Amazing, now we can unslice tomatoes

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

You can’t unboil an egg – well, actually it’s possible, if difficult – but you can, it seems, unslice, or unchop, a tomato, watch and see

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Should I get up? It’s never too late to ask that question on a Monday

Monday, 7 March, 2016

Actually, it might be a little late by now on a Monday morning for such a question, but should I get up? Enter your location, and see what the website says… maybe you’ll be given a day off.

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Why didn’t Carol win the special effects Oscar then?

Thursday, 3 March, 2016

Hmm… the special effects used in Carol, the latest feature of Todd Haynes. I had no idea.

Possibly the filmmakers had trouble sourcing Christmas hats at the time they were filming the scenes at the department store where Therese worked?

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A sort of handy checklist should you need to see a podiatrist

Thursday, 18 February, 2016

I don’t go to podiatrists all that often, so I guess it’s useful to know what do to prepare, should you ever need to see a foot doctor. I thought it would be as straightforward as making an appointment, but apparently not…

List all the medications, vitamins and supplements you’re taking and wish you could take, including non-medical marijuana, if it were legal in your state or didn’t require a humiliating meet up with a local high school student in the grocery store parking lot.

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On looking smart in situations where you’re in over your head

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016

You’re sitting at your desk one day, trying as best as possible to plow through your work, when an email message arrives informing you that you’re now a director of the company, and your first board meeting will be tomorrow morning.

Elation soon turns to despair however, as you fret over what to wear, and, more importantly, how to act, since it’s all a new experience for you. Oh yes, I know the feeling. Happily, Dan Davies, writing for Mr Porter, has created a cheat-sheet, or how to guide, for this exact situation:

The first step is be convincing. Avoid non-verbal leakage (which can be as messy as it sounds). Don’t move your head suddenly when asked the question, touch your mouth, neck or throat, or shuffle your feet – they’re all giveaways that you’re mentally spinning. Verbal “tells” include repetition, offering too much unsolicited information (or padding) and qualifiers such as “If I recall correctly” or “If I am not mistaken”.

There’s also advice for looking the part at art shows, ordering wine at an upscale restaurant, and dealing with philosophy discussions at dinner parties.

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The Cardboard Home Cinema, putting a home cinema in every home

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

I’ve not quite warmed to the idea of watching movies on my smartphone, mainly because I think the screen is too small. That I still own one with a four-inch screen, and intend to for sometime, doesn’t really help, but I think you’d need at least an average tablet size screen to really enjoy watching a film or TV show, on a smaller device.

However, if watching movies on a smartphone is your thing, you might get a kick out of the Cardboard Personal Home Cinema, essentially a cardboard box that sits on the floor, that you then crawl under, after placing your phone over a viewing slot on the top of the box. Actually, this is something kids might have fun with.

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The Lord of the Rings, too much like work to be able to enjoy?

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

At last, someone who doesn’t like The Lord of the Rings… to the mind of Remy Porter, J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga is too much like work, and Middle Earth bares an uncanny resemblance to way too many workplaces.

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Write a crawl for your own private Star Wars story

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

This is fun, write your own Star Wars crawl text… just what those who are into Star Wars role playing games, and the like, ordered I would think.

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What to do when you’re two digits short of a phone number?

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

A certain someone, who you have no other way of reaching, has given you their phone number, but somehow you’ve lost the last two digits. How might you solve such a problem? By dialling every possible combination of the missing two numbers? I’m guessing you wouldn’t be the first person to do that, nor will you be the last. Needless to say, much persistence is required.

Features some possibly NSFW language.

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R2-D2, loyal astromech droid, or a lying pile of scrap metal?

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

I hope not to be featuring too many Star Wars theories, I expect you’ll run into no shortage of them elsewhere in the coming weeks anyway, but have you given any serious thought to the motives and integrity of R2-D2, everyone’s favourite astromech droid? Whatever way you look at it, he appears to have kept a great deal of information to himself:

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke leaves the Battle of Hoth to go to Dagobah and seek Jedi Master Yoda to complete his training. R2-D2 knows who Yoda is, especially as a astromech droid who served the Jedi in the Clone Wars. Yet, when Luke shows up at Dagobah, R2-D2 trolls Yoda and Luke by fighting with the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy over some junk in Luke’s camp. That’s like you meeting Ghandi and throwing sand in his face.

It seems not a single character in the saga is really beyond scrutiny. Look closely enough at anyone, and there’ll be some reason to question who they are, or what they really stand for.

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