Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20th June, 2018.

20th June, 2018.

Yes, I’m back at work, today.

And frankly?

I’m thinking I’ve got an extended run: from today until next week.

With no actual day off until next week.


It’s money: so I can’t complain much.

But, BOY, I’ll be looking forward to time off.


Something I noticed on the Tech news, yesterday … ?

Was that UK education is having a specific issue.

Recently, the UK’s various education authorities has toughened computer science classes: making them harder to do.

And less appealing to kids.

One reason for the UK’s tech sector doing so well?   Is simply that kids get interested as youngsters.

They certainly did, when I was young.

Most of the coders and IT people my age?   All grew up, as I did, working out how to make a ZX Spectrum — or BBC Micro, or Oric, what have you — go beeeeeeep*^ when you pushed a button.

At ANY rate … I think making the classes harder will be a bad thing, long term.

There’s something else.

I know — as an adult — I did what’s called the European Computer Driving License: a computer literacy course.

I knew most of it.

But wanted the paperwork that said I’d done it … to reassure potential employers that I could sit in an office, use a computer, and not melt down, working out how to switch the thing on.

And have the impression that, until recently, that’s what ‘computer science’ classes focused on.   Making sure people had a basic level of computer literacy: enough to be able to function in today’s modern society.

I think these days?

Using a computer — a tablet, laptop, phone, till, what have you — is on a par with reading and writing, or driving.

A basic skill that makes life a lot easier.

Frankly, these days?

I think compulsory computer literacy glasses would be good.

Leaving the tougher science classes for later.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

American Horror Story — Series 6: Roanoke — Chapter 9 and Chapter 10.

19th June, 2018.

OK, OK, SUE me … !

I happen to like Jean Michel Jarre.

Or, at least, his earlier stuff: including Equinoxe.

That’s not why I’m here, though … 

There’s possibly a LOT of reasons why I’m here … 

One of them … ?

Is that I’ve just seen the last two episodes of American Horror Story, series 6, Roanoke … 

And yes: that was a good little series … 


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-6-2018: Garfield.

19th June, 2018

Yeah … 

Watching American Horror Story definitely leaves you with an ear worm or two.

Even if — in my case — you can’t actually sing them.

At any rate, and if you’re in the UK?

Do you remember those ever so slightly creepy Metz adverts back in the 90s?

The Judderman ones?

Yeah … 

That’s what I thought, the minute I clapped eyes on Gaga’s outfits … 


Monday, 18 June 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18th June, 2018

18th June, 2018.

I think we can say I’m not a football fan.

No: really: I’m not a football fan: as I managed to mention in last night’s post about American Horror Story.

Roanoke is looking rather good, I should add: they’ve hideously slaughtered Kathy Bates, twice.

At ANY rate … I was making the point that I thought the first England games was on, tomorrow night: and made the point that — as I had the day off? — I wouldn’t be watching it.

Turns out I got the date wrong.

It seems the games on, tonight.

I still — hopefully — won’t watching it.
A)  I’m not a fan.
B)  I’m at work.
What more can I tell you … ?


Talking of productivity?

Which we weren’t, but you can see the drift, I hope.

The World Health Health Organisation has announced it’s adding video game addiction to its list of its list of mental health conditions.

Frankly?   Giving my own personal history, I’m very aware it’s something I need to keep an eye on.

I’m VERY aware getting hooked on something — from alcohol, to video games, to gambling — is not a good thing.

And can have a serious effect on health, and productivity.


American Horror Story — Series 6: Roanoke — Chapter 6, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.

17th June, 2018

No: you’re right …

I’m not especially devout, either.

But … ?

I’m not a fan of football.

Quite what to point at, that makes me distinctly uninterested in the world’s national game … ?

I really couldn’t tell you.

Suffice to say …



At any rate: I’m not one for the football: having grown up when BBC1 screened first division games.

And would delay delay Dr Who, if need be, when a game went into extra time.

Something that’s left me preferring to not watch the silliness if it’s on.

And not recognising a professional footballer should he walk into somewhere I’m working.

Which is true, actually.   We had Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock turn up at one pub I worked in, not long after he did I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

I thought he’d been on Big Brother.

And, equally as honestly?   I’d probably only recognise Vinnie Jones because he’s been in a couple of films I’ve seen.

Not because of his footballing career.

At any rate, the point I’m trying to make?

Is that I’m not a football fan.

And that, given I’ve a day off, during the 2018 World Cup?

I wasn’t actually planning to watch the games.