Five things on Friday #70

Things of note for the week ending May 2nd, 2014.


1. GASP!
The shot above is, unfortunately, not ‘real’. As in, it was manipulated to be that way. However, it’s still awesome. You can find the original image, and a whole other ton of stuff, over on this guy’s Instagram account.

Go give him a follow.

2. Self Loathing Personals
This rundown of the personal ads from ‘The London Review of Books’ is probably the funniest thing I’ve read this week. Here’s one example –

I like my women the way I like my kebab. Found by surprise after a drunken night out, and covered in too much tahini. Before long I’ll have discarded you on the pavement of life, but until then you’re the perfect complement to a perfect evening. Man, 32. Rarely produces winning metaphors.


(thanks, Nicola)

3. 3D sketches


The 2D/3D art is awesome.


4. Perfect Pitch
I shared this on Facebook earlier this week but it’s worth repeating.

LJ Rich is Awesome

Uber gadget geek and technology presenter for all kinds of techy televisual stuff (and all round nice person), LJ Rich, has a condition known as ‘Perfect Pitch‘, which Wikipedia defines as ‘a rare auditory phenomenon characterised by the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone’.

When I first met LJ (many, many moons ago) I remember her talking about it at length, even going so far as to tell me what note I speak in! Perfect or Absolute Pitch, as it sometimes known, comes up from time to time on LJ’s blog (LJ has, somewhat unsurprisingly, a musical flavour to her technological geekery) however, earlier this week, the lovely Miss Rich put electric words to internet paper and wrote ‘Living with Perfect Pitch – what it’s really like‘.

It’s a fascinating blog post and absolutely my recommended blog read of the week.

5. Blue Jam / Bad Sex
Chris Morris is a UK satirist famous for all sorts of controversial comedic-based efforts. From 1997 to 1999 he produced a Radio 1 ‘ambient comedy’ show called ‘Blue Jam‘ which, amongst other things, featured a highly NSFW segment called ‘Bad Sex’. I was reminded of this recently when, for the first time since broadcast, Radio 4 repeated the Blue Jam episodes and I found myself dying with laughter at this particular segment.

Someone has, rather brilliantly, collected all of the Bad Sex segments together and uploaded them as one 15min video on YouTube. It is bizarre, surreal, gross, weird, mental, and generally just very, very dark.


You have been warned.


Listen at your own risk.



That’s me done, see you next week.