Saturday, 14 March 2015

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy; 35 Brand name meanings, Playful see saw dining & The cheapest, easiest way to influence people.

I tend not to spend too much time in the kitchen. The reasons for this are that I don't have the natural inclination to cook in the traditional sense. In effect, I tend to 'throw it all together'. If this means some of the food is pre-preapred then so be it. But the fruit I buy isn't pre prepped. Come to think of it, when was the last time you bit into a 'treated' apple? And no, toffee apples aren't included.

Your average kitchen cupboard and pantry (or larder), is a veritable smorgasboard of brand names and idents. The meanings and the rationale behind some of them, aren't always obvious :- 

The Meaning of 35 Brand Names, From Etsy to Reddit

Fascinating stuff. And whilst pondering over this, there's always the issue of where to sit when consuming your gourmet meal :-

Playful See-Saw Table Makes You Work With Your Dining Partner To Stay Seated

I'd probably be tired of this wonderful concept within a day. After all, the last thing I'd want to be doing whilst tucking into my food, would be to retain my equilibrium in the process. But then I don't see any sort of mealtime as a challenge that's to be overcome. Otherwise I'd be looking forward to sitting on the floor in the aftermath, to relax after such an unintentional workout. However, I can see the appeal from an aesthetic point of view. 

Grabbing someone's attention in our 'move fast and keep going' culture, isn't always easy. Everyone sends each other texts, pics, gifs and even small video files. So what can be more effective, in our hyper-connected, digital device laden world? :-

The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Influence People

That's right, a post-it note. Ironic but understandable. Why? Because a post-it note is handwritten, and unless you are on the verge of illegibility, due to years of single digit text and smartphone/phablet/tablet communication, it's always a welcome touch.

I have to add that when I get a compliment slip with a handwritten message, that gives me the same feelgood vibe too. I think it's all about our inner need to feel connected to something real, tangible and human, which is what handwriting is. More so, as we're becoming increasingly  accustomed to seeing everything in a handful of stock fonts on hi resolution, well-lit screens.

There we have it. Not all valuable and useful information has to come in large containers. Considering the aforementioned post-it note scenario, we're all happier to recieve our messages in shorter, more digestible chunks.

On the other hand, there are always times when you should spend longer on conveying information. Letters of gratitude, love, affection and also resignation, for instance, should always have more effort put into them. It reminds the reciever that they are human, and that they matter. It also reminds the sender to spare more thought to the recipient, and in turn to themselves. After all, if you wouldn't want everyone to talk to you in abbreviated text speak, would you?

Or mybe u r in2 that srt f ting?

Somehow I doubt it. May the pen and a piece of paper, always be the last word on this matter. Or indeed the first word.

This blog started life on a piece of A4. I can lay even money that it will end the same way, even if it's me crossing out  ( and amending) a conceptual idea or list on the notepad. There's no undo, and no delete function there. It's also great for archiving.

And now it's time to hit the save button. The irony isn't lost on me.

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