Archive for February, 2010

old spice

Friday, February 19th, 2010

There have been some excellent commercials for Old Spice lately – I love them (although I haven’t quite gotten into the product itself). Here they are, for your enjoyment.

My favorite is this one:


And finally:

And if you have plenty time to spare, here’s an interview with the creators of that last one, where they explain how low-tech it was to make:

There are a few more at the Old Spice YouTube Channel. Hope you like them too.


Saturday, February 13th, 2010

My first degree was a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience. It was fascinating and on the whole I loved it. Some mornings, however, the lectures sounded a lot like this:

Actually a lot like that, but much, much slower.


Monday, February 8th, 2010

This rather amusing picture was linked to from BoingBoing today. I think it’s quite sweet:


Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I’m sitting by the side of Toby’s tae kwon do class watching him do an extra Saturday session. They have the Korean sparring champion in town for a month (the current grand master of the school was the Korean champion 30 years ago but I suspect he could still kick the ass of anyone he chose). There are about 16 students today, all adults except Toby and a kid who looks about 11. Toby is totally not phased by the adults and they are being really welcoming and setting a great example for the kids. Toby so enjoys doing this and we’ll be here next weekend too for his green belt test. It’s great for his focus, strength, flexibility and stamina and is also helping his swimming which is coming on great too.

the smarts

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Emma is currently finishing up her Master’s Research. She also caught Dara’s cold. Feeling a little bit fragile she was explaining to Toby that he had to be gentle with her as she was finding it hard to be a grown-up that night. Toby said he understood as he was finding it hard to be 7, ” you see all my friends know I am the smartest kid and they keep asking me all questions and stuff”. Emma said that mummy and daddy felt like that at work some days too. Toby suggested we should just change our name from Mogendorff to The Smarts ¬†and he could be Toby the Smarts and we could be Andrew & Emma the Smarts.

Later he was reading his new biography of Albert Einstein and came across the word genius. When asked what that meant he said it was someone who is really good at everything. Emma pointed out that it is usually someone who is really really good at just one thing, or a small group of things, rather than everything. Toby announced he that he was the best in class at math and also he always gets nominated in class when they have to work out what new words mean so he must be a genius at two things.