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Year: 2015

Regression Analysis

28 December, 2015

For the past few years I’ve been running my ‘One-CD-a-Week’ campaign. It started out as a way to limit my music purchases, which were threatening to get out of hand, thanks to all the great music that was being released. But then some weeks last year (2014) I found myself desperately trying to find something [...]

Netflix and…freak out

13 December, 2015

I’ve never really bought into the whole Netflix thing. Partly because I refuse to pay to stream stuff that is already available on demand (which most of Netflix’s (non-original) content is), and partly because I just don’t watch enough TV to justify it. But my two eldest have become avid users – my daughter mooching [...]

About 30 years and a plastic cover to you, chief!

10 September, 2015

I’m regressing. For the past several years I have resolutely continued to buy CDs, even though I very rarely play them – I just rip them to my home server and stream them from there (plus load the MP3s to the 128gb removable SD card in my Blackberry (suck it, Crapple fanboys!) so I can [...]

Gym? Rats!

27 July, 2015

I don’t really like to say it out loud, but I’ve started going to the gym and working out a bit more regularly. It’s not that I’m embarrassed to be doing so, it’s just that I don’t like to give my body too much advance warning of exercise. I like to surprise myself. I don’t [...]


15 July, 2015

I’m tired. Not just that tired-to-your-bones, only-death-can-remove-this tiredness that seems to creep up on you in your ’40s (although I certainly have that, too), but actual ‘I really need a good night’s sleep’ tired. The kind of tiredness you get from staying out really, really late and doing something fun. But of course I haven’t [...]

A Surge in My Sleep

26 April, 2015

Well, I’ve finally become one of those people who irritate me. Actually, a lot of people irritate me, so let me narrow that down. I’ve become one of those irritating people who’re constantly mumbling about keeping their step-count up, and comparing their calorie ‘burn rate’ with their friends. (Although to be fair I don’t do [...]

New Adventures In Hi-Fi

12 April, 2015

Last week, my live-in lover became my live-out lover. After six wonderful months, followed by a couple of distinctly variable ones, we decided that all of us (me, her, my three kids) living together wasn’t in the best interests of our mental health and serenity, so we rolled back to the ‘last working version’, and [...]

…Bullshit Walks

5 April, 2015

Last Wednesday was apparently National Walking Day (in America). At my work they’ve been championing personal health and wellness for a while now (having apparently all but eradicated accidents (save the idiot who tripped over a marginally raised flagstone a couple of weeks ago, resetting the “586 days without an accident” counter back to zero…)) [...]

The Continued Americanization of Dirk

20 January, 2015

Call me a nationalist, but I’ve long held the belief that if you set up residence in a country, you should do your best to assimilate yourself into that country’s culture. Last time I lived in Belgium, even though I knew it probably wasn’t forever, I went to night school to study Flemish (Nog nu [...]

Deck of C(ar)Ds

10 January, 2015

Last year I once again stuck to my ‘One-CD-a-Week’ campaign, regularly buying one album of (new) music each week of the year. This is my third year of doing this, and although I have picked up 52 new albums (actually, a little more as I didn’t count the handful (armful?) of CDs I picked up [...]

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