Monday, 30 June 2014

Ever wonder how the BBC spends the 50p? - Daddanomics the economics of being a tightwad Dad


Ever wonder how the BBC spends the 50p? - DAD STUFF FOR MY KIDS



Daddanomics:

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



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Sunday, 29 June 2014

WhatsOnYourStairs - Whats On Your Stairs right now. Got a photo?

The game that's sweeping The Nation

What's on your stairs right now?

Latest gameplay - pictures tweeted here
#WhatsOnYourStairs


Photos in reverse order (most recent first...)


















































"A computer bag and boots" (thanks)




"A Dyson hoover attachment" (thanks)




"2for1Dove sh'poo, plastic award, earphones, mail, mouse n a cheque book & pen" (thanks)




Some lego, a sock and a Hello Kitty shoe (thanks)



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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

SELF-PORTRAITS WITH CAMERAPHONE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

#63 SELF-PORTRAITS WITH CAMERAPHONE

LG Nexus 5, focal Length 1.23mm, exposure 1/15, f/2.9, ISO 783

19:10
We put the artist to bed.

21:30
I checked my phone to put a picture onto the blog.

The settings had all changed and a 3 second timer had been added.

I went into “Gallery”



Here are some of the others








There’s a timeline in here, and if I had the patience, I would turn it into a video cut to the music from Tony Hart’s Take Hart gallery. The clarinet-ty tune, not the vibraphone one.


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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Photos ruined by dogs pooing in the background - fave stuff on the web


Adding this to the list of fave stuff on the web...

- Photos ruined by dogs pooing in the background -

There are a hundreds of sites with "photos ruined by dogs pooing in the background" with the same pictures, so don't know where it first came from... But this link has the funniest order...


http://www.theladbible.com/albums/photos-ruined-by-dogs-pooing/image/6147d70c-890c-11e3-bde9-d4ae52c74096



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BAKUGAN FIREPLACE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery


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Friday, 20 June 2014

BAKUGAN FIREPLACE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

#62 BAKUGAN FIREPLACE - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

Bakugan, various on fireplace surround, cast iron



I don't know if the plural of Bakugan is Bakugan.



But there's a load of them on the fireplace.



I think the collective noun is an 'invasion'.


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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A load of stuff from Frozen... Fave stuff on the web

Finally started a page for my favourite stuff on the web...

Now sitting in the cluttered list at the top of the page.

Here's a new batch to add.

I'm a Dad, so obviously I'm word perfect on most of the songs from Frozen.

Let It Go



And then I started branching out with behind the scenes videos from the recordings...

Frozen: Kristen Bell "Anna" & Idina Menzel "Elsa"



Disney's Frozen: Behind The Scenes - Soundtrack (SPOILERS)



And now foreign versions...

Let It Go - Multi--language "Behind The Mic" version



There's a Canadian French and a French version.

But the 'English' version is American English.

We tried translating it into British English but only got as far as

"Leave it out, leave it out..."


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Monday, 16 June 2014

Tesco is selling to my son in his Infant School Classroom - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

- Tesco is selling to my son in his Infant School Classroom -


(source: some local “news” paper. No credit. No apology.)

I work on scripting for videos - for many chains that aren't Tescos.

I like them.

Weirdly there’s something honest about companies making things directly - with their name on - instead of third-handedly throwing money at things to be sort of linked to something else.


But I bristled when I heard that Tesco took an advertising campaign into my son’s Infant School Classroom.

Don't they realise he's a Lidl (ahem, cough) Waitrose kid?

They're all at it though. So I don't know why I snapped on this one.


Getting him to wear Tesco branded aprons, and be taught about Tesco labelled products.

The campaign is called “Farm To Fork”.

I should lighten up.

If it was targeting my kids, they'd've called it

"Farm to Hands to Wall to Up The Dishwasher Cabinet to Floor"




But it's good -- It's important that he learns how PR, marketing and advertising work, even from this early age...

...So I told him Tesco put horse meat in our bolognese.




Maybe if I do this properly, one day my kids could become Prime Minister.


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Whats On Your Stairs Waiting To Go Up Right Now - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Whats On Your Stairs Waiting To Go Up Right Now - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

- What’s On Your Stairs Waiting To Go Up Right Now? -

What’s on the stairs?

Any stuff waiting to go up?

Britalian Kitchen (awesome blog) tweeted (awesome twitter feed) that their stairs were done...



So time to ask:

What’s On Your Stairs Waiting To Go Up Right Now?



“We’ve got some brown tape, small Sellotape, a Large gap jumper hanging from the banister and a er...cat!



“We’ve now got a Hello Kitty shoe. Some Lego. And a sock.”

What’s On Your Stairs Waiting To Go Up Right Now?
(click here to leave 'em below)


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Friday, 13 June 2014

FIVE CIRCLE HALLWAY SQUIGGLE PART TWO - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

#61 FIVE CIRCLE HALLWAY SQUIGGLE PART TWO - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

"SuckUK" Drumstick Pencil, Black on B&Q Matt Brilliant White Emulsion

So we completely finished the with the Toddler Art.

But then I walked past this.



It's been there for ages now - We hadn't cleaned or erased it off yet.
(It was #50 - FIVE CIRCLE HALLWAY SQUIGGLE)

Huh.

We re-checked Five Circle Hallway Squiggle online.



It ain't Five Circle Hallway Squiggle any more.

It's now somehow magically transformed into Five Circle Hallway Squiggle Part Two.



Maybe the first artwork was incomplete. Or work-in-progress.

We're now watching out for art upon art.


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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

CHiPs - thats Califormia Hi-ghway Patrol -s - MY FAVE TV #28



FAVE TV #28 - CHiPs

This probably follows a little too hot on the heels of Chopper Squad, but if that was the perfect Saturday morning, then the perfect Saturday evening was CHiPs.

Chips intro



I was completely unaware of the dramatic plot that renegade loose cannon Frank Poncherello is being given a final chance by partnering up with laid-back surfer dude Jon Baker (riding in pairs is apparently not the correct procedure in the California Highway Patrol).

And even less aware of the homo-social subtext of its imagery.

Ponch's Disco



But for a 6 year old, big bikes with flashing lights weaving in and out of traffic was hypnotic.

Roller-boot Disco Baddies (they disabled the embedding - opens in new window)



I probably wasn’t the only one who put a sticker on the crossbar and big stick at the back of my Raleigh Tomahawk in 1978.

CHIPS - CRASHES AND BASHES



Remember when it was maybe enough for telly to just sit a camera on the back of a motorcycle and follow the progress of a road chase? Maybe that’s why I’m obsessed with the Tour De France.

CHIPS - ON BIKES!




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Or... here's some of the last few...


#27 Chopper Squad


#26 Late Night with David Letterman
#25 Fave sketch show sketches

#24 Alan Johnston Vigil
#23 TV News sucks
#22 THE GOOD WIFE
#21 ALL TV MUSIC PERFORMANCES FROM THE 1970'S
#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


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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014

Heres to Parents Drinks Cabinets - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

- Here’s to Parents’ Drinks Cabinets -

Museums of alcohol.

My parents had a bottle of solid advocaat.

And a Yellow banana liqueur bottle shaped as bunch of bananas from Tenerife circa ‘86.

I'm probably going to end up leaving my kids two rubberised Cognacs and a bottle of "Los Angeles" flavour Absolut vodka.




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Friday, 6 June 2014

#60 BETTER PLASTIC BOOK ILLUSTRATIN - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

#60 BETTER PLASTIC BOOK ILLUSTRATIN' - Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery

uni-ball GEL IMPACT 1.0mm, Black on Fisher Price Musical Chair, Pink

It’s sad, but this might be the last new entry for our Friday Night Gallery of Toddler Art.

Work from The Artists around the house seems to have been drying up.

Which is either a sign that our yelling and hiding of drawing instruments is finally working, or that we’re in for some more select or better-hidden pieces.

Time to wake up.



I love the sheer anger of this work.

Violent black lines are slashed across the “safe” world underneath.



It’s breakfast time. Cakes! Hooray!

Could the drawing be seen as ‘joining in’ with the legitimate art... or mocking in stark contradiction.

Maybe it’s some kind of rudimentary healthy eating message.



Time to sleep.


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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Thinking Chair or #ThinkingChair - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

- The Thinking Chair or #ThinkingChair -

Life in 2014:
It’s really difficult at the moment to not end up inadvertently trolling a company.



You know, when a company lets you down, and you feel like a chump, because they’ve got the monopoly, and your money, and they’re coming off as oafish.
So you try letting them know about this.

But it never helps, and you look like the one who’s thrown a hissy fit.

The content marketing business currently calls this genre of nonsense “Social”.

Why would a company - an organisation set up to create profit for its owners - be online at 9pm to answer your 140 character shit-fit? If they were honest, surely they would say, proudly, we’re a company with employees and our hours of office business are 9-5. But they don’t. They want to give the impression that they are people.

When toddlers get angry in our local nursery, they’re told to sit on the Thinking Chair.

So I tried out a way of letting companies know that they’ve let me down by inviting them to take a timeout (another nursery phrase) on the “Thinking Chair”.

(The core of this is Daddanomics - the economics of being a Dad).



- Patientline - now known as - Hospedia

Probably the most disingenuous company in the UK.

Rinsing patients for cash with a monopoly on bedside tv sets.

In our limited experience, they don’t wield this monopoly benevolently (and, looking at it with clear eyes, why should they).

When you’re tired, sick, confused, and probably in pain, how would you process why your card would have £5 on it - shown at the bottom of this graphic that’s meant to look ‘pally’ - that’s also confusingly telling you that you have no credit.



I was going to put all the other ThinkingChair nominations here, but can’t bring myself to do it.

What am I trying to prove - that I’m in the right?

I’m not a columnist.

Spreading a company’s misery doesn’t cheer anyone up - should we give them feedback?

Why?

So we can depend on them more fully?

So they can become better at rinsing us for cash?

This could probably do with a joke here.

I’ll try and spend the time writing a nice letter to McDonalds praising the junior manager who let us into the locked Target Roundabout restaurant so the kids could go to the toilet instead.


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