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2015 Year in Review

This has been quite the year: I moved cities, spoke at some major events, started out in a fairly new industry, survived, had many ‘firsts’ and successes, as well as a lot of failures too.

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Business

Presentation at Cape Town PHP Meetup Group on Efficiency in a Development Environment

Last night, 17th November 2015, I had the honor of speaking alongside Sarah Nicholson at the Cape Town PHP Meetup Group on the topic of ‘Efficiency in a Development Environment‘. The evening was wonderfully organised by Shaun Morrow, who sets up these events in the PHP community in Cape Town as a wonderful way of […]

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Essays

Lessons learned from an examined life – Part 1

In Plato’s Apology, which is a recollection of speeches of Socrates at his trial, he quotes Socrates for having said: ὁ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ Vita nec scrutata vita nequam est. “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates would have much rather given up his life than given up philosophy – and his […]

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Curated

The Egg – A short story by Andy Weir

You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, […]

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Essays

On Death

“Why should I fear death? If I am, then death is not. If Death is, then I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?” – Epicurus I may soon die. As I now live, these are my thoughts on death.

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On Love

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” ― Osho Love has been the topic of poets, philosophers, and writers […]

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Curated Poetry

Variations on the Word “Sleep” by Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping, which may not happen. I would like to watch you, sleeping. I would like to sleep with you, to enter your sleep as its smooth dark wave slides over my head

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Who’s preventing you from being completely free?

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Ramblings

Seneca: On The Shortness of Life

When I was in high school I had an Afrikaans language teacher in ninth grade who loved history, culture and philosophy more than he did language – our language lessons then would be spent talking about philosophy (he mostly talking) or telling historical stories – he was seen as quite the weirdo and was also quite […]

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Code

WooCommerce Cape Town Meetup

This was quite an eventful meet-up in Cape Town for WooCommerce. The highlights, for me, speaking about ‘Making WooCommerce your own‘ and Mark Forrester’s Q&A about the WooThemes Acquisition with Sean Parker-Ross. Good times at last night's #WooCommerce Cape Town Meetup, including @leogopal's excellent talk on store customising. pic.twitter.com/ElNRPe1GMk — WooThemes (@WooThemes) June 19, 2015 […]