Snow day? No chance
… at least not if you live in Central London and can walk to work! However, if you do happen to be at home with nothing to do on snow day (and you have children), kids eat free at Jamie’s today:
Word of the week
This week’s word of the week: Latibulate, which means to hide in a corner… as in;
to latibulate with a toasty log fire and a cuppa hot chocolate
Yum. The word is pretty much obsolete (it’s not in the big fat Collins dictionary), but Susie Dent is working on bringing it back:
heller: a dark word for an intensely cold winter’s day when you can no longer feel your hands. (To ‘latibulate’, meanwhile, is to find a warm corner somewhere and hide in it). Morning.
— Susie Dent (@susie_dent) February 27, 2018
Inspiring teen of the week
There’s a new film of the book A Wrinkle in Time, which many of you will have read before. A teenager called Taylor Richardson crowd sourced $20,000 to enable a thousand girls to watch the film. Here’s more info.
The Matrix phone is back… sort of
I remember buying the 8110 on eBay after the first Matrix film came out. How cool was that? Is it still cool? Not sure… let’s make it yellow. More info via the Guardian.
I promise there’s won’t be too many animals in this Friday Review, but here’s a dog doing its thing:
Plus, here’s a bonus cat gif from my talented friend Alexandra. She must be really quite busy I reckon:[wpvideo z2vhYZ9E ]
This artist has been drawing mythical beasts from around the world based on what people have written about them:
TFL have built a messenger bot – it seems to be a work in progress, but the ability to ask quickly “when’s the next bus?” could prove pretty helpful when out and about in London (I don’t think Citymapper is quite beaten yet somehow).
If you’re a web designer, here’s a useful page where they post elements of web pages that work well on other sites. It’s called Good Web Design (duh):
Shameless plug for stuff I made
This week I’ve put a couple of posts live that I’ve been working on for a while. First up, I’ve written my first ever short story and stuck it straight online for the whole world to see. If you have a bit of time on snow day then have a read: Good Night, Countess
I also uploaded a personal project that I worked on a while back – it’s an experimental photography technique called light painting and you can get some pretty cool effects! Check what I did and how I did it here: Light Painting a Telecaster
Just in case you missed it, I also wrote a review of Black Panther last week, which is doing reeeaaaaallly well in the box office!
The Oscars are Coming
And what better way to be informed about the nominated movies than for Honest Trailers to give you the run down?
This online menu for a neighborhood restaurant is so great pic.twitter.com/p7l0VkvKxK
— Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) February 26, 2018
Caffeine + Designer =
— InVision (@InVisionApp) February 27, 2018
Programming in Real Life:
what people think programming is vs. how it actually is pic.twitter.com/fa1tJegZW8
— Dee Nadzree (@racoconn) February 24, 2018
There’s an interesting competition on at the moment being run by Loop (an online file sharing platform) – they’ve bought out a bunch of bus stop advertising spaces all over London, and they’re looking for people to submit their work to potentially be shown on the billboards – estimating up to 10M potential views for work that appears. That’s a good bit of exposure. On top of that, there’s a top prize of £10k, and prizes for people who vote too. All in all, strong marketing game from Loop!
So if you’re either a photographer, designer (pretty broad?!), illustrator, painter, or writer, why not give it a go? I think I might!
More info on the competition here: loop.gl
I discovered this incredible artwork for Robin Wood on Pinterest, on the connection between nature and life. Very thoughtful and beautifully executed design work:
Have a happy Friday!
Snow photo by Emanuel Hahn