Thursday, 29 August 2013

Buying condoms from supermarkets online - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Buying condoms from supermarkets online -



Dad ideas:
or
Life in 2013:
I want to order every box of condoms from sainsburys.co.uk

...just to see the delivery guy try to explain the substitutions to us.


By the way, look at the Special Offers at the moment.

Something for Before, During, and After...




Here are some other supermarket links.

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Webseries: Remixing youtube videos and other stuff - Mozilla Popcorn

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Webseries: Remixing youtube videos and other stuff - Mozilla Popcorn


Wanted to keep a note of this somewhere, in case it comes in useful...

adding it to The Great Disruption (the place where I'm putting all of these examples).

Mozilla PopcornMaker is a place where you can put other linkable things from the web onto a base video or soundtrack.

Here's a crude example of me having a play with Boney M's 'Belfast'.



Web platforms are emerging that now make it possible to remix videos and add layers of context, effectively extending post-production indefinitely. How does this effect ways we edit and tell stories?

From SpliceVine



Demo: Know your Exit
Real time examples of people saying the same things as the lyrics, pulled in from twitter.
"You can't do that on television, you can't do that in a coffeetable book, you can't do that on a DVD"
(it's here - have a click)



Mozilla PopcornMaker is here

All my links to examples of The Great Disruption are here...

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Using Phonics on Adults is Wrong - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Using Phonics on Adults is Wrong - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Using Phonics on Adults is Wrong -



Daddy - who has had the phonics DVD on all day - is asked by the nice and well-meaning neighbour the name of his daughter.
She's very apologetic, but she's just forgotten her name.

DADDY:
Stella.

NICE & WELL-MEANING NEIGHBOUR:
Della.

DADDY:
Stella.

NICE & WELL-MEANING NEIGHBOUR:
Della?

DADDY:
No, St-ella.

NICE & WELL-MEANING NEIGHBOUR:
Ella?

DADDY:
No...

And this is the moment.

DADDY:
Stella - Sssss - tuh - tuh - tuh - ell - ahh. Ssss - Tuh - Ell - Ahh.

Using phonics on adults is wrong.


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UK Plugs Are The Biggest In The World - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Monday, 26 August 2013

UK Plugs Are The Biggest In The World - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - UK Plugs Are The Biggest In The World -



I love that the UK has the biggest plugs in the World.

When it comes to electricity, we are the most cumbersome.

I’m so proud.

We have got the fattest power.

When you’re on holiday, they’ve got those little dinky sockets for the 2 slender pins…
... and you’re there wrecking it with your massive chunk of plastic...

... then you swing over the iron to the board, and get that THWACK on your calves from one of these babies.

WE'RE THE BIGGEST.

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Hand Cream Mirror - FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY

Friday, 23 August 2013

Hand Cream Mirror - FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY


We hide every pen, pencil, brush, and inky thing in the house.

Every week, though, here's a new work from our gallery of toddler art.

Tonight it's:

HAND CREAM MIRROR

Nivea SPF50 Kids Sun Cream on plain mirrored glass.



Hurried hands used to ironically apply sun block, and literally block our reflection.

It could be seen as an effort to make the transparent, more opaque.


The full gallery of toddler art is here...


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What Men Want - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Some more words I've had to add to my Android dictionary - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Some more words I've had to add to my Android dictionary -



Life in 2013:

Why can't you type simple words like "at" and "go" into the android keyboard and have them come up as predictive text?

Anyway, these are just some of the words that I have inadvertently auto-added to my HTC Android phone User dictionary, or at some stage must've thought I might need to type more than once...

I'm on the English (United Kingdom) dictionary, but these are in proper English usage (by me)...

Ack
agh
arsey
Asda
Aussie
autocue
babysitter
BAFTA
barmy
Baz
bluesky
breville
bulletpoints
bunking (as in bunking off)
busk
cardio
cbeebies
cc'ing
Christmassy
ciao (I have no idea why I felt I need to use this word ever)
clunkier
conker
crinkle
cuppa
deets (as in can't be arsed to type details)
defo (as in can't be arsed to type definitely)
Dick
Dickie
dishy
embed
Emmerdale
faff
Fantasia
frappe
Hellbeast (yes, it's right to have a capital H on that)
Hoovering
Jiffy
jobbing
Kidston (a lot of correspondence with my wife must involve this Cath)
lids (why isn't that in there?!)
msgs (the singular msg is built-in already, but not the plural)
nutter
oi
Peppa
pinging
prang
prez
railway (maybe the built-in calls it a railroad...)
saville
scrawlings
screengrabs
sendout
sharpish
showreel
slagging
sleeting
soundbite
splutter
stitchup
sweary (as in sweary cakes - link here)
tong
topsy
vid
weightier (sorry, but heavier doesn't have the same weight)
Yeti (link here)


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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Tasty - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Tasty -



The word “Tasty” is meant to sound like it is a compliment about your food.

"Ooh, that's really tasty."

But it is a bit like your friend saying that they can hear your singing.

Your food has taste. And your singing is audible.

And by the way, you can really be seen tonight.


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When straight men talk to each other - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

When straight men talk to each other - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - When straight men talk to each other -

[I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT PHOTO TO PUT HERE - MAYBE A PICTURE OF ME WAVING BEING LAMELY TRYING TO LOOK FRIENDLY]



Straight men rarely talk to each other.

When they do, and the conversation really gets going... One of the men will inevitably drop the word "girlfriend" or "woman", in order to subtly infer their straightness.

It's as if the conversation might "go a little gay" until a reminder of "women" is made.

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Here's why I'm doing this

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Words that piss me off - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Words That Piss Me Off -




Learned or Learnt
I always end up using 'learnt'. Feels blunter.

Cannot or Can not
Donot see what's wrong with cannot.

Lead or Led
Always end up using lead, for some reason.

While or Whilst
'Whilst' always feels too 'written'. Even though people seem to genuinely use it...

Zero or 'O'
I always flip between the two while (not whilst) reading out my credit card - like I've suddenly lost confidence in one, mid-number.

Medicine
I never understand why people swallow the 'i' and pronounce it Med-sin. I don't get it. Where did that come from?


See also: Words I have had to manually add to my Android Dictionary

Or: Words that I like


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Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery - BLACKBOARD FREQUENCY


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Friday, 9 August 2013

Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery - BLACKBOARD FREQUENCY


Here's another one for our gallery of toddler art. I did mention that we hide anything and everything that could possibly draw, right? Anyway, tonight it's...


BLACKBOARD FREQUENCY

Black crayon on white matt emulsion



This artwork just keeps going.



And going - into the corner...



Right up behind the first object it hits.



It's a clever subversion of the clearly marked out blackboard wall - a negative space cut into by the background colour of the permitted creative area.

Why it doesn't stop, we don't know.

Here's a video. You can probably detect the sheer excitement and appreciation in my voice for this new non-chalk-based piece.




The full gallery of toddler art is here...


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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Toddler laptop graveyard - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Toddler laptop graveyard -

Life in 2013:
A moment's silence for our fallen.
Taken from us by hands so fast and so small.
Your brief time in this world (in our house) will not be forgotten.


The Pink Phillips one (2005-2010)
Pick the letters off the keyboard game.


Macbook Pro (2012-2013)
Plummet caused by leads being pulled.


Acer Inspire One (2010-2010)
Dropped on laminate floor while leaping to get to the toddler.

[PICTURE NOT HERE]

Asus eee 901(2009-2011)
Pint of water over the keyboard while dashing to catch toddler.

(See also: Daddanomics)


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Aftershave - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Monday, 5 August 2013

Seventies TV Music Performances - FAVE TV #21



FAVE TV #21 - ALL TV MUSIC PERFORMANCES FROM THE 1970'S

Haven't done a favourite 100 TV moments post since December last year.
(CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST)

But this is a bit of a beast, and I need somewhere to put all these links.

It's "all TV music performances from The Seventies", and it's the obscure ones that rock, for me.

Mainly because 2 inch video tape machines were scarce and cumbersome, so what went out was either live or had to be done in one take wobbles and all.

So in no particular order - except "Belfast" by Boney M because it's my complete favourite...


Belfast - Boney M



It's the bit at 2:44 that does it for me -- Bobby Farrell going for it on cue with the cape.

Fox - S-S-Single bed (1976)




5000 Volts - Doctor Kiss Kiss




Kursaal Flyers - Little Does She Know



When it was alright to have cameras in shot.
This kind of stuff's seen as indulgent now, rather than sharing something with the viewer.
Funny how the web's taken on this kind of meta-communication instead...
Just realised nearly every bit of music I link to is probably written by Mike Batt...

The Rah Band - The Crunch



When this track came on we all went quiet.
Dropped our jaws to the floor.
And let it play in real time.



It got to the end, and the six-year old said very quietly (having giggled all the way through it)... "Can I see that again?"

So on it went.



I had to rewind to the Simon Bates intro, and whack on the subtitles to get who this was.
(The BBC subtitlers are saints in our noisy house.)

We watched it five more times.
I've watched a lot of old telly (sometimes as a job).
But I've never seen or heard this.
So I started looking up other videos about them.

Enjoy.

Deborah Evans-Stickland interview part 1


Deborah Evans-Stickland interview part 1


Flying Lizards on Australian 'Countdown' on 30.03.1980



#22 clip might appear here -->

#20 Tiswas
#19 The Cinema Ads
#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


Saturday, 3 August 2013

More Seth Godin Stuff



I'm such a Seth Godin fanboy...

...but need to clear these out of my inbox and put on my shrine to Seth Godin posts...


Dancing on the edge of finished
For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we're never finished, and that's okay.
It's a dance, not an endless grind.
Full post here...


Civilization
There are always shortcuts available. Sometimes it seems like we should spend less money taking care of others, less time producing beauty, less effort doing the right thing--so we can have more stuff. Sometimes we're encouraged that every man should look out for himself, and that selfishness is at the heart of a productive culture. In the short run, it's tempting indeed to trade in a part of civilized humanity to get a little more for ourselves at the end of the day. And it doesn't work.

We don't need more stuff. We need more civilization. More respect and more dignity. We give up a little and get a lot.
Full post here...


But I don't want to do that, I want to do this
"If you've built an app that won't be profitable unless you're featured on the front page of iTunes, the problem isn't with the front page of iTunes, the problem is with the design of your app. Ideas built to spread are more likely to spread.

If your plan requires getting picked and you're not getting picked, you need a new plan. I'm betting it will turn out far better in the end, but yes, indeed, I understand that it's harder than being anointed. Your talent deserves the shift in strategy that will let you do your best work.

The problem isn't that it's impossible to pick yourself. The problem is that it's frightening to pick yourself. It's far easier to put your future into someone else's hands than it is to slog your way forward, owning the results as you go."
Full post here...


Harvest demand or create it?
Except the answer isn't to poach demand at the last minute. The answer is to redefine the market into something much smaller and more manageable. You don't need to persuade everyone that you have a great idea, you merely need to persuade one person. And then make it easy for that person to share.
Full post here


Q&A: The resiliency of Permission Marketing
"For the individual or small organization, all the social networks provide you with a fork in the road. Either you can work around the edges, spamming your way to more followers and more noise, figuring out how to make some sort of make-believe metric increase as a result of your efforts. Or, you can use these networks as a new form of 1:1 interaction, making promises and keeping them. This second path means that your followers are actually followers and that your friends are closer than ever to becoming friends."
Full post here


Your Permanent Record
"...Everyone has failed, everyone has misspoken, everyone has meant well but done the wrong thing. Your favorite restaurants, cafes and books have all gotten a one-star review along the way. No brand is perfect, no individual can pretend to be either.

Perfect can't possibly be the goal, we're left with generous, important and human instead."
Full post here


In the meantime, putting all my links for The Great Disruption on their own page here...


All my fave Seth Godin posts are here.

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RAINBOW DAMAGE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

Friday, 2 August 2013

RAINBOW DAMAGE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery


Another item from our ever-growing Gallery of Toddler Art.

RAINBOW DAMAGE

Coloured pencil (Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Yellow, Brown, Dark Blue, Light Blue) on B&Q White Matt Brilliant White Value Emulsion



This is a nice one - a lot of work has gone into this.

More work, obviously, than went into hiding all the coloured pencils in the house.



Almost as if to make the point that our hiding is ineffectual, the biggest variety pencils possible has been deployed to form this: a damaged rainbow.

Or coloured rain.



Yet for all the exuberance of the colour choice, the size of happy vandalism has been contained within a relatively small surface area.




The full gallery of toddler art is here...


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