Banana Phone

Banana Man has recently been listed on Amazon Prime, and when we were watching it last week (for the kids you understand) I noticed Banana Man’s far out phone, a Banana Phone!

cartoon banana phone illustration
Hello . . . can you here me?

A phone and a snack, very useful. Are there any other methods of communication that involve eating the communication device? Here are some ideas, some of which have actually been used in fictitious works. Can you guess which?

  • Semaphore Flags made of Rice Paper
  • Roasted Carrier Pigeon
  • A message written on a flatbread using ketchup.

The “real” example used above is of course the roasted carrier pigeon in Blackadder called speckled jim! Video below of court trial:



Wise Owl

This wise owl, certainly looks a bit grumpy. Perhaps he is looking forward to the end of lockdown.

Well I certainly hope that lock down end soon enough for student around the UK to enjoy their graduation ceremonies. It is a tough time for those looking forward to “key” years in their education. A-Level leaving year was the best year ever for me, so I really really hope that too many do not miss out on that.

It is a tough time for those looking forward to “key” years in their education. A-Level leaving year was the best year ever for me, so I really really hope that too many do not miss out on that. All the best to all the wise owls out there, Will

A Collection of Simple Drawings

A few items below, which I doodled whilst doing some drawing with my Daughter waiting for or potato wedges to cook.

Old School Electric Guitar – Wham-O


3G vs 4G Broad Band Speeds

Cable vs Mobile

If you live in the middle of nowhere (as I do) then you may well be utterly reliant on mobile broadband.  We have tried to get “normal” broad band at our house, but just can’t the wire is long (1.5km) and goes through trees (which rub through the wire) and there are also squirrels and other nibblers that chew through wires, seamingly for the fun of it.

So Mobile Braodband it is. This is where you get a dongle or router, put in a SIM card and get your internet that way. There are a few pros and cons to doing this:

Mobile Broadband Speed

Much much better than BT copper broadband. Around 10 times as fast. Of course this depends slightly on which carrier you are using. I have tried Giffgaff, Vodafone and Three (3). They have all been good.

Vodafone 4G Speeds

4G at present is the best offering with vodafone this gives 17.30mbs and a quick ping time* of 33ms. This is very good, and allows for just about any type of web use you could wish for.

Vodafone 3G Broadband Speeds

As an experiment if you were to turn off the 4G funtionality of your router / dongle you will find that the band width drops far below a 3G maxium of approx 7mbs.  The ping time alos increases.

Three (3) 3G Broadband Speeds

But as you can see from the above this does not hold true if the operator / carrier is switched. 3 delivers a higher speed at 3G in my area than vodafone.

*Mobile Broad Band Ping Time

Ping times over 100ms can srat to become notcable apparently. For gaming (worst case scaenario) real;ly you need 50ms or less. But for webbrowsing etc, you really cant tell at 100ms or just over.

Also ping time changes depending on where the server you are accessing is situated, so it changes from place to place.

Mobile Broad Band Data Usage

It is thought that a typical household on an unlimited data use contract whether it be through the phoneline, fibre or mobile carrier will use 190GB per month of data.

Most mobile broadband contracts include around 20GB of data. I have tried using 50GB a month and that is OK, provided you do not watch any TVover the ineternet. If you are using netflix, or iplayer then you will need 100GB a month minimum. You shoudl be careful to note that most carrier give a “teathering” amount of say 30GB, so even if yoou have 100GB of data on your plan, you can only use 30GB of it in a dongle or for mobile broadband.

New Devon Map Logo for this Site

Having had a look for comedic maps of Devon on the Internet I find them somewhat lacking. So I have just knocked up this one, I am am failry happy with the picture but it is not a great shape for a logo. Something that fits within a square is better.

Devon Rules!

Most google of face book logo fit within a sqaure area typoically recommended at 600  x600 pixels for example. So an oblong logo is sub optimal- back to the drawing board.

Publish a Book Quickly

With Amazon KDP it is very easy to publish a book. It is a bit tricky to start with, but no more difficult than using Ebay, or Facebook.

You can use your existing Amazon Account so need to create a new one. The book is then simple written in a word document (use Libre Office for Free) and then uploaded on the KDP publishing platform.

You book is then listed for sale on Amazon to a Global Audience.

It should be noted that just as any old tat will not sell on EBay, your book will need to be:

  • Original
  • Good
  • Look Nice
  • Well Written

In order to gain traction and sell copies. Publishing a bad book is not a good move, just a few bad reviews and you will sunk, before you have started.

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