Before I talk about anything, I want to tell you all that I’m still on hiatus.

Firstly, I apologise for the non ASCII name for this post… actually, scrap that. If you’re still running an operating system that doesn’t have support for unicode characters, then I have no apologies to make.

In case you were wondering, it’s Japanese for ‘Don’t Give Up’, and you read it ‘Makenaide’ (MA as in Mackerel, KE as in Kent, Na as in Nando’s, I and in Ear, and De as in Décor). That make sense?

With that being said…

I couldn’t go past the Christmas period without making a post wishing you all a happy holiday now, could I? Well, I suppose that I could, but it wouldn’t be very nice. Would it?

Whilst some of you know already, I am not a follower of the Christian religion (neither the main sect or the many off shoots appeal to me). But this does not, and has not ever stopped me from expressing people who are Christian a hope that their Winter festival and celebrations go smoothly and provide them with happiness. To be honest, this is the same with me for any religion. You find faith in something? Awesome. Seriously, this is an amazing thing, and I feel inspired by some of the people I speak to, when speaking about their religious beliefs.

My point is this: religion surrounds us. There is no getting away from that fact. But, I feel that we can (and should) exercise a little more religious tolerance. Just because someone believes in something, this does not make them a bad person. The same can be said for people who claim not to believe in anything. Although, sometimes, when people claim to be an Atheist they actually mean Agnostic.

Either way, less of this talk on religion. I’ll leave the subject behind with this last comment: what we believe in is only a small part of who we are. Yes, it colours our views on what we think is ethically and morally right or wrong. But most of the religions practised today have a shared sense of moral and ethical behaviour. In my opinion, that is.

Now then, Christmas.

A time for religious celebrations, family unity, and fun. All I really wanted to do was post a message of happiness, hope, love and fun to all in this world over the next few weeks.

“The next few weeks!? But Christmas day is tomorrow. Why so late?”

Well, I find that the lead up to Christmas is quite nice, but I like to focus on the days after Christmas. the lead up to the New Year.

So with that in mind (and a rather rambling post, with no real internal consistency), I wish you all

Side note:

Just because I’ve not been online, doesn’t mean I haven’t kept up with my writing. I’ve been sure to take my ideas book with me where ever I go. Most of the ideas have been pretty abysmal, but there have been more than 1 or 2 that have stuck out, and pretty good. Once I have a few of them fleshed out, I’ll be sticking them up on here, and on my site as demo’s for 7Minus.

Until then, have fun.


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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)