April has been a fairly quiet month. I've spent a lot of time working on code for a client, celebrated my birthday, started Chinese Beginners 2 at the Confucius Institute, and taken a trip to Inverness for a friends wedding.
I took a walk up into the Pentlands over Allemuir Hill for the first time. A great and quick getaway from central Edinburgh:
As part of my New Year's Resolution to swim outside I went to the first Foxlake Open Water Swim out near Dunbar. I'll hopefully be attending a few more of their Tuesday evening sessions. Learning to swim in a buoyant wetsuit was an interesting experience!
I'm looking forward to May: wrapping up and launching the next phase of a project for a client, running the Hackney Half Marathon (and maybe the Kirkcudbright 10km), and seeing good friends.
I read two short books around building focused businesses: Company of One by Paul Jarvis and It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Both of these I put into the category of short books with a few thinking points - a kick to be more mindful of what you are doing.
I also read The Chinese Machiavelli: 3000 Years of Chinese Statecraft by Ching Ping Bloodworth. It's a broad brush tour through Chinese history and strategy, more of a 'taste' than delving into any detail, but an entertaining read.
Lastly I fired through National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthrew Goodwin, in an attempt to get a better understanding of the forces that are shaping our current political environment. I've queued up "Whiteshift" by Eric Kauffmann for next month, and would be keen to hear recommendations for further reading on this topic.
And a selection of articles that I have read and clipped in the past month (in no particular order):