Five things on Friday #232

Things of note for the week ending Saturday, August 5th, 2017.

TWO IMPORTANT NOTES: 

IMPORTANT NOTE 1:

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IMPORTANT NOTE 2:

This is the last Five things on Friday for August. The next edition will come on or around September 1st.

Until then, enjoy the things!


1. THOR RAGNOROK

LOOK AT THE NEW(ISH) POSTER.

MARVEL AT ITS BEAUTY.

(see what I did there?)

YES. THAT WAS A MARVEL PUN.

ALSO. THERE IS A NEW TRAILER.

IT IS AMAZING. GO WATCH IT. NOW. I’LL WAIT.

^ click to watch ^

Back? Yes? RIGHT?!

OK… I’ll rein it in with the block caps now. Sorry (not sorry). It’s just an AMAZING TRAILER.

Taika Waikiti is a genius and I can’t wait to see what he’s done with this.

If you disagree with that, btw, then you clearly haven’t seen WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (something you should consider rectifying this weekend).

Actually, while we’re talking trailers, you should watch the one for STRANGER THINGS 2 too. It looks ACE. YASSSSSS.

Right then.

Next?

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IMPORTANT SIDENOTE: I MAY HAVE WRITTEN THE ABOVE ‘THING’ TWO WEEKS AGO AHEAD OF THE EDITION THAT DIDN’T ARRIVE LAST WEEK BUT THAT’S OK BECAUSE IT’S THOR AND THOR IS GREAT AND TAIKI WAIKITI IS BETTER AND NONE OF YOU CARE THAT MUCH, RIGHT? RIGHT. 

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2. EMOJI GARGOYLES

No, not another review of THAT movie. I mean, bonafide emoji-as-gargoyle usage.

LOOK.

  

Believe it or not (and trust me, you’re allowed a hefty amount of disbelief on this one) these faces can be found on the Plein Rond de Eik building in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Ahem:

‘Changiz Tehrani, of Attika Architekten, was inspired by classic architectural ornamentation, as well as a nearby building called “The House With the Heads,” which features busts of six Greek gods on its own facade. The use of emoji—in this case the WhatsApp designs of Willem Van Lancker—in the building is an acknowledgement of the fact that the yellow smiley faces have become the fastest-growing “language” in the world.’

Riiiight.

Are we at shark jumping moment for pop culture references featuring our yellow friends?

One can only hope.

The photos and the quote/story come via Atlas Obscura. Go read.

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3. MAKING MY FIRST GOOGLE ASSISTANT TOOL

I got bored a couple of Saturdays ago and decided to make something.

Y’all remember I built a Facebook Messenger bot for the Sea Containers building (aka Ogilvy London) called Roombot, right?

(no? ok, well here’s the primer, here’s some chat about it, and here’s the bot itself).

Well, what you’re looking at above is the first take at it being incorporated into Google Assistant using Actions on Google.

A few things to note on this:

  • The timestamps on the screenshots should show you just how quickly and easily you can go from ‘I want to build an Action for Google Assistant’ to actually having a demo live on your phone. That’s fantastic.
  • I AM NOT A CODER. I needed a grand total of ZERO code skills to start getting this Action built.
  • At the time of writing, I’m probably about 25% into the process but I’m hoping to get the rest of it finished this weekend whereupon I’ll submit to the big G for actual usage/go-live.

But yeah, if you want to go mess about with Google Assistant Actions, you can do really quickly and easily with their developer console. Oh, you’re going to need an api.ai account too (but that’s easy) – they’ve also got a few pre-made Actions you can mess about with too.

GO PLAY.

And I’ll yell again when/if this ever makes it live.

  

Bonus thing for those Google Assistant users reading this based in the UK – you had a whole bunch of new features roll out this week. Check to see if you have them yet.

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4. TURN OFF YOUR PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

Like, now.

“Kill your notifications. Yes, really. Turn them all off. (You can leave on phone calls and text messages, if you must, but nothing else.) You’ll discover that you don’t miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They’re for brands and developers, methods by which thirsty growth hackers can grab your attention anytime they want. Allowing an app to send you push notifications is like allowing a store clerk to grab you by the ear and drag you into their store. You’re letting someone insert a commercial into your life anytime they want. Time to turn it off.”

This is just one of many super-powerful paragraphs from a WIRED article going under the above name.

Having spent the last few months without the main social apps on my phone I can tell you that YOU DON’T MISS ANYTHING AND YOUR LIFE WILL CARRY ON AS USUAL.

So yeah, do that.

There should be a bonus item related to this at the bottom of the newsletter too, btw.

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5. MORE WEIGHT-Y STUFF

A few editions ago, I (actually, my mate Matt) shared this awesome Medium post from Dave Parkinson, ‘50 ways to lose weight‘.

It is a great and easy read.

Earlier this week I was reminded of another decent – but more data-led – piece on a similar matter, this time by Mat Morrison.

I know Mat fairly well and being reminded of how he looked back then (three years or so ago now) is weird in a way. As cliché as it sounds, it really is like looking at a different person.

OK, so the point is: if you’re looking to change your body shape, Mat did it with determination + data.

Read how.

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BONUSES: 

BONUSES THIS WEEK ARE A HOTCH POTCH OF RANDOM STUFF I’VE WRITTEN, FAVOURITED ON TWITTER, OR SIMPLY JUST STOLEN FROM OTHER NEWSLETTERS.

FOR SOME OF YOU, I KNOW THIS IS YOUR FAVOURITE SECTION. I HOPE THIS WEEK’S DOESN’T DISAPPOINT.

READY?

LET’S GO!

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And I’m done. See you in September x

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Author: James Whatley

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