Coldwar Steve at The Social

Totally by chance ended up at The Social on Little Portland Street last night. Sophie suggested it. I’ve not been there for more years than is decent.

Imagine my delight as I found that the @Coldwar_Steve exhibition was still in full swing – read all about it.

Suffice to say it’s amazing. A glimpse into a parallel reality where Danny Dyer and Kim Jong-un are deciding the fate of the universe over a budget kebab. Much more reassuring than what’s actually going on in the world.

And I highly recommend following @Coldwar_Steve on Twitter if you don’t already.

Breakfast Beer and Bingo

Mr Tait and Mr Bingo attempting an appropriate morning ‘good times’ face.

I’ve known the wonderful Mr Bingo for many many years. In fact, this morning, he announced that the freelancing he did for Poke was his first proper creative gig (after working at Size?). 

Anyway, I bumped into him on Friday – he was hanging out in our window with the supremely talented Wilfrid Wood – and we got chatting. He asked me if I was still not drinking (last time we met I’d decided not to drink for a while). I admitted that I’d given up giving up. A nonsense conversation flowed and I mentioned to him that I’d just finished reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.

In the book Mr Walker talks about how it’d be much better if students drank in the morning rather than the evening, from a sleep and memory retention point of view. We formed a pact to meet for a morning beer at the soonest opportunity. Mr Bingo, being a knowledgeable sort of chap suggested The Masque Haunt on Old Street (it opens at 8am for those who are interested in such things).

So this morning we met, we drank a single pint of beer, and we talked a very enjoyable hours worth of nonsense. We covered off a lot of things. From:

  • What kind of face is appropriate to make in a photograph whilst drinking a pint at 9am (our best attempt is above).
  • Who else frequents such a venue at such an hour? (Turns out all kinds of people. Most of them just having very reasonable breakfasts and coffee).
  • How do you start a naive and innocent movement when everything in culture is so pre-meditated?
  • Have you ever drunk a 9am beer when not at an airport?
  • Mr Bingo’s 2018 scratch-off-the-clothes advent calendar
  • Getting older, and the attractiveness of older men / women.
  • Whether we’d have a good time at Bangface?
  • About how those sober morning raves are the antithesis of what we were doing – not that either of us have anything against morning glory parties – I’m quite up for that too.
  • Happy Hardcore tape packs and the merits of DJ Sy, Slipmatt, Dougal, etc. I shared The Old School Rave Tape Archive on Mixcloud.
  • We also reminisced about how, after the first job he’d done for me I took him out and told him he wasn’t charging us enough money. Apparently I used to have scruples, who knew?

There’s something very free about a Weatherspoons at 9am, especially on a sunny day. 

We agreed to do it again in a month. And to bring a guest each. And the next month that guest could then bring another guest. And pretty soon there’d be a Weatherspoons full of nonsense, and affordable breakfasts…

Fetishising Smaller Boxes of Life

Last night I found myself down a web-wormhole of high end paper-based-products. It’s a perversion of sorts. But better than some of the alternatives, right?

I ended up at Present & Correct, a purveyor of the loveliest of stationery.  Look how beautiful these diaries are. So continental. So classy.

And the beauty is more than surface-deep.

Here’s another beautiful linen bound diary, equally European, equally nice.

Again, with nice pages inside.

And I really loved this, a beautiful stamp that lets you print an outline your week onto any available bit of paper you might have:

Then I had a revelation, what I was fetishising had nothing to do with paper products. And everything to do with how little the users of these products need to fit into their day. In this last example, it would force you to focus on one, or two things max, per day.

Imagine how nice that would be.

Even with the tiniest handwriting and the finest of fineliners you’d struggle to get one of my days into one of these products. Even the week-to-a-page view above.

This is what a typical busy day looks like in my Google Calendar (the meeting names have been redacted to protect the innocent).

I’m going to start imagining my calendar is made of paper and see what happens…

Nose Picking Game Design Masterclass

This is ace. In a story about the Design of Gold Digger (a mini game from one of the Wario titles) there’s much for all of us to learn.

Familiar Five

I love everything about this. Came out in January, but only just discovered it. Late to the party as usual. Amazing track by Marcus Marr. Massive chugging bass. Bizzaro lyrics. Super simple but lovely video.

My Search for an Interactive Music Video with Windows in it

Last night I was trying to find a particular interactive music video. I tried mailing a couple of people: “You know, the one where there’s a window in the middle, and objects come out of it in other windows, and I think you could buy them or something”.

When you get to the end of the post, you’ll hopefully see that I’m not as stupid as you perhaps think I am right now.

I had a good old dig around to find it, and on my way unearthed a few gems I’d not seen before. Hopefully you haven’t seen all of them…

Rugby by Brightly

Really interesting video that pulls in live image searches from Giphy so you’ll never see the same video twice. It works incredibly well.

Do Not Touch by Kilo

Crowd-sourced-cursors work brilliantly well in this super interesting video for Kilo. Might be by favourite of the lot.

Carry Me by Bombay Bicycle Club

Really lovely interaction in this one. Very simple. But super satisfying. Give it a go.

Then Finally. I found the video I was looking for…

Golden Chains by ALB

Although unfortunately I can’t find an actual live version of the experience anywhere. There’s also a case study that says you were able to buy all the items on eBay. See. It’s pretty much like I described at the top of the post…

Warp nail the GDPR reminder email

I’ve seen lots of people trying to get a bit fruity or fresh with their GDPR reminders. None of them stuck, until now. Swearing isn’t big, or clever, but it does work on me (sometimes)…