Monthly Archives: May 2016

Richard’s 2016: Week 21

(Read up on what #Richards2016 is all about here.)

Hey again! Back to a single post (phew!). All those double posts were such a drag.


May 21st: Rapture Party Day

As well you know, the rapture did not happen last week. Sorry guys, but it just don’t look like it’s coming any time soon either. Thus, having a ‘rapture party’ isn’t really a thing that’s possible to do. But I did something close enough.

Cambridge Foodpark is a collective of street food traders, who get together in various spots around the city to sell delicious things. In the summer months they do these little night park things. On Saturday, this was out in a barn some ways out of the town centre. There was music, dancing, and the hottest chicken wings I’ve had in months.

It felt like a little secret end-of-the-world rave. So I’m calling this one: CLOSE ENOUGH.

May 22nd: Sherlock Holmes Day

Turns out I basically dress as Sherlock Holmes all the time anyway! Though I think my pro-gaming PC chair in the background spoils this just a bit.

May 23rd: Turtle Day

It looks like I’ve started my own tradition of just drawing animals on animal-related days. So here’s a FANCY TURTLE


May 24th: Brother’s Day

Yeah, this counts. I think you’re allowed to just be someone’s brother. Anyway, shut up.

(That’s my sister, btw).

May 25th: Tap Dancing Day

I was at a wedding. The PERFECT place to tap my feets.

Yeah I know you can’t see a thing. It was a dark wedding, ok? But yes, I’m doing my best to tap along to some S Club. Don’t judge me.

May 26th: World Lindy Hop Day

So. I didn’t actually dance the lindy hop.

Because I was at a Beer Festival.

Beer has hops in it.


I’m calling this barely acceptable. Again, shut up.

May 27th: Cellophane Tape Day

Ah, cellophane tape. AKA cellotape lol. Anyway, here I am with a phone taped to my face like an idiot.

Like that? Here’s another.

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DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. It hurts and makes you look stupid.

So, what’s coming up in the next seven days?

  • May 28th: Hamburger Day
  • May 29th: Biscuit Day
  • May 30th: Loomis Day
  • May 31st: No Tobacco Day
  • June 1st: Say Something Nice Day
  • June 2nd: Rocky Road Day
  • June 3rd: Chimborazo Day

NOTE: I’m away on a work trip most of next week. So if I’m not able to do something good for – say, ‘Chimborazo Day’ (???) – then I apologise in advance.

Richard’s 2016: Weeks 19 and 20

(Read up on what #Richards2016 is all about here.)

Hey, it’s yet ANOTHER double-post. OMG what’s wrong with me? Well, last weekend I was in Norfolk, just generally having a look around and getting lost in rape fields and nearly succumbing to hayfever. So this week you get two-for-one. Lucky you. Here’s what I was doing.

May 7th: Join Hands Day

I was at the Boring Conference with Mother that weekend. It was very good and boring. So I took the chance to hold hands with my literal favourite mother.


May 8th: Lemonade Day


May 9th: Moscato Day

Had real trouble finding a genuine Moscato wine (thanks a lot, M&S Food), but I did find this delightful pudding wine:

It’s from the Muscat region, which just about makes it Moscato imo. Also it came in a hilariously small plastic bottle. Perfect for smuggling into gigs, etc.???

May 10th: World Lupus Day

Copped out again and just donated some money to charity. I say ‘copped out’, but really I think constantly donating money out of my own pocket is a harder thing to do than all the other stuff I just do for free. This blog doesn’t make any money for me, remember (in fact, it’s costing me a pretty penny in hosting fees, etc.) so I see no shame in coughing up dough from time to time.

Maybe give some money yourself, too?

May 11th: Root Canal Appreciation Day

So yeah, I took a moment to appreciate the many many root canals I’ve had to have for various reasons. Would I recommend getting one? NO. Unless like a dentist says you should have one or something (then YES). But if you’re just thinking of getting one on a whim – DON’T.

I was gonna upload an icky pic of me pointing at my root canal-ed tooth, but there’s not really much to see. A while back they drilled the remaining peg of a tooth down to a little stump and put a ceramic cap on it. It was disgusting and expensive, but now looks like a perfectly ordinary tooth so that’s fine.

May 12th: Nutty Fudge Day

I returned to the M&S Food that had previously let me down and managed to get my hands on some actual nutty fudge! At first I thought they wouldn’t have any, as I desperately scanned the chocolate aisle for anything containing fudge – but then I turned the corner and found they had a whole FUDGE AISLE and it was beautiful.

Pecans in fudge is a great shout.

May 13th: Blame Someone Else Day

I didn’t manage to do anything for this day. But since it’s “blame someone else day” I blame Olivia for dragging me out to Norfolk hahahaha.

(Not meaning to imply I didn’t enjoy Norfolk, ofc).

May 14th: Chicken Dance Day

For some reason, this vine is broken and you can’t see my bit of the chicken dance. I can promise that it’s very entertaining though. Maybe you’ll enjoy just hearing my chicken sounds though… If you want to come over and watch the original version on my phone, you’re very welcome.

May 15th: Straw Hat Day

I personally think this is a very good look for me.

Why the suit? I was off to a formal dinner at my old college. In retrospect, maybe I should have kept the hat on.

May 16th: Accounting Day

Right now in my life I’m facing a lot of complicated accounting and tax issues. I won’t go into them but they’re very big and scary. So on the 16th I took some time to run the numbers again and frighten myself half to death. Remind me not to do that anymore.

May 17th: Telecommunications Day

Presented without comment.

May 18th: No Dirty Dishes Day

Enjoy this timelapse of me doing dishes, created using the magic of TECHNOLOGY.

What you can’t see is the bit where I tried to clean the underside of a pot and sprayed water all over myself. Ah, the eternal sunshine of the timelapsed life.

May 19th: Notebook Day

I picked this specific page in my notebook because it contains some old workings in quantified logic and makes me look a lot smarter than I am.

Also on this day I went to a gig in Cambridge and McCauley Culkin was there. That’s not really relevant to this, but I thought it was cool.

May 20th: Bike to Work Day

I didn’t bother getting a photo of this, but you can probably imagine what it looks like. If not, just come and hang out at my work sometime.


Coming up….

  • May 21st: Rapture Party Day
  • May 22nd: Sherlock Holmes Day
  • May 23rd: Turtle Day
  • May 24th: Escargot Day
  • May 25th: Towel Day
  • May 26th: World Lindy Hop Day
  • May 27th: Cellophane Tape Day

See you next week! Or maybe in two! WHO KNOWS?!?!?!

Richard’s 2016: Week 18

(Read up on what #Richards2016 is all about here.)

Back to usual single-week posting for now. Here we go!

April 30th: Honesty Day


Yeah, I mean it was ok. Spiderman and Ant-Man were great it in. But it did feel like it was all shot in a multi-storey carpark over one weekend. It didn’t wow me like The Avengers did. (To be honest, even Age of Ultron was a bit meh..)

May 1st: Mother Goose Day

Video time!

Turns out Mother Goose poems suck! Lol.

May 2nd: Baby Day

This one is two videos, and requires a bit of explaining. It’s probably simplest if you just go here. Unfortunately, I can’t embed a YoutubeDoubler experience, so if you don’t wanna go to that link for whatever reason, here’s the videos:

What you have to do, then, is play the top video MUTED, whilst playing the second video with the sound on. So basically you’re getting an alternate audio track for the second one.

The Godspeed track should start around 42 minutes in. But you can start it anywhere really. It’s just meant to be a bit creepy.

Ok guys, I just tried again and it’s almost worth keeping the first audio ON just so you get the creepy baby cries and discordant piano. Give it a few tries and see what works.

So yeah, happy baby day!

May 3rd: World Asthma Day

I’ve had some complaints about this one, but I’ll present it exactly as it occurred.

So here I’m leveraging my hayfever for content for world asthma day. Now, I’m not saying that hayfever and asthma are the same thing by any means, though they are both RESPIRATORY IN NATURE. I’m just throwing out some solidarity to my heavy breathing bros. Respec’ to y’all!

And no, I don’t have asthma. And sure, maybe this is some kind of respiratory condition appropriation that I have failed to check my non-asthmatic privilege on before engaging with. BUT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO, OK?

May 4th: Star Wars Day

because may the forth sounds like may the force do you get it do you get the star wars reference.

But basically I just did a load of stuff for work so I’ll share a bit of that here.

May 5th: Cartoonist’s Day

It’s a crime that Gary Larson isn’t better known in this country, or really even anywhere at all really. He’s shaped my quote-unquote sense of humour probably more than anyone else, leading to a brief period where I used to do little cartoon drawings myself. Basically, he’s the greatest and the least you should do is follow that Twitter account above.

And here’s a selected cartoon for you to enjoy now.



May 6th: No Diet Day

This has strong Butterfield echoes.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get my hands on any hoisin crispy owl. Instead, I just stuffed my face at work.


Coming up:

  • May 7th: Join Hands Day
  • May 8th: Lemonade Day
  • May 9th: Moscato Day
  • May 10th: World Lupus Day
  • May 11th: Root Canal Appreciation Day
  • May 12th: Nutty Fudge Day
  • May 13th: International Hummus Day

See ya then!