Matt Dorey

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My Amazing Subversive Revolutionary Adolescence

Cover of Live 93 by The Orb rendered in a subversive fashion

The Orb’s “Live ’93” album is one of the artefacts that made me aware of the life of the mind.

The Stopwatch Technique: Planting Tomato Vines

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Continuing on from my previous post about the stopwatch technique, this time I discuss the Pomodoro technique.

The Knife That What?

A short explanation of the current motto for my blog and a couple of the others that I used in the past.

The Stopwatch Technique

If you’re stuck, set a stopwatch for a five minute countdown and just go for it.

One Simple Trick That Can Improve Your Life

Just this: If you’re writing a list about how you want to change your life then perhaps you are like me and all your bullet points start with “I must…” or “I should” or “I want to…”.

How to Write on a Regular Basis

A good trick is to write a big long list of ideas for posts. A less good idea is to then include at the top of said list a post about dub reggae. Posts that require a lot of research are the enemy to writing regularly.


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How making conference posters with LaTeX turned out to be something of a lightbulb moment.

Ideas for TV shows: Great Mathematicians

How about a TV show that looks into the lives of well known mathematicians? As I show here, it’s got potential for lots of drama.

Point Omega

A review of Don Delillo’s “Point Omega”, a confusing little novella.

Bits and Bobs

Just a little post with some random observations.

The Notification Hallucination

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Notifications have been driving me mad, I keep seeing them in the corner of my eye…

A More Balanced Life (Part 1)

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Some thoughts about how things should proceed from here. Experiments conducted in “public” are not an ideal way to lead a more balanced life but I want to find things out about myself, other people and the world.


Some hopes for the future.

What’s the opposite of ‘One Thing Well’?

Does this blog do “one thing well”? If not, what does it actually do?

I Want To Write You A Letter

Let’s not lose the beauty of sending one another handwritten letters…

In The Fast Lane And The Slow

Drip drip drip, the sound of my housemate’s shower trickling through my ceiling at 3am…

Seeing Connections Everywhere…

…and tying myself in knots…

If You Don’t Do It, No One Else Will

Go easy on yourself and don’t put things off until the last minute.

A Tube Rider’s Guide To The Orchestra

A la Benjamin Britten…

The Heart: A Muscle And Its Memory

I have strange dreams involving my heart.