Can I rent an optimist for my bubble?

I reckon I sit at around 50% realism, 40% optimism and 10% pessimism. I think that realism comes naturally to scientists. The goal of being a scientist is to iterate towards more accurate versions of reality, which would imply realism is a life goal. However, I understand the value of optimism, particularly when in aContinue reading “Can I rent an optimist for my bubble?”

Testing times

Menace from Tonga is another friend who hangs out in our bubble. Her name derives from that of Chris’s sister Ximena, which is of Mexican origin and is pronounced approximately like Hee-menna (no offence intended Ximena, honest). Menace is really nice once you get to know her, though her outward appearance can be a littleContinue reading “Testing times”

Facing off against COVID-19

My mate Toti from Taupo presents different faces to the world (please note, he is a confirmed bubble member, present from midnight on Tuesday). I feel like I am cycling through those faces at a rapid rate during the days. I wake up and feel reasonably calm, particularly if I pick up my current book,Continue reading “Facing off against COVID-19”

Breathe in and hold…

As a country we are about to collectively hold our breath for the next four weeks; on an individual scale it is definitely time I return to some meditation techniques. Meditation or yoga is in that category of things that I think I will do when I have a bit of time, though when IContinue reading “Breathe in and hold…”