The picture is a bit rubbish, sorry for that. It's a box of 10 lightbulbs I ordered from Amazon.
It occurred to me this is what I use Amazon for the most. Ordering very specific cheap DIY/household type things in bulk.
Lightbulbs are good, so are batteries.
I get paranoid about running out of both of those so when I see I'm low, I'll order a bunch of 10. With Amazon I can get the specific one I'm after, dimmable energy saving bayonet fitting ones are a nightmare to find, and I don't have to risk a trip to B&Q and they don't have it in stock. I'm in no hurry, so if it arrives 4 or 5 days later that's cool.
I like these characters who remain sort of behind the scenes but have a big impact on society. Professionally famous but anonymous to the general public. The Frank Picks of the world. And I like discovering them via random memorials.
Like this bench.
James Black was a fascinating man, quietly going about his business inventing the world's best selling drug.
I was at UAL: London College of Communication on Monday night to hear Emily Bell give the Cudlipp lecture. She was very good. She started with a tl;dr version, which was smart and was - journalism needs more journalists who have a deep understanding of the technologies of the web.
I was there partly because I've just been appointed a governor of UAL and I'm keen to help out with digital stuff. So I'm interested in what they're doing in that area.
If you're a UAL student and you're reading this, I'd love to meet for coffee and hear what your experience of digital at UAL is. All of digital, the application process, the internal systems, the teaching resources and the teaching. Drop me a line. Details here.
Found this yesterday at the back of a filing cabinet.
It's an envelope I sent to myself with something written on the seal to prove it hadn't been opened. Luxford is the name of a now closed ad agency I worked at in the late nineties.
This is a thing they teach you at college as a cheap way to project yourself in case of copyright desputes. Theory is; have genus idea, post copy of idea to self, then you have legally dated, sealed proof.
I'd always hoped to be involved in one of these disputes so I could rip open the envelope with a flourish in Courtroom A in front of Rumpole and his mates. But I don't remember any of my brilliant ideas being stolen in that time so I figure it's safe to open.
The envelope is dated 9 Feb 1999. It's very tempting to wait until 2019 and the twentieth anniversary, but I think instead we should open it together, live on this blog, on Monday 9 February. 16 years after posting.
Tony and Kim and w+k in general, had loads of little phrases and rules.
One famous one was Kim's obsession with no puns in ads. They were strictly banned. Everyone knew it. (You obviously had to induct the new creatives before they presented puns. It's a popular option with creatives.)
Here are two reasons why that's a good rule.
The ads aren't very well written. They don't make sense without the pun, they make even less sense with them.
They've mistaken pun for idea and sacrified clarity.