Exercise/Health/Food
Christmas Eve Fast
24th December 2017

(today I fasted for gratitude and empathy) Today – Christmas Eve, as I write this – I’ve decided to fast. Drinking is allowed, but only if it has no calories – so that’s tea and water for me – and I decided coffee would be cheating a bit too. No food all day though. Actually, I ate some cake when I got home last night at half past midnight, so […]

Life Philosophy
Behind a Jump: Mental Challenge and the Feeling of Success
17th February 2017

In this post I tell a story about some parkour training and a jump I did as part of it. It isn’t the one in the photo, but it was somewhat similar. The aim is to try and get across how the mental benefit of parkour can work, and so the wordy-storyness is part of it. ***** It was a Saturday. My week of uni work was over, but I […]

'Politics'
New Year Thoughts 2017: LOVE and RAGE
5th January 2017

‘The world won’t get no better/If we just let it be/nana na naa naa na naa naa‘ – Wu Tang Clan ‘Where is the love, the love, the love‘ – Black Eyed Peas I came across the phrase Love and Rage sometime in the middle of 2016. It turns out it’s been a phrase used by activists in environmental and anarchist circles for awhile, but I like the phrase for […]

'Politics'
Despair
29th October 2015

So… in this backdrop of terrible stuff going on, I find myself with some despair. Big problems in the world, and as an individual I feel powerless. It’s a bit tricky to find much meaning in the normal life, in what society tells you to do (study well, get a good job, have a family, don’t worry about these issues because they stop you being happy), knowing this is going on. Hence despair.

Life Philosophy
Why I Write
20th September 2015

 

In which I write about my reasons for and approach to writing. Meta, I know. Also slightly funny as I haven’t actually published anything else in 2015, and this is the first post in my restarted blogging.

Exercise/Health/Food
Take the Stairs!
3rd September 2014

“some quote about humans being meant to move” – many people in the fitness industry, evolutionary biologists, paleoanthropologists, etc.  Exercise is good for you, right? (If you aren’t in agreement so far, then probably stop reading now. That’s kind of an underlying premise of this whole post.) The way we view ‘exercise’ in our society is slightly odd. It’s something that’s been allocated a certain place in our lives: there […]

Life Philosophy
The PKGen Debrief Interview (Uncut version)
3rd September 2014

The Parkour Generations (PKGen) coaching group run a weekly interview on their website, in which they ask different parkour-people some questions. They’ve been doing it for a few years now and have worked their way down the list to eventually get to me. The version on their website was the shortened version, but here’s the uncut version with everything I wanted to write. Name: Alex May (at this point I […]

Life Philosophy
09/06/2014 pt II
13th August 2014

This is the second post with my reflections on an incident during which I got punched in the face and had a tooth knocked out, story to be found in part one of this article. Written on August 13, 2014, so not true for how I currently feel about it! Fear after the Event Even though I handled it very well at the time, it’s definitely grown on me since. […]

Life Philosophy
Sheeple and Normality, Pt 2: Question ‘Normal’.
25th May 2014

Having in the first part looked at our sheep behaviour on a small scale, I’ll here look at a bigger scale, including dabbling in psychology (anyone who knows more, please feel free to correct me!), about how the concept of “normality” affects our thinking and how the bias is damaging and dangerous to us. Written with some tangents which I think are interesting. “If you find yourself on the side […]