Just...one more thing...

In One Ear And Out the Analog

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Well, the time has come everyone. I’m sorry to be a complete arse here, but I’ll be putting this little old blog to bed. Thanks for being a dear ‘auld reader. I’m not much of a blogger anymore, in fact, I’m quite keen on being a DAD instead! AN ACTUAL DAD. So i’ll be putting all my effort and focus on that instead! I’m on twitter as @NeilRostance though if you really just can’t be without the way I put letters in particular orders. 
That’s it!….Just one last thing!

Well, the time has come everyone. I’m sorry to be a complete arse here, but I’ll be putting this little old blog to bed. Thanks for being a dear ‘auld reader. I’m not much of a blogger anymore, in fact, I’m quite keen on being a DAD instead! AN ACTUAL DAD. So i’ll be putting all my effort and focus on that instead! I’m on twitter as @NeilRostance though if you really just can’t be without the way I put letters in particular orders. 

That’s it!….Just one last thing!

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Television

A few weekends ago I went to visit my parents. On the Friday night we all went out for a meal and had a fantastic evening, on the Saturday we stayed in and settled down for a night of telly. Sounds good right? Well, it wasn’t. Seeing my family was great of course, but the TV, well, it’s not what it used t’be is it?

No seriously, it’s shit. Not because there’s nothing on, but because there’s nothing really in what’s on.

Maybe it’s the grumpy old man in me, but those phrases I used to hear “It kills your brain cells that does” and “It makes y’stupid that does”. Well, it does, doesn’t it?

Take for example X Factor, an easy target you may think. I know this is hugely popular, I get that. Most people see it as harmless fun, but there’s something within that programme, something really deep inside that whole movement that I find, well, kind of sad. I really can’t put my finger on it, but I just feel sad that throughout this century the world has seen an incredible leap forward in how we can broadcast ideas, stories and insight around the world in the most fantastic way, yet we’re left with this. An audience dripping with wet apathy which finds us blankly staring at colourful pictures of humans making noises, occasionally pressing buttons to vote for which of the colours and sounds made us happier than the other colours or sounds. 

I’m not talking about the corporate element of it, jeez, I applaud Simon Cowell for rinsing as much cash out of it all as he physically can. I just find it sad that there are core aspects of entertainment massively faded on a whole generation. Storytelling, suspense, drama, insight. 

Since I discovered I really don’t like a lot of what’s on television, I found myself looking for other things I do like, and you know, I found a hell of a lot. A lot of absolutely amazing comedy, drama, insight, stories. Just not presented by Ferne Cotton. 

So here you go, I thought I’d put a few things down in case you also found yourself lost amongst berks on a Saturday night, wondering where the hell our entertainment went. 

1. Radio Lab

This is quite simply the best radio I’ve ever listened to. It’s an American radio show that tells fascinating stories and discussions about a different topic each time. It’s some of the greatest storytelling I’ve ever heard, and is edited together in a really amazing away. I would start off with “Space”, “Slow" and "Inside Ouch!”. They have an iPhone app too which makes it really easy to listen to. 

2. Damn Interesting

If you prefer reading to listening, then this is seriously for you. I may not read lots of books, but I do read lots of blogs. This is my firm favourite. It is a series of articles all about interesting things, simple as that. Stories from history, amazing tales from science and discovery, written in a really entertaining way. They even sell their entire archive as a Kindle book, which I absolutely devoured pretty much in one sitting. 

3. Pappy’s Bangers and Mash

I really love podcasts, I listen to a lot of them. After the Adam and Joe show went off the air, it was difficult to fill the gap. I gave this podcast a shot after browsing through iTunes. Now, I know it a terrible name. It sounds like some student radio crap. But it really is one of the funniest podcasts I’ve heard. 

4. Reddit

Obvious choice right, but really, I love this place. I have even got Kate addicted. The design of the website is absolutely horrific, which puts most people off, but once you plough on through, there’s no looking back. Yes, there’s a lot of in-jokes and toss-pots, but there’s probably a lot less than your facebook feed. If you can’t bear the design of the page, try installing RedditEnhancementSuite in your browser, or if you’re on an iPhone, get AlienBlue, it makes it a LOT better. Reddit, in a nutshell, combines a series of interest groups called “Subreddits” which are all around a particular topic/theme. Everything on there can be upvoted, or downvoted and the most upvoted content/comments sits at the top, or on the front page. I won’t say too much, you probably know if of course, but delve a little deeper and it’s highly addictive. 

5. Radio 4

Yes, I’m officially old. I love Radio 4. But since Chris Moyles left Radio 1 (what? I liked him) and I don’t like ANY songs on 6 Music, and Radio 2 is a bunch of knobs, where else to go? Well join the cool kids over at Radio 4. Just ease over the RP voices and formal style, it’s all part of the package and I have absolutely grown to love it. I can tune in to everything apart from Gardener’s Question time and it’s always really bloody good. 

Oh god, I’m old right?

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This bloody dog.

I’m currently looking after my wife’s parent’s dog whilst they’re on holiday. He’s a weird little dog, but I kind of like him. 

He’s a small little Jack Russel crossed with god knows what, and he’s called “Hardy” (although for a while people mis-heard and thought he was called “Hardeep” which is very funny). 

Today though, this dog crossed the line. He’s not only let himself down, but he’s let me down, he’s let around 20-30 people down. Bad dog. 

Every day when we look after him I take the little stink-bag on a run around the local park (which happens to be where the latest Batman film was shot, but that’s another story). He REALLY, REALLY loves this. He leaps and bounds and slobbers and woofs and darts and dashes and generally acts like a cross between a prisoner of war who has just seen sunlight for the first time in years and a balloon you let go and flies around the room. He goes mental. 

But today, he went TOO mental. 

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Be back soon

Hey! look at all these posts I’ve not been writing! Wow! It’s like a whirlwind of eff-all round here.

So officially I’ll be signing off for a while.

WHY THOUGH? WHY? I hear you shout, throwing your head back and screaming at the top of your voice.

Well despite the recession, something has gone right at the moment and I’ve found myself running a business that is 100% maximum capacity. I GOT BUSY.

I worked it out the other day, if I work 10 hours a day every day including weekends, I will finish my current workload September 28th.

A bit scary. But screw the recession. I’ve struck gold so I’m off to get digging.

So with that in mind. I’ll be gone for a bit. Bye!

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Conversation with a client yesterday.

Client:
Looks great, but we need to make it more Christmassy as it's part of a Christmas campaign.
Me:
No problem, I'll get some christmas music in there.
Client:
Ok, sounds great but can we make it shorter, but add these bits in.
Me:
You want me to shorten it, and add to it.
Client:
Yes, is that possible?
Me:
No.
Client:
Ok, love the second draft, can we make the music a little bit more like "massive attack"
Me:
You want it to be Christmassy, but like Massive Attack.
Client:
Yes, is that possible?
Me:
No.
Client:
Ok great, can you do that today then?
Me:
No.

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I’m sure Batman would have something to say about this dog crapping in his garden. I picked it up though with a black bag, very Gotham.

I’m sure Batman would have something to say about this dog crapping in his garden. I picked it up though with a black bag, very Gotham.