Parent and Pupil Learning Conference

October 22, 2011 at 9:36 am (kids, moan, odds) (, )

Yes, you read that right.  That is what came home on the top of a school letter this week.  What do you think that might be?  What’s wrong with “Parent Evening”?  Why start inventing new pretentious terminology?  That’s one for the Plain English Campaign if ever I saw one!

Well, I might be a bit busy that evening, as I have to:

  • Create a culinary, early evening nutritional experience (make the tea)
  • Ensure that extra-curricular learning enhancements are being achieved (make the kids do their homework)
  • Partake in mind expanding information gathering (browsing the Internet)
  • Have some immersive, competitive, electronic stimulation (play some computer games)
  • Perform some social voyeurism and expand my social horizons (read Facebook)
  • Encourage wind-down, enduce a relaxed-mind state and create an environment for visual stimuli and body recharging (read bedtime stories and get the kids to bed)
  • And then finally perform some passive media-rich information absorbtion (watch some telly)



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Adagio Cantabile with a rock tempo feel …

August 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm (music, odds) (, )

So reads the first of many performance directions for John Stump‘s Faeries Aire and Death Waltz.

If you’ve never seen this piece of music, claimed to have been ‘arranged by accident’, then you should take a minute out to study it.  Claimed to be unplayable, but even so there is a version on YouTube.  If nothing else, the build up is entertaining in its own right.

Look out for the other musical directions ‘release the penguins’, ‘cool timpani with small fan’, ‘add bicycle’, ‘remove valve’ and as it reaches its conclusion, ‘gradually slide from 12-bar blues to a more vivaldi like cadenza’.

Quite impressive.  Full score (courtesy of wikipedia) attached.


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I’ve unleashed a monster …

August 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm (odds) (, , )

First there was shitmykidsruined.  Then came thereifixedit.  In their wake is a plethora of similar sites that are guaranteed to have you staring in disbelief, bewilderment or general bemusement.  I’ve had links to many others sent my way, most appear to be from the cheezburger network.

Some examples, if you are looking to lose an hour or so.

Failblog – “Helping you feel better about yourself everyday”.  They got that one right.  Some epic fails there.  Nicely balanced with some ocasional wins though, just to restore some faith in human nature.

Failbook – “Too funny to unfriend”.  I liked this one – slightly redacted extracts from Facebook status and wall posts where things took a turn for the worse.  Lots of those posts you’d rather forget, or those posts that no matter what you try to say to turn it round, you just end up making it worse!

Hacked IRL – sometimes reality is the weirdest thing around.

Very Demotivational – “Demotivational Posters”.


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There I Fixed It … Sort of

July 10, 2010 at 9:24 am (odds) (, , , )

This is another collection of pictures one could only hope to find in the same place via the Internet.  A collection of the bodges, dodges and possibly even a few candidates for the Darwin Awards … all collected together on

A couple of particular favourites that either made me smile or stare at the screen in wonderment at the nature of humankind …

And these are just a selection of the submissions from July this year …

Fascinating stuff.


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What to do with grey Lego

October 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm (art, kids, odds) (, , , )

Ever wonder what to do with small, grey lego bricks?  No?  Well, you should!  This guy has a great idea – use them to create walls worthy of the most expensive Sci-fi film set.  Oh, and if you have a few small coloured parts too, then how about a robot or two?

The design of these walls and robots is great.  Very creative use of Lego to very good effect.


Lego Walls and Robots

Lego Walls and Robots

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Star Wars comes to Earth

September 5, 2009 at 10:53 am (interesting, odds) (, , , , , )

I was forwarded these two fan-fiction films recently, both by the same author – ‘M Horn’, who seems fascinated with what would happen if Star Wars came to Earth.

In the first – see it here– we get an answer the question of what would happen if the Death Star came up against the USS Enterprise from Star Trek.

This second one – see it here – seems a lot more sinister, showing the Imperial hand behind everyday comings and goings in San Fransisco.

They are very well done!


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Surreal Machinima

September 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm (art, computers, interesting, internet, odds) (, , , )

I’ve been reading about Machinima recently.  This is basically a film, filmed within a virtual world.  Its not really CGI, but more an actual recording of someone using a virtual world such as Second Life or World of Warcraft.

Well, on my travels, I’ve found this rather exquisite example of surreal Machinima, using Second Life.  Its from an in-world artist called Lainy Voom.

See it here on YouTube –


Push by Lainy Voom

Push by Lainy Voom

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History of Video Games Poster

July 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm (computers, interesting, odds) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Below is a pixel poster, from the Edge magazine, with elements from the whole history of video games.  I’ve been staring at it for a while now, and have spotted pong, space invaders, pacman, a spectrum computer, mario, what looks like a vetrex machine, a gameboy, tetris, the list keeps going!

See what you can spot from your past.


Edge Magazine Video Games pixel poster

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Chess on a rollercoaster

June 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm (interesting, odds) (, , , , , )

The inventiveness of Randall Munroe never ceases to amaze me, only surpassed by the determination of some of his fans.  Take this cartoon for instance, suggesting the idea of getting a picture of you playing chess whilst on a rollercoaster.

All good fun and a good cartoon.  But then follows the challenge for people to go ahead and do it for real.  Inspired.

The best entry on this page, in my opinion though, involves Jenga.  Now, don’t try this at home (or on your local ‘coaster for that matter).


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Rudest Place names in Britain

June 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm (odds, places) (, )

And while looking up the 10 largest holes for my last post, I rediscovered Google Sightseeing.

Always good for a browse if you have nothing better to do.  Of course, if you are feeling in the mood for childish, purile humour, then you can’t beat the rudest place names in Britain.   Sorry.  Silly I know 🙂


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