The Mr Topp advent calendar: Day 21

It’s Christmas, so we know you’ll be drinking plenty — it’s part of the “good cheer” or “family dysfunction”, depending on how you handle the holidays.

But how to get all that alcohol open?

Sure, you probably have a bottle opener or two at home, but do these really help to convey the Christmas spirit?

Enter Alessi, and this fellow:

The Mr Topp advent calendar: Day 13

We’re nearly two weeks into December now, which means that this holiday stuff must be starting to stress you out.

You probably need a drink.

What’s that? You don’t have anything to drink? Well, day thirteen of the advent calendar is here to help you make something.

Brewing your old beer is passée. Bottling your own wine is yesterday’s news. No, it’s time to make something stronger. It’s time to make your own gin.

I’m sure you won’t go blind. But no promises.

The morning coffee gets drunk and walks around

Here at the Big Bad, we’re pretty big fans of Freakonomics. We bought and enjoyed the book. We regularly read the blog. The regular analysis of social phenomenon from an unusual perspective tends to be entertaining and insightful.

But when they go on about Drunk Walking, eyes over here start to roll.

Drunk walking is like drunk driving. But instead of driving, you’re walking. And, it turns out, if you walk and drive the same distance, while intoxicated, you are more likely to die if you are walking.

This should come as no surprise — if you’re in danger of heading across a busy intersection while not paying attention, you’re far more likely to die as a pedestrian than an individual tied down inside a steel shell. And the initial revelation, as it were, was fine and good.

But the folks at Freakonomics seem to want us to take drunk walking as seriously as we do drunk driving. But, while walking drunk is foolish — take a cab, by all means — it doesn’t deserve equal billing with drunk driving. Because the tragedy is not one of people endangering themselves by their own decisions, but endangering others.

People should be able to make their own bad decisions. Help to inform those decisions, sure, but unless you’re hurting another person, why not leave it there? Let’s save the over-the-top stuff for the real tragedy: when those decisions kill others.

Image is Coffee and Donuts, available for sale
Webcomic is
Gods of the Moon.

The morning coffee and your vacation pram repair guide

Because I’m under the impression – rightly or wrongly – that my blog readers are probably all tech-savvy parents (or family members), I figured that it might be useful to share this guide to pram repair via 3D Printing.

The guide itself is for fancy Bugaboo prams, but I suspect that the more adventurous among you could modify the technique to apply to prams under £1,000.

Image is called Have A Drink, and you can buy it on Etsy.
Webcomic is XKCD, by Randall Munroe.