Wednesday, 31 October 2012

FAVE TV #19 - THE CINEMA ADS (DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS)


FAVE TV #19 - THE CINEMA ADS

Alright, this is a step beyond my favourite 100 TV moments (which are all coming together here... CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST)

But when we went to the pictures, before the Internet, this used to be the only other place you'd get to see TV ads.

Except, what was magical about them, was that they weren't quite TV ads.

Behold, the cinema ads we used to watch (with a hat tip to writing buddy Ed Dyson).

Various cinema advert reels (1950s-2003, UK)



oh go on... have some more

Yet more cinema advert reels (1950s-2003, UK)




#20 clip might appear here -->

<<--- #18 Mystery Science Theater 3000
#17 Space Ghost, Coast To Coast
#16 The Adverts
#15 Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation
#14 LE TOUR DE FRANCE
#13 Engelbert Humperdinck on the BBC VT Xmas tape 1979
#12 My favourite clip about writing TV sitcoms
#11 Pipkins
#10 The Best Action Scene Ever, Ever, Ever


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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Old People Sodcasting - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Old People Sodcasting -



Life in 2012:

Old people hate youngsters playing tunes in public places on their phones.

It's called Sodcasting.

But youngsters are pretty tolerant of old people not knowing how to turn off their keypad tones when texting in public.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Derren Brown stunt on the train - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

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Life in 2012:
Weirdest thing on the train.

If you make eye contact with people walking towards you down the aisle looking for a seat, they never sit next to you.

I've even made eye-contact with commuters who have got as far as turning to sit down and then for some reason think better of it and move somewhere else.

The only time this doesn't work is with people coming up the aisle from behind me, and men who are... how can I put this without sounding judgmental...

The kind of men who are comfortable enough to pull something like this out of their bag with their flask...



He then went on to eat a banana, in the tidiest way possible.


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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Toddlers Dialling 999 - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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Mummy heard her phone talking.

She picked it up.

"Hello? Which Emergency Service do you require?"

Our 18 month old toddler had pushed her chair up to the radiator cover, and dialed 999.

The operator said she'd had a nice chat.

Turns out you can get away with it if you have a nice chat.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Great Disruption - social media that has a disproportionate response


Adding this to
Why my favourite 10 bits of social media get a disproportionate response...

From Peter Day's World of Business

A Great Disruption

...Because it relies on a disruptive new relationship that's not top-down but bottom up.
Cries have gone up from all corners of the working world that things have got to change, that capitalism is broken and that the system can’t go on in the same ways as before.


GlobalBiz: A Great Disruption
(RIGHT CLICK ON THIS LINK, AND SAVE AS or SAVE TARGET AS to download)
Or click on the PLAY button above


1:33 Jay Rodgers:
"We've always known, that for whatever particular thing you're working to do, that there may be somebody who's done it before. Or there may be someone who simply has a better idea about how to get it done.

When we got into the web 2.0 era, where you could not only broadcast on the internet, but take back in feedback - it brought about a world where suddenly you could imagine finding the smartest person to work on a specific solution."

Alan Moore - author, No Straight Lines
7:09 "We've created a working environment for many people, which makes them unhappy.

They are functioning only towards creating shareholder return and monetary value.

But actually this isn't the reason why we want to work, and these aren't the reasons why these organisations should exist in the first place.

7:45 "To ask a CEO to understand - really get their head around what makes a human being work and operate is a really big ask.

Business and organisations inherently changing themselves to be socially organised and orientated around a different type of belief system.

If you take an organisation that says by coming alongside our customers - by actually saying our customers are our co-creators, our co-workers, our marketeers.

We are now having a very different type of dynamic relationship:
we're learning as an organisation, by listening and working with our customers.
We're making better products, because in fact our customers are telling us how to do that.

What we do know is that in today's world, people are seeking to work and collaborate together in different types of ways.

Leadership in that context is the stewardship of enabling people to come with you willingly, rather than dictating how people are going to operate and function."

Jay Rodgers, Local Motors, Arizona - on The Forge
24:00 "What is it that people get from collaborating?
They get fame. They get notoriety. They get education. They get the right to have their name on the side of the product, which is about pride. And then they win money.

So it is a different construct than the idea of I sign employment contract.

I'm bored at my desk.
I'm told by some boss somewhere who ostensibly knows what it is that I am supposed to be doing.
That this is what I'll be working on for the day, the week, the month, the year.

So we're changing the constructs. And some of it is better. And I expect some of it is less stable and therefore worse for people, so we don't have it licked."

Also features Clayton Christensen speaking about
What media companies can learn from the Japanese car industry
And here's a great article on this here...



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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Favourite blog posts and articles


This is the one place I'll put blog posts and articles I like...

...So I've got somewhere to find them again.


Angels and Errors: How the Harrow & Wealdstone Disaster Helped Shape Modern Britain

"In October 1952 Britain suffered its worst ever peace time rail accident. It was a disaster that would change the country forever."
- Basically, "triage" was brought to disasters in the UK by accident, because a US army base medical team was nearby by chance...

Full article here




Stewpot - Ed Stewart, The Worst Memoir In Showbiz History (by Danny Baker)

Naturally every page is soaked in this vile trite bilge. (Notably though, for an ex pirate radio DJ and BBC pop picker throughout the most tumultuous times in youth culture not a single mention of any meetings with pop stars at all) However it is in his love life that we are given the most pause.

"I met my wife when she was 13, in 1970…" P.146 (He was 34 at this point)

"I arrived (at her parents) at 7pm and was greeted at the door by what I can only describe as a 13 year old apparition! She was simply stunning." (P147)

"…(the following year, so 14 now) I travelled to Italy to see her. I had just split from Eve Graham of The New Seekers and so, as the song goes, I was "Free Again"! P153 He marries the poor girl when she is 17. Elsewhere -

Full article here
http://soreeyes.org/archive/2005/06/05/stewpot/



Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness



Having read this post by Todd Miro, I can't stop spotting this in film and TV drama... to paraphrase:
"Those of you who watch a lot of Hollywood movies may have noticed a certain trend that has consumed the industry in the last few years. It is one of the most insidious and heinous practices that has ever overwhelmed the industry.

I speak of course, of THE COLOR GRADING VIRUS THAT IS TEAL & ORANGE!!!"
He explains it, in full, brilliantly here
http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hollywood-please-stop.html


There's even a Part 2 here
http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/teal-and-orange-part-2.html


It's everywhere - checkout the redheads in the icy blue cold outdoors




Are you the office martyr?


...few things have the ability to grate quite like the 3am email from a co-worker, cc-ing in everyone but the cleaner, which on the surface reads like a friendly update but which we all know has the not-so-hidden message, “Just wanted to let you know that while you were snuggled up in your goose-down duvet, I was at work.” It tends to come from the same person who refuses help, thinks delegation is a dirty word and can’t possibly take a holiday in case it pushes the company into liquidation. It’s the office martyr.
Full article here


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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cbeebies Ladies - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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Got this lovely tweet this week.



It's lovely because it was so unexpected, and without agenda or criteria simply asks... top 3 Cbeebies ladies, name them.



On impulse and without pause for thought, out they flowed.

And without even giving it second thought, I'll bet that even the most jaded and sleep-deprived Dad in the UK would be able to name their top three too.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sainsbury's Tiger Bread Letter

Just added this to
My favourite 10 bits of social media that get a disproportionate response... (click here)

Sainsbury's Tiger Bread letter


This is tiger bread.



This family's daughter wrote a letter to Sainsbury's



The family blog about the letter, and its response - linked here.


This is the reply:



I think renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea - it looks so much more like the blotches on a giraffe than the stripes on a tiger

from the family's blog




Pictures of the letters trended on twitter - sample news story linked here





And all of this probably speaks to what Seth Godin termed:
"Do you have a people policy?"
"Hard to imagine a consultant or investor asking the CMO, "so, what's your telephone strategy?"

And then the internet comes along and it's mysterious and suddenly we need an email strategy and a social media strategy and a web strategy and a mobile strategy.

No, we don't.

All of these media are conduits, they are tools that human beings use to waste time or communicate or calculate or engage or learn. Behind each of the tools is a person."
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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Welsh Sofas and the Happy Palestinian on The RDA with John Gordillo S1E02PT2


The second part of the second episode of The Recommended Daily Allowance on BBC Choice, 4th July 2000



Welsh Sofas and the Happy Palestinian on The RDA with John Gordillo S1E02PT2

0:00 Look at that - it's a happy Palestinian. "I can name all of The Corrs!"
1:00 Cabinet Ministers cut to the music of Vangellis. The Many Faces Of David Blunkett MP
1:40 Tease of today's guest: author, undertaker Howard Hodgson.
3:00 Welsh Sofas: Why all sofas are made in South Wales. (Directed by Rob Farquhar)

The Welsh Sofa concept was based on a gag written by Dan Tetsell and Danny Robins.

John smashed his hand in the camera van door, and... still in shock with two broken fingers, his face went sheet white for the rest of filming, breaking continuity.


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Friday, 5 October 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Behind The Door...


#14 - Behind The Door...



Black whiteboard marker pen on Dulux Lilac Echo matt emulsion for interior walls

This is a clever piece from The Artists.

At first glance, these could be marks made by furntiure against the walls.

The glancing swipes defy the height of the usual work by The Artists.

But look harder... longer... and you're rewarded for your effort by a signature just next to the doorframe. Confirmation on a different plane that yes, these marks the door has revealed are intentional.


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