March Newsletter 2021


As I write this, well knowing I am on my way to publishing my second newsletter I am quite pleased. Twelve posts in a year sounds like a tiny task. As with all beginnings, they can be challenging. I plan to look back with humor at this accomplishment nonetheless.

The second one of many

My goal is to make a good habit of writing. I enjoy the thought processes that go with any writing. The need to sort out one's thoughts to convey a message is both taxing and rewarding.

This month's catalyst for writing was Bertrand Russell. I listened to this month, and he inspired me to form stories in my head that I wish to share.

I have been thinking that this was a tough month

February, the shortest month of the year. Yet it feels like it was a long one. I am not sure whether it is the cold outdoors. If it is the ongoing COVID restrictions. Or if it is an accumulation of many things on my plate this month. It has felt like one of the toughest months in a while. Christina and I have had more fights than usual. I am grateful for how good she is at getting us through tough times.

I am reading about awareness

I did not manage to finish any books this month. My usual reading time is right before I go sleep. Unfortunately, there have been late nights with work. This has had a negative effect on my nightly ritual.

I am almost done with a book by Anthony De Mello called "Awareness". It is an easy book to read. Short chapters with interesting antidotes. I was telling a friend the other day, that I like about 66% of the book. One third gives techniques and thought processes that I already know. It has been great with a reminder. A second third introduces new concepts of which was unaware, no pun intended. The last third is overstating things that are a little too far from practical use.

I listened to Bertrand Russell

I recently watched a debate where a man I very much admire quoted a philosopher which I did not know. I had only heard of this man . This was of course Bertrand Russel and it goes like this: "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision."

Ever since I have had the need to learn more about Bertrand, and so what better way, than to listen or read his works. I found a good candidate for the first one, a short book of three essays called "What I believe".

I can only say that I already look forward to reading it sometime in the future, along with all his other work.

I did some broad stroke frontend

I was unhappy with the look and feel of the Ethical application that I work on every day. I had loads of work this month. I was doing feature work. Alongside revamping the entire identity and structure of the application.

The feedback was positive, and I am quite proud of how it had turned out. I love doing all things frontend.

Thanks for reading,

Troels.