I-pad envy

The quirkily briliant Dave Walker was very fast off the mark last night and posted this almost before Steve had finished talking! Made me laugh. (This cartoon reminded me a little bit of the characters in James Thurbers’ scribblings, wonderful)
cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Friday Smile

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I’m not sure if this has a massive connnection to informal education but there is a real attempt to help the person discover the answer/learning for themselves. If you’ve ever been frustrated when someone failed to ‘get it’ or make the connection then you’ll probably enjoy this ………..
Sound file …….. “What did Sir Walter Raleigh bring back?”

Fun at work

After a large delivery arrived at the office I was pleased to see my colleagues piled up the boxes to produce an impromptu fort. I salute anyone who in the midst of hard work invests time in generating fun! (I would, it’s fair to say, like to be able to get to my desk tomorrow though!)
I’ve posted this video before but I think it stand a re-posting. I’ve used Pallet trucks in various jobs that I have had and this is a gutsy move with enormous capacity for it going VERY VERY pear-shaped. Mind you, messing around with industrial equipment for a bit of lunch break entertainment, is hard to top.

One of my hopes/aims in a couple of previous jobs was to persuade my colleagues to join me in putting together a Unicycle display team. I was convinced that if we practiced each lunch time in the car park we could re-create most of the Red Arrows display with a humorous twist. My colleagues though were rather keener on eating their sandwiches than learning to ride unicycles! (Can you imagine how cool it would have been though to see a group of unicyclists in diamond formation, streaming red, white and blue smoke, riding into the display arena before pealing off for a series of high speed passes narrowly missing each other!!!)

Venn that Tune

Normally I hate Spam but …….. actually, I still hate Spam but I’m going to blog the contents of this particular bit of promotional mail. The inherent comedic possibilities of Venn Diagrams have been a rich vein* of humour here on Youthblog. This forthcoming book, Venn that Tune is therefore pitched well within this oeuvre**. The idea is that Venn diagrams and graphs are used as visually codified song titles, for example:
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More details here

Captains Log Supplmental:
Have just discovered that the author and I had exchanged e-mails in the past. *Embarassed smile!* I therefore apologise and wholeheartedly endorse the book, and I commend the author for not being the sort of chap who sends spam!
*Ok more of a ‘middle-income capillary’ than a rich vein
** I hope you forgive the use of the word, oeuvre ….. it’s because my wife says I use the word, genre too much!

The bears will eat you …

Bishop Gavin Reid has been delivering some input to the DYO conference and was reflecting that there is only one section of the Old Testament that directly relates to youth work. The passage in question being from Second Kings:
23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. 25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.
His reflection being that in a culture which was built around multi-generational family, this is the only example of young people being together as a peer group!
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I was quite amused by the idea of this obscure episode being the only directly applicable Old Testament reference to work with young people. A bit of trawling around also revealed this passage to be among Cracked dot coms most bad-ass Bible verses.
So …………… don’t ‘mess’ with Prophets!

Opera meets flappy lips, hell yeah

If you are in the mood an absurd feel-good piece of pointless video then look know further.
(although I admit that if you were to pitch this as a film concept then interest for close ups of people blowing raspberries to an operatic accompaniment wouldn’t make it further than the Tate Modern). Ht to Chris

This is the work of genius, possible skewed genius, but definitely genius!