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Daily prompt: game of groans

Think about an object, an activity, or a cultural phenomenon you really don’t like. Now write a post (tongue in cheek or not — your call!) about why it’s the best thing ever.

Ads everywhere!

I had an amazing idea! What if you could have pop-up ads, anywhere? Just imagine, you walk into a store and as soon as you get through the door a mini billboard pops up in front of you like a piece of toast from a toaster, telling you about something you might be [but almost certainly are completely un-] interested in. Wouldn’t that be great?

But then why stop there? How about turning every surface into potential advertising space? I love having my view cluttered by loads of adverts and my attention broken by flashing, animated, jumping, sliding, fading, talking, singing adverts! It’s the best part of my day. It would be just totally amazeballs if I could have more of this where I happen to be! Working at my desk? An ad can slide across it’s surface and block me from typing until I interact with it in some way! Opening the fridge? An ad could slide out for a takeaway or a special supermarket deal! Going to bed? An ad could be projected onto the ceiling! Awesome!

I think this would be incredible…

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The greatest threat to my own success?

Boredom

My brother says it’s not that I get bored easily, it’s that I spend too much time doing stuff that bores me. I’d argue that it’s a combination of both.

I’m the type of person that needs lots of variety. I like chocolate cookies, but I don’t want to eat (or bake) them every day of the week. I’ll have some Monday this week, and Thursday next. Maybe. Who knows? I’ll see how I feel. Know what I mean?

Variety

I wanna mix it up, sit in the office today and do some creative techy stuff; tomorrow and the next day travel around taking random pictures: people, cars, the sky, whatever. The day after that be home doing some other creative shit: music, writing, photo-editing, creating a video, baking. Create,  createcreate.

Say whaaat? He created an app that bakes you sweet treats then sends a slideshow of images of your bake to your peeps? Whaaa..? Complete with a dynamically rendered backing track based on the images the app took? No waaayy…

If only.

But incredible things can happen when given the freedom to fight boredom in your own way, in your own style, in your own space, in your own time. This is the life I want to live. And still be able to pay the bills.

I’ll leave you with some quotes.

 

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”

— Thomas Carlyle

 

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”

— Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

 

“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

A great day for cookies

When I was young I hated baking. Why? Because why can’t I eat it already? That’s why. I wasn’t interested in the baking, just the eating.

Years later and I’ve developed a greater appreciation for the baking process. Two things have helped with that:

  1. I’ve cultivated a necessary level of patience that, balanced with the right level of enthusiasm and anticipation, creates the perfect amount of excitement.
  2. I’ve since realised that the eating can actually take place during the baking.

Yesterday morning I made a fresh batch of epicly chocolatey double chocolate chip cookies for a friend’s birthday barbecue. The recipe isn’t mine, so I can only take so much credit. But I deserve some, because I baked them. And they were awesome. Yes, that was my own horn I just tooted.

Cookies and other goodies

love baking. And, fortunately, I have just enough self-control to prevent myself eating all the batter before the sweet treats go in the oven, so people actually get to enjoy my baked wares. Awesomer.

A friend enjoying a double chocolate chip cookie

BTW: Did you know it was National Chocolate Chip Day on May 15th here in the UK?

Duh and or hello: reasons not to watch Archer

Archer
I don’t watch much TV. I hate channel surfing. I watch a handful of shows at the moment, usually online. 24 — so obviously, although I wonder why no one in my department knows about Jack Bauer (sounds better when you imagine Arnold Schwarz-whatever saying it). Elementary, S.H.I.E.L.D., Perception, Orphan Black. The watch-list consists of various types of drama (albeit with sprinkles of humour here and there). So when I want/need to laugh, my go-to show is Archer.

Why do I like it?

This show is great because of what it doesn’t do. Archer doesn’t:

  • take itself seriously (I mean, at all)
  • try to be “Politically Correct” (not even slightly)
  • hold back (e.g. if a joke is racist, it’s very racist)
  • drag things out (I’m looking at you, almost every anime ever made)

Who shouldn’t watch it?

Children, of any age. Not even babies. Seriously, I don’t watch it if my one year old daughter is awake or in viewing/hearing distance. People who are easily offended (by anything: sex, swearing, any type of -ism), also don’t watch it. It’s animated, so people who don’t like “cartoons”, or think they’re for children (and I stress again, this so isn’t), should probably skip it.

If you don’t fall into any of the above categories, and you’re not put off by all the things Archer doesn’t do, then duh, and/or, hello? Why are you still reading? Start watching (The first three seasons are also available on Netflix).