Squared Online

Hi Again, Sam here!

Now I know I have been quite on the blogging front recently, specially as Isemann is trouncing me 5-1 at the moment, but I am back and I apologise.

This entry is only a short one but I intend to expand and update you all on it other the coming months.

So what is Squared Online I hear you ask. it is the online version of Google’s career inspiring course on Digital Marketing which they, the IPA (Institute of Practitioners Advertising) and many major brands and Agencies hope will help fill the void that is being created by the lack of good quality training  for up and coming marketeers, such as myself, and the techniques they require for today’s modern advertising avenues.

Having enrolled on the course a week or two ago now and due to commence at the beginning of September I hope to enlighten you all with my progress and topics I have covered/worked on.

Want more detailed info on Squared Online, or intrested in the course yourself? head on over to their website or social feeds:

Like food, top chefs, free samples, local produce, live music? Check out this food festival in London.

What’s better than good food? Great food? Free samples? Live music?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, the Foodie Festival at Hampton Court Palace Green is a must.

The pop-up restaurant areas feature Jamie’s Italian, Randall & Aubin and Masala Zone, one of London’s finest Indian restaurants.

Every hour top chefs from around the world show you their magic touch and techniques.

Other foodie features include:

– Drinks master classes, every hour with tastings & samplings.
– Street and world food stalls.
– Children’s cookery theatre – children and dogs are welcome.
– A local producers market, try some scrumptious locally made food.

Top this all off with live entertainment and you have a food connoisseur’s dream day.

Sit back in the summer sun on a green English lawn, soak in the live music, take a wander and sample some delights. Foodie heaven for everyone.

Hampton Court Palace Green hosts the fifth Foodies Festival on May 25th, 26th & 27th. Details at foodiesfestival.com/event/hampton-court-palace.

What you’re saying about yourself if you buy Google Glass.

We all understand the concept of Google Glass right?

It’s the same idea I saw over two decades ago for a head-up display (HUD) in contact lenses. That was during the infancy of the internet and long before smartphones, so whoever posited that idea was a good futurist.

As we know Google Glass is basically HUD enriched with the full power of the internet as it’s fast beating heart. But they are big, clunky and make you look like a dick. For a while the hipsters will fight over whether they are cool or not. And the term ‘glassholes’ has already been penned, possibly by the envious.

And we’re already seeing Google put it’s might behind making these cool, at least for the early adopters. Ultimately they will be declared cool and be a success (of sorts) for Google. Lots of us already really want them.

But what you really need isn’t the glasses, you need to understand that you are beta. The next iteration of Google Glass will be much more discreet. And after that? Before you know it you’ll be unable to tell who has Google Glass, or more correctly wearable HUD technology, or not. Which is either a nightmare or brilliant depending on your point of view.

Just be aware, if you buy this iteration, you are this guy!

iPhone Eighties brick phone accessory.
Image courtesy of Makezine.com.

Remember, with some cutting edge tech, patience is a virtue.

R! :)

Rock-paper-scissors-sex.

You probably call it rock-paper-scissors or roshambo. In South Africa we call it ching-chong-cha and many of you might know the lizard-spock variation, as seen on The Big Bang Theory.

What you might not know, is that for the common side-blotched lizard it’s a matter of whoopee. The baby making kind of whoopee. The blokes’ throat colours are either orange, blue or yellow. When whoopee time comes and they are competing for the birds, I mean female lizards of course, the competition rules are; “orange beats blue, blue beats yellow, and yellow beats orange”. Howzat!

Even bacteria do it! I’m not going to try and pretend I understand how, read how bacteria use rock-paper-scissors on Wikipedia if you want to go further.

And if strip poker doesn’t float your boat any more, you could try strip rock-paper-scissors. The Japanese already do a version, Yakyuken. Incidentally, while researching this bit I googled ‘strip rock-paper-scissors’, yikes! Close tab, close tab! I’ll leave you to go bravely there if you wish.

If you enjoyed these nuggets of trivia then you should follow myself and Sam on Twitter.

@isemann
@Seagles777

R! :-D

Will Facebook fail?

I’m getting tired of a story hack that goes along the lines of ‘Facebook/Apple/Google/[insert big corporation] won’t last forever’. Especially the slew of these stories that appear every time a share price or profit margin dips or a change of company direction occurs or new Terms are introduced.

They usually trot out how MySpace, BlackBerry, GeoCities, Nokia or any number of ‘failed’ companies seemed to be on top of the world then fell down to earth with a crash, and the same will happen to [insert favoured/despised corporation here].

I don’t think so.

Consider when Coke was introduced, 1886. 127 years ago as I write this. Then consider that I was playing with my ZX Spectrum and learning BASIC in the early eighties. Perhaps I was drinking a Coke while doing so. Undoubtedly a different product from the Coke introduced over a hundred years before, but the same company. The point is Coca Cola had been around for a hundred years before we even had basic home computing. Let alone a fast and common connection to the internet.

Coca Cola aren’t the only example I could use so sure, the dinosaurs went extinct, but Facebook et al are not dinosaurs. The actual internet may be the dinosaur for all we know.

Frankly I don’t see why Facebook or Apple or Google or any other current massive technology company can’t become the next Coca Cola or Twinings or Grolsch or Tuttle Farm or ….. the list goes on.

You get the point, it’s early days people, let’s just admit we don’t really know.

Now a top tip for business longevity; if you want to be in business a long time, open a hotel, brewery or restaurant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_companies

R! :)

Ice Cream Adventures

Hi, Sam here and welcome to the first of many food articles we here at B&C will write on our culinary explorations, which originally started as a means to try as many different nationality cuisines as possible, and to some degree continues to do so, but now both Rodney and myself try our best to sample as many weird but delicious delights the world has to offer on our monthly catch ups.

In the past we have sampled:

  • Mexican Grasshoppers
  • Japanese Sushi
  • Polish Kielbasa
  • Spanish Squid 3 ways

But today I am going to not only start our foodie Category but also my début blog entry for the site on a food that is loved and adored all over the world, Ice Cream.

Now I wouldn’t exactly call myself an Ice Cream connoisseur, but I know my way round an Ice Cream cone and have sampled many an Ice Cream flavour in the past from vanilla to lemon curd, green apple to Red Bull, Gelato to Sorbet.

For me there has always been a style of Ice Cream I have savoured to try, Nitrogen Ice Cream. Now Nitrogen Ice Cream may sound weird but it is the magic that combines science (Liquid Nitrogen) with everyone’s favourite Summer Holiday Treat (the Ice Cream).

I first learnt of the ability to make ice cream in seconds using Liquid Nitrogen, as well as Dry Ice, through Heston Blumenthal and his Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream, you can watch him make it here Heston Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream, and thought the only way I was ever going to try such an Ice Cream would be visit his Fat Duck Restaurant, with a waiting List of 2+ Months.

That is until I came across Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock, which boasts to be Europe’s First Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream Parlour. After a quick conversation with Rodney, which contained DM tweets along the lines of “@Isemann Nitro Ice Cream?” “@Seagles777 Yes Please”, we arranged a visit with curiosity.

From the outside the parlour is small & blends in nicely with the surrounding shops right under Camden Lock bridge. Inside was small but kitted out like a Laboratory, with Beakers, Test Tubes and staff in Lab coats, not to mention 3 massive cylinders filled with Liquid Nitrogen.

After what seemed like and age of umming and ermming over what flavour and topping we were both going to have we settled on the following:

  • Rodney: Vanilla with caramel pretzel & green tea peanut brittle
  • Sam: Raspberry Waffle Cone (i.e no cone, but the Ice Cream tastes like Raspberry Waffle Cone) with Chocolate dipped Potato Chips and Griddled White Chocolate

I can’t speak for Rodney, though he says the Green Tea Peanut Brittle was excellent, but I can describe my experience with the Raspberry Waffle Cone. Easiest way to describe it is to imagine the best raspberry ripple Ice Cream you have had, double the intense raspberry flavour, scoop it into a couple of waffle cones and then you come close to the flavour of the Ice Cream, and thats before you are hit with the silky smoothness of the quick frozen Ice Cream courtesy of the Nitrogen.

Freezing Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen allows the Ice Cream to freeze so fast that it doesn’t allow any ice crystals to form, allowing the Ice Cream to stay silk smooth and intense in flavour.

The griddled white chocolate complements the Ice Cream in a way that only white chocolate and raspberry do, but with an added smokiness from the griddling, while the white chocolate dipped potato chip introduces a crunchy and salty undertone.

Would we visit again? In a heart beat.

Whilst the selection is small, only 4 flavours, one of which is a weekly special, coupled with 10 or so topping choices and 4 sauce choices, it is still a difficult decision to make as you want to try them all in one go but know you want to savour the taste and have a reason to return for more. and at £3.95 for Nitro Ice Cream not a bad price either. Bring on the Summer!

If you would like to try Chin Chin Labs for yourself you can find them here:

  1. Twitter – @ChinChinLabs
  2. Website – www.chinchinlabs.com
  3. Facebook – The Chin Chin Laboratorists

The first post – Publish AND Be Damned.

They say things like Content is King and Publish Or Be Damned so here is the first post, before design, logo, banner or any of the other bits and pieces of look and feel.

Not that you can ‘design’ much with the free dot com flavour of WordPress anyway, but that’s just an aside.

I hope this doesn’t become Publish AND Be Damned, which wouldn’t be nice. Be a hell of a typo though! Actually I liked it so much I made it the title, which you probably already know. ;)

Traditionally the first post is for nailing colours to the wall, bellowing intent, a shriek for attention; ‘This is what we will do!’ ‘We do this!’ and so on.

Perhaps it’s better to just describe US and YOU.

US:
Two guys who can cover a wide range of subjects. Both former Geek Squad Agents which makes us either heroes or villians. We have a crazy, quirky charm and hopefully can entice you to read our ejections (ooer!) here. Or you can follow us here, there or everywhere. But don’t stalk us.

If you want to know more check out About Rodney or About Sam.

Stuff we’ll talk about includes: technology, food, gadgets, web design, SEO, drink, digital marketing, 80s, social media, LOLs, business, geek stuff, music, videos, games, copywriting, gifs, branding, philosophy, etcetera etcetera etcetera.

YOU:
We love you; you are the most urbane, witty, delightful, sassy, intelligent, beautiful people that we know.

We hope that we delight and entertain you.

Lastly, did I mention we are exceedingly helpful and love to chat? If you wish you can even hire one or both of us. For any of that, the contact page is where you need to be.

R! :D