Dancing man wearing a horse mask cooks wild mushrooms

Last night I was moaning about having one of those days. This morning I’ve seen a dancing man wearing a horse mask cook wild mushrooms. Everything suddenly seems different.

McDonalds’ Freakout

I’ve got no clue what’s going on… Comment is all pure guesswork. If you can clarify please do…

Is this an ad from Japan?

Is this a really mentalist remix of an ad from Japan (it really gets going about 2/3 the way in)?

This really does look like an ad (featuring Ronald’s freaky trance-soundtracked clown-spawn…)

And daughter of Ronald (also likes Jap-trance)…

2nd clip via Mike Laurie’s ‘Ships Biscuit’ blog. The rest was just a bunch of horrible accidents…

One Of Those Days…

Aaaaargh...

I’m sure everyone has those days. But I proper feel like I’ve just had one.

I’m not sure why I feel that way. I just do. I’ve had a couple of good meetings. In fact a couple of really good meetings. And some pretty good news too.

I’ve just got this horrible nagging feeling that we all need to do more stuff better. And quickly. All the time. Starting yesterday.

Clients are caring more and more about what we do. And real people are caring less and less. And it’s getting more like that every day.

Anyone else know what I mean? Or should I just have a nice cup of tea and a lie down?

Tutortainment or Entertorials

Connected to the entertaining demos post the other day. I love the way that these Photoshop Tutorials manage to tell a story of marital breakdown and infidelity through a bunch of nerdy design-tip-screencasts.

I was laughing out loud at them last night. And now I’ve seen them on Photojojo too so I know it’s OK to confess my love for them in public.

They wouldn’t work if the balance of tutorial vs comedy wasn’t spot on. But it is. So that’s OK.

Warning: contains painful comedy and associated swearwords.

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 1

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 2

You suck at Photoshop – Episode 3

Originally via Lifehacker – it’s nice to see that productivity geeks have a sense of humour too ;-)

What The World Needs Now

Is thing-a-day 2!

Thing A Day

Get over the winter blues and commit to creating something every day in February. I’m going to do it. It’s just what I need to force me into some mindless creativity for a month.

Inspired by a an idea by Ze Frank, so how could it be wrong? Read all about it

Facebook and ‘The Man’

The Man

This article from the Guardian seemed to be the most visible thing on the Internet round these parts yesterday: With friends like these… by Tom Hodgkinson

Facebook has 59 million users – and 2 million new ones join each week. But you won’t catch Tom Hodgkinson volunteering his personal information – not now that he knows the politics of the people behind the social networking site

I got sent it a few times by different people. And I read it and and was shocked and outraged.

Forget religion being the opium of the masses, Facebook is the CIA owned crack-cocaine of the masses! We’ve all been duped. It’s a soul-harvesting machine designed to harness the creativity and friendships of the whole world and funnel it for the forces of darkness and oppression.

Or something like that.

Anyway I was all set to shut down my Facebook account and rush to the land of hope, goodness and light, but then I had a couple of thoughts…

  1. I’m almost certain that the boards of most US companies can be shaken-down to find a couple of neo-con sympathisers with links to dark secret societies. Like it or not my friends that’s just the way the machine works. So I figured I shouldn’t be altogether that shocked about it.
  2. There’s nothing that interesting in my life that I’d be worried about the spooks seeing. I’m sure they could analyse my musical tastes and cross-tabulate them with the events that I’ve attended and figure out that I’m probably in the upper quartile of people with a likelihood of having tried recreational drugs at some point in the past.
  3. I should spend more ‘real’ quality time with people. But I know that already. And Facebook isn’t a big time drain for me, I only look at it every now and again, so it’s not replacing or getting in the way of my relationships.

But that’s not to say I wouldn’t advise getting out of Facebook right now if you are:

  1. The kind of person who wears a tin-foil hat, doesn’t own a mobile phone and doesn’t use the internet because all computers have little cameras that are beaming to the base on the dark side of the moon 24/7.
  2. Listing your interests as: political activism, evolutionary fuel-cell development or time travel.
  3. Spending more time looking at/for friends on Facebook than actually being with real people.

So I’m staying in Facebook, in a limited way. For now.

I still don’t like it all that much though.

A Chuckle and Some Music for Friday

Chuckle:
90s flowchart

From the excellent: http://xkcd.com

And if you want some music for the weekend, this 3.5 hour mix from Pixel in Amsterdam by James Holden is quite superb. For me he’s quite the musical hero at the moment.

Youth Trend Watch: Hardstyle, Hardjump & Jumpstyle

This started out being a silly moment in techno post. But it’s grown into something far more important. Something that trend watchers and marketeers around the world have to pay heed to.

It started with this clip from Malaysia:

A few things things I noted:

1.These Malaysian guys seem to have a fresh new dance style that’s evolved purely from playing Dance Dance Revolution
2. It sounds like the music they’re playing is a hard level of Dance Dance Revolution
3. There is no Dance Dance Revolution machine in sight
4. The clip has had nearly a million views!

But the I noticed that I’d opened up some odd portal to a new dimension of music, dance and culture! And I found a bunch of videos that seemed to talk about Hardstyle, Hardjump and Jumpstyle. 3 slightly different parts of seemingly the same subculture. I’m not going to try to explain what the bits are because I’ll get it wrong and one day a Jumpstyle fan might find this page and make me look like a tit ;-)

And the more I looked and watched. The more I realised that I’ve discovered the Parkour of the noughties. All that free running is so over. And you need loads of fancy buildings to jump off. And its dangerous. And it doesn’t have a music scene attached to it.

And you don’t have to be out and about to do it. Look Jumpstyle at home:

But you can also do it with a friend and it becomes Duojump. Now they really do look like 2 skilled DDR players… Or is it like a Gabba Riverdance…

And you can do it with 3 people!

Or if you’ve got a few mates you can all do it together!

And it appears they’re teaching it in schools – to groups of kids!

It’s become so big it’s spawned it’s own remixes and stuff – check Jumpstyle Borat:

So now you’re tuned into the latest global youth craze you’ll be wanting a how-to guide right? Of course, YouTube can provide (thanks to Patrick Jumpen, one of the stars of Jumpstyle):

And for those of you who are more into studying from the sidelines don’t forget to check Wikipedia – the page on Jumpstyle is the most informative. It has a list of different sub-styles as well as some useful links to some of the top dudes in the scene.

But of course, like any great trend, there are the nay-sayers, those who want to kill a beautiful thing before big brands have sponsored it and generated reveue out of it. Boo to them. Sites like http://www.fuckjumpstyle.com/ are demanding the end of jumpstyle. How could they. Well they say:

We all know it. Jumpstyle sucks. At the beginning it was fun, but now it’s just too commercial. I know it, you know it.

Jumpstyle begun in Belgium. The dance is now known in almost whole Europe. Now, it’s trying to take over whole America. Do you want to stop jumpstyle to take over America? Do you want jumpstyle to die? Do you think jumpstyle is too commercial? Do you think: FUCK JUMPSTYLE!?

God damn. It’s sold out before I even started!

I’d love to do a documentary on the whole scene. If I could make films. Of course some of my comments above are a bit tongue in cheek. But if you hunt around YouTube you’ll see stacks of clips with millions and millions of views. It’s a very real scene, which lots of kids (in parts of Europe and Asia mainly by the looks of it) seem to be totally into. So who am I to say it’s a silly moment in techno?

Or does everyone in the world know about Jumpstyle and I’m the last one to hear? Damn I hope not…

Write Like a Email Scammer Day – 06.02.08

Nigerian Scammers

Following on from last year’s ‘Speak Like a Pirate Day’. I’m proposing that the world embark upon a ‘Write Like an Email Scammer Day’.

I was motivated to propose this course of action resulting from a recently inbounded email communication from my orphan and esteemed friend Miss Mary Johnston. Of particular noteworthiness from the aforementioned I markedly refer to the below:

Hello Dear Chosen one,
Please excuse me for all the inconveniences my mail could cause you. I have the pleasure to expose to you my predicaments.

Please even if we never knew before, I believe firmly that on the basis of the right of humanitarian assistance that a real confidence and love can arise from our communication and also a real partnership between us.

Henceforth and furthermore:

Today my major concern is to move out this sum outside here. Given that I am the only child and I have seriously suffered from the ragging and the harassments on behalf of the political opponents of my Father.

It is in this prospect that I contact you. Because of the political war and the hostilities in this country I seriously wish to leave from here and live the rest of my life in a more peaceful and politically more stable and quiet country.

Her electronic mail terminates as such:

I would like to count on your human, virtuous and professional qualities to actualise this project. I look forward to receive your urgent responds.

Thanks for your care and may God bless you for your kind heart to hear the cry of an orphan

The details of the impressive sums of finance to which she refers for have been found necessary for removal resulting from safety sake and to avoid the greed exemplified by the enemies of her forefathers and those reading this website.

By joining me in ‘write like an email scammer day’ you will eligible to receive untold fortunes and grate happinesses in your futures. A proposed day of action is suggested as being 6th February 2008 (THE sixth of FEBRUARY, Two thousand AND eight).

Your loyal friend and compatriate.

Mr Iain Tait

(Image borrowed from the excellent book Cry For Help which has a collection of wonderful scam emails with lovely illustrations to match)