Month: December 2014

Ello?

It seems I’ve signed up to and made myself a profile on Ello – the new social network that isn’t Facebook. (I signed up for an invite awhile ago, I guess their beta phase is ramping up or something as mine has just come through.)

Describing themselves, Ello has this to say:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.

You are not a product.

Anyway, first impressions are that the design of it seems very clean, very clear, not as cluttered as Facebook. I’ve not had much of a play with its features yet, but the stand out seems to be “Friends / Noise”, a handy way of filtering out the noise from what you actually want to see.

Let me know if you’d like an invite…?

Fantastic Picture Outside Cakeadoodledo, Exeter

From their twitter account.

I guess if you want a place where people of all ages are comfortable to eat without the need of an attention grabbing napkin, (and fear of a UKIP member suggesting they go in the corner), then Cakeadoodledo may be your place.

If you’re interested in more information about cakes and things they have, check out cakeadoodledo.co.uk

Doctor Who Life Advice To Tell Your Children.

She was looking up it. It was looking down at her. All of a sudden, I couldn’t help but say “If the Shop Dummy starts moving by itself, then run. Quick.” Whilst I thought that this was important Doctor Who inspired life advice to give the little one, the good lady wife didn’t seem to convinced. I still couldn’t help but wonder what other nuggets of life advice could be learned from watching Doctor Who.

Know when to say Goodbye

Remembering people we’ve lost is ok.

If shop window dummies start moving. Run.

Does that plastic chair feel alive? Probably best not to sit on it.

Always do the best you can. Particularly when fighting monsters.

If you want to wear a fez. Wear a fez. (But people may remove it from you)

Times change. So must I. (or something like that anyway)

Fear. Doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Any more out there?

 

 

 

Doctor Who – The Feast of Steven

Well, here’s a little something. Back during the third season of Doctor Who, I mean during the “classic” years, a 12 part Dalek epic had an interlude on Christmas Day called “The Feast of Steven”.

Featuring no Daleks, but a lot of weirdness, its one of the lost Doctor Who episodes.

If you watch it, please dont complain to me about the last half of the episode. I said it was weird…

Breastfeeding Mum? Thinking about Voting UKIP? Nigel Farage has something to say to you…

There seems to be an interesting combination of headlines about breastfeeding today. On one hand, new research has been released reporting that, new mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their children up to the age of 18 months to save the NHS money. On the other hand Nigel Farage reckons breast feeding mums should go in the corner, rather then feed in an “ostentatious” way. Which I think is a fairly “ostentatious” word itself.

According to The Independent website:

He said some people feel “very uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” about seeing women openly breastfeeding, although it isn’t a scene that he is “terribly hung up about”.

“I’m not particularly bothered about it, but I know a lot of people do feel very uncomfortable, and look – this is just a matter of common sense, isn’t it?” he said on LBC Radio.

“I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that’s not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said.

His comments come after a mother was given a large napkin to cover her baby while feeding her baby in Claridge’s to avoid causing “offence” to other guests.

“Frankly, that’s up to Claridge’s, and I very much take the view that if you’re running an establishment you should have rules,” he said.

When asked if women should perhaps sit in a toilet if they want to feed their babies, he came up with another solution.

“Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be – that’s up to Claridge’s,” he said.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nigel Farage isn’t aware that according to the The Equality Act, it is illegal to stop mothers breastfeeding their babies in public places. It is a surprise that as someone who tries to position himself as “a man of the people”, Nigel Farage has made such a pro-business comment.

Or maybe breastfeeding mums dont count? Thinking about it, I dont think I’ve ever met a mum that feeds in a pretentious way…

On a slightly different note, the official UKIP twitter account for the fictional town of Trumpton had this to say.

 

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For more reading check out:

More mothers should breastfeed for 18 months to save NHS money, say researchers
Unicef
Trumpton UKIP
Independent

 

Beer Marketing 1 – Me 0

Here’s what went through my head when I found myself in the local Morrisons beer aisle:

“Not seen that beer before…
Oh ok Waggledance has a new label. Probably to try and get people’s attention I bet…
Why I’m I picking it up?

Seriously, If I still fall for cheap marketing tricks, how the heck I’m I meant to be an example to the Little One? Who I have no doubt will be bombarded by adverts as she grows up.