Deleting my account should be easy

I’ve been thinking about my digital hygiene recently, which meant reviewing my various services, subscriptions and providers. I’ll go into more detail in another post but as a first step I looked at all my accounts to see which ones I’m not using anymore in order to shut them down.

There’s no harm in just ignoring these accounts indefinitely but why risk it? What happens if said website or app gets compromised? Unnecessary exposure is best to be avoided and so deleting idle ones just makes sense.

To my surprise, deleting my accounts and my data wasn’t always straight-forward and some of them didn’t even provide an option to do so. This should be the bare minimum and something I expect if I sign up to a service.

I want to be able to erase any trace of my presence just as easily as when I signed up in the first place.

The Grey Man — Mark Greaney

I was drawn to this book because I was looking for something similar to I Am Pilgrim, and The Grey Man did not disappoint. This book was a thrilling page-turner from the very first chapter, with the action and suspense building up at every turn.

The writing was captivating and the fast pace had me fully invested from the beginning. I’m only now venturing into this genre and I’ve found it highly entertaining.

The main character, Court Gentry, was another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. The author did an excellent job of portraying his progression as a character, from a highly skilled assassin to a man who starts to question his choices and ultimately, his own morality. This added depth to the story and made me care about what happened to him.

However, there was one thing that bothered me throughout: Court Gentry seemed almost invincible, despite suffering multiple injuries that should’ve probably been fatal. It made the book feel a bit unrealistic at times and I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the situations he managed to survive. I understand that this is a common theme in action books, but it did detract slightly from the story.

Overall, I enjoyed The Grey Man and would recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed read. Mark Greaney’s writing was superb, and it has made me want to check out more of his work in the future.


Tracking no more

I finally did it. I removed Google Analytics from this site and won’t be tracking anyone anymore. It’s not like I was regularly keeping up with the numbers or optimising content anyway. It’s not about that. The only reason I implemented analytics in the first place was to if my blog had any readers at all. Simple curiosity. I found it fascinating that people from random cities and countries somehow landed here. And sometimes they even came back, or so it seemed.

Since I’ve never intended to use those analytics anyway, I figured I might as well remove them for good. I felt it’s the right thing to do. Yes, I could’ve opted for another more ethical solution like Plausible but I couldn’t be bothered because it just doesn’t matter.

Anyways, I hope you’ll still stop by every now and then. Make sure to say hi because I won’t know about it.

New year, new me

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions (mine is 1440x900 if you have to know) but I like to reflect on the year past to see what I might want to change going forward. There aren’t many things I want to change at the moment. Just one: being intentional.

This applies to all aspects of my life whether it’s relationships, how I spend my free time or how I show up at work. I want to carve out more time for the things that actually matter to me and focus on them without distractions. A big part of this is no doubt maintaining the routines that improve my wellbeing. I noticed that there are four activities that drastically improve how I feel on a given day:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Playing guitar

If I do those every day, my body feels good. I feel good. I want to do a better job at prioritising and removing mindless distractions in the process. Writing about it is one thing, but now it’s about making it happen. Let’s see how it goes.

The Lies of Locke Lamora — Scott Lynch

Locke Lamora is the leader of a gang of con artists and thieves called the Gentleman Bastards. They’ve all been raised since childhood to make a living by stealing from the rich thanks to a variety of techniques and disguises. Think of Ocean’s Eleven in a Renaissance fantasy setting with a sprinkle of the Godfather to keep everyone in check.

Locke is instantly likable due to his charisma and endless banter. In fact, the entire gang is well written and synergistic, with everyone having an interesting backstory in their own right. The story is split into two distinct timelines–one in the present and another in the past with a focus on the early days of each gang member.

The book starts off slowly which made me put it down for extended periods before ploughing through to the end. Once the wheels of the first heist start spinning, the momentum picks up and never stops. You’re in for a rollercoaster as Locke and his friends become part of a bigger conspiracy than they could’ve imagined but need to find a way to save the city and its people.