I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty fed up with money. It seems like our entire lives are filled with the endless (and somewhat hopeless) pursuit for enough money to survive only for what we have to be taken from us in our old age, and as the saying goes “you can’t take it with you”.

I’m not a fan of capitalism, but it seems like we’re stuck with it for the foreseeable future. So how can we live contrary to the prevailing culture when it is so deeply embedded in the way our nation (and most of the world) work?

I came up with an idea, though. It involves wrapping the more “socialist” community in a capitalist bubble.


I’ve been making some updates to the template on the site. If you’ve visited recently you may have spotted them, but you’ll be forgiven if you have missed them.

First of all, I’ve added a new link to my social icons (they’re on the right on large screens and at the bottom on small screens). It’s a rainbow circle representing a new service I recently discovered called NEXTFREE.

It’s a very simple service to help freelancers and recruiters keep up to date, without all the need for emailing back and forth. All I need to do is keep it up to date with my availability and anyone who visits https://www.nextfree.co.uk/for/david-lumm can see whether I’m free or not.

The other thing I’ve added is a link for a new service called “Buy me a coffee”. Basically anyone that reads any of my stuff and thinks “cool, that’s some good writing there, let me buy this chap a coffee to say thanks” can do that easily. It looks like a really nice service. I believe you can tip using PayPal or a card. I’m not expecting to make my fortune off of it (or even to get any money at all) but it’s a nice addition and it’s nice to spread the word about a new startup.

If you’re doing something that you offer for free but that people might like to “tip” you for, this looks like a great way to add this to your site. Check it out at buymeacoffee.com.

I’ve got some other more interesting updates on the way, but as always Don’t Hold Your Breath™ (note, this is not a real trademark, at least not mine).

Unusually for me I’ve got a long list of things I want to blog about, but not so much time to write them. Always the way, eh? I’m working on another post at the moment, but I wanted to just make a quick response to the recent Tesla announcements. I wanted to say something that I haven’t seen many other people saying. I wanted to say that I’m worried about Tesla.

My worries are around two major themes: that Tesla might be going off plan; that Tesla might be having difficulties.


I’m an Evernote Certified Consultant. Did you know that? Wow, that was a quick update. Next?

Well, since I’m here, I also want to share how I’ve been recently using Evernote for a simple form of journalling, based on the concepts from Bullet journalling.

I’ve been using Evernote a long time, my account says I joined the 25th of May 2010. So that’s nearly seven years of notes and documents stored there. Over that time I’ve used it to varying degrees to store all sorts of different things, the training course made me think of more ways I could use Evernote, both as a personal user and as a business.


You might not have noticed, but we moved about two months ago.

Cornwall is a very special place to us. We’ve spent 8 of our 9 years of marriage living there. Our son was born there and has lived there for over 5 years. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we decided that the time had come to move.


I slipped up, I’m sorry.

In my previous post I recommended a service called Bitminer (I won’t link to it) which on further investigation turned out to most likely be a ponzi scheme.

If you signed up, I really hope you didn’t put any money in. I was foolish enough to put some of my saved bitcoin in to get me to the first level. :disappointed:

Such is life, though. We live and learn. I had hoped that their inclusion on WeUseCoins was some sort of recommendation, but obviously not.


My Bitcoin story so far

  • 2017-04-24
  • ~8 minute read

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about Bitcoin. It occasionally appears in the mainstream media, particularly when something really big or really bad happens, but there’s a good chance you don’t really understand it or how to do anything with it. I’m not going to go into it too deeply, as there are better guides at sites like WeUseCoins.org but I will do my best to provide some pointers for those of you who don’t know much yet, as well as sharing my favourite sites and apps for those of you who are already interested.

This one’s a bit long, so if you’re interested grab yourself a cuppa and get stuck in!


Although I haven’t posted much recently (sorry, got a couple of ideas I want to write about, but I’m taking ages to do it), I have been making some tweaks to the website. I really like Jekyll for this sort of development, it’s extremely flexible in the design and development stages but as it outputs static pages the site itself is lightening fast.

Although I took an available theme, I’ve made a few modifications and I wanted to document a few of them.

I’ve linked to the main commit responsible for each feature below, although there may have been more than one commit to actually get it right! :wink:

  1. I added the category pages, linked from the site header, with a little help from Christian Specht.
  2. I modified the link to point to the about page when on the homepage. Why waste a perfectly good link?
  3. I also added a Twitter widget, to add some live content to the site, when I haven’t updated for a while. I made that dynamic, so if I change my Twitter handle I only have to change it once for the site.
  4. I then re-ordered the social icons, I made the alphabetical in the config.yml file and just sorted them into a more logical order in the icons.html include file and adding title attributes. I also added an icon for Goodreads, although Font Awesome doesn’t have an official icon.
  5. I added Twitter card meta data to the default template to match the OpenGraph data that was already there.
  6. Last but not least I added Medium-style “time to read” to the header of each post with a little help from Carlos Becker which I think looks great.

Photo via VisualHunt.com

After a long, long wait I have finally sorted out my personal website and brought my blogging all under one roof. Welcome to the new blog!

I’ll briefly discuss the how a little later in the post, but first the why:

Back in July 2013 I decided it made sense to split up my blogging to suit the different audiences that might be visiting. Did people looking at stuff about parenting want to see my geeky projects? And what about the people engaging with my theological posts, what did they want to see? So I split it all up, and tried to keep everything in it’s rightful place.

That had a few downsides: