2015 in Nine Themes

For my 2015 lookback, I read my every tweet from the year.

Firstly… man is Twitter an accurate picture of what I like.

If you only knew me on Twitter, you’d rightly assume my life was split thematically 9 ways:

  • Thinking about mortality.
  • Reading great writing, and trying my best to replicate it.
  • Finding and listening to music and podcasts.
  • Obsessing over sport (the NBA, the NRL, Jarryd Hayne, SBW, tennis and sports documentaries).
  • Learning about life at the coalface of digital health.
  • Idolising parts of people like Jerry Seinfeld, Atul Gawande, Bill Simmons, LeBron James, Paul Graham, Barack Obama and Paul Keating.
  • Consuming what I can of Australian politics and Australia’s past and present.
  • Dreaming about building houses in the bush.
  • IRL learning fatherhood.

What you like ends up being what you do. And what you repeatedly do is who you are.

So then, here’s some of the best of what I shared in 2015, some of the best quotes I came across and, in a loosely connected way, who I am right now.


1. The Inevitability of Death, & The Power of Mortality

“You have to go the way your blood beats.”
— James Baldwin


3. Music…

Documented here, but also:

… and Podcasts

“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”
— 1 Corinthians 14:8




7. Australia & Australian Politics

“If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.”
— Paul Graham


9. Fatherhood

But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”
— Winston Churchill