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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Introverts, the life of the party, no really

Thursday, 20 November, 2014

Introverts are not hermits, or snobs.

Their minds however are churning out thoughts and ideas at an alarming rate sometimes, distractions that can make focusing on a room full of people rather difficult. But not all the time. I’m not sure though that I’d kill to have a great time at a party however

Sorry I murdered everyone at your party, but as an introvert, I prefer one-on-one interactions to group gatherings.

This, you realise, is humour of course.

Some famous introverts include Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and all of your friends are dead.

We should also add Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Emma Watson, Warren Buffett, Nicole Kidman, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, to that list.

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How much content online is unfit for our consumption? Lots it seems

Friday, 14 November, 2014

Research that will surely send a shiver down the spines of content producers and independent publishers such as myself… up to eighty-three percent of the content published online is unfit for human consumption:

Warning about the dangers of prolonged exposure to toxic text, graphics, and videos, a study released Thursday by the University of Florida found that 83 percent of web content is wholly unfit for human consumption. “Our data showed that the vast majority of online material proved to be fetid, noxious, or otherwise detrimental to an individual’s well-being,” said the study’s lead researcher, Jenny Pridham, who recorded hundreds of extremely adverse reactions among adults who made direct contact with one or more pieces of entertainment news, lists, advertisements, or viral content.

That has to mean you are, as you read these words, visiting one of the seventeen percent of websites that is ok.

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Bringing widescreen format to the album cover

Thursday, 6 November, 2014

Abbey Road extended

Careful editing and cropping work prevents us from seeing the bigger picture when it comes to album cover photography… here’s a selection of covers from the likes of FatBoy Slim, Adele, Blur, and Michael Jackson, that gives an idea, maybe, of what we’re missing out on.

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Today’s tips for a long life may be at odds with tomorrow’s

Monday, 3 November, 2014

So what is the key, or for that matter, keys, to a long, healthy, life? To be succinct, your guess is as good as mine. One day we are told, say, coffee consumption is essential, the next day we are told that it is detrimental. So who, or what, to believe. This guide, prepared by The New York Times, may, or may not, be of assistance

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