Living life in reverse gear

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

You’d think that what you were seeing here was footage being played backwards, but no, that’s not the case, we are told…

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This ship did the Kessel run in under twelve revolutions per minute

Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Photo by Marco Garza

Fantastic… a record player, turntable, fashioned from a model/toy of the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars”. I’ve no doubt the popularity of records would skyrocket if there were more playing devices like this.

(Photo by Marco Garza)

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Looking busy at work, easier to say than to do

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Yes, there has been the very rare, excessively rare, occasion, when working for an employer, that I may have spent a little time looking busy, rather than actually being productive. Such carry on is pointless these days, but looking busy, as in really looking busy, is, you should understand, not in the least bit simple.

It turns out that slacking off is serious business: “‘Doing nothing’ while at work can be a very demanding activity requiring planning, collaboration, risk calculation, and ethical consideration,” Paulsen observes. Some subjects turned shirking into a game they found more meaningful than their actual jobs.

On the topic of looking busy, check out Forgotten Employee, something I found a while back, seemingly about a worker at a US company who had been laid off, but continued turning up for work, and on full pay, for years afterwards. If that’s not trying to look busy, what is?

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Progress bars that make making progress more fun

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Artwork by Viktor Hertz

Progress bars for downloads, web pages, and the like, generally aren’t much to write home about. It’s time therefore that some of the ideas of Stockholm based graphic designer Viktor Hertz, whose work I’ve linked to before, were incorporated into the apps we use regularly.

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Man, my flossing coach is really putting me through my paces

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Let’s face it, personal trainers, or fitness coaches, are a dime a dozen. If you were, by chance, considering taking up a career as one, think again. It’s a competitive industry after all, and finding a customer base may prove difficult. That shouldn’t deter you from going into coaching though, it’s just a matter of finding an unexploited niche.

How about then, working as a flossing coach? No, seriously…

For years, dental hygienists have patiently listened to my evasions when they ask me how much I floss. The real answer is hardly ever. That has to end. But the gap between my intention and follow-through in this area always has been vast. Just knowing that flossing is good for me and desiring to do it have, frankly, never been enough. So I did what any reasonable person in the vicinity of San Francisco in 2015 would do. I used an app to hire a flossing coach.

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It’s twenty-fifteen, the time since is greater than the time prior

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015

Happy New Year, and welcome to twenty-fifteen. I hope the holiday break, if you had one that is, was relaxing and enjoyable. Before charging headlong however into the next twelve months, let’s pause for a minute shall we, and reflect on our place in time, fifteen percent of the way into the twenty-first century.

From here, familiar movies such as Wayne’s World, Silence of the Lambs, and Home Alone, were released closer to the 1969 Moon landing than they were to today.

Meanwhile, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Field of Dreams, and Back to the Future Part II, a title I watched again over the break by the way, were showing in cinemas closer to John F. Kennedy’s time as US President, than they are to the present.

But enough of that, I think. The new year may not have flying cars, hover boards, ready to wear self-drying clothes, or hydratable pizzas, but I dare say there are one or two 1980s style cafes out there somewhere… not that you’d find me anywhere near them. Whatever, here’s hoping twenty-fifteen is a good one.

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The winner of traffic light pong gets to cross the road

Monday, 15 December, 2014

Pedestrians in the German city of Hildesheim can now play a variation of video game Pong, while waiting to cross the street at certain traffic signal controlled road crossings. All you need is someone on the other side of the street to take on. So, do people still get around to crossing streets in Hildesheim any more?

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To twit, old poems remixed for the digital age

Friday, 12 December, 2014

Late US writer Shel Silverstein’s 1974 poem Where the Sidewalk Ends, is one of several works of verse that has been… updated for the digital age:

There is a place where the wi-fi ends
And before the tweets begin,
And there the grass grows soft and without filter,
and there the sun is viewed straight and not off-kilter,
and there the moon-bird flies around bewildered,
No faves, to his chagrin.

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And for another perspective on time travel…

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

Time Trap by Michael Shanks. The fact that a time traveller may be making… interventions – that often go unnoticed – in our lives, could explain a great many things.

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Movie posters for the sequels that never were (to date that is)

Monday, 24 November, 2014

Mad Max prequel by Evan Yarbrough

The easiest part of producing a sequel, or prequel, for a film… creating the movie poster. Question, would we want to take the process any further? In some cases, no, I don’t think so…

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