Introducing The Lucas Jones Daily

My sometime participation on Twitter has given rise to the birth of The Lucas Jones Daily, somewhat inevitably given my line of work.

Having seen Stephen Fry’s offering, I signed up with paper.li and registered my own newspaper, formed from the diatribes of those I follow. It’s possibly most interesting to me as a result, but I hope you find something useful on its pages too.

Keep an eye out for the daily updates: I’ll set up a page tab on this site to make it easier.

http://paper.li/twofingertypist

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New book of slang, innit?

Joyful news that the colloquial elements of the English language will be celebrated in a new version of the Book of English Slang, according to this article in the Oxford Mail. Originally published as a 17th Century collection, which would make entertaining reading in its own right, this version will hit our streets shortly priced at £12.99.

http://bit.ly/abwdPi

Travelling the geosocial universe

This little article from DesignTaxi threw up the surprise statistic that Skype users outnumber Facebook users by some 90 million. I think this may be because Skype users are predominantly business people, as opposed to Facebook’s leisure-based users.

Nice little graphic too!

 http://su.pr/9rEsoT

Carrots are bad for you. Honest.

This is an interesting idea that sort of seems obvious, and might be too simple, but just might work.

It’s the idea of fooling young kids into eating more healthily, by making them think that goody-two-shoes products like carrots are snacks, rather than healthy vegetables that they’d normally turn their noses up at. I’d be intrigued to see how this packaging performs in due course. I’d be surprised if kids were that easily fooled – but in an increasingly image- and brand-led world, perhaps aesthetics have replaced knowledge for our youngest generation.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662208/wanna-get-kids-to-eat-carrots-brand-them-like-junk-food

Word play

Here’s a nice short film that visually explores the concept of wordplay, or the different meanings and connotations we attach to words.

Some of the representations are a little forced; but the editing and soundtrack deftly tie a collection of moments together:

http://vimeo.com/13768695

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/13768695?title=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff&#8221; width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/13768695″>WORDS</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/everynone”>Everynone</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Counting counties

I found this BBC article ‘What’s the point of counties?’ rather interesting, given my own geographical position. I live in Henley-0n-Thames, which is in South Oxfordshire yet in reality sits astride three counties: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

This can present an irritating array of problems depending on one’s public sector needs. For example, our postcodes are listed as RG, which relates to Reading – in Berkshire. The potholes on our roads seem to vary in severity depending on whether the road in question is found in Oxon, Bucks or Berks – it may seem trivial but there is a surprisingly disparity between the three county councils ( although all have failed to erase the problem). Walk across the bridge and a county boundary is crossed. And if it comes to public sector responsibility, inevitably it is always that of one of the other counties.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10853705