Ultimately, this is my forum to ramble on about pretty much anything!
As a blog, it is intended to provoke debate and wider thinking, but not instill hatred or anger. I welcome any serious contributions to my posts, but will not hesitate to remove any offensive or abusive posts, and block those people.
So Who am I? Who is James Hastings? I am today, many things. Primarily and most importantly I am a Dad and husband, and a proud one at that! When i am not changing nappies and play fighting with my boys, I would consider myself to be the aspiring author, and endeavor to spend as much time as possible working on my various literary creations.
Alongside that, and in partnership with my wife, I am Jim the property investor, looking to build an empire (albeit modest in size) that will substitute my need for a day job and provide a relatively passive income for my family.
And then there’s my day job, listed last but arguably the most significant part of my daily life and routines. While I enjoy my job, especially so when compared to my previous employments, I realise the folly of it: the repetative nature of hospitality industry that sees you endlessing re-doing things day to day, erasing the day’s events to make way for the next.
This has spawned my search for passive income streams – the idea that one amount of work can generate repeated income regardless of whether you keep working. I have hobbies too, dabbling in web design, blogging(!) computer construction and troubleshooting, astronomy, reading, and more than a passing interest in astrophysics – all the better for my writing!!
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Featured Post: Your Universe
The iconic BBC cult TV show Red Dwarf produced a cracking concept that has remained with me over the decades since I first watched it. The show in question has the crew facing off the effects of a despair squid, which made them hallucinate that they were in a computer game and that the encounter with the squid was game over for them. As they exited the game they were forced to confront their real lives outside the ‘fake’ reality of the game.
So this got me thinking about a more abstract question about the purpose of life itself. When we are done, we could well face some sort of reckoning afterwards, after all multiple religions talk about that sort of thing. There is the supposed Gates of heaven where St Peter evaluates how you lived and determines whether you enter heaven or face hell. In fact it is common in religions that in order to reach nirvana, or Valhalla or whatever favourable afterlife then you need to have fulfilled some conditions in the way you live this life.
So we then have this comedy construct of two people queuing up awaiting their reckoning and discussing their lives and expectations when it is their turn to petition for access into the good place. Many a great joke is made here too, but how far from the truth could this be? Will we have the time to assess our life before whatever is next?
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