Brain dump

A.K.A all the things I was thinking about posting this week, plus anything else that comes into my head.

If there haven’t been enough reasons for me to feel old at the moment, it’s been twenty years since Chicken Run was released. Aardman announced a sequel this week, which they’ve partnered with Netflix for, which will likely premiere on Netflix. Maybe it’s a sign of my age, or maybe I’m being a bit of a snob, but I tend to view a film that goes on Netflix first as like the modern equivalent of a film going straight to video. Let’s be honest, while there’s a lot of good stuff on there, there is also a hell of a lot of crap. I am however sure that the film itself will be very good because Aardman never make a bad film (yes I do include Flushed Away in this)

I’m wondering whether a smart notebook would be a worthy investment. Sure I can see them as a good idea from an environmental point of view (reusable pages + ability to scan and upload notes = less paper needed), but they are pretty expensive. Then again, the price of one of the cheapest smart notebooks is probably the equivalent of at least 5 A5 standard ones and will probably last the lifetime of 50. I’ll think about it more.

I’m going to try and go a whole day without checking social media. I’ll let you know that goes one way or another.

Brain Dump

Every now and again I write a blog post that doesn’t really have a subject, but is just a post where I offload all the things that have been on my mind over time. I usually do this when I’ve not blogged for a bit due to life getting in the way, or when I have a load of ideas for posts but find it difficult to put a good one together. Basically, it’s just an excuse for me to write a load of incoherent tripe in a bid to beat the curse of writers’ block.

The last week or so has been a bit crap for me to be honest. Things have happened that I am not entirely happy with and it’s has been a bit hard to engage with the blog, twitter and the like without wishing bad things on some of the internet’s more unpleasant inhabitants. I gave up on Facebook as I was getting tired of the bad spelling and trolling that I saw on its pages, not to mention the endless requests for Farmville and some other shitty games and apps. Oh, and the fact that Facebook Timeline is a big, steaming pile of manure. I’m not going to delete it, as there are still people on there I want to stay in touch with (I don’t have many friends on it, and the odd person I have on FB also has twitter, so not checking it every day isn’t much of a big deal).

I’ve tweeted less, but have probably browsed my timeline more often, trying to think of something to say that is actually worth putting on my profile. I don’t really like to post “emo” tweets, or see people use their twitter feed to tell the world how terrible their life is at the moment any more than I do those whose sole purpose on the site is to badmouth and insult everyone. However, sometimes you can’t help but get it out there, and then decide to shut up for a few days because you don’t want people to think you’re a completely miserable bastard and you’re scared of losing followers.

Ok, that’s enough on that. What else can I put here?

All that Samantha Brick business that the Twitter mob was once again all over made me despair. It wasn’t just the article that Brick wrote that raised my hackles though. Make no mistake, the woman is foolish, vain, deluded and not exactly an oil painting (though neither is she, in the words of twitter’s more classier residents, a f****** munter”). It was the fact that once again, people on a social media site were getting worked up over a piece that was first published in the Daily Mail. Don’t you get it Twitmobsters? The reason why the Fail is the most popular newspaper website is because people like you are publishing links to its articles and reacting to them. All the time you’re slagging off the paper and Brick you’re giving them the attention they crave – as well as giving the Mail more to back up their “Twitter and Facebook are evil” stance. There was an article in the paper the next day she’d written about the backlash against her, for goodness sake (probably prepared even before the original was published). They are the biggest trolls going, and they’re getting paid for it, so how about we all stop reading and feeding them and we can all get on with our lives? Because let’s face it, all that tweeting about the Bricks of the world really isn’t good for us.

In other news:

I am seriously considering getting an iPad.
I’d like to get into vlogging again (and do it properly, this time).

I am shit at Draw Something.

“Teenage Blood” by Tom Williams and The Boat is an excellent album.

I’ve been thinking about doing a postgraduate degree. And getting another job.
I think that’s it for the moment.