The snowy weather has got me thinking about skiing again. In particular this video I recently saw of ski master Candide Thovex skiing various features around the world for a new Audi advert, ironically without a spot of snow in sight!
Makes you wonder what happens when he gets a backflip wrong whilst skiing down a rock face…
I like technology, which is a good thing as a programmer, I also like music so stuff like modular synths have always interested me. Essentially being a physics experiment but producing music at the end ticks both boxes! They are usually pretty expensive, Bastl Instruments however have released this tiny beauty for a reasonable price which I’m super looking forward to getting my hands on this week! That’s if the snow lets up at some point.
In 1968 Jimi Hendrix moved to London and purchased a flat on Brook Street. This week, almost 50 years after he moved in, I discovered you can actually visit the place he called home. Back in 2007 his flat was acquired by the Handel House Trust and restored back to how it looked when Hendrix lived there. Looking at the museum’s website (https://handelhendrix.org/) it looks like they’ve absolute perfected the restoration, complete with rugs on the wall and record player on the floor.
So if you ever find yourself in London with a spare hour it looks like a great place to visit, I know I’ll be heading that way next time I find myself down the big smoke.
Not quite Jo
Despite being a relative hit upon it’s initial release, time has not been kind to R Kelly’s formidably epic “hip-hopera” Trapped in the Closet; a long-winded series of 33 scenes painting a vivid portrait of sex, violence and lies through Kelly quite literally singing in autotuned over all of the actor’s dialogue – as well as narrating the action and narrative in a steadfastly flat attempt at an E major.
It’s hip-hop at its most laughably self-indulgent and considering it cost $2.5 million to make its worth revisiting this 2000s gem and giving it back the money it deserves.
It has to be seen to be believed trust me…
I adore Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
In fact, I adore pretty much any combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
Which makes me wonder why there aren’t more chocolate and peanut butter combinations in the sweet aisle (or cake isle, for that matter) of supermarkets.
Sure, you get the odd thing, like Peanut Butter Kit Kat Chunkies, but I’m rarely faced with a dilemma when it comes to making my snack selection.
And, now this may surprise you, Reese’s are not perfect. The chocolate is Hershey’s and so it’s very waxy. It doesn’t have the same velvety texture as British chocolate. So I’m convinced there’s an opportunity for other chocolate manufacturers to get involved, or even a brand new company? I’ve seen the odd independent chocolate manufacturer giving it a go, but nothing that’s stuck.
Maybe supermarkets don’t sell enough Reese’s in the UK for other companies to see it as a viable idea. After all, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is still a relatively recent phenomenon over here. Maybe in time it will become more popular, it’s certainly a lot more widely available than it was even just a couple of years ago. I’d never even tried the stuff until a trip to New York around 7 years ago, and since then I’ve never looked back.*
* I mean that figuratively. It didn’t affect my neck and stop me being able to turn around or peer over my shoulder.
Picture from hersheys.com
This week it’s been snowing more than it has done in the last 10 years, probably. Which has lead to many of those quick, adrenaline filled moments in time as you slip but right yourself in the blink of an eye on your way back from the shop. But it looks nice and the garden is like a winter wonderland.
But also moments where you turn on your windscreen wipers to get rid of the foot of snow off your windscreen while you’re sat there with the car door open and the wipers just push all the snow into the car and all over you.
And the bit were you can’t find your gloves and your hands get so cold scraping the snow off the car that you can’t feel your actual fingers anymore, just pain where they used to be, and have to go back in the house and run them under the hot tap for a bit.
And moan moan moan, snow was fun as a kid, getting old etc etc.
Snow is now just an enemy.