Philosopher and historian by training, Operations Director by pay cheque. I am also a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University researching Edmund Burke on authority and the implications for leadership.
My site, like my research, is loosely divided into the major topics of leadership, philosophy, history, politics, business and technology. In many ways they are usually highly interconnected with any categorisation being akin to Wittgenstein’s notion of:
taking up some books which seemed to belong together, and putting them on different shelves; nothing more being final about their positions than that they no longer lie side by side
Most of my reading is for various research projects, but there are some recommended books from my various pleasures and interests.
Books for Pleasure
- The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes is a highly recommended edition for anyone wanting to know more about the historical setting of the stories
J. R. R. Tolkien
P. G. Wodehouse
Books for Interests
Yuval Noah Harari
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How I Do Computing
This section is modelled on Richard Stallman’s How I Do Computing page. Great format for covering tech interests from a leader in the GNU movement.
While my privacy interests favour Linux, the practicalities of life necessitate pairing this with a Windows environment. My Windows PC is a home built desktop (AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1920X, Corsair Cooling, Nvidia GPU and plenty of RAM).
Perhaps it is a creeping presbyopia, in which life seemed to afford a greater privacy in the past. Perhaps it is an increasing awareness of the intrusive nature of advertising and data mining. Whatever the cause, I have become a strong privacy advocate and try, difficult though it is at times, to Restore Privacy… with some Privacy Tools it can be done.
DuckDuckGo for search
Threema for messaging
- Signal gets an honourable mention and is great on Android as an SMS replacement
- ProtonMail for email
- ProtonVPN for VPN
Tresorit for file storage
- NextCloud gets an honourable mention for those willing to manage their own service
Mastodon for social posting
- While I understand the pull of the world’s biggest social network, Stop Using Facebook has some compelling arguments if you haven’t seen them…
- PixelFed for social imaging
- And WordPress for blogging
For those looking for a Google Docs / Office.com replacement and don’t want to manage a NextCloud instance: CryptPad has a great suite of tools.