Teabuddy Scandal Alert

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Ouch. I really want to nip this one in the bud before it gets out of hand…

George Parker (who’s work and brutal honesty I admire a great deal) has written a rather fruity post about something that I wasn’t going to comment on.

Basically I got an unsolicited blogger outreach email last week regarding a new Tea Making site for Cravendale. I decided not to write about it for a number of reasons. But mainly because it’s a very similar idea to something that we did a few years ago (Teabuddy.com).

Then ‘someone’ sent me a link to the site with an ‘aren’t you pissed off’ kind of email. And I wasn’t massively. However, it is a bit strange when you get unsolicited email about something that so closely resembles a piece of work that you worked on.

Now somehow the story has blown up into this. It should be noted that all the words in the article are George’s own – and he’s not known for holding back…

It’s amazing how word spreads (and gets mutated) around these parts. I’m sure there’s nothing suspect going on at all, as we all know everything decent has already been done somewhere else, mostly. And when something sits this close to home it’s quite uncomfortable to hear people being called names and given a hard time on your behalf.

It feels a lot like someone’s heard a rumour I was being bullied at school, then they’ve gone round and punched some kid in the face really hard for looking at me the wrong way. I’m kind of grateful. But also kind of not.

In the sake of fairness and to show there’s no hard feelings round here, here’s another link to http://www.makethetea.com/, it’s actually a nice site. And is rooted in a really good idea.

Spot the Bull is Back!

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Orange’s Spot the Bull is back. And this time it’s bigger and better than before. Now featuring:

  1. team play allowing you to win up to 8 tickets per group
  2. live multi-cam video streaming from the field
  3. real time stats and bull-tracking enabling strategic play
  4. and much more besides

If you want to win Glastonbury tickets this is officially the biggest ticket givaway competition in the world – so get stuck in. Today is the first day of it going live so if you get in there fast you’ll be in with a good chance of winning tickets.

Play Spot the Bull now. And get your friends to play with you, you’ll get increased chances of winning more tickets, honestly :-)

If anyone wants more info on the project just give me a shout and I’ll be happy to furnish you with what I know.

A Weekend of Boom Blox

I couldn’t find Wii Fit anywhere this weekend. And even Mario Kart seemed to be sold out at most places so I took a punt and bought Boom Blox for the Wii instead.

Net result. A very sore arm and many hours wasted.

It’s a brilliant game. The learning curve is perfect. The balance of skill/strategy/luck is great. And it uses the Wii controllers fantastically well. And it’s probably not something I’ll ever get round to doing (I don’t really have the time) but the ability to construct and share your own levels is really nice.

Not sure exactly what Steven Spielberg had to do with it. But it is kind of like the E.T. of gaming; I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t like it at least a little bit.

ABC3D – The Most Brilliant Book Video Ever

Sorry if this is old hat, it’s been seen by quite a few people on YouTube. But it’s one of those things that even if you’ve seen it before, you’ll be happier after seeing it again…

How Many 5 Year Olds Could You Take In A Fight

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I liked this promotion for a free online dating site.

Not because I endorse fighting gangs of 5 year olds (although I’ve probably had more experience of that particular activity than most, but that’s another story…).

I liked it because when you elect to put the badge above on your site you can choose whether or not you want to have a version with an extra little link to their dating site. I chose not to. But it was really nice of them to ask. And I almost said yes, just because they asked. If they hadn’t asked and just stuck their extra link in, in a horrible and cynical fashion, I wouldn’t have put up the badge at all.

Nice one oneplusyou.com. Damn I just posted their link anyway. See how well it worked.

Oh and I like the fact that they put in a link to the forum post that inspired the quiz. That’s a decent thing to do too.

The Mysterious Adventure of the QR Code In The Toilet

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I spotted this ‘QR Code’ stuck to the underside of a loo seat. And I thought to myself “what a peculiar, yet intriguing place to stick a QR code”. So I took a photo of it thinking that it might reveal the start of a marvelous adventure.

But now I’ve tried to decode the code using the Experimental ZXing Decoder Onilne (part of this Google Code project) it tells me that it’s not a valid code.

Can anyone put me out of my misery and decode this phantom loo-seat QR Code…

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