Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Disney or Gremlins

When i was a child i used to watch all the disney classics, Snow White, The Lion King, Cinderella, Peter Pan etc. Disney are known for sugar coating stories to make them more 'happy ever after' resulting in happy children when the films finish.

Around the same age i was also watching Gremlins, ET, Neverending Story and The Labyrinth. You cannot compare these films to Disney films, they should be rated 15+. Now, as a result of my parents lack of responsibilty i'm a damaged adult. I cannot watch these films.

I could watch Saw or Alien, but Gremlins NOOOOO! If i see a toy Gizmo i have a sudden rush of fear and basically run to the nearest lit area. If i see a statue either side of me i expect its eyes to open and fire death rays at me. A pile of stuffed animals make me brace myself for an alien to pop out and chase me around the house saying 'ET PHONE HOME' over and over.

On a completely seperate note, i used to think Disney was Disnep because of the logo.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

JLS Condoms


Whilst i think this is a good idea, i cant help find it not so good at the same time. It's weird to think people will be more persuaded to use condoms if a boyband are on the packet... Also whilst it has good intentions it may have the reverse effect and encourage sex to those underage. To an outsider you can see it's encouraging safe sex but to a devoted fan it's saying buy these, they're cool and so is sex.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


Jeans are so common, every clothing shop sells a pair. It's probably one of the hardest things for a woman to shop for, it's frustrating and one of those things you have to try on before buying. I don't know one woman that has the perfect fitting jeans, there's always size issues, muffin tops, gaping holes in the back, saggy bums, ankle biters...

Levi's are taking advantage of this insight:

'Text by Dazed Digital
Facing the age-old trouble of finding a jean that fits, Levi's has taken the wardrobe staple and attempted to work out its problems using the Curve ID theory taking a woman's measurements to ensure a perfect fit. After conducting a study, Levi's had found that a massive 87 per cent of women wanted better fitting jeans than the ones they currently owned, hence the need for a new approach in creating a denim range that fits all women.

Utilising the ratio between the measurements between the narrowest and widest parts of the hips, the jeans are made with a stretchy denim available in light to dark washes. Shot by Peter Lindbergh, the three spokespersons Swedish singer Lykke Li, Miss Nine and Pixie Geldof front the campaign for the new range representing the three fits of 'Slight', 'Demi', and 'Bold'.

Dazed Digital: What was the initial inspired this project?
Consumers. This journey of the Curve ID took a year to do. We decided let's go talk to women and find out their current relationship with jeans and their relationship with Levi's - and we found a lot of frustration and we wondered why there was this frustation, and basically women found a difficulty in finding the right fit. Then came the research ideas, so the first surveys and research speaking to women took three months, then after the initial feedback, another six - nine months to perfect the fit.

DD: Do you think three shapes sufficiently embodies all women?
No. It accounts for 80 per cent of women, globally! We're now working on the fourth fit for next year.

DD: Is there scope for this range to expand or develop in the future?
In terms of body types we will be expanding our shapes and sizes but also within the same system of curves. This will be available in our current and more rises. What we currently have is the most popular rise in the market so this is why we're using this low rise.

DD: With all this emphasis on 'curve', will this alienate 'uncurvy' girls?
You still have curve - but in proportion to your body! Depends on the conversation we have with women, part of the research with Curve ID is the shopping experience with women - why don't they feel good when they say you have a flat butt or thunder hips, but all women are curved, period, point. It just depends on your build. You don't have to change to fit the jeans, but the jeans fit you.'

Soon, we might all live in a world wear jeans can be purchased at ease. All our jean dreams may come true and piles of jeans on changing room floors will be a distant memory.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Angry Animals

This is what blogs are made for.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Domain names

Why hasn't been created!?

I just typed it in and ... nothing. If i had the money to spend on buying new domain names i would and that would be the first one i'd buy. It's only a matter of time before it's gone. So much potential and so little time.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Pete versus Life

This is a brand new series on channel 4 that follows the life of struggling sports writer Pete Griffith, your everyday average guy. Whilst that may sound boring this programme is far from, his every move is observed by two commentators and analysed brutally.
It's refreshing to see a unique approach to a comedy series. I'd describe it as the Truman Show meets Friends... Okay, instead i'll just say it is sophisticated entertainment, with a great twist.

If you haven't watched it, give it a go: Friday nights at 10pm or 4od

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Leg space on a train

Lately, i've been spending A LOT of time on trains. Like most people i try to get 2 seats to myself, but sometimes you can't keep hold of that extra 'seat for your bag'. Recently i had a reserved seat which was on a table.

I hate table seats when i'm travelling alone because:
It means your less likely to be alone as your sitting with 3 other people
You're facing someone directly, so it's hard to avoid any eye contact
You cant sit with your bag under your chair for easy access
their is limited leg room
and so
you have to lay all your travel belongings out on the table - in view of your other table sitters

Let me just highlight the limited leg room issue - Men seem to think women dont have legs. Not only do women have suffer with men sitting open legged constantly 'for comfort', but now we have to keep our legs tucked in awkwardly the whole journey as a man needs way over half of the leg space. If i was to draw the equal leg space allowance on the table, they would be way into my area...

Well, i have drawn it:

Here you can see how much room is theoretically allowed and the intursion into my personal leg allowance. And to top it all off, they kick your feet too!

(This is not aimed at all men - you know who you are!)


When you meet someone new it's always dificult to judge whether its a handshake moment or not. And, when it is a handshake situation, how much pressure do you apply? How many times do you physically shake your hands up and down? Do you even shake, or is it more of a warm grasp?

Handshake become even more difficult when it's mixed gender. If your the woman, you want to seem confident and strong but not to butch. A man wants to be professional, non-sexist but at the same time respect the 'lady'.

Things you should know about Handshakes(thanks to Wikipedia)
The earliest handshake dates back to 5th century BC.
Handshakes should always be made bare handed, in some customs it is considered inappropriate/derogatory behaviour if preformed whilst wearing gloves.
'It is considered to be in poor taste to show dominance with too strong a handshake conversely, too weak a handshake (sometimes referred to as a "limp fish" or "dead fish" handshake) is also considered unseemly due to people perceiving it as a sign of weakness.'
New Jersey Mayor Joseph Lazarow from Atlantic City was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for shaking more than 11,000 hands in a single day.
And just incase you were thinking of doing the longest ever handshake:
Matthew Rosen and Joe Ackerman hold a world record time of 15 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds.