The Most Exciting Blog Post That I’ve Not Managed to Understand in the Slightest

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I think it’s stuff that can be done in processing in 140 characters. Which is really cool. But there’s something about this post that makes me feel really tiny and stupid. Which I am. Obviously.

A Work of Brilliance

Nigel Long unframed

Dear Andy Whitlock,

I love what you have done with these photographs from Campaign. I wish I had done this.

You describe your work like this:

Lots of ad-folk look very serious in their profile pictures in magazines like Campaign. I thought I’d provide a glimpse beyond the borders of the photographs to suggest a different side to them.

I describe it like this. Very funny.


Is This Wabi-Sabi?

I’ve been moderately obsessed by the concept of Wabi-Sabi after seeing a documentary about it the other night. It’s far too complicated for me to understand or explain. In fact it seems to complicated for almost everyong to understand.

Richard R. Powell summarizes by saying “It (wabi-sabi) nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.


The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” (according to Leonard Koren in his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers).

Which sounds a bit like the slightly fucked-up decoration in parts of our house.

It’s just about to be painted over. But I’ve started to like it’s shoddyness and now I think it might be an example of wabi-sabi I’m starting to feel guilty.

Easter 09 – Another One of Those Mixes


Sorry it’s been a while.

This was done at the weekend when it was nice and sunny outside. Instead of trying to milk a goat, catch a leprechaun, make friends with my neighbours, learn the flute or anything else so exciting. Instead I popped open the skylights and the first fresh air of the year entered the loft…

I’m not sure exactly where this mix fits in the world. I’d like to think I could pull off a morning slot on a sunny terrace somewhere, but I think they’re becoming increasingly the kind of mixes that only elderly folk will like ;-)


  1. Midtown 120 Intro – DJ Sprinkes
  2. Mystery of Nazereth – Marco Bernardi
  3. Twighlight (Layo and Bushwacka mix) – Unkle
  4. Light Through The Veins (Ewan Pearsons Downtown Lights Mix) – Jon Hopkins
  5. Poisson Pilote – Rone
  6. Amish Kid (Sasse Remix) – Phonogenic
  7. Lovelee Dae (Tanner Ross & KiloWatts Remix) – Blaze
  8. Inner 8 (Dexters DXR Mix) – Alton Miller
  9. Roman – Trickski
  10. Ellelli (Kalabrese Remix) – Madioko N Rafika
  11. Guinea Pig (DJ Kozes Vocal Variation Remix) – Ben Watt
  12. Song for Marie and Elise (Aeroplane Remix) – Lullabies in the Dark
  13. Who Are You? (Ft Heidi Happy) – Zwicker
  14. Interlude in the Bed – Rone
  15. Swarm (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix) – Art of Trance

You can download the mix from here.

And you should be able to get it through the iTunes Podcast here (once the iTunes machine gets round to updating things).

If anyone fancies booking me to play at the awesomest party in the world ever drop me a line I’m sure it can be arranged.

Reactable / ImTable Performance

This has been around for a while but to my mind it’s one of the better ‘table’ performances I’ve seen. Again it’s all a bit cheesy and Jarre-like – but given the Tron suit he’s wearing I’m not sure he’d be offended by that…

The Perils of Sponsorship


If you sponsor ‘documentaries’ as a genre. Or even if you sponsor catch-up TV it could happen. You may end up inadvertently sponsoring a program about a guy who dies whilst being loved by a horse.

Reminds me of a ‘funny’ situation where we sponsored a B3TA newsletter and our promotion for a financial services client ended up next to a rather interesting quiz called “Funnel Or Tunnel”. I’m not going to link to it, but it can be found via the usual search engines. If you feel compelled to, you must be warned, it is, in capital letters, NSFW.

Things to do to escape your computer (or TV)


…hire a bike or roller skates or a boat.

Please help by adding to this in the comments.

Following on from this weekend’s activities. I’ve been thinking about what a great bunch of things Jason set me to do. All could be done with little investment, they were all quite fun, and thankfully all legal.

Asi seemed to suggest that I was lucky – and I think he was right. If he’d been in charge I’d have been:

deer-hunting, try nude modeling, kidnap a kitten, learn ballet, minor shop lifting, etc…

A totally different, and much harder, set of challenges.

Anyway, here’s the first few things that popped into my head:

Go into a pub you’ve never been into before and order a drink you’ve never tried before.

Yes, that's Pernod and Black

Paint one wall of your house a totally new colour.

Pink Wall

Go to a record store and buy a CD you’ve always thought you should have heard but haven’t. Then go home and listen to it. Properly.


Buy an ingredient from a ‘specialty supermarket’ and make something with it.


Gamble £5 at a local arcade.

Family Leisure Arcade

Go to a class in something you’ve never done before at a local leisure facility (this may be more scary for some of us than for others).

Cryptic Symbols

Like I said before I’d love people to add to this list in the comments so we can compile a bunch of interesting things to do when the computers are off.

It also got me thinking that this is quite similar to a show that’s been on the BBC (radio and TV) called I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. Where they take famous people and get them to do stuff they’ve never done before.

For example:

  • Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor buys his first pornographic magazine, tries some unusual seafood and listens to his first hip hop record.
  • Magician Paul Daniels reads feminist literature for the first time, learns how to swim, and experiences the film The Great Escape.
  • Stand-up comedian Arthur Smith watches Top Gear for the first time, eats his first Pop tart and watches Les Misérables.

All good inspiration for the start of this list of things.

Over to you… :-)