Andy Nicolaides

May 30, 2021

Dented - Issue #1

Hey, World 👋

I hope you’re all well and keeping safe. Some of you may have signed up to receive my HEY World updates, and wonder where I’ve been for the last month or so. I’ve stopped using HEY World, and been concentrating on posting to my main blog, The Dent, instead.

It’s been a fairly busy month of posts for me. While the quality is likely questionable as always, it’s been a joy to get to writing a bit more. In this vein, I thought I’d have a stab at something I’ve been looking at doing for a while, namely a more newsletter like newsletter. So, here I am. While I’m not using HEY for my email right now, it did seem like a good idea to utilise it for this little experiment. 

Posts on The Dent

I’m going to start this edition of the newsletter with a quick reminder of the posts from my site for this month, May 2021. Whilst this is a little self serving, this was the original intention of bringing this back. A way to send a quick summary of posts you may have missed on my site this month. 

Videos of the month

I’ve been watching a fair bit of YouTube this month, and trying to broaden my horizons beyond just tech videos. I’m finding of them very stale, and over produced, but there are some diamonds ready to be unearthed.

  • Rate My Takeaway - My first recommendation is going to be an entire channel, and one that is far removed from my usual tech focus. These videos are strange because I’m not interesting in the content itself, per se, but the chap that runs the account, Danny, is hard not to love. Despite the content not being my usual cup o of tea it’s so refreshing to see someone making videos, and doing extremely well by all accounts, about something they’re clearly passionate about. Just watch one of these videos and tell me you’re not hooked.
  • Christopher Lawley's iPad Pro 2022 review - Christopher’s videos have been going from strength to strength over recent months and this video has been a real highlight. Chris has been producing top tier content for years now, and is beginning to bear the fruit of all his hard work. While I’m watching less tech videos these days, Chris’ unbridled enthusiasm is always a must. 
  • Super Mario Bros: The Human Limit - A new Summoning Salt video are few and far between, and you can see why. The research put into each video clearly takes time, but the results are well worth it. 

Interesting Links

Here are a selection of interesting articles I’ve saved into my Reading List this month:

(My) Photo of the month

Most photos I take these days are of my daughter and my dog, so I don’t know how often I’ll be able to share some highlights of photo I’ve taken that I’m pleased with, but I thought I’d give it a stab. This month I’ll go with this:


I’ve no idea what this is actually a photo of apart from it being some kind of plant, though a reverse image search seems to indicate it’s a Euphorbia esula.

This was taken in the grounds of Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s ill fated wife Anne Boleyn.

Finally, I’m going to leave you with some words of wisdom from Kia Kamgar from a resent post in his newsletter:

So don't worry about what you see on social media before you post. Post what you want, when you want and about what you want. And don't give two shits what others think.

Be genuine, and you'll find your audience.

This sound bit of advice inspired me to give this newsletter idea a try actually. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, but assumed no one would care. After this one, it’s likely they won’t. This is more of just a list of bullet points than I’d envisioned, but as a MVP it gets it out there. If it continues it’ll likely evolve into something a bit more personal hopefully. Also I know the name needs work …

Let me know your thoughts on this first edition. Just reply to this email if you received it in your inbox, or drop me an email.

Kindest regards,

Andy at The Dent