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Back in 2000, everything seemed so clear.
And I'm embarrassed to say I think I probably was on a wrong course.

It took me to hit 44 to realise that I am an Introvert.

And that that's okay.

My struggle was trying to keep up with Extroverts.

Or worse, trying to be one myself.

But they're idiots.
Lovely, loud, impressive, entertaining, act-now-think-later, loveable idiots.

And though they'd never say it.
They need Introverts to do the deep thinking, in solitude, or on one-on-one, for them.

Which is what I do best.
So brilliantly that I'm embarrassed to say it.

Now I show up, by thinking of stuff, and writing it down.

I have no idea where it is all going, but I'm happy.
And that scares me.
It's easier fitting in and doing a job that doesn't involve that.

But I fear I've constructively dismissed myself from being employed like that ever again. So I just keep thinking up stuff and writing it down.

Last week I crossed the road with Dad outside his flat.
He lead the way, and then 20 metres along we passed the brand new zebra crossing put there. He snorted at himself, turned to me and said "Dunno why I don't use that. I don't like to! And I don't know why..."

I know exactly why.

Like me, he's an Introvert.

And he doesn't want to inconvenience other people so much, that it is easier for him to not cause someone to have to stop to allow him to cross the road.
Because it means he's not impinging on someone else's drive, trip or day.

We're big dumb loveable idiots too.

There are different flavours of Introversion, but I think this is how we operate in the world.

Anyway, all of that, happily, has come from seeing this, and reading her book, "Quiet" (amazon link here).

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Society looks like it's skewed towards the Extroverts - the emphasis placed on the importance of group activity in school... offices made open-plan as the norm... the hundreds and hundreds of TV shows about 'performing', solely to please a judge or gatekeeper...

(By the way,
what happened to the TV shows that were about expressing yourself?
On your own terms?
Not to impress a judge?
Because that's who you are?
Curiously, these are the storytelling basics of Disney-Pixar, and our audience response probably shows they make for much much more compelling stories).

But it's not surprising, because Extroverts naturally make more noise about it being the 'right thing to do'.

Nature created a perverse balance... because Extroverts need someone to perform to or boss around (boss around... not lead)...

And maybe, just maybe that's another reason why we have Introverts.

If you're an Extrovert, don't be scared of us.

I know it's weird that we don't engage with your public displays of Alpha behaviour.

And that you don't trust us, because we're not making as much noise as you are.

But maybe we're thinking up something even better - as well as the right time to put it into the world.

Came across this -- adding it to my list of fave stuff on the web.

It ties in with hearing Tom Rath talk about "Eat Move Sleep" on this podcast here - all about how 'how you think' ripples out and has a bigger effect than you think.

But this - woah this - here's some Ctrl-C and V highlights:

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

"...rational reasons for optimism and for removing from my life the people who liked to complain:

1. “Synapses that fire together wire together.”
Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross... The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it... more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together–in essence... easier for the thought to trigger. Therefore, your first mystical scientific evidence: your thoughts reshape your brain

2. Shortest Path Wins the Race.
...even more exciting is the fact that the synapses you’ve most strongly bonded together (by thinking about more frequently) come to represent your default personality...
Through repetition of thought, you’ve brought the pair of synapses that represent your proclivities closer and closer together, and when the moment arises for you to form a thought ( and thus throw our metaphorical ball of electric energy), the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel

3. Acceptance vs Regret, Drift vs Desire, Love Vs Fear.
(Your) two choices were simple, regardless of the flavor you put on them: Love or Fear; Acceptance or Regret; Drift or Desire; Optimism or Pessimism.

5. Stress will kill you.
...the thing about all this negativity, of regretting, of attachment to desires, of pointless complaining about impermanent things that will always continue to pass in an existence where time moves forward—the thing is: it all causes stress.

But regardless of what it brings your way, your choice is simple: Love or Fear."

And the full article here:

Saw the link after just seeing this by chance on youtube...

George Carlin on God, the planet, and "the freak show"

"I'm divorced from it now - George, you don't have an emotional stake in this, so just watch it, have fun... some of us get to sit there with notebooks"

Can't look away from the parallels between digital and online experiments and the buzz of trying out new stuff, and what it must have been like working in TV in the 1950's...

The not really knowing what truly works...

Relying on legacy media techniques and practices to draw upon (which back then were radio, stage and film)...

Anyway, here's Sid Caesar talking about creating content in the 1950's.

Sid Caesar on losing his temper - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Loved this section at 5:15 - about writing and creating TV
You don't pick at little things.
When it's all over, then you take a look at the rehearsal.
Then you say this is what I don't like. But you don't pick.

When somebody's creating something, you don't pick at it.
You let it develop first.
Any way it goes.
While we were writing, we'll write more, we'll cut later.
Because then you keep the flow going.
When you keep the flow going, you keep the creative juices going.
Because when you're on a roll, it's very difficult to get on a roll.
When you do get on a roll, you've got to keep it going.
Don't pick pick pick. You learn that.

here's the whole damn thing:

Sid Caesar Interview Part 1 of 6 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Golden Girls vs. Super Golden Friends

Adding "Super Golden Friends"... Here it is in all its glory...

And it's even gone onto an online series in its on right.

But I couldn't help myself.
It's funny because you remember the original,
but I couldn't help playing it alongside the original...
just to see what it would look like.

(And I muted it because "Enchanted" was playing in the background, and I didn't want to incur a yelling-at by a third copyright holder...)

Golden Girls vs. Super Golden Friends

"Thank you for being a friend. Travelled down the road and back again.
Your heart is true.
You're a pal and a confidante.
And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me,
and the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend."

Man who invented the Shopping Mall... and how it bit him on the bum at home

This is brilliant - Had no idea about this: how shopping malls were invented...
when, why and by whom.

According to this, it's Victor Gruen - who had the best of intentions...
In 1968, Gruen moved from L.A. back to Vienna, back to the greenery and plazas he had been trying to imitate. But he could not escape his own creation.

A shopping mall was being built on the edge of town. In Gruen’s mind, Vienna was already perfect; it didn’t need a mall the way the broken American suburbs did. As he saw it, his original vision had been totally skewed.

About 10 years after his return to Vienna, Gruen gave a speech in which he declared, “I refuse to pay alimony for these bastard developments.”

The link is here...

The documentary's here:

Every single Academy Award nominated screenplay and Oscar winning scripts

(sort of - google the filename if the links are broken)
Link to the scripts is here.

The entire NASA Soundcloud

NASA gifted a tonne of audio to the world... behold their soundcloud page

Royalty free sound effects... and those soundbites... those soundbites...

Never knew it was "Houston, we've had a problem."

How to organise Lego bricks

The best way to store Lego, courtesy of MadEvilScientist
Who spent a lot of time working out an amazing way to organise all the bricks - LINK HERE.

I would mock, but our floors currently look like this.

These men are sheer legends in our home right now...

The voices behind the Transformers.

We looked it up and turns out that Peter Cullen was the voice of Optimus Prime back in the 80's, and was asked back to perform in the movies.

The Mayor of Reykjavík is a dude...

An Icelandic friend then 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..."


- Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era -

If only for the bit at 02:20... this is going on the list.

- 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...


- A load of stuff from FROZEN -

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..."

Angels and Errors: How the Harrow & Wealdstone Disaster Helped Shape Modern Britain

"In October 1952 Britain suffered its worst ever peace time rail accident. It was a disaster that would change the country forever."
- Basically, "triage" was brought to disasters in the UK by accident, because a US army base medical team was nearby by chance...

Full article here

Stewpot - Ed Stewart, The Worst Memoir In Showbiz History (by Danny Baker)

Naturally every page is soaked in this vile trite bilge. (Notably though, for an ex pirate radio DJ and BBC pop picker throughout the most tumultuous times in youth culture not a single mention of any meetings with pop stars at all) However it is in his love life that we are given the most pause.

"I met my wife when she was 13, in 1970…" P.146 (He was 34 at this point)

"I arrived (at her parents) at 7pm and was greeted at the door by what I can only describe as a 13 year old apparition! She was simply stunning." (P147)

"…(the following year, so 14 now) I travelled to Italy to see her. I had just split from Eve Graham of The New Seekers and so, as the song goes, I was "Free Again"! P153 He marries the poor girl when she is 17. Elsewhere -

Full article here

Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness

Having read this post by Todd Miro, I can't stop spotting this in film and TV drama... to paraphrase:
"Those of you who watch a lot of Hollywood movies may have noticed a certain trend that has consumed the industry in the last few years. It is one of the most insidious and heinous practices that has ever overwhelmed the industry.

He explains it, in full, brilliantly here

There's even a Part 2 here

It's everywhere - checkout the redheads in the icy blue cold outdoors

Are you the office martyr?

...few things have the ability to grate quite like the 3am email from a co-worker, cc-ing in everyone but the cleaner, which on the surface reads like a friendly update but which we all know has the not-so-hidden message, “Just wanted to let you know that while you were snuggled up in your goose-down duvet, I was at work.” It tends to come from the same person who refuses help, thinks delegation is a dirty word and can’t possibly take a holiday in case it pushes the company into liquidation. It’s the office martyr.
Full article here


Tom Ceraulo @tceraulo on "Behind The Scenes at the final days of 30 Rock"

On the last page of Tina's script, the words "END OF SERIES" were circled, and "–30–," journalism jargon for "end of story," was written beneath them. I'd typed "END OF SERIES" into the script the night before without thinking much of it, but seeing it there alongside the show creator's handwriting was profoundly moving. I snapped a photo and put it up on Instagram.

Click here for the full article

Details of every music track from The Benny Hill Show

Essay on Stock Music by William Brown

It's a complete list of every piece of incidental music on The Benny Hill Show.

Everyone talks about 'that' tune that ended the show... but I always loved the bits of music launched by cavorting Hills Angels that then segued to become the music beds that scored the sketches...

Wish I could link to some kind of official channel, but FremantleMedia seems to have removed every single trace of the Thames Television series of "The Benny Hill Show". (An alternative view to how this kind of geoblocking risks going down is here, under The Great Disruption...)

But this list lead me to these obscure (to me) gems from the "Cruise Liner" sketches sequence on Ep1 from 1983...

Michel Delpech - Pour un flirt 1971

Phoebe Cates - Paradise (music & lyrics)

- Dr. Alan Watkin on Being brilliant every single day -

A TEDx talk here

Being brilliant cuts down to how you're feeling, and that's down to a physiological response.

Part two goes through ways to change the physiological response - by just changing your breathing.

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