The story of the Crazy/Genius logo

May 2017 myself and Elisa got married in Virtual Reality as a pair of robot avatars, filmed by the BBC. We decided to postpone our honeymoon, and instead hang around in South Wales enjoying summer. One Sunday afternoon I received a call from my Mum’s bestie, Jan,...

The Book of Mormon

We went to see The Book of Mormon April 2019, having been recommended it by Jan and Dave Swatridge. It was fun. There were a few pieces in particular that grabbed my attention that I want to share. The first to mention relates to two contradictory rules (“According to...

The birth of a pregnant pause

When I was writing the ‘pregnant pause’ joke, I used Facebook’s timeline as a way to keep track of edits. You can see from top to bottom the basic adjustment in the thinking. “A pregnant pause is a joke waiting…to be delivered.” The reason this is ‘vaguely...

Steve Wright and my toes

Think for a second about your fingernails… Do you find they grow far quicker than your toenails? Well, this was a conversation that I heard about 20 years ago on a radio show hosted by Steve Wright in the afternoon. And he is right, I seem to cut my toenails about...

Recursion: what goes around goes around

If you search Google for recursion it delivers a message at the top of the screen that says “did you mean: recursion” The principle being that ‘the thing’ refers back to itself. We see it mentioned a series of times in an 1980’s episode of Dr Who, called ‘Castrovalva’...

Pinnochio in Shrek

There is a lovely scene in the animated movie ‘Shrek The Third’ where Pinocchio is attempting not to lie. It goes like this… Prince Charming: You. You can’t lie, so tell me puppet, where is Shrek? Pinocchio: Uh, hmm, well, uh, I don’t know where...

Peter Gabriel: Open Water

In the 80’s Peter Gabriel realised music was a visual game, and he seems to be one step ahead again. Writing on Edge.org he talks of ‘Open Water’, a phrase that would later become the name of Mary Lou Jepsen’s start up company bringing to the world the capability of...

My imagined TED talk in the future

Imagine this… As I lie here, drifting off to sleep I imagine a time in the future when I am delivering a TED talk. The man on the stage (me) is sat quietly on a stool, with the screen behind me displaying an image of the Crazy/Genius symbol. The image begins to...