I try to make a habit of browsing the stock at my local military surplus store every month or two, and every so often I find something worth buying! I got this very robust hard-case for £25 a while back, and managed to make some good use of it as a case for my previously owned Yaesu FT-817.
In my head, I have a whole bunch of goals, wants and achievements that I want to carry out.
The problem with keeping such things in your head is that stay as wishes, things to do *sometime* when you feel like it, but to get serious, and I mean really serious these need to be written down to get that sense of commitment. Well today I’m going to double that commitment, I’m going to post them for the world to see, so maybe in a couple of years time you can ask me ‘Did you ever go on that holiday’…
Every new purchase of EDC kit makes me as giddy as a child, especially when it something with as much quality as the Sigg Heritage Aluminium bottle…
Today happens to Wesak or Vesakha in Pali language. Some of you might know it is “Buddha’s Birthday” too, but it actually is a day to commemorate the birth, death and more importantly, enlightenment of our beloved Gautama. Wesak is celebrated on the full moon in April/May, and looking at the moon the other night (and the moon indicator on my G-Shock Watch, Tactical Buddha remember) It’s definitely today!
So what does Wesak mean to me? The same as what it means to many Buddhists across the world. Paying homage to the Buddha, but not by prostrating, not by laying flowers or singing songs but by striving towards the Dharma (teachings) even stronger than before, strengthening the precepts we follow.
I’ve always found Wesak comes just at the right time to give me a firm kick up the backside to renew the precepts with myself and to put some extra meditation sessions in.
If you’re not a Buddhist, why not try being extra compassionate to everyone around you today or offer someone a gift and just see how much better it makes you feel.
Back in February (2013) I discovered a group of individuals who met up at an establishment to partake in alcoholic beverages and share their common interest. No, this isn’t a establishment of ill-repute selling illegal alcohol, nor are there any blind-pigs!
Instead, i’d stumbled upon the greatest social event for geeks in the Derbyshire area. The Geekeasy, organized by Christine Cawthorne and a damn good job she does too!
So what’s it all about? Well first and foremost anything geeky, there’s such a broad range of people that go that really shows the true definition of being a geek. We’re not talking heavyset spectacle wearing computer programmers (though I’m sure there’s some of those) we’re talking geek in the broadest sense of the term.
A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest.
This is certainly visible in the quality and content of the talks that the Geekeasy hosts, which is essentially find a person with a passion for something, and get them to talk about it! I’ve already had the pleasure of hearings talks on animation, 3d CGI animation and mobile app development from some people who are clearly exceptionally good at their particular ‘geekisms’. I’ve even been talked into possible giving some talks on Linux and EDC (Every Day Carry) but time will tell.
If you’re a geek in or around Derby, then come to a Geekeasy meet up, I promise you’ll enjoy it and if by some fluke chance you don’t the lovely selection of ales (with some award winners brewed by themselves) from The Furnace Inn should keep you more than entertained!