Today has been a pretty healthy day all up. Both Helen and I went for a run – mine was not as long as normal, just under 5km. We have also been eating a mainly vegan/vegetarian diet over the past few days. It’s been a healthy start to the year!
“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear. That’s why it’s so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.” — Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Helen and I want to go vegan in 2018 – but only for one or two days of the week. I’m not sure how well we’ll do at this, but we have tried some vegan cheese and some hazelnut milk, and we managed to survive! Let’s see if we can keep it up for the year!
Last night Helen’s choir – Some Voices – performed Romeo and Juliet at the Troxy in Limehouse. It was a superb show – really atmospheric and the music was excellent!
The show was based on Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet. The audience was divided into the Montagues and the Capulets. The Montagues were wearing Hawaiian shirts – surf-casual dress. The Capulets were wearing red and black, with a more formal Spanish gangster look. We filed in to the Troxy in different queues depending on whether we were Capulets or Montagues.
The choir sung songs based on the movie and there were actors and dancers performing key scenes. It was a true spectacle!
I just had my application approved for Graduate Statistician at the Royal Statistical Society. I have been thinking about volunteering as a statistician to a charity – apparently charities have a need for statisticians!
It seems like the World is breaking down, with increased terrorism in Europe, Trump supporting Neo-Nazis in the US, and the insanity that is Brexit. I’ve decided that I need to ignore politics for my own peace of mind, and focus entirely on maths, programming and science!
As Helen and I get older, I think that the way we work will have to change. At some point we will probably find it difficult to get contacts because of ageism, and also we will be too expensive in comparison with graduates with a few years experience. We will be forced to work entirely on our own projects. This is going to mean a few changes to the way we think. Both Helen and I have been ingrained with a strong work ethic, which struggles when we work on our own more nebulous projects. We both find it hard to stick with projects that don’t have a certain income stream. In the future we will need to change both the way we work, and the way we think about our work.
I decided to give up caffeine the other day. I haven’t been sleeping that well, and my caffeine intake has been steadily increasing over the last few months, so I thought I’d better get it under control. Yesterday was a nightmare! I was feeling really zonked. Today I an feeling pretty good though, so I think I am over the worst. I am interested in measuring two things now – my quality of sleep and my blood pressure. It will be interesting to see if giving up caffeine has any impact.
Well, despite resolving to blog more, it’s been another long period between blog posts. It’s not like I haven’t been thinking deep thoughts, or pursuing interesting projects. It’s that I’ve been worried that my thoughts have been too nascent to post. It’s silly really. I should be using the “Lean Startup” philosophy of releasing early and often. Still, at least there’s a lot of room for improvement!