Issue #420
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I'm composing this on Saturday late afternoon sitting at the end of our garden with the birds in the trees twittering around me. The afternoon sun is warm on my face, and the UK is on its way out of lockdown. I hope wherever you are, you're happy and well.

It's been a good month for me, all things considered. Obviously I can't share everything that's been going in and out of my brain, but what follows are some of the highlights.

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Let's start with what I've been up to over the last month, shall we?
  • Weeknote 15/2021 — "This week has been a successful one. I earned 25% more than the target amount my wife and I decided upon after I quit my job last year, and I did so while..."
  • Weeknote 14/2021 "Another three-day working week for me thanks to the kids being on Easter holidays. It’s been strange weather over the last few days, but then..."
  • Weeknote 13/2021 "The main focal points of the week were a playback session for the Catalyst-funded sector challenge project I’ve been leading over the last 11 weeks, and...."
  • Weeknote 12/2021 "This week was the second of two weeks that our two children have spent in school since lockdown. It’s now the Easter holidays, and I’m planning..."

New side projects

I've previously given you updates about two side projects: and which I'm still updating. I've added a third to a new projects page I've created on my personal website:

From the announcement blog post:

I’m a big fan of news aggregator websites, and thought it was about time there was one related to online privacy that I would visit regularly.

I've since updated it a bit, so now it looks like this:
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It's still not exactly how I want it, but I like the fact that turnin. into a monthly newsletter has allowed me to do a broader range of things.

Things I've been paying attention to

Oh my goodness, I've read so much stuff over the last month (as usual, I guess!).

Given that I went really deep on some issues that might not be particularly interesting to a broader audience (NFTs!) here's some eclectic highlights:

Until next month!

PS The co-op I'm part of, We Are Open, celebrates its fifth birthday on May 1st! We're planning to launch our new website to celebrate. If you think we might be able to help your organisation, get in touch!
Doug Belshaw
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