2 near tasteless nutritious fruit smoothie ingredients

Quite simply these are:


Broccoli is a super food and has a brilliant levels of the Vitamins A,C and K. When you add it to a fruit smoothie, you just can’t taste the broccoli at all, it’s flavour is completely overtaken by the fruit. A nutrition breakdown for it is here.

Chia Seeds

I love putting chia seeds in my smoothies, basically every smooth I make has both chia seeds and broccoli, but why? Chia seeds are just an amazing source of omega 3 and 6, most of the supplement tablets are 1000mg or 1500mg however one tbsp has 2400mg, they also have a nice bit of fibre (42% in 2 tbsps) with good levels of Calcium, Phosphorus and Manganese. A final bonus with the seeds is that in a fruit smoothie you can’t taste them or even really notice them. A nutrition breakdown for it is here.

Happy blending.

Chrome and Gmail encrypted emails sending and recieving guide

This guide is there to help people with the first steps with using email encryption, hopefully will be of use.

First things first, we need to get the basics set up:

1. Install https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mymail-crypt-for-gmail/jcaobjhdnlpmopmjhijplpjhlplfkhba

2. Find the application in tools -> extensions -> then “Mymail-Crypt for Gmail” and click on “options”.  This will bring up a page like below.


3. Next we generate our keys. Go to my keys, generate new private key, this will generate us a private and public key. For pass phrase I recommend going for longer phrases, these are harder to crack. The generation of keys takes around a minute rather than the few seconds the application claims.

4. We can now share our own public key with friends and add in our friends keys.

To send stuff encrpyted:

1. First you need to add in someones public key. The public key one for mynext.me is here, add it by going to friends keys -> insert public key then copy and pasting in the key text. The key starts with —–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—– , then press submit.

You should have something that looks like this:


2. – I recommend restarting chrome after this step, it seems not to notice new public keys straight away at times.

3. We can now send someone an encrpyted email! To do this go to gmail click on compose, you’ll notice that the plugin has added in 3 options at the bottom right. For now we’ll just use one which is encrypt, as I’ve had problems getting encrypt and sign working on this plugin so far. Now to send encrpyted, write out your message, highlight and click encrpyt.



4. Now click on send. Congratulations, you’ve just sent your first encrpyted email to someone.

To receive encrypted:

1. With your keys created, send your public key to someone you want to communicate securely with. To do this, you click into friends’ keys, then show key by your email address. Copy and paste that key into an email to someone. If you want link them this article and get them to follow the steps above expect tell them to use your key instead of the me@mynext.me key, hopefully you should get sent something encrpyted to you soon.


2. Hopefully they will email you back which will look something a lot like:


All you do now, is use your pass phrase you set up earlier in the box under decrypt, click on decrypt.


Congratulations, you have now entered the beautiful world of encrypted email.

Have a great day.

Erowid words t-shirt

words t-shirt

words t-shirt

Will be blogging a bit around the different words on the t-shirt, some fascinating ones and some I don’t understand as yet so should give me the opportunity to learn some new handy words. Always be progressing :)



php ides

After years of playing around with Zend Studio, finally moved to netbeans as my main php editor. Seems to do nearly everything Zend does and more. My only issue with it is not really being able to edit files on sftp on the fly. That said it currently has better support compared to Zend for public key logins and currently for me at the moment this is the most important at least for this project.

Time management

Moving my time management to include principles from Stephen Coveys’ book 7 habits.

A version of his weekly planner is available from: https://drive.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0Aq8XQPsVqFHPdHdnREVXeG96Qkd6ZjU4RVpCNHZSNnc&mode=public&pli=1#

It has an interesting section called “Sharpen the saw,” the saw is you basically.

It breaks these down into 4 sections:

Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

Seems sensible really, though handy to have the weekly reminders.

Also the other thing this technique does well is the roles part, be it as a family, work, a wish etc.


New install 9 firefox plugins to install

1. Ghostery to block most tracking: https://www.ghostery.com/download

2. Https everywhere to use https for security whenever you can -  https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

3. Lastpass, secure password manager unlike firefoxes password manager that just shows the passwords! – https://lastpass.com/

4. Adblock plus, because it is nicer not being sold to the whole time – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

5. Download helper, download youtube, vimeo and other videos – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/?src=cb-dl-users

6. Download them all, handy for downloading all the images on a page – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/?src=cb-dl-users

Optional geek ones mostly for developers.

7. Firebug,  any developer debugger – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firebug/?src=cb-dl-users

8. Google pagespeed, useful for flagging optimisations – https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/using_firefox

9. Yahoo yslow, again optimisation flagging, remember to cache :)https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/yslow/

Hopefully that’s of use

An intro

Who am I and why am I here?

Who? I am me, the author of this blog.

Why? I wanted a place to share some writings, thoughts and musings.

Why should anyone care or be interested?

Dunno, hopefully something will be of interest or useful to you or someone along the way.