Saturday, January 24, 2009

Approaching fifty with fridge magnets


In approximately one month I will hit my half century. This is probably the last chance I'll get to master the art of posting while I'm still 49, so I thought I'd have a go while everyone's out (I gave them some petrol money and a fiver for fish and chips) and I can play with the computer.

I have managed to put a playlist together, there is no theme except that it's music I like and I'd welcome comments on it. But I totally don't know how to link it to this post, so in the meantime, does anyone have any strong views about fridge magnets? We've gone from pre-sprog minimalist to post-sprog OMG I can't see the floor. Does it matter? How can I post a playlist? Answers on a postcard, to the usual address.

41 comments:

DarceysDad said...

Ali, sometime ago there were a couple of good "How to...s" posted up (Shoey & nilpferd, I think). I'd point you at them but they're buried in the 50lbs of paper attached to OUR fridge by magnets.

I'm not saying we've got a lot, but the cat daren't wander to close to it wearing his catflap controller!!

Blimpy said...

hi ali,

the most effective and commonly used method on the spill involves uploading the mp3s from your computer to boxstr, a free online file hosting service, and then copying the web address of the boxstr hosted mp3 into the html window when creating a post along with the yahoo media player code.

it's a shame that it's impossible to post up example html that you could copy and paste.

there are step by step boxstr instructions on the spill somehwere, just need to find em!!

Blimpy said...

here they are!!

http://readersrecommend.blogspot.com/2008/10/boxstr.html

steenbeck said...

Boxstr boxstr boxstr!! (I'm a fan)

Hey, what is Sienna Miller doing in your kitchen?

Blimpy said...

and some here:

http://readersrecommend.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-post-mp3s-for-streaming-and.html

AliMunday said...

Blimpy and DsD - thank you very much, I will have another go although it may cost me some more petrol / chip money. Failing that I'll have to get up at 3.00am!

AliMunday said...

Ahh, Steenbeck, the similarity is amazing, isn't it??

TracyK said...

We have a mixture of Belle and Sebastian album cover magnets, Bagpuss ones, ITFC strip ones and a few souvenir ones (Whitby, Prague, Hanuma Bay). I do like them but is there a way of making them regain their magnetic strength anyone? We've had a few start sliding...

Blimpy said...

i still have my fave newspaper clipping of all time on my fridge, from 4ish years ago; the headline read:

"Courtney: Brando Is My Grandfather"

saneshane said...

hey ya Ali...

just got my son off to sleep.. sort work out now and secretly look at the spill... be nice to the beautiful R for a little bit...

THEN I usually get a mid-night to 2am shift to really sort spill playlists and create artwork.. it sometimes continues to 5-6 am... and then the 3 year old really makes me suffer!

Fridge magnets.. being the arty type.. I've got magnetic printing sheets with photos-artwork cut up into puzzles for everyone to have a go at.

(Did see a teenage girl go into the library today with fuck spelled out as a necklace using fridge magnet letters and wondered with all the metal in her skin if it was a problem getting it on and off)

SatanKidneyPie said...

Seeing as we are (or were) on a bit of a technical Q&A, can anyone recommend a USB device for connecting me record player to the computer? There's too much jargon out there for me to get my head around... Cheers

tincanman said...

Fridges are like snowflakes; no two are exactly the same. We have, in no particular order:
The Smiths
What Would Jeremy Say? (Jeremy Kyle)
a Welsh dragon
Vancouver, Canada
a mini Ottawa, Canada licence plate
a My Travel airplane
Dirty Dancing
Only Fools & Horses
Columbo
Gary Barlow
''I dreamt a dream and you came true''
''Guys in glasses are hot''
a digital photo frame fridge magnet
Shaun the Sheeps' driving licence
Fraggle Rock
Jeremy Clarkson
Doctor Who
an Everton jersey
Gordon Ramsay F Word

I'll add an RR one when we get famous enough for our own merchandising.

TatankaYotanka said...
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TatankaYotanka said...

@ Tracy ... Get a big magnet and stick them to that for a few days. Old speaker magnets are perfect ... if you can't find an old one rip the back off your cabs and apply directly to your woofers ...

saneshane said...

Satan KP
no need for usb
just a wire.. umhttp://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/385
this was an tip thing I used but with Audacity.. maplins will sell you the wire for a few quid if you are in the uk.

blimpotron said...

yeah, minijack from the phones out of your amp should do it, dependant on your laptop's ins.

treefrogdemon said...

My fridge magnets are mostly frogs, but I do have a small offshoot of Wallace and Gromit...AliM, I've just been having a very annoying time with Boxstr but have succeeded at last. Sometimes it just gets ornery. It's worth it to persevere though, because it's the one that lets us d*wnl**d the music, as well as listening to it.

DarceysDad said...

@ Shane & Blimpy - WOW! Forehead slap time, why didn't I think of that? I'll abandon my hints at getting Gordon to (semi-permanently) lend me his Ion deck, and try that: sounds much easier given the physical restrictions of space around my equipment.

@ tfd - WOW! Forehead slap time, why didn't I think of that #2? My mate (the one who does website investigation/policing for Google) also has an eBay shop doing a roaring trade in personalised fridge magnets and mousemats. Given that I know how much his mark-up is . . . tee-hee-hee - I'll get back to you on that one.

AliMunday said...

Thanks to all for comments - Treefrogdemon, I couldn't get onto Boxstr yesterday but will persevere - it'll take me a month to post anything anyway by which time I should be eligible for the cheap motor insurance and easy funeral care plan. Meanwhile, after reading about all you arty types I am beginning to feel my fridge magnet collection is inadequate so I'm off to the cellar to look for the magnetic poetry set ...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ Ali - delighted to see that you've alphabetised the books on the shelves there! I never understand people who don't. How about the non-fiction? Dewey Decimal anyone?

treefrogdemon said...

Yes, Dewey for me, TB - I used to work in a library.

Otherwise how can you find anything?

SatanKidneyPie said...

Thanks for the tips, guys. Hopefully you'll see how successful I've been in the not too distant future....

ToffeeBoy said...

@ treefrogdemon - lots of 929's eh?

treefrogdemon said...

many, TB, many...wish you'd told me you were going to a place near Diss. (But YOU might not.)

AliMunday said...

Toffeeboy - the books are but the tip of the iceberg and yes, I am anal about filing. It's a necessity in a small space with too much stuff! Non-fiction tends to be by topic though - and size, due to space restrictions. I can't believe I'm writing this.

gordonimmel said...

Ali, your fridge magnets look similar to mine, not suprising really since we have similarly aged children. There's lots of letters on it, which tessimmel likes to arrange into sentences every now and again, and alot of 'High School Musical' magnets aswell!

Oh, and I've got that Potatoes and Vegetables Cookbook on the bottom right aswell. I even use it every now and again....

gordonimmel said...

Oh, and I meant to say that I'm in the dark about uploading music to this site aswell.And when I read Blimpy's explanation in the second post up above, my eyes glazed over halfway through again and I thought 'Maybe some other time....'

ToffeeBoy said...

@ Ali - you have an oversize section! tfd will be thrilled...

AliMunday said...

gordonimmel - I haven't even managed to get on to Boxstr yet so don't hold your breath for the playlist - it might be quicker to burn a few 100 CDs and deliver them by bicycle. I've never used the potato cookbook, someone gave it to me and it looks fascinating but I'm still in the school of 'chuck it in the pot and see what happens' - with a specialism in Bottomofthefridge curry. Yes, that fridge.

tincanman said...

@ toffeeboy
Why would tfd be happy about an oversize section? What are you saying?

ToffeeBoy said...

I don't know - it's all smut, smut, smut with some of you lot...

Shoey said...

Not sure that Gremlin will be happy that you have instruction manuals on how to peel & eat his relatives. (Having a Smash ad flashback).

tincanman said...

Interesting how so many of us zoomed in to peek at her books. Wonder how many of us had already done it and not said anything before Toffeeboy opened the gate? (I had he he)

AliMunday said...

The smut is in a different section entirely, and size is not important ...

TatankaYotanka said...

@ tincanman ... now that Bladerunner technology is available to us all ... zooming in and peeking is mandatory. If you look at Mrs Abahachi's pic below, you can see Mr Abahachi reflected in the cat's eye ... and if you jot down that number on the collar, presumably give the cat a call.

Anybody else think AliMunday is a dead ringer for the young Piaf?

Actually isn't checking out the books and records the accepted cultural norm whenever you go round someone else's house?

AliMunday said...

Yes, of course, though I never expected to generate this much interest. Next time I'll ask sprog to photograph me in front of something erudite. But je ne regrette rien ...

tincanman said...

@ t-yot
Yup

btw, I called Abahachi's cat but got a busy signal. Probably chatting to its cat friends on bebo via dial-up.

treefrogdemon said...

Actually, to a library worker an oversize section is a damn nuisance.

TatankaYotanka said...

@ tincanman: nah, I've already been friended on Meowspace and poked on Fursbook .... ======== them's claw marks ;)

tincanman said...

@ TY
Ok, you win. I know when I've been licked.

(all over)

Brian Speng said...

Did somebody say 'smut'?