Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Women Are Like Teabags...

Women are like teabags...

You've got to squeeze them till it's alright.

(with apologies to Eleanor Roosevelt).

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

10 Ways You Know You Spend Too Much Time On Twitter

Ten ways you know you've spent too long on twitter.

#10 you avoid all forms of punctuation in the other business of your day

#9 you write a list about twitter. On twitter.

#8 (via @mattleys) Irritation on finding novels etc longer than 140 characters.

#7 you take in all information through a filter of "Peter Serafinowicz is gonna LOVE this"

#6 the British Library becomes a hard copy research tool for punny hastag film titles

#5 dont think twice about walking away midconversation leaving threads you started hanging

(Got any more...?)

@Strummer07 tweeted...

#4 You write something potent & seemingly real important ! & find its >200 characters. Spend 15 mins trying to whittle it down

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Out Of Date Rennies

My packet of Rennies Best Before Date expires this month. Better eat them up now, or... er...

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

More Junk Mail. More Peace Of Mind.

Got more Junk Mail from AXA PPP Healthcare

(All my Junk Mail is here).

So lets see if we can find the offer of Peace of Mind
(All my offers of Peace Of Mind are here).

“Even the affordable plans... still provide Peace Of Mind.”

Got any Pieces Of Peace Of Mind?

Should I start a Peace Of Mind Hall Of Fame?

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

5 tips to bust writers block and procrastination - these work for me.

5 tips that bust writers block and procrastination

I've held onto these from lots of other blog posts like this.

Had them for so long, I can't even credit where they came from - thanks if they were from you, because they seem to work.

1. Go Somewhere Else.
Change the way you feel by changing your environment.

Get to a new place. Coffee shop, that local library you never visit, the kitchen, wherever. Do an hour somewhere else - chances are, you’ll end up staying longer.

2. Do Nothing Social For The First 60 Minutes.
First thing, when you start, no email, no facebook, no twitter, no listening to voicemails.

This is harder than it looks, and the only way to do it is to avoid looking. This is the most effective tip I’ve ever had - it means your day starts as yours. Those friendly messages are great, but none of them - not one of them - will help you get your stuff out of your head. So do that instead first, and have a look an hour later. They will still be there. The difference is, now your stuff is there too.

3. Five Minute Start
Agree to commit the next 5 minutes SOLELY to the task you can’t get started.

Just five minutes. This works.

4. Quiet Hours
Set regular Quiet Hours, where you won’t answer the phone, or email or instant messaging or anything.

For me, two hours is enough. But it’s pretty much the same two hours.
All the tipsters say let the world know and explain what you are doing, so they won’t bother you at those times. I don’t think this is necessary - just set the times, and deal with messages when you re-emerge - victorious that you at least gave yourself a distraction-free window.

5. Being The Mayor Of Whole Foods On Foursquare Isn’t Going To Make Your Idea Happen.

This is my favourite.
I’m not on Foursquare, but I guess it’s about what you do in the time where you ‘go under’. If you can be as obsessive about getting stuff out of your head and onto the page, as you can with an app or a game, that’s a great groove to be in.
(This tip was from here)

Now maybe try closing this window and doing that thing instead?

(unless you want to leave a COMMENT with your own tips for getting started?)

Engaging Kids Online: Maurice Wheeler at TEDxTransmedia 2012

- Why are children drawn to Facebook? What needs does it satisfy?

Here are the development stages:
Copy Cat

Role Player

Control Freak
- The world is scary - time to take control:
1 Collecting - match attacks - Club Penguin puffles
2 Nurturing - pets - Moshi Monsters
3 Customising - changing how bedroom looks - stickers - Habbo Hotel

Tribal Sharer (8/9/10 yrs)
- How you fit in:
1 Badging - facebook
2 Communication - bbm messaging
3 Peer Comparison (competition, or body image) - gaming

Identity Explorer
- Testing new identities:
(eg different circles of friends at guides, church or gym)
Different personalities on different social networks

Confident Consumer

What's also cool about the above is that we don't fully grow out of the stages...

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Pram In Bits

This is instruction 23 of the replacement instructions for the chassis recall on Phil&Teds Explorer pram.

They call it an upgrade.


(Phil&Teds Chassis Recall, by the way, will be the name of my new band).

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Day Of The Toddler

Convinced 9 mth old son will press my neck and accidentally kill me like that bit in Day Of The Jackal. He's got quite a grip. Shame for both of us.

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Monday, 8 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Peace of Mind. Via my junk mail.

Love how my Junk Mail is obsessed with offering me Peace Of Mind.

Here are some from my 2007 collection.

Southern Water - Peace Of Mind Guaranteed

South East Water - Peace Of Mind by Direct Debit

Egg Card - Peace Of Mind, free for one month

Thames Water - Peace Of Mind, for only £5.99 per month

MBNA Europe - Peace Of Mind, for protection from fraud fraud fraudlent fraudlent

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

How Broadcast Magazine photos are done.

How Broadcast Magazine photos are made. (In 1998).

Dont smile. Look down.

I look down.

Now look up.

I look up.

WITHOUT moving your head.

I try doing that, but I can tell he still hasn't got what he's after.

Now look like you don't want to be here.

(See also "How to look AngryDrunk in print")

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