouraging: Especially in the …

2020-09-16: A very odd thing I’ve noticed since Baby O came into our lives: I’m struggling to actually do …

2020-09-15: The past few days have been a whirlwind! The Wife delivered our little baby boy O on 11 September …

2020-09-10: Surface Duo review embargos have lifted, and I’m a bit disappointed to see all the negative …

2020-09-10: Watched Blade Runner 2049 🎥 It is a gorgeous film. I think I like anything that Denis Villeneuve …

2020-09-08: Reading in preparation for baby 📚

2020-09-08: If anything convinces me to shell out for YouTube Premium (and I’ll admit to being very …

2020-09-05: Reading Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy 📚

2020-09-05: My first time painting a miniature!

2020-09-04: Dinner at the local pizzeria 🍕

2020-09-04: Lianne LaHavas’s Tiny Desk Concert is really quite something else.

2020-09-03: Our first child (a boy!) is about to pop any day now. Each text I get from my wife gives me …

2020-09-01: A map of Singapore in 1937.

2020-09-01: An old map of part of Singapore, courtesy of the British Library.

2020-08-29: Another map, this time of the realm of the Riverkeepers.

2020-08-21: I decided to buy a classic board game today! Hope it’ll be good for 2-player games with my wife as …

2020-08-19: I spent the day migrating files from Dropbox to OneDrive. I had recently purchased the Microsoft 365 …

2020-08-16: He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. - Ecclesiastes …

2020-08-15: Evening after the rain 🌿

2020-08-15: “While we know today that the material elements of our bodies were forged in the stars of the …

2020-08-14: Watching a few episodes of Kingdom. Zombies set in a historical Korea, and a liberal dash of …

2020-08-13: I’m enjoying Old Wow by Sam Lee so far – he’s a wonderful singer, and his songs …

2020-08-13: Listening to Sam Lee, “The Garden of England (Seeds of Love)”.

2020-08-11: My favourite shortcut in any application has to be ⌘+k in IA Writer. It takes the link in your …

2020-08-10: Spent a little while this afternoon putting together a map for a future campaign. This is the …

2020-08-08: B1 In Search of the Unknown p 4: One player in the group should be designated as the leader or …

2020-08-08: Installed the car seat, chopped up a chicken, and fixed up some wires. Not a bad start to the …

2020-08-08: Catching sunlight at the Botanic Gardens 🌿

2020-08-07: Had a really interesting time over lunch reading all the tables included in Wilderlands of High …

2020-08-07: I spent a good amount of time watching the first few episodes of The Umbrella Academy on Neflix last …

2020-08-06: Workout music today: Edguy’s Mandrake.

2020-08-06: There’s something really wonderful about reading really in-depth RPG blogs from 2008-2012, during …

2020-08-06: Accompaniment to work this morning: Yo-Yo Ma’s “Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello …

2020-08-06: So, apparently Selena Gomez is on Animal Talking?!

2020-08-06: Animal Talking, a talk-show happening entirely within Animal Crossing, is live! Stumbled upon this …

2020-08-05: A more innocent time, perhaps, when a judge’s memory of an earlier case could be stated …

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2020-08-03: Getting back into the groove with my Fujifilm X100S, edited with Pixelmator Pro on the iPad Pro.

2020-08-03: Since I’m working from home, I thought I would try to inject a bit of exercise during the day. …

2020-08-03: Finished the first play of Microscope yesterday. I and the others enjoyed the experience, but it was …

2020-08-02: A few friends are coming over and we’re going to try Microscope by Ben Robbins!

2020-08-02: Watching/reading “The Church Forests of Ethiopia: A Mystical Geography”.

2020-08-01: One of the things that fascinates me about Dave Arneson’s Napoleonic campaign is the way that …

2020-08-01: Watching The Secrets of Blackmoor - The True History of Dungeons & Dragons.

2020-08-01: There are few things more frustrating than spending an inordinate amount of time looking for a …

2020-08-01: It’s been raining in the early mornings over this long weekend. Waking up to the sound of …

2020-07-31: I have finally enabled cellular data on my Apple Watch, since my service provider has just gotten …

2020-07-31: 🏃‍♂️#run

2020-07-31: Currently reading: On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs by James V. Schall 📚 (Testing out the Book …

2020-07-30: I’m sure I’m very late to the game, but NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are fantastic. A few artists I’ve …

2020-07-28: Very much want to watch this soon, perhaps this weekend: “The Secrets of Blackmoor - The True …

2020-07-27: One of the sadder things about working late into the evening is the lack of time to do anything …

2020-07-27: Reading The Alexandrian has given me an interest in understanding the origins of D&D and similar …

2020-07-27: I really appreciate The Alexandrian and am having a great time reading Justin Alexander’s …

2020-07-26: “Everyone must give an account before God of all good things one saw in life and did not …

2020-07-26: I love this packaging so much (St Dalfour jams and preserves):

2020-07-25: Shopping for baby things. We’re currently weighing between different baby bottle ecosystems: …

2020-07-25: Saturday morning work vibes 🏋️‍♀️

2020-07-24: In this article for Mere Orthodoxy, Onsi Kamel provides a close reading of Kanye’s lyrics and …

2020-07-24: I am very grateful for a proper office chair at home after spending a few months on a bench without …

2020-07-23: “We must not follow those who advise us, being men, to think of human things, and being mortal, of …

2020-07-23: There’s this fragrance lodged into the lid of my KeepCup that I adore – some combination …

2020-07-22: A new burst of life on this blog? I had deactivated the feed for a while, out of a desire to …

2020-07-21: This post on “Opening Your Game Table” by The Alexandrian always gets me excited to try …

2020-07-21: I’ve changed the theme of this blog to “Kiko” as modified by Khalil Lechelt (“Kiko: System”). I’m …

2020-07-04: Reading Dune 📚 What more can I say?

2020-07-01: Oddly, I’ve always assumed that “pigeon” is spelled “pidgeon”. …

2020-06-29: Every once in a while, I am faced with a crisis about what I am doing with my free time. What is the …

2020-06-27: I’m brainstorming a microgrant scheme inspired by Nadia’s Helium Grants. One of the …

2020-06-25: Bought “Microscope” by Ben Robbins and I cannot wait to try it out!

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2020-06-17: Enjoying getting into developing the campaign setting even further for a monthly game I intend to …

2020-06-17: As our country enters into the next phase of re-opening, I’m excited but also worried. Should …

2020-06-13: Spent the afternoon cultivating a little digital island garden.

2020-06-03: Managing to spend more time catching up on Critical Role! Now on Episode 18. I’m learning a …

2020-05-15: Testing iA Writer’s new “Post to Microblog” feature! Excited to be able to micro-blog from the …

2020-05-09: Setting up Sublime Text 3 again with sublime_zk, now for my D&D and story-telling notes.

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2020-01-29: In recent infographics, the govt has emphasised that masks are “generally not needed for people who …

2020-01-29: I wonder if healthy people wearing face masks in public now is making the anxiety over the Wuhan …

2020-01-28: Reading Caliban’s War by James SA Corey 📚

2020-01-25: One of the amazing things about KSR’s Mars Trilogy is that I now associate any place on Mars with …

2020-01-24: Reading Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey 📚

2020-01-24: I have the afternoon off (eve of Chinese New Year) and have spent most of it napping. Now feeling …

2020-01-24: Watching Critical Role bits at a time because I can’t invest fully in long stretches of binging 🤔

2020-01-24: “I am the ‘book murderer’, but I tear them apart out of love”

2019-12-31: I’ve decided to start an email newsletter, Camp of the Children. I know that there are plenty …

2019-12-31: Enjoying The Witcher on Netflix — for all its violence and sex, it is a very moral tale, done well …

2019-12-27: Listening to John Gruber’s sponsor reads on The Talk Show is one of the most pleasurable podcast …

2019-12-26: Annular eclipse, Singapore, 26 December 2019.

2019-12-25: Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, 2019.

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2019-12-23: In other news, YouTube’s app has become unusable for me — it is so obviously trying to push you …

2019-12-23: Another Kindle thought: it’s refreshing being able to read while the device lies completely flat on …

2019-12-23: Hyperion is amazing. That is all. 📚

2019-12-21: Now in the midst of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. Bone-chilling and bloody. So far, it’s been a …

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2019-12-18: And probably the best part of using the Kindle so far: finishing a book and immediately buying the …

2019-12-18: I’ve finished reading my first book on the Kindle Paperwhite, and it was a great experience. …

2019-12-16: Reading Liu Cixin’s The Dark Forest. I’m enjoying this “Wallfacer” story …

2019-12-13: Had a moment reminiscing about floppy disks. I remember being really excited about getting the …

2019-12-13: Strongly considering buying a sunrise wake-up light to help my wife and I wake up before the sun …

2019-12-12: Listened to Kevin Scott’s interview with danah boyd on his “Behind the Tech” …

2019-12-12: This review video of the Mac Pro by Jonathan Morrison is a refreshing take. Morrison gives the Mac …

2019-12-12: It is very pleasing to see people who are getting genuinely excited by the Mac Pro for their work. …

2019-12-11: Trying my hand at learning Python with Automate the Boring Stuff With Python. Chapter 7 on regular …

2019-12-11: I’ve watched the first two Godzilla animated films by Toho Animation: Planet of the Monsters and …

2019-12-11: Listening to archives from John Gruber’s The Talk Show is great — I’m now listening to Episode 192: …

2019-12-10: Listened to an interview with Danny Hillis on “Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott”. 🎤

2019-12-09: Pictured: The first of four engines attached to the rocket that will power Artemis I. NASA’s …

2019-12-09: “An artificially colored mosaic constructed from a series of 53 images taken through three spectral …

2019-11-28: Three out of eight exams done! This is really dragging on and I’m feeling less and less …

2019-11-23: Testing SublimeText and Sublime_ZK. Loving it so far.

2019-11-21: Listening to all the reviews about the new 16 inch MacBook Pro is giving me anxiety about my old 13 …

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2019-11-19: I’ve found the Apple Podcast app unusable when it came to browsing — for some reason, it opens every …

2019-11-13: Saw my first AirPods Pro in the wild today on the train

2019-11-07: So, I’ve made another blog, over at Blot.im. There’s been a flurry of posts over there …

2019-11-07: Really excited to be playing in a friend’s D&D campaign this coming weekend. This is my …

2019-11-04: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Weeping Song:

2019-11-03: Primate embryos grown in the lab for longer than ever before (Nature) — Science races ahead in crazy …

2019-11-02: There’s a line in Mary’s Magnificat that always convicts me: “He has scattered the …

2019-11-01: Being Tossed To and Fro -- A Little Reflection on the Search for Earphones I’ve been trying to catch up on the hype surrounding the Airpods Pro this week. The product …

2019-10-26: "We've Got Youth to Spend" - Highlights from Foals's "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1" “Foals Are Writing the Soundtrack to an Apocalypse”, declared the title of a New York …

2019-10-24: From Chile to Lebanon, Protests Flare Over Wallet Issues (NY Times) – Is a trend discernible …

2019-10-24: The building next door is being repainted!

2019-10-22: How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying? (NY Times) “The short answer: Probably not [very]. If …

2019-10-21: The Four-Day Work Week—Not Just a Daydream: “Long hours are not coincidental, not choices made by …

2019-10-19: These debates over freedom of speech need to take into account the unique effects of amplification …

2019-10-18: Climate-friendly cooling with a twist: A new method has been developed for cooling, involving …

2019-10-16: I’ve just finished reading Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem. A few years late to the party, but better …

2019-10-16: Joe Biden Isn’t an Electable Candidate, says Jacobin. I’d never taken Bernie Sanders seriously …

2019-10-13: Commonplace - Week Beginning 6 October 2019 Environmental Playacting At City Journal, Heather Mac Donald writes about the hypocrisy and …

2019-10-06: Commonplace - Week Beginning 29 September 2019 Whatever else that comes below, this deserves to be read in full: an interview with Kim Stanley …

2019-10-03: Really enjoying the first half an hour of Neo Cab on Apple Arcade, where you play an Uber-equivalent …

2019-10-01: While discussing some environmental issues with my wife,1 she reminded me of the song, …

2019-09-28: Finished playing Mutazione from Apple Arcade. Brilliant story-driven game with astonishing graphics …

2019-09-28: B.B. Warfield on “Imitating the Incarnation”: He [Christ] was led by His love for …

2019-09-27: Markdown Misadventures I love Markdown. But I’m learning that I need to be more aware about (1) my limitations and …

2019-09-27: Spent way too long fussing about the formatting for a simple handout. As it was nearing 1am, I just …

2019-09-25: On a bit of a Kim Stanley Robinson kick at the moment. It can’t be helped. Red Mars and Green Mars …

2019-09-22: Commonplace - Week Beginning 15 September 2019 Human and non-human politics Alyssa Battistoni reviews Bruno Latour’s Down to Earth for Dissent. A …

2019-09-16: A delicious dinner courtesy of my wife — prawn, basil, tomatoes, butter, and linguine 🍽

2019-09-15: Commonplace - Week Beginning 8 September 2019 The Communist Ruskin I didn’t get around to reading much this week, mostly because I spent most of …

2019-09-14: Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars has been an amazing experience so far. This is very clearly …

2019-09-08: Commonplace - Week Beginning 1 September 2019 National Belonging and Tradition I’ve heard a lot about Michael Brendan Dougherty’s My Father Left …

2019-09-04: After blocking Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and Reddit from my phone and laptop, I am still left …

2019-09-02: Evening Prayer: A Poem Shed, shed your burdens, Shed, shed the chains, the rust, The scales and dust, Shed, shed to see, …

2019-09-02: The sun-swallows’ yellow against the pink evening sky, dips and weaves through fronds of green, palm …

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2019-09-01: Commonplace - Week Beginning 25 August 2019 Placenta, microchimerism and a theology of motherhood Kristin M Collier introduces readers to the …

2019-09-01: Today’s run was much needed. There’s been a lot of unnecessary stress lately and running helps me to …

2019-09-01: The canal at Newton.

2019-08-27: Reading R.A. Lafferty’s Past Master 📚

2019-08-27: Bacon-and-egg sandwich — throwback to uni days in 🇬🇧

2019-08-25: The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of …

2019-08-25: Commonplace - Week Beginning 18 August 2019 I haven’t managed to read much this week, but the article that I did get around to reading was …

2019-08-20: The latest volume of Mars Hill Audio, Volume 144 has been released. This is one of my favourite …

2019-08-18: Commonplace - Week Beginning 11 August 2019 The Use of Force to Prevent Ecological Disaster? Stephen M Walt at Foreign Policy discusses the …

2019-08-17: In other news, this has been a thoroughly draining Saturday – I spent a good six hours in the …

2019-08-17: One of the most over-used words in certain circles is “intersection”, eg the …

2019-08-17: Ditch your air-conditioning. You’ll be fine | Franklin Schneider — Air-conditioning is …

2019-08-16: Reading Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson 📚

2019-08-15: I think I share the same itch with many people, the itch to just keep trying new tools for the sake …

2019-08-14: Almost every time I pick up Nostrilla, I am just swept up by its exuberance and vividness. I spent a …

2019-08-14: In the universe of the Instrumentality of Mankind, Nostrilla is the only source of …

2019-08-14: Reading Cordwainer Smith’s Nostrilla for the first time is like sticking your head into a giant …

2019-08-12: “We never repent of having eaten too little,” said Thomas Jefferson. I nod, limp on my couch, …

2019-08-11: Commonplace - Week Beginning 4 August 2019 Farmers and Humanists Riffing off Alan Jacobs’s Year of Our Lord 1943 and Wendell Berry, Tessa …

2019-08-11: Latest haul courtesy of AbeBooks 📚

2019-08-04: Commonplace - Week Beginning 28 July 2019 In order to better reflect on the reading that I do, I have decided to put together a weekly review …

2019-08-03: What is your opinion of your own execrable vanity? My execrable vanity is like that of the fabled …

2019-08-03: Recent purchases 📚 I’ve been on a bit of a religious speculative fiction kick.

2019-08-02: Missed my stop on the train because of Canticle for Leibowitz. I’d say that’s a good endorsement for …

2019-07-30: The Tabernacle of Chevres (ca 1220-1230). The themes of the incarnation and the resurrected body are …

2019-07-27: Against my expectations, I really enjoyed running with a Guided Run on the Nike Run Club App. It …

2019-07-27: Picked up these beauties back from the framers today. Thinking of where to put them up now. These …

2019-07-27: Currently reading: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien 📚

2019-07-23: Dealing with such questions today as: “If a man takes an umbrella thinking that it belongs to …

2019-07-22: “The circumstances of human suffering are written indelibly on the two emaciated hermits, so quietly …

2019-07-22: From time to time, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite finds from the Metropolitan Museum in New …

2019-07-22: “Standing male worshipper” (ca. 2900–2600 B.C., Sumerian)

2019-07-21: Spotted this odd growth after a run this afternoon 🌿

2019-07-20: I immensely enjoyed the first episode of the BBC’s new documentary series, The Planets. It was, in a …

2019-07-19: This article on science fiction and religion is a treasure trove. From it, I’ve already ordered: …

2019-07-18: Listening to: Aaron Parks, Little Big. 🎵

2019-07-18: Listening to Alan Jacobs on C.S. Lewis and, at this point, the beauty of Magdalen College. I will …

2019-07-16: In Egyptian symbolism, the museum plaque informs me, the double bull represents death and …

2019-07-15: In the 12th to 13th centuries, during the reign of King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, the Church of St …

2019-07-15: Adoring Angel (ca. 1395–96) by Piero di Giovanni Tedesco.

2019-07-13: Currently reading: Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson 📚

2019-07-13: Getting these beautiful prints framed — thanks to Talent Arts for the great service and expertise in …

2019-07-13: A flock of red junglefowl1 lives among the trees on the south-western slope of Shelford Hill — the …

2019-07-13: Eating durian together is such a wonderful communal experience. A great means of feasting that’s …

2019-07-11: One of the more frustrating experiences I’ve had in the past year is missing issues of …

2019-07-10: Thoroughly enjoying learning Python with “Automate the Boring Stuff”.

2019-07-10: I saw an olive-backed sunbird on my way to work this morning. 🌿

2019-07-09: Projects on my mind (9 July 2019) Translating and archiving my family’s 家谱 (jia pu, or genealogy); …

2019-07-09: A few weeks ago, I saw an oriental pied-hornbill near my apartment at Shelford Road. It always …

2019-07-09: Currently reading: Ancient of Days by Michael Bishop 📚

2019-07-09: I’d be interested to know how many people using this platform are from Asia (defined as narrowly or …

2019-07-08: Love is that liquor sweet and most divine Which my God feels as blood; but I, as wine. – …