Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer


The OneNote Handbook


As I alluded yesterday, I am going to write a book about OneNote. I’ve been a fan of OneNote for over 10 years and have been┬ámeaning to write ┬áthis book for as long as I can remember. It has two main aims: Provide a useful┬áintroduction for new users. Give them the information they need to start using it most effectively Give ideas and workflow examples for more advanced users┬áso they can...

Turning up


Quite a few of my old narratives were well and truly crushed today:
I am unfit
I don’t do running
I’ll never run a marathon
These were stories I was telling myself.
Turns out all I needed to do was set my mind to it, turn up and do the work.

The London Marathon


I remember watching the first London Marathon on the TV as a kid in 1981.
It was a big deal.
This was back when we only had 3 channels on the TV. The BBC gave it rolling coverage for well into the afternoon. It was like the Olympics or a royal wedding.
It made for compelling viewing and we watched it all day.

Filling The Half-Empty Glass


Are you a glass half full or glass half empty person? The chances are that if you’re tending towards the empty, that you also suffer from anxieties. You may even┬áhave a black┬ádog following you around from time to time. It’s not that you’re a doom and gloom merchant. You can see the joy in the world as much as the next person. It’s just that when things turn bad, you find...

Removing Redundancy When Writing


When I started this challenge I was focused on volume.
I just needed to write some stuff and publish it.
Writing each day has definitely helped me to get faster and also to have more and more ideas.

At Least It’s Not A Blue On Blue


Twitter told me yesterday that someone at 123-reg deleted a part of the internet.
My immediate thought was:
“Owch, that’s got to hurt”
And then:
“I’m glad I’m not that boss right now”
A few minutes later, my thoughts had turned and instead I was thinking:
“Well, at least it’s not a blue on blue”.

My Evening Routine


I have a morning routine that I’ve worked on these past 18 months. It can look a bit extreme, but it’s just an hour and a half that I use to prepare myself for the day ahead. I now rely on that time and feel disorganised if it doesn’t happen (though I can’t recall the last time this was). By contrast my evening routine is more flexible. I’m tired, I’ve been on...

Always Be Exercising


This is a personal post, an actual note to self; a┬áreminder. Last week was pretty tough. I’ve felt the physical effects of stress again, my ‘stress related somatoform pain‘.┬áNowhere like┬áthe bad old days where it was a constant, but definitely┬áthere; the first time in over 6 months. The headaches, the┬ásinus pains,┬átinnitus and the physical sensations in my chest and face, the...

Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer