Hmm… Let’s Get Those Crisps

One of the most time consuming menial tasks I have is grocery shopping. It is also one that can easily become a money drain. This is why I spent a lot of time trying to optimise it. Here are my takes to date: 1. Don’t shop when hungry The first thing I did was notContinue reading “Hmm… Let’s Get Those Crisps”

A Stain For Life

From time to time, the unavoidable happens. I spill or splash something on my carpets, sofa, bed or clothes. Coffee stains, food stains, grease… As careful as I try to be, these things still happen. For years I had to either learn to live with those stains or pay a professional to get them removed.Continue reading “A Stain For Life”

Like An Open Book, Part 1

I love books. I’ve loved books since before I could read. When I did learn how to read, I remember walking to the library while reading the last book I borrowed. I’d then read another book in the library and borrow one for my walk home. I remember how exciting I found Joules Verne’s stories.Continue reading “Like An Open Book, Part 1”

Behold My Creation

As a software developer, dealing mostly with virtual creation, I hold special fascination towards physical creations. This is why I find 3D printers fascinating. Creating something tangible from bits and bytes feels like magic. Unfortunately, I don’t feel 3D printers are quite there yet. They’re still too expense, too slow, too large. I am sureContinue reading “Behold My Creation”

Watch It

I don’t watch live TV. The whole notion of being fed content with no control puts me off. For years, that was the primary way to consume content. TV, radio, even newspapers. We had very little control over our content, if any. Then came VOD. Then came music services that let us listen to whateverContinue reading “Watch It”

Choose Your Weapon Wisely

I love gadgets. I’ve always loved them. I don’t discriminate, either. Small gadgets, large gadgets, technological gadgets, non-technological ones. I love them all. Given enough resources, I’d probably own every gadget in existence. For a while, I was heading in that directions. Fidget toys, USB dongles, tiny computers, Swiss army knives… I got them all.Continue reading “Choose Your Weapon Wisely”

I’ll Totally Give It Back

British landlords have a national sport. It’s called “keeping as much of your deposit at the end of the tenancy as possible”. Not very catchy, I know. But it’s a sport nonetheless. If you rent in the UK, you know what I’m talking about. When you move out, a British landlord will make every effortContinue reading “I’ll Totally Give It Back”

Be A Karen

When dealing with retailers, service providers, government offices and corporates I often feel small. They have plenty of manpower, automated systems, lawyers and seemingly unlimited resources. So it’s easy for me to give up when they take my money where they shouldn’t, or refuse service. Forget about that £5 over-charge. Say goodbye to the £10Continue reading “Be A Karen”

If You Take A Walk, I’ll Tax Your Feet

I pay a hefty sum in taxes. In a sense, this is good, because it means I have a decent income. Of course, if I had a much higher income, I’d probably get away with paying less to no taxes. You see, when you can afford expensive accountants, you can get away with paying noContinue reading “If You Take A Walk, I’ll Tax Your Feet”

The Apple Scourer™

We pay a premium for brand. Take a cheap product, slap a brand logo on it, and you can charge much, much more for it. But here’s the thing. Brand used to come with a promise. A promise of quality, of service. This, in many cases, is no longer the case. When I buy beans,Continue reading “The Apple Scourer™”