Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Mayor of Reykjavik is a dude... - fave stuff on the web

The Mayor of Reykjavík is a dude...

An Icelandic friend pointed me in the direction of this:

"It goes like this ... This slogan was actually used and you can buy a T-shirt with it. They have it in children sizes ...and did you know that he mayor of Reykjavík is one of our best standup comedian?"



After I'd seen this -- Why Iceland should be on the news, but isn't.
"...What happened next was extraordinary. The belief that citizens had to pay for the mistakes of a financial monopoly, that an entire nation must be taxed to pay off private debts was shattered, transforming the relationship between citizens and their political institutions and eventually driving Iceland’s leaders to the side of their constituents..."



HELVITIS FOKKING FOKK!


More on Jon Gnarr here

Added this to the rest of my fave stuff on the web here

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Train Disabled Toilet Door song - DAD STUFF FOR MY KIDS

Train Disabled Toilet Door song



The disabled toilet automatic doors on the train,
Are so very slow to move, it's a bit of a pain.
They're kindly built for the differently-abled, not me,
I must stand there and wait before I begin my wee.

The access is good and inclusive and right,
For years campaigners this privilege did fight.
But these eternal seconds are giving me the hump,
All I want to do is start my dump.

I was stood there.
Like a lemon.
Doing my thing now.
Feels like heaven.

We have to check that no disabled are near,
So we can enter their only bogs without fear.
I've seen men forget to press the button marked 'lock'.
The door opens and the whole carriage can see his what he's doing.

-- INSERT VIDEO OF DOOR CLOSING WITH THE COUNTDOWN MUSIC OVER THE TOP --



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Monday, 20 October 2014

When Copyright Spoils The Very Thing Its Meant To Protect - THE GREAT DISRUPTION

When Copyright Spoils The Very Thing Its Meant To Protect - THE GREAT DISRUPTION

I try to get down the struggle that legacy media is creating for itself, and put it on a page called The Great Disruption.
There's a link below.


© GRUNDY PRODUCTIONS PTY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

When I was 14, I got the official "Neighbours" T-shirt.
It had a huge logo across the chest in the correct blue on white fabric.
Very 1986.
But it also had a MASSIVE copyright notice right underneath it, that ran pretty much across the full width.
© GRUNDY PRODUCTIONS PTY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I didn't have a clue what a PTY was - and pretty sure most 14 year olds didn't either.
I even remember the full stop on that PTY.
Why is there legal punctuation on a Tee that's celebrating (or plugging) the show?

Because it's there perhaps for the people who made it, not for the people who (might) want to buy it.

An arse-covering exercise across a teenager's chest.
Trendy!



Back to 2014, my wife brought back this Wicked mug as a reminder of her great night out.

It's a lovely all-over print design, with a witty inscription on the middle (Defy Gravity)...



....and dirty great big fat ugly copyright and trademark notices all over the logo.

What's funny to me is... the thing being spoilt by the very thing that meant to protect it?


And not sure that's going to fly in the Great Disruption.

I'll add this to all the other examples in The Great Disruption.



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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The worst substance known to mankind - ADVENTURES OF A TIGHTWAD DAD #TightwadDad

- The worst substance known to mankind -



The worst substance known to mankind is the dust on stuff bought from a car boot sale.

It always smells like “someone else”.

Remember going to a mate’s house after-school, and it would just “smell” different?

That.
That smell.


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Monday, 13 October 2014

The Forrestry Commission is basically a car-park operator - ADVENTURES OF A TIGHTWAD DAD

The Forrestry Commission is basically a car-park operator



I was trying to convince my son that you dont have to spend money to have a good time or be happy.

He wanted some glow sticks from the 99p Store, so I tried to remind him about the trip we took last week where we walked up a really steep hill.
ME:
You remember that don’t you? We had a great time - and that was just walking up a hill. We didn’t spend any money there to be happy, did we?

LONG PAUSE.

5 YR OLD SON:
You spent money in the car park. You put money in the machine when you drived us there.



He was right.

Which means I think maybe he is absolutely in the right.

The Forrestry Commission is basically a car-park operator

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Monday, 6 October 2014

This Seasons Must-Haves... and other dread phrases in the supermarket - #TightwadDad

This Seasons Must-Haves... and other dread phrases in the supermarket



This was on my facebook feed:
"make-up bag must-haves from the likes of Sam Faiers and Christine Bleakley...."



I'm taking a wild and unfair punt that Tesco's Must-Haves aren't water, oxygen and companionship.

Must-haves.
It's terminology that's smudged over from glossy magazines into "real life".
There are signs in the stores brandishing the dread word/phrase "Must-have" in the stores now.

How about this Season's Must-Have: Long hours at work. To pay for the Must-Haves for next season.
Next season's Must-Have: Being happy with what you've got.

Sorry - saying all this in the wrong place.



See also:
PEACE OF MIND (the collection of pieces of peace of mind)

MORE SUPERMARKET WISDOM (signs and receipts and stuff)


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