Seb, at Cape St. Vincent, Europe's most southwesterly point

Hello. If we haven’t met before, my name’s Sebastian. Why yes, I am mighty tall and very hairy, thank you for pointing that out! I used to blog rather prolifically around these parts, but after being hired to be a full-time senior editor for a technology blog this site dried up sharpish. When you write all day every day for a living, it’s very hard to continue writing in the evening. After I finish working, in fact, writing is usually the last thing on my mind — I just want to eat and play games and talk to friends and watch TV and, well, not write. But that’s all about to change. As of today, the start of 2014, I’m going to make a concerted effort to write on this blog — moreover, I’m going to try my damnedest to enjoy writing on this blog.

If you’ve been following this blog since its inception (almost exactly five years ago to the day!) you’ll already know what to expect. For everyone else, here’s a quick summary of the kinds of stories and topics that I write about: travel, girls, sex, geekdom, games, and photography. If you’re new here and want to quickly catch up, the Index of Topics or Travel Stories collection are very good places to start.

Me, in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, with my new friend

Me, in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, with my new friend

As you may have noticed, with the resurrection of the blog also comes a new site design and name. I’m still tweaking the layout and colours, but it’s mostly there now. Be sure to play around with any galleries that you might find (they have navigation arrows in the bottom right corner). If you scroll too far down the home page, or venture into the archives, you’ll find there’s a lack of photos — a casualty of switching to this new layout. I will slowly go through all of the old stories (some 700 of them) and fix them up. If you find any bugs, or have any suggestions for how I can tweak the design, do let me know.

2012… 2013… 2014…

Over the next few weeks I’m going to fill you all in on the last couple of years. I’ve spent more than six months in the US. I’ve visited a bunch of new countries, and added a new continent to my have-seen list (Africa). I’ve been on the radio, and had bylines on Yahoo and MSNBC. I’ve taken a lot of beautiful photos, and it’s slowly dawning on me that I’m a lot better than most other photographers. I have had a roller coaster ride in the romance department, too, and, in possibly related circumstances, I celebrated the start of 2014 by kissing a guy. (And I liked it.) In short, I have a lot of stories to tell and a lot of photos to share.

Shannon on the Quiraing, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Shannon on the Quiraing, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Not yet, though. For now, it’s enough to say that the last two years have been utterly insane and by far the best years of my life. Somehow, life seems to get more interesting, exciting, and fulfilling every year. I’m almost 30, and yet instead of being terrified I’m actually really excited to see what the triumvirate of Luck, Fate, and Fortune will bring my way. I feel happier and more accomplished than ever before. Perhaps most significantly, for the first time in forever, I am starting to feel fully in control. The winds of Fate still blow as erratically as ever, but I feel like I am mastering how to tack and jibe to keep my heading steady. The die of Luck is still cast, but now I know exactly how to load it so that it falls in my favour.

And yes, two years might’ve passed, but I still like the sound of my voice and words way too much. Here’s to an awesome 2014, my friends, full of food, travel, sex with people you’re actually mentally and physically attracted to, and experiencing and learning new things.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Girls: Don't even try to understand them

Sebastian

I am a tall, hairy, British writer who blogs about technology, photography, travel, and whatever else catches my eye.

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