It'll do your head in

The ceiling (174K) in Faro’s Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos). They dug up the bones of monks and then lined a chapel with them. Funnily enough, this happened in several places in Portugal.

Anybody want to look for some better, more accurate and historical info? Most of the returned sites out there consist of holiday photos with the same lame description (this page probably now added to that list!).

Ad infinitum

Have many levels of recursion do you see in real life?

The concept of “toy knights of the round table” (sic) is a bit like having a doll’s house in a doll’s house in a doll’s house (not that I would know, mind you!).

So the challenge for Ian and rest of team Spinneyhead: Find some more examples of recursion in real life, e.g. somebody watching a tv advert within a tv advert.

Cover me, I'm going in

I remember Bob Kulick as the guitarist for Meat Loaf a decade or so ago. It’s probably due to him, Hank Marvin and Barrios that I still play guitar today. Don’t ask about the Hank Marvin reference, I grew out of that phase quite quickly. Anyway, back to the point. So I got to wondering what he was up to now.

Separately I was trying to figure out who played guitar on the cover of Alice Cooper’s Only Women Bleed on the album Humanary Stew. Turns out it’s Bob Kulick as part of a whole load of cover albums. So it seems that the guy now makes his living as some sort of producer, crossed with recruiter/manager/networker and still plays guitar on the albums. Cool job!

Now, if I want to know about cover songs, I’ll look at the Covers Project to get started.

Living in a box

Tetra Pak have been advertising over the last few months on TV. It seems odd that a company who produce goods that gets in the way of the stuff you’re actually trying to buy is now trying to capture our hearts. Ok, they do a good job of containing the product, but it’s not their product that the consumer is buying, they produce the packaging that contains the product you want. And now they’re promoting the environment as an angle for their product. Fair enough.

So we see a company that does not sell direct to the consumer advertising to the consumer (and business as well) trying to get us to buy different products based on the packaging…..hmmm…I’ll have that car over there because it’s red.

Odd thing is, it’ll work.

Now for the challenge: Name another instance of a company that doesn’t sell direct to you, but has advertised to change your buying habits. Government bodies and groups or associations of companies (e.g. Milk Marketing Board) don’t count. Counts for more if they don’t actually care which product you buy.

How many days left?

Time to start writing the wishlist again for Christmas. Actually, we should temporarily ban the first person to mention Christmas on this site. Oh well. First on the list for me, completely based on the name, of course is the Butt Kicker. With a name like that, it could have been a far more interesting product. However I think I’ll have enough fun with that.