It’s just another day at the office that doesn’t exist

Thursday, 16 October, 2014

So, these days you work for yourself, by yourself, from home, whatever, but still – for reasons best known to yourself – miss being in an office environment. The politics. The policies. The procedures. The culture. The water cooler. The list goes on. Striking out on one’s own sure seems to have its drawbacks, doesn’t it?

Enter then Generic Office Roleplay (Facebook login required), possibly the best online simulation of an office I’ve ever seen.

The new management team thank you for your years of service and take this opportunity to tell you that the only changes which will be implemented in the next few months will be those that can clear the well defined process mapped out on pages 2814 to 2912 of your employee manual. We’re dedicated to red-tape, bureaucracy and efficiency.

I feel much better now.

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Small, regular, or large, what’s the best size coffee serve to choose?

Thursday, 2 October, 2014

With cafes now offering a variety of takeaway cup size options for coffee, caffeine lovers would appear to be spoilt for choice when comes to selecting a dose. Tom Scocca however makes the case that smaller is better, on the basis that larger cups of coffee don’t scale all that well.

When you drink a coffee larger than a small coffee, the coffee gets cold before you can finish it. You begin with a steaming, uplifting sip, and by gradual stages you end up sucking down cold, aroma-less dregs. Everyone knows this. Even people who disdain small coffee will confess that their larger beverages end in misery.

Food for thought there.

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A drone shield for the new “Star Wars” film… should the force fail

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

With “leaks” such as this seemingly taking place every five minutes, it’s short wonder producers of the new Star Wars film want drone shields established over outside filming locations, to prevent those who can’t wait for its release, taking a peep at its production.

Anyone else have the feeling that the whole story will be spoiled long before it ever reaches cinemas?

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“2001: A Space Odyssey”, the animated cut

Monday, 29 September, 2014

There are some people who feel 2001: A Space Odyssey is a little too drawn out for their taste. Possibly then this sixty second animated version, by 1A4 STUDIO, may be more to their liking…

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Why take the tube when you can sprint between the stations?

Friday, 26 September, 2014

Is it possible to jump off the tube at Mansion House station, along the Circle and District lines of the London Underground, and rejoin the same train at Cannon Street station, by sprinting, at street level, between the two stations, that are a couple of hundred metres apart? Assuming there are no delays and the like, that is.

Find out for yourself.

We used to talk about this sort of thing, given some of the Underground stations are pretty close to each other, but they were always thought experiment sort of discussions.

Via Digg Video.

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This is what synchronised traffic chaos look like

Monday, 22 September, 2014

You may not want to drive in a city centre, or try to walk across a street, after watching Fernando Livschitz’s Rush Hour

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Stuck in the present? You could try asking the past what to do…

Monday, 22 September, 2014

Stumped by a present day problem? Contemporary advice for a contemporary issue not cutting it? Maybe it’s time to take a leaf from our forebears’ books, and try out ideas from the past.

So to get you started, some old school advice, from 1595, for doing well at school:

Make no noyse nor use any meane, whereby thou maiest disturbe thy schoolefellowes: much lesse thy schoolemaster. Be a patterne of good manners, industry, curtesie, and obeying thy Master unto all in the Shoole. So shall thy praise be great, and thy profit greater.

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“Apocalypse Now”… starring Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, 18 September, 2014

A re-mix of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now featuring characters from the “Winnie the Pooh” stories. It’s not like Apocalypse Pooh is new either, it was made by Todd Graham in 1987, and was re-mastered a few years ago. The things you learn…

Via Kottke.

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Miss-mixing, the hallmark of the discerning DJ

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

Whose to know if the dance mix you’re listening to is the product of a bot, or a real, live, human DJ? A technique known as miss-mixing, and one that is increasingly being employed by DJs, will help listeners make the distinction. In short, miss-mixing is the practice of deliberately making a mistake while re-mixing music.

Michael Briscoe, aka DJ Whopper, explains how it works:

“I like to drop in on the second or third beat, leave it play for a couple of bars and then quickly correct myself,” explained Mr. Briscoe. “It’s subtle yet affective, I call it The Perplexer. People who don’t know what they’re listening to won’t even notice it while other DJs will be thinking ‘that’s a great mistake, who is this DJ Whopper lad anyway?’ d’ya know what I mean?”

Get it, DJ Whopper? I suppose the… practice is a little like a writer purposely adding errors to their text, and seeing how many times the work is republished by people claiming they wrote the piece themselves, before the fault is noticed.

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The Boring Conference… you sure can’t beat some great boredom

Thursday, 11 September, 2014

I first heard about the Boring Conference – “a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked” – more than three and a half years ago. From all accounts boring sells, as the event has taken place every year since then, and from all indications will return again in 2015.

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