Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Reset Password - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - The Reset Password -



The Reset Password
When a company website is so hard to get through, it's easier to reset your entire password or re-register every single time you use the site.

Here's all the other words I've tried to find...

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Why I hate the word Baffled - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Why I hate the word Baffled - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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I'm baffled!
(I'm not even going to attempt to make an effort to decode or seek to understand you.)

I'm baffled!
(Better than that, I'm boasting to you that I'm not even going to attempt to make an effort to decode or seek to understand what you're telling me.)

I'm baffled!
(I'm bragging that I'm giving your train of thought a big fat shrug.)

I'm baffled!
(I haven't the courage to tell you that I think what you've said is cack. And now it's your job to muster the strength to start again to explain it to me or go away).

I'm baffled!
(I'm sitting in judgement of you, and now it's your job to muster the strength to start again to explain it to me or go away).

Journalists who regularly use the word "tellingly" in their columns deserve a good kick in the hole too. But that's for another post.


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Monday, 23 September 2013

The most worthless item my family owns - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS



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Cleared out mum & dad's loft, and gained this...


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Friday, 20 September 2013

MORE PENCIL RAMPAGE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery



MORE PENCIL RAMPAGE



HB Staedtler pencil, black on various



In an echo of "PENCIL RAMPAGE", more random pencil works have been found around the house.




This speaks to some of the problems of curating the Toddler Art Gallery: We cannot be sure if these were created at the same time as the original work, or if this is a new work in its own right.




Either way, these works are now catalogued under this new title of "More Pencil Rampage".

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How we use NHS Direct - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - How we use NHS Direct -

"I examined myself and emailed the pictures to NHS Direct.
Apparently, that’s not how it works."



NHS Direct is brilliant.

They just keep calm, however much you're trying not to freak out. We thought our baby had eaten a piece of jigsaw puzzle.



Some of them were chewed and had slobber on, and he was crying. We were really worried. It was an adult puzzle that he'd got hold of and we were really worried what it might do to his digestive system, or maybe it'll block his windpipe or something.

If I hold him upside down and try to get it out would I kill him through shaken baby syndrome? All of these are worries that you get when you're sleep deprived.

Anyway, we called NHS Direct, who ascertained within about 20 seconds that it was a puzzle piece made of cardboard, and they asked if we'd seen him actually eating it.

We hadn't.

So their advice was, "have you counted the pieces?"

We hadn't.

About 400 of them.

I say about 400 of them, it was exactly 400 of them.

Good old NHS Direct.


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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

TV Licence Fee - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

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Ever wonder how exactly the BBC spends the 50p, in the £145.50 TV Licence Fee?

Bet it's for something really good.

(I love, by the way, that I needed to black out my TV Licence number. Cos God forbid anyone renews my TV Licence in their name).

See also: "Daddanomics"


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Seth Godin on criticism


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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Seth Godin on criticism



Adding more favourite posts from Seth Godin into the place where I keep my favourite Seth Godin posts...

ON CRITICISM

But What Do People Really Think
Hint: You won't find out by searching for yourself on Twitter or Facebook. You won't find out by eavesdropping in the lounge, either. Or by reading the reviews.
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The Worst Feedback Is Indifference
But all of this is the feedback we get when we touch a nerve and are doing work that matters enough to care about.
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The Critic Stumbles
No one has ever built a statue to a critic, it's true. On the other hand, it's only the people with statues that get pooped on by birds flying by.
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Critics and the Dip
But the real takeaway for me is how small-minded, snarky and downright mean the three judges are. Even (or especially) when they are surprised by his performance, they act as if they somehow deserve to sit in judgment of him.
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Conservation of energy in conversation
If you escalate (cut off in traffic, angry at the gate agent, frustrated at your boss), you've just added (negative) energy to a conversation.
If you escalate (high-pitched enthusiasm, a hug, encouraging words), you've just added (positive) energy to a conversation.

Once the energy is added, it has to go somewhere. Often, the person you're engaging with throws it right back, or even increases it. A talented, mature person might take your negative energy and de-escalate it, or even swallow it and permit the conversation to calm down or end. But don't count on it.
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Pretend Staff Uniforms - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Pretend Staff Uniforms - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

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I like it when you go into a shop, coincidentally wearing clothes that resemble the staff uniforms there.

Like a yellow t-shirt and blue fleece in IKEA. Or a suit in John Lewis.

Starts all sorts of conversations.


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More sources for daughter names - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Monday, 2 September 2013

More sources for daughter names - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - More sources for daughter names -




Some more sources for baby girl names.
(To add to our List of Rejected Daughter Names).

Lettuce types;
(Mizula... Watercress... Purslane... Chard... Rocket...)

Moons of Jupiter...
(Callisto... Kale... Io... Gannymede... Chaldene...)
...there’s 67 of them

Genres of Dance Music;
(Desi, Nu-Prog, Techno, Emo, Gangsta, EBM, Ragga, Zydeco? Dark-wave, Deep House or Blip-hop...)

Synonyms for backbone;
(Pluck, Spirit, Spine, Moxie, Grit, Spunk...)

Designs of Sofa;
(Divan or Sedan... or even names of sofa models)

Roads In Surrey
(Alfold... Crondall... Fifield... B3000...)

Female Cosmetic Product Scientific Nonsense Buzzwords
(Ceramide... Action-Liposome... Tenseur... Peptide... Microlift... Wrinkle-reducing hexapeptide... Borage Oil... Imperata Cylindrica... etc etc etc)

UPDATE @EadonL suggested
"I found famous alcoholics a great help when choosing my son's name"

Our rejected list of girls names is here

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