Thirty Five

Just putting my head above the parapet to say that today’s my birthday; I’m now 35 years of age.

In previous years my birthday has caused me some angst but, this year, I feel happy, settled, and fully in control of my life. It’s great. People worry about all sorts of things that aren’t important: even being purposely unaware of what’s happening in the daily news cycle I’ve found liberating.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading a lot of aphorisms. I was already reading Balthasar Gracian’s The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence on repeat, but I’ve added to it The Oxford Book of Aphorisms and some thoughts and aphorisms by Goethe that I picked up at a second-hand bookshop today. I’m also planning to re-read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms.

My parents have just been round for the customary gift-giving and slice of cake. Since they asked, I showed them the presentation I gave a few weeks ago on types of ambiguity. My mother commented that most things I do have their roots in philosophy. That had me nodding in agreement, but then she said something in passing that I found very interesting – that I “started out in education”. Given that I still consider myself an ‘educator’ this gave me pause for thought. It’s made me realise that, in some people’s eyes at least, I’ve moved on.

I’ll finish off this missive by remarking that I’m typing this on my Lenovo Thinkpad X220 running ElementaryOS. I bought it on a whim in January this year as my ‘consultancy’ laptop. I still have my MacBook Pro, so hadn’t really used it much up until now. However, some reflections during this year’s ‘Black Ops’ period made me realise that I need enough, not necessarily always the latest and greatest. I’m also keen to use Linux. So, this week I’m upgrading the RAM and hard disk in the Thinkpad and will be using that as my primary machine going into 2016. My wife’s inheriting my MacBook Pro, and we’re selling her MacBook Air.

I’m back on 1st January 2016. It might take me a few days to ger back into my groove. Between then and now I’ll be thinking about identity, making a /now page, and hopefully making time to add some of my favourite aphorisms to my wiki.