Day 79: Can we please rebrand 4 a.m. ?

Day 79- I think we need to rebrand 4 a.m by website confetti

Have you ever noticed that 4am is the one hour of the day that is most commonly associated with mishaps?  Ted speaker Rives certainly has and in his eight minute Ted talk “The 4 a.m. mystery” Rives  gives us some insight behind this enigma. The 4 a.m. shorthand Song lyrics, movies, authors, conversationalist and society must have all unanimously decided that 4 a.m would be shorthand for “inconveniences, mishaps and yearnings” says Rives. “For a time that I find to be the most placid and uneventful hour of the day, four in the morning sure gets an awful lot of bad press” When did this begin? Rives backs up this claim with a number of  examples, comic strips, historical events, paintings and even  a clip of The Simpsons all depicting four in the morning as this horrible time to be awake.   It really is fascinating when you actually think how often 4 a.m. is used to reference bad things. Rives also goes on to explain what he … [Read more...]

Day 70: Save the world with 1 paper towel

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A couple of weeks ago I published a post about how many of us were probably tying our shoelaces the wrong way. At the time I thought it was a very odd Ted talk, and questioned whether I was being punked. However, by the end of the video I got it, the shoelaces were just a metaphor, a quirky vehicle to share a message. Today's blog post is another one of those videos.  Ted speaker Joe Smith is on a mission, he wants us all to know the correct way to use a paper towel. Don't be greedy. One paper towel is plenty According to Joe we only need to use one paper towel to dry our hands, anything more is excessive consumption. Joe gets out a bucket of water and paper towel and demonstrates how easy it is to dry your hands with just one paper towel. It's all in the technique. I won't go into details, but the clip is only a couple of minutes long and Joe is an entertaining presenter, so it's well worth a quick watch. It's not really about … [Read more...]