How do I even start this?

I wanted to take the time to write about my experience living in Aberdeen, Scotland for 9 months, in a form that isn’t a lengthy facebook post that no one will ever read (yes, I’m referring to you). I wanted to write a reflection, an advice piece, and a thank you, so this is my attempt to mishmash all of that into one article.

Living in Scotland was and will probably remain a very big chapter in my life. I mean, how often do I get to live in a foreign location for 9 months of my life? It’s been…


For the past several months, I have been on and off working on a project aimed to explore habits of podcast listening, and to create a new experience from my findings. I wanted this project to be transparent regarding my process, so this write-up is an attempt to document it, as well as showcase the final product.

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Table of Contents

The Beginning Part

In April last year, I became a cool and trendy young person – I purchased a monthly podcast subscription, a la…


Transportation applications have dramatically changed the way we get from A to B. As a commuter, I often use my cellphone to assist me on my trips; I can almost guarantee that without my phone, I would be hopeless in navigating anywhere.

Ironically, NJ Transit’s app only further complicates my journey.

Now, in NJ Transit’s defense, I am not a New Jersey native, and therefore that might make things a smidge more difficult. But that being said, there are basic principles and things that should be relatively simple to understand that frankly make no sense to me in this app…

Aidan Toole

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