Obsidian Note Taking App

Obsidian is described as “A second brain, for you, forever”. It is a desktop app (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) that acts as a knowledge base working on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files. The app is developed by the hugely talented Licat (Shida Li) and Silver (Erika Xu) who … Read more

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb

Title: Maybe You Should Talk to SomeoneAuthor: Lori GottliebLink: Goodreads Start: 19 December 2020End: 30 December 2020 The book focuses on the author and her experience and feelings after breaking up with her 2-year boyfriend who suddenly says he does not want to have kids in the house – he has 2 grown kids and … Read more

Logseq – The Note Taking Tool

What makes Logseq what it is, is how the tool came to be, the founder and the team of developers he has with him, in addition to Logseq being a fantastic note-taking tool. The app is still its early beta days, and there is a lot of development going on, but it is a breeze to use and with each update comes further stability and new features.

2020 Year in Review

I recently came across the concept of writing an annual review, so this year I thought I would reflect on the past year by answering what I feel are questions that should be answered each year. 1.  What did you do this year that you’d never done before? In the past 10 years or so, … Read more

Deep Work, Cal Newport

Title: Deep WorkAuthor: Cal NewportLink: Goodreads Start: 9 November 2020End: 5 December 2020 Introduction to Deep Work Book looks at some history and gives an overview of why Deep Work is important, not only in the past but also in the future. We are so easily distracted that focus, and our time, are becoming a … Read more

The Shallows, Nicholas Carr

Title: The ShallowsAuthor: Nicholas CarrLink: Goodreads Start: 27 October 2020End: 8 November 2020 The book starts with a good introduction of how the internet is potentially dumbing people down. For instance, it is now: Harder to concentrate Harder to focus and read a complete article whilst absorbing the content Harder to dedicate time to anything … Read more

Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

Title: Digital Minimalism Author: Cal Newprt Link: Goodreads Start: 3 October 2020End: 11 October 2020 Part 1 – Foundations 1. A Lopsided Arms Race Talks about how digitalism and apps have been constructed to basically entice and force us to spend more time on them. This is achieved through the “like” and notification tools where … Read more

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

Title: The War of ArtAuthor: Steven PressfieldLink: Goodreads Start: 26 September 2020End: 1 October 2020 Great book with a lot of extremely relevant and timely content. Mostly talks about resistance and the problems that resistance can have on your workday and life. The issue is that resistance will feed on anything to basically make you … Read more

The Brethren, John Grisham

Title: The BrethrenAuthor: John GrishamLink: Goodreads Start: 11 March 2020End: 26 September 2020 From inside Trumble, a minimum-security federal prison, three former judges calling themselves “The Brethren” organise a legal advice and inmate ‘social trial’ system. However, their main occupation is running a mail extortion scam with the assistance of their outside lawyer, Trevor and … Read more

Amazing Abu Dhabi

While in Dubai we thought what else can we do. My wife had read of the Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi so we thought why don’t we go to visit it. Easy, now we just need a way to get there. We did think of hiring a car but sounded like a lot of hassle. … Read more