Business Card Stamp

How much paper is wasted on business cards that are handed out and then discarded, or just get chucked because someone changes job role/company? How about you just put the details that would have been on your business card on a stamp, and stamp the details on a bit of scrap paper whenever you need to give someone your card.

You retain the fact that you are giving someone a physical artefact with your details on it, but you aren’t killing trees unnecessarily. I’m not sure how professional it looks to give someone a scrap of paper with your  details stamped on it. It might not cut the mustard in some industries, but if you are a creative, then I think it’s a great Idea, you can also double up it’s usefulness by making any sheet of paper a printed letterhead. It’s print on demand stationary in your pocket!

The idea was developed by Fischer Portugal, by creative director Diogo Mello, art director Marco Martins and copywriter Rafael Pitanguy.

Via DesignVerb

I was a mac user

I saw this T-Shirt on a tweet by Last Year’s Girl and though she admitted that it was not the case for her, I can (happily?) state that it is true for me. Tempted to get this T-Shirt as I was a Mac user from 1984 (we had a Mac 128k) through to about 1998. Technically later as I still used Macs on and off doing DTP stuff at my student union until about 2005. Actually the statement isn’t completely true I wasn’t a Mac user I was a Mac Zealot…

My progression as a Mac user went from the Mac 128k:

To a Mac Plus with a whopping 20 Mb external hard drive:

To the second of Apple’s “Pizza Box” budget Macs the LC II:

My divergence from the Mac Cause began when we bought a Mac Clone a Power Tower 200:

Then I went to Uni and bought a PC because it meant I could do my course work on a computer I could afford. I’ve not really looked back since, I’ve dabbled with Linux, but despite all my complaints with Windows I’ve now (for better of for worse) become a windows user. It’s funny how as late as 1998 I would religiously defend Macs they were just better. Now I’ve come to the opinion that all computers are just crap in different ways. All that changes is  what the computer is rubbish at and what it is slightly less rubbish at.

Although to be honest so long as a computer has a browser these days I can get 99% of what I want to do done on it…


He loved it so much he ate it.

I absolutely love this quote by Maurice Sendak author of where the wild things are:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

– Maurice Sendak

One day I hope to write something that someone loves so much they eat it…

via Catherine Campbell.

Richard-Wilkinson releases ‘Little Brother’ Image for free download

Richard Wilkinson has teased his artwork for Cory Doctorrow’s little brother up for free under a creative commons license. The one above is of the Vampire Flash Mob scene in the book. Check out the link below for more

Richard-Wilkinson · ‘Little Brother’ Free Hi-res Image Downloads.

NaNoWriMo Day 12: Not going to lose hope!

I will do this! I’m lacking a bit in the inspiration department at the moment I’m currently sitting at 18,330 when I should be sitting at 20,000 I’m going to try and hammer in a few more words but I doubt I’ll get more than a couple of hundred before I need to go to bed.

Tomorrow is another day and I plan of spending the weekend doing quite a bit of NaNoWriMo.

Of the people I know who are participating in NaNoWriMo I’m currently doing the best which is not normal, I’ve also managed to reach more that double my word count from last year which is an achievement in it’s self I guess. This year I will however win! I am going to do this no matter how hard it is, I am determined, I am also probably doomed to fail…

I’ve jumped the story 10 years into the future, added a character which I’d not initially envisioned being in the story and I’ve written a chapter from their point of view. I think the next chapter after the one I’m writing will also be from their point of view, I’m going to have to come up with some more characters because I keep on killing the ones I have. I’ve also got no idea how I’m going to work one character into the plot, and I’ve not even begun to explore someone who I thought would play a major role but has up till this point only been mentioned in passing. I don’t know how to introduce them at all.

I’m writing utter drivel, which is to be expected, especially for NaNoWriMo where word count is king and coherence is well a little lower than king… Maybe an estranged cousin of the king who they still call a prince, but would never ever inherit the throne…

I’m having serious trouble naming my characters, I’ve tried to come up with names that don’t sound silly, but to be honest they all sound stupid… I may have to rename every single character in the book when I am done.

That is all for now, because I actually need to add words to my NaNoWriMo and I’m sure none of you are actually interested in reading about it.

About me…

No this isn’t going to be a post about me, I’m rubbish at that. It’s a post about the way those words make me feel. Am I the only one who finds being confronted with a little box with only those two words as guidance really intimidating? Facebook, Twitter, you name it they all seem to have a little text box that says something along the lines of “About Me” what the hell are you supposed to write in there? I don’t like to advertise what I do for a living, mainly because the second you tell someone you are a software engineer they run a mile, or ask you to fix their computer. I was in for a blood test the other day and the nurse asked me what I did for a living by way of just chatting to me, I said I was a computer programmer, and the next thing I knew she was asking me for advice about setting up a proprietary medical records database… Seriously…

I’m not one to talk about my hobbies either, I mean I play video games, I role play, I read, I occasionally watch TV and or films, I used to go to a lot of gigs because I worked in the entertainment industry, but don’t any more because I  got sick of them (And got  a 9 to 5 job that made moonlighting as a stage tech was difficult). I don’t really do anything interesting, I’m not really into any sports, I’d like to to get back into martial arts because I used to practice Tae Kwon Do (I even got a black belt) but I had to stop because I was school got in the way.

I don’t particularly consider the enormous amount  of time I’m on the internet as a hobby, but it takes up a shit load of my time, I am not a “blogger” I do blog but I’m not a blogger (there is a song in that), I try to write fiction but I’m by no means a writer, I own a DSLR and enjoy taking photos but I wouldn’t describe myself as a photographer either. I don’t think I do anything enough to consider it a hobby, I just do stuff. So what the hell do I write in the about me box when I sign up to a website? Usually I write something along the lines of it’s none of your business, or I don’t see the point in filling this out. But then I see other people’s profiles, where they describe themselves as artists or writers, or tell you of some great life adventure that they are on.

I’m not on a great life adventure, I enjoy my life, but I’m not full enough of myself to think that my dabbling in various things is interesting to people, so I don’t bother telling anyone. Is that the problem? Maybe it is, maybe I should be more full of myself. The I would be able to write things like I am a wannabe writer who has tried and failed time and time again to get a novel off the ground only to fail due to sheer laziness. Or that I’m an aspiring game developer who one day want’s to rule the world with his independant game genius, but can’t be bothered writing computer programs in his spare time because that’s what I do all day, so invariably I will never actually be a game developer. No wait that’s not confidence that self deprecating isn’t it? But isn’t being self deprecating the in thing now, surely that’s what all the cool kids are doing, you say something that is in some way self deprecating in the vain hope that people will mistake it for modesty when you are in fact as shit as you say you are, in fact you are more shit than that.

I’m not a cool kid, I’m not hip, I’m not Home with the downies (Thank you Dylan Moran for that, see I can’t even come up with my own turns of phrase).

I’m me, and I am a fairly mundane person, my wit is about as sharp as the cardboard tube you find in the middle of loo roll but I’m cool with that, I just can’t be bothered typing that in a text box that is supposed to sum up my entire existence.

Okay this is technically a post about me, but I’m not narcissistic enough to have wanted it to be, it was meant to be a rant… Honest guv.

Image via Frank Chimero.

NaNoWriMo Update: End of Book One?

I’m managing to keep on top of my NaNoWriMo workd count which is impressive for me, by this time last year I was no where near my word count goal and this is where my spiral into despair began. It’s not that I don’t know for a fact that you can recover from a low word count, Avarinne managed to not write a single word during the first week of NaNoWriMo 2008 and then went on to win that year, but personally I think it’s hard.

I am struggling, I am fighting, and I am not happy with what I have written, but I have written it. At present my word count is sitting at 15,064 words which is a whole 64 words more than the target for today (Technically yesterday) although I didn’t submit my word count till midnight due to a mixture of my not watching the clock and the NaNoWriMo website being pummelled by a million people across the UK trying to submit their word count, so my graph looks a little off, but only a little.

The thing is I’m almost a third of the way through my NaNo and I am still in what I would call the prologue part of the story. I’ve killed, I’ve maimed, I’ve raped but I’ve not gotten to the crux of the story and I’ve only just begun to explore the original concept I had for the story.

I’ve been writing the story from the point of view of a slew of different characters off the top of my head I can count 7, and I plan of jumping into the heads of a few others, but I think I have reached the point where I am going to have to travel forward in time about 10 years in order to jump start the story, I’d always intended to do this, but I hadn’t intended for the first part of the story to take up so many of my words. I think I’m going to break up the story into books, the “Prologue” which I am writing now will be book one, and I’ll have at least a book two and maybe a three within this novel. There is scope, I think, for the novel to spin off into a sequel, however, I think for the time being I need to think about how I’m going to end the novel in such a way that it actually comes to some kind of conclusion near the point where I hit 50,000 words.

Not intimidated in the slightest…

Anyway I think it’s time for bed now…


Game Design Evolution

I may not be an FPS fan, but I think the above applies to an awful lot of games, especially Final Fantasy XIII, which is so linier  it’s painful. I do remember how complicated games used to be though, I remember both hating a loving getting lost in them, mainly because my sense of direction in 3D games is terrible, especially when everything looks the same.

I appreciate that game designers are creating games with such graphical quality that every corridor takes someone a year to design, but is it really worth it if all you get to see is the one corridor?

Also don’t get me started cut scenes and bloody quicktime events… I think game design is suffering because game designers are bowing to the almighty polygon and making everything really pretty at the expense of game play, I’m not alone in thinking this.

I’m going to stop this rant now, because it’ s not going anywhere and I’m tired. Suffice it to say I agree with the image and it makes me sad.

Via Rampant Games

I Couldn’t agree with this more

I found this while randomly browsing a friends Tumlr blog, it’s so true though, sure you can update your Facebook status to raise awareness of breast cancer, and make people go and have regular check ups to ensure that they don’t have it. But cryptically posting the colour of your pants, or where like to leave your purse it going to do diddly squaut for the effort to finding a cure.

Donating money to cancer research however, or actually going down the path of being a researcher and working on cancer research will make a difference. I’d like you to think on that.

If you want some inspiration have a look at Mairead‘s story, she was diagnosed with a rare bowel cancer and her friends set themselves a goal of raising £500 for cancer research, so far they have raised almost £9,000. You can go to their just giving site and donate some yourself, but that money goes towards finding a cure. £10 donated to Cancer Research is better than a million Facebook updates.


Image via BobCesca Posts Stuff

Nicaragua Invades Costa Rica Because Google Maps Told It To

Sat Nav has been blamed for people driving their cars into rivers, for lorry drivers destroying ancient bridges, and driving Belgian lorry drivers through Cornish cottages. But I don’t think it’s started any international incidents. Well now an error in Google Maps has caused Nicaragua to invade Costa Rica…

From the Search Engine Land article:

A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory.

La Nacion — the largest newspaper in Costa Rica — says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to Costa Rica. Pastora blames Google Maps in the paper…

Via Search Engine Land