Hello. this is me, Ben Linford.

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// Going Solo

July 23rd, 2012

I’ve finished my university degree, which leaves me in an interesting position.

The economy sucks right now and possibly forever – that’s a given.
If everybody’s struggling with traditional approaches to business – what hope is there?
For me, this is a no-brainer.
This means that there is no pressure to jump into the future with an entirely new approach.

I am amassing (not quite) a collection of white; transparent; colourless objects which I hope to – actually, nope – I have no real reason for doing this other than an unusual desire to do it – call it an eccentric fetish.

Increasingly, new additions to this collection are items coming from one specific company.

Solo Cup Europe are, ‘a leading manufacturer of high performance single-use foodservice products‘.
I’ve seen and collected a few of this company’s gorgeous disposable children.
They are cropping up in all sorts of food outlets (big & small).
Solo aren’t just being, they’re being smart, and adapting to fit the world’s new mould.
They’re bettering themselves by way of this worldly shift and it’s good business.
Efficiency is something I have always been hot on and these guys are keeping it cool with;

  • 2.9% lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • the 100% recycling of waste
  • and the cherry on top – a healthy increase in profits.

But anyway, back to Ben – I’m moving to London and have no concrete plan.
Which is great – London needs no more of that.
I have a small financial safety net, some skills, a passion for different and some business nous.

My tricks aren’t tucked under my sleeves like potentially forgotten handkerchiefs – they are embedded within the foundations of my integument.

I’m open to something new, where collaboration is key – so talk to me…
Let’s do something different.
Then let’s do some more of it.

Let’s hire ourselves, then fire ourselves (when we’ve been successful).

// Google could unzip rival browsers pants.

April 24th, 2012

As of Tuesday 24th April 2012, Google is celebrating the life of Gideon Sundback (a Swedish-American electrical engineer, most famous for his development of the zip/zipper) through a dynamic Google Doodle.

Gideon Sundback Google Doodle

Now, I have something for you to ponder over… Google could in theory unzip the pants of rival internet browsers by meticulously crafting the way they code these dedicated, interactive homepages.

The buzz that these fun, one-off feats generates could be considered a well orchestrated traffic generator. In response to an article surrounding display issues with Firefox, what if Google were to purposefully outcast their rivals, by tailoring their code exclusively to their own (Google Chrome) browser, they could see a healthy surge in downloads of Chrome.

The time it takes to download and install Google Chrome is fast and effortless, and I could see people adopting the browser, just for a small perk like being able to be a part of these small moments in history.


// Family Business

June 13th, 2011

I’ve officially finished my second of three years at university and managed to successfully navigate my way back home, a couple of days ago. After much deliberation, I seem to have found myself doing a considerable amount of nothing (out of the ordinary).

Anyway, after heating up a few flaps of outdated mackerel that my mother removed from the fridge and slapped onto the kitchen side, I flew up the stairs in the usual fashion and flung myself onto her bed. Cordially greeting ‘dog #1′ with an appetiser, I voiced my generosity through the floorboards, to ‘dog #2′ also. Since my mother had specified that the fish was now only suitable for consumption by my pedigree chums, I thought it was only fair that we each had our fair share of oily lips.

During the feed, I flicked on the television and settled for channel 4 in my search for some daytime dynamite. To my absolute joy, I found a programme fittingly called, ‘Super Scrimpers‘.

This programme is me down to a, ‘b’.

It’s a television series, which shows people how to ‘scrimp and save in these straitened times’. I prefer to refer to it as making the general public aware of their gross mass consumption. An increasingly strong belief of mine, is that quality and/or craftsmanship, should regulate our wallets and gear our consumption.

Send me a 99p ‘Birthday Boy’ card from Wilkinsons, or an over-priced, cheap, novelty gift item from a department store, and you’re behind what I believe to be, the excrement of the ‘gift horse’.

I do appreciate the very odd moment when someone wishes to treat me, however, I do not appreciate the wallet and the tail-end of the brain, being used, to fish out the decision.

One of the ladies from the programme, (Mrs. Moneypenny), has attached herself to the following motto; ‘run your family like a business’. I think this is a revolutionary little-big concept, and I firmly believe that the adoption of this principle would benefit the wider population, on so many levels.

So… I now have something-over three months to tighten the house up (whilst making the odd stingy-nettle pasta).

// Blue Hedgehog

March 22nd, 2011

My BLuehedgehOG hasn’t been updated for a while, so I thought this would be a great ice-melter.

What’s with the blue hedgehog?

Well… just discovered a website (quora).
In short, it’s a website in which questions are asked and answered by the people who are really in the know.
Most of the things that are talked about revolve around decisions made in technology.

So… What’s with the blue hedgehog?

Well apparently, Ezra Callahan who worked for Facebook between 2004 and 2010 reckoned that Sean Parker (one of the big men behind the social networking site), wanted to use a blue hedgehog as a mascot for the site, much like Twitter’s bird and Android’s robot.

Thank god the poor guy wasn’t adopted, as there are probably enough pr!cks to watch out for on Facebook already (and blue ones in particular).

// No longer the Wimble Don.

June 17th, 2010

As far as I can remember, the Wimbledon Tennis Championship‘s website had always been a spectacle in its own right. I used to love scaling through its purple and green exterior. This year, the Wimbledon website looks like an empty shopfront, neglecting stock buying due to unstable economic conditions.

Wimbledon Tennis Website 2010

Maybe it does have something to do with the economic climate.

Maybe it’s a cost-cutting measure that’s been implemented to ensure the bank can provide the prize winners with their share of this year’s; £13,725,000 overall kitty. I have no idea whether general ticket sales have increased much over the years but a 9.4% overall increase in prize money (compared to last year), has got to be accumulated from somewhere.

I’ll be making my first trip Wimbledon this year, having been a consistent follower of the tournament on TV. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do in my lifetime and it’ll be the first live tennis event I’ve seen, outside of the box – ohhh, so close.

// More snaps than Steve Irwin.

May 1st, 2010

I purchased my first ever Digital SLR camera today from Jessops with the standard Canon 18-55mm lense. Went for the Canon D550 (550D). I’ll get up close with nature myself with it tomorrow, if I have the time. Hopefully the wildest thing I’ll come across though, is a couple of old naturists… Hmmm. Maybe not – bring on the crocodiles.

Canon 550DCanon 550D seal

Coincidentally, I had the privilege of spectating at one of Steve Irwin‘s croc demonstrations at Australia Zoo, in Brisbane a good number of years ago now. I’ll be heading off to Australia again (I know – I’m very lucky) for four weeks at the end of the year and there are so many things I’m looking forward to capturing while I’m out there.

No doubt, I’ll be needing my poncho tomorrow though, if I’m going to be waving that camera around. :(

Happy Snapping!

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