This week I discovered there's such a thing as a shoe mitt. Maybe it's because I don't polish my footwear but it's a shoe shining assistant that I've been unaware of up until now. I also discovered that with the help of a sharpie it's possible to turn one into a rudimentary ghost hand puppet. I made the discovery in a hotel room, with a kettle which may or may not have been haunted, and yes. I was bored.
Or Star Wars Episode VII: A New New Hope.
George Lucas killed my first major obsession with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which in retrospect was probably not a bad thing in a BTBBT (before The Big Bang Theory) world where it felt less than ok to be a nerd, and I swore to myself I'd never get excited about a Star Wars film again.
But then I saw this picture:
The first official cast photo proving that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are going to be in Episode VII.
I was half excited when I knew J.J. Abrams was directing. LOST is my joint favourite TV show (along with Twin Peaks) and I hope that he can bring some of the same magic, a believable fantastical universe, to the Star Wars franchise. Magic which has been missing since Return of the Jedi. But this picture has tipped me over the edge, seeing the cast assembled for the first time, even R2-D2 in his crate. Though not so much Ford's pit stain.
Not only that but;
The cast sounds right – old favourites, new newbies, well-respected older actors
The director sounds right – as a non-fan Abrams did a pretty damn good job with the Star Trek reboot, hopefully as a fan he can do even better with the Star Wars universe
QED Harrison Ford
While I at least have Episode I to thank for making me realise what bad writing, wooden acting, and too much CGI looked and sounded like I've got my fingers crossed that Abrams won't disappoint and Lucas the whole thing up. Even if it's as good as Indy IV I'll be happy.
And if Abrams sneaks a Dharma Initiative logo into the Star Wars universe, my head will explode Death Star-style.
Working with Choc Edge has led me to some interesting places, the latest being Nokia's HQ in London. After receiving a request to help out with an Easter activity on the Monday before Good Friday the wheels were quickly put in motion to do some chocolate printing for a special Easter video.
I spent a day printing chocolate Nokia logos to be distributed to influential bloggers with the hopes that they'd use the "Chokia" hashtag and share the video.
Preparing the files for printing, testing them and travelling up to London from Exeter for the shoot was an intense experience but well worth it. It's also been quite weird seeing my name mentioned in blog posts on websites I've often used for tech news research, such as Ubergizmo and Geeky Gadgets.
Choc Printing a Nokia HQ
Seems I can call myself a chocolatier now, though maybe digital chocolatier (or e-chocolatier) would be more accurate.
At the risk of sounding like a fanboy as someone who has owned a Nokia phone or two over the years it was a real treat to be able to spend some time in the company's UK HQ and appear in one of its videos.
The next step will be to 3D Print a Nokia phone in chocolate, even if an edible 3310 might be a formidable challenge for anyone's teeth, barring Bond villain Jaws (though the upcoming phone codenamed "Moonraker" might be more appropriate for him).
As a fan of old bookshops it's always fun to find one wth a bit of a twist. This week I came across the most unusual book shop I've ever been in, on a very last minute trip up to London. Word on the Water is a book shop in a canal boat just outside of Paddington Station, and is apparently one of only two floating bookshops in the UK.
While unsurprisingly cramped inside, head ducking is required for taller folks, it was good for a quick browse. It was also open late on a particularly nice evening which will make it stick in my mind for a long time. A copy of 'The Day of the Triffids' was the prize for my twilight wandering.
Hard to imagine a way to top a floating bookshop unless someone opens one in a hot air balloon.
Mark is a freelance writer specialising in technology, television and social media, but is adept at writing about a range of different subjects and in different styles.
As well as writing Mark has experience of creating other forms of content for the web and print including photographs, videos and illustrations.