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Secular thinker with an empathy compulsion. Anxiety-nerd. Certified Crazy Cat Lady.

Being okay with that is so freeing

NASA photo of Earth from space, the nigh time side of the planet in view, with cities creating a web of lights
NASA photo of Earth from space, the nigh time side of the planet in view, with cities creating a web of lights
Just a speck of dust amongst billions. — Photo by NASA on Unsplash

We all want to matter, to be truly remarkable at something — find your purpose, live your best life and all that.

I must be so annoying as a writer

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There are a lot of things that grind my gears when it comes to the daily life of an online reader, but I do have six top-tier grievances.

‘The Black Marble: Our Planet in Brilliant Darkness’, via the breathtaking resources over at

Guidelines vs. doctrine and why minorities might want a say in this debate, too

I’m aware of how unpopular of an opinion this is going to be. If I was more popular myself, I’d be bracing for impact right now. Seeing as this isn’t the case, I can still afford to say it without much ensuing uproar: I’ve been thinking about the pope weighing in on ethics in AI — and I have follow-up questions.

A loving letter to my fellow punk-rockers over 30

The alternative scene has a problem.

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Spoiler alert: they lie.

My Mum has this saying that’s pretty popular with her clients in therapy: emotion is not information.

and 3 big things I haven’t mastered yet

My first cat, Sky, accurately depicting my face as I contemplate this.

Me since, basically, forever: You know what I will never be caught dead writing? Those bollocks internet listicles.

30 things I wish I hadn’t taken so long to learn

1.It’s okay to be a nerd; embrace the nerd. You don’t have to…

Damn, that sounded a lot better in my head

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I’m guilty of thinking out loud. As in, I say something — wait for it — oh fuck, that sounded stupid/insulting/wrong. Is it just me?

Or so I’ve heard

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It’s out there with the best stereotypes: white folk can’t dance, people of colour have above average singing voices, avoid girls with daddy issues.

A request for proposals to please illustrate a day in the life of Big Science

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I don’t really understand what people expect Big Something to look like. I mean, in practice, in real life. Or, as the internet calls it, IRL.

Then please, consider this with me.

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How in the name of logic did we even get ourselves into this mess? How on earth could we ever come to believe it is not only acceptable, but the norm, to be assholes to ourselves?

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