The Egg by Andy Weir

My philosophy of life

Andy Weir is the author of the acclaimed book and film The Martian. Like I’m sure many authors, he has written a number of short stories. Unlike most, however, he has published them openly on his website for our appreciation.

I recommend first reading the short story The Egg, which can be found on Weir’s website here, mulling over what you understand from it, then returning to read my comments.

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Big Little Lies (TV series review)

A new show recently started on HBO in America. Big Little Lies is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Liane Moriarty. The screenplay was written by David E. Kelley and it’s directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. I was made aware of it by the BBC Radio 4 programme Saturday Review. By the magic of the internet, I’ve already watched three episodes, but it will begin airing in the UK on Sky Atlantic tomorrow, Monday 13th March at 9PM.

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Recent absence

amccoll.com is only a few months old and I’m already writing an apology for not posting updates. But this is not to give excuses or ‘manage expectations’. Writing a blog is doing everything I hoped it would. It’s made me more thoughtful and reflective, given me a creative outlet, improved my typing and web design, been a space to focus on myself and my place in the world and given me a sense of concrete achievement. I have no intention to stop now. It is simply that in the past month I’ve only found the time to escape other duties, sit down and put in several hours writing on a couple of occasions.

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On why I have decided to start a blog

I am a great believer in Voltaire’s proclamation that “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” Most all of my thoughts and beliefs are subject not only to the continual external criticism and scepticism life throws at us all but also internally, from myself. It is, I think, all part of a continual project of self-improvement or perhaps more accurately, self-actualisation.

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