Dec. 28, 2020

Bingo, buckets, and BuJo


Episode 7 of Thank The Week included:

  • A deal!
  • American football and proper football
  • World first smartphones
  • A games console by…KFC?
  • A Christmas gift recap
  • Legs eleven
  • Some great ideas to get you started with a happy 2021

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

This week we have a deal. We've got American football and proper football. We have world first smartphones against console by KFC, a Christmas gift recap, legs 11. And some great ideas to get you started with a happy 2021. Let's Thank The Week.

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Thank The Week, learning to be thankful for last week and excited for this week with your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

It's Episode Seven of thank the week for Monday, the 28th of December 2020. We just had Christmas and I hope you've all had a great time. There's so much to look back on from last week. And a lot to look forward to this week. As we head into 2021

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News

Craig Williamson:

A Brexit trade deal was announced. And that covers the UK's departure from the European Union on the 31st of December. Now no matter what your politics or opinions might be on Brexit, I think we you know, we are where we are, and having some kind of deal seems to be universally better than no deal at all. So from the first of January, this is the deal we've got. And from the first of January, the UK is no longer part of the EU, so we don't follow EU laws and regulations in the UK anymore. If you do want to check up on what those differences are. There's a handy 1246 page document which details the entire agreement, so I heartily recommend you go and have a look at that. And that was also bringing a lot of Christmas cheer to EU ambassadors who actually had to work on Christmas Day to review this. The deal was only approved on Christmas Eve so those poor people had to go into work on Christmas Day to review that. And the UK Parliament is set to vote on it on the 30th of December. So they've got a busy week ahead of them as well. In COVID News, it's the next instalment of the live televised vaccinations. And we had US President Elect Joe Biden getting his job live on TV last week. And we also had the first vaccinations in Latin America as well. We had vaccinations in Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica, or given their first Pfizer biontech vaccines last week, Mexico was the first of those and they give those to Intensive Care Nurse, Maria Irene Ramirez. And she joins Margaret from the UK and Sandra in the US as our well known well known first recipients of the vaccine. And we also had the first vaccination starting in mainland Europe last weekend, which makes me think we might have some more live televised vaccinations coming up soon. That's always very exciting to see. Surely the law of averages states that we're going to have someone who's going to pass out pretty soon, there's been a lot of people televised, surely one of them's not going to be too keen on this. And I'm just hoping it's not going to be me. When I turn up, there'll be some big celebration, hey, you're the 50 million person to receive this vaccine in the UK. So we invited all the press here. And the whole world press is here to watch you receive your vaccination as I walked through the door, and then swiftly, possibly turn around and head straight home

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

I did tell you a couple of weeks ago that we had the World Darts championship going on and that reaches its thrilling climax on Sunday, the third of January with the final. At the time of recording we've got snakebite and mighty Mike, who are still involved. You'll remember these are the two I mentioned who were in the final last year. So it was Peter Wright, who won it. His nickname is snake bite, and he's ranked number two this year, and he beat Michael van gerwen, who is nicknamed mighty Mike. But Van Gerwin is ranked number one this year. So it will be interesting to see how those two get on. So do be cheering on snake bite and mighty Mike in the dance this week. This Friday, which is New Year's Day, the first of January. We have college football action and our meaning American football for those of you in the UK. This is the college football playoff semi finals. So we have two big games leading up to the college playoff final which will be a week or so later. Both on Friday. We start with Alabama against Notre Dame and that one is being played in Dallas, Texas. And it starts at 4pm Eastern Time, which is 9pm here in the UK. And then we have the sugar bowl with Clemson against Ohio State at 8pm. Eastern Time, which is quite early in the morning, the following they're here in the UK. But college football's always a fun sport to watch. If you live in the UK, you might be wondering, why would I watch a university team and our biggest sport in the UK is soccer, football. And if you go and watch a university team, there might be 20 or so people who come out to watch it's not that big of a deal. In America. American football for colleges is absolutely huge. And they get 10s of 1000s of people in normal circumstances, watching these games. So really good event, not just the students watching all the local community come out and support them as well. So college football is kind of a really fun, exciting sport to watch. And it's also a breeding ground for the NFL. So the professional football leagues, pick all the best players from college football when those guys graduate, so really worthwhile watching and a lot at stake in the semi finals. You'll see four teams really going for it. So that's the college football playoff semi finals on Friday the first of January. Now we can talk about proper football. And we did enjoy a feast of football on the Boxing Day weekend. I think probably the highlight for me was a thrilling to all draw between Leicester and manchester united with Leicester twice coming back from behind and actually equalising within the last few minutes. So that was a really good game to watch. coming up this week, we have a full round of premier league fixtures from Monday to Wednesday, that's 10 games in total. And then coming up this weekend, Friday to Monday, there is another full round of fixtures. And my pick of those is on Sunday, the third of January, we have Chelsea vs Manchester City. And that's at

4:

30pm. In the UK.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

I have two world first mobile phones to tell you about this week. Mobile phones one of those gadgets that always gets me excited. So this Monday, the 28th of December Xiaomi urge you to launch their new flagship phone, which is called the meet 11. And that will be the world's first phone to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 processor, which I bought you about on several occasions. But that's the first phone that's going to use it. So that's quite a big mark. So check out the launch on Monday the 28th of December. Now a form that has just been released last week is ZTE ease axon 25 G, these phone companies really know how to make a catchy name. And this is the world's first phone with an under display selfie camera. Now if you've got a fairly modern smartphone, the chances are it's got some kind of notch on the front of the screen, or some little circular cutout so the selfie camera can actually see and take an image. Now that spoils the aesthetic of the screen where you want a lovely single unified screen with very small bezels all around. So this is the next step to get to that point where what ZTE have done is actually put that camera underneath the display. So the display looks like a full screen display. But hidden underneath that is a camera. And that's a natural evolution. We've gone from fingerprint sensors that were on the back of phones, and some of them still are. But there are smartphones now, which have those fingerprint sensors under the screen. So it's kind of integrated into the screen. And that's becoming very commonplace, ZTE have gone one step further. And now they've got the selfie camera hidden under there. So it's a full screen display. Unfortunately, the initial reviews don't seem to indicate that they've done that good of a job with this does seem to affect the clarity of the screen. So the very top strip of the display, the display where this camera is, has some visual issues when you're looking at it in particular circumstances. And apparently the selfies taken from the camera are not very good as well. But it's nice to see a company pushing the boundaries of technology. And it also always needs a few iterations before these things are fully refined. So hopefully this is the first step on on the way to that full screen phone. No blemishes, no bezels no holes that can actually give you that full selfie for fingerprint sensor and everything actually going on in the camera there. So that's the ZTE axon 25 G and that is now available around the world but not in the US or Canada. A company you don't often expect to find in tech news is KFC. That's right Kentucky Fried Chicken. I seem to be featuring them a lot recently. You may remember I was talking about KFC being a very popular Christmas dinner in Japan. Well, not content with conquering Japan's Christmas dinner, KFC and out entering the gaming world. And they've launched their own gaming PC. Now this was teased back in June. And most people, myself included, thought this was a bit of a joke and not going to come to fruition. So what they claimed was they were going to have a gaming PC that looked like a KFC bucket. So that's basically just a cylindrical box. And they were calling it the KFC console. Well, this thing is coming out and they've actually released a lot more information. And it's a as I say it's a bucket shaped PC. It's been developed in a joint venture with PC makers coolermaster which does give it some credibility. And apparently the specifications of it in terms of its PC power are pretty impressive. So it should be able to play the latest top end games. So it's got some really spicy specifications that they're really unusual thing about it. It has a little hatch that you can pull out and you can insert some fried chicken and then close the hatch and it will warm your fried chicken inside the PC. Yes, that's right. It's got its own chicken chamber so that you can keep your KFC lovely and hot while you're playing the Kim's so quite a unique feature. Not sure I'd like my PC to be smelling of KFC as much as I like KFC, but a really interesting concept. I'll put a link in the show notes at thank the week.com where you can find out a lot more about the KFC console.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Christmas television may have been a little bit disappointing this year. We watched a couple of Home Alone films which were good fun Home Alone one and two. My son especially loves those films, especially this time of year. And the most watched TV show on Christmas Day in the UK was the Queen's Christmas message, which we previewed last week, there were over 8 million people watching that live across the three channels that were showing it with the second highest been about 5 million viewers for Call the Midwife. So yeah, quite significant. Everyone tuning in to see what the Queen had to say. as possibly expected. She focused on the struggles of people through the year, especially being away from family and friends, and really spent a lot of time focusing on the efforts of National Health Service and other key workers during the pandemic. And she avoided controversy with her picture frames, she just had one single picture, you'll be interested to know, on her desk, which was her husband, Prince Philip. Also Channel 4 ran its alternative Christmas message which it normally does only get someone in perhaps a celebrity just to give an alternative Christmas message and view of the year. This year, they actually use the queen and generated what's known as a deep fake video. If you're not familiar, this is basically where you think you're watching the actual Queen, her lips are moving sounds are coming out. And it all looks pretty smooth and perfect. But actually, it's a script and it's a computer algorithm that's making that happen. And convincing you that someone's saying, obviously things that they're not saying I didn't find it that convincing if I'm honest, the voice wasn't the Queen's or certainly didn't sound like the Queen's to me. They kept the camera quite far away from her face, or the lip movements weren't that noticeable throughout. But it is an interesting activity. They were trying to raise awareness of deep fakes and things like fake news, just to raise awareness that if you do see a video online, even if it is someone you know, and they're saying something you can't even then trust that it is true, because this deep fake technology is coming on in leaps and bounds. And this can fool people. So yeah, I guess a word of caution there. And just an interesting alternative to the Christmas message there. I did want to mention a film I watched over the Christmas period. This was just released last week on Netflix. It was a film called midnight sky. And it starred George Clooney. And as you watch the start of the film, the titles kind of come up and you see George Clooney, his name constantly appear, he seems to have fulfilled almost every other role in the film, including he was a director. Perhaps the only role he didn't fill was there was a little girl called Iris in the film. I don't think that was George playing that role. What he did actually do there was a different actor who was representing George when he was younger. And it wasn't George obviously, it was a completely different actor. But somehow they superimpose George Clooney, his voice on this guy. So George was just wanting to complete control of their spells, it seems he wanted his voice everywhere. And yeah, anyway, the film was about a world ending event that occurs and it's kind of non specified. So it's a bit difficult to figure out what's happening. And George is at some space command centre, this is all set, I think, maybe 30 years in the future. And what's happening is there is a space mission that's returning to Earth. And those people have no idea what's going on on earth. And he's trying to get in touch with them. Basically, just to give them a heads up that they might not want to land on earth because things are not very good. So I won't spoil it that that just kind of sets up what the general premise of the film is about, but it was enjoyable. And because you've got George on the ground, and you've got the space crew does give you two different perspectives and two different aspects to to keep your interest. And yeah, if you've got Netflix I'd recommend it's definitely worth a watch. That is midnight sky on Netflix,

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

And now we have a thought of the week from Harper.

Harper Williamson:

Your only limit is your mind.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Last week, obviously was Christmas. So I did a very brief recording on Christmas Day evening just to get around the family and see what they were thankful for. It's Christmas Day evening, in the Williamson house, and we just wanted to say what we've been thankful for from today. I'm gonna start with you, Harper.

Harper Williamson:

I'm thankful for a gift that I got from Santa, which is the Filofax and I'm excited to customise it

Craig Williamson:

and Henry What are you thankful for?

Henry Williamson:

I am Xbox I got very good

Craig Williamson:

in turn.

Dawn Williamson:

I'm thankful for the technology that has enabled us to communicate with our family on Christmas Day. Even though we're all scattered all over it's been lovely to get together and see each other

Craig Williamson:

And I'm thankful for the fact that my children gave me a nice little gifts I got sweets, I got socks, and it's just nice to see the children excited to give gifts and my wife actually got me fresh and dry balls cream. So I'm looking forward to trying that later as well. Now I must stress the cream I mentioned is for running. You know things can chair things can rub against each other. And if you've got a nice cream that can perhaps introduce a bit of a silkiness and a bit of softness to particular delicate areas then that is useful for running and that is the cream is was describing. So that was, that was a nice gift to receive from my wife. Also, I did actually get a gift to myself, I always like to pick out a few things, especially if I've not been able to give a list to someone else. And I got myself a Yeti Rambler. 10 ounce tumbler. This is effectively an insulated cup, but you can never have too many insulated cups, our cup, it's a pretty full of them. But this is a really nice stainless steel insulated cup, you've got a lid on there as well. So you can keep your hot beverages hot, and your cold beverages cold. And it's a really nice size 10 ounce. It's about 280 millilitres, it's just a really nice handy size to have a small coffee to take around with you. So I was very pleased when I opened my own gift to myself. And as Dawn said, in that clip, we've done so much connecting over the last week with friends and family through zoom. On Christmas Day, we had several calls. And we've got lots more lined up for the coming days as well. It's worth letting you know, zoom did relax their 40 minute limit on calls. If you don't have a paid subscription would assume normally calls with three or more parties are limited to 40 minutes. But they've relaxed that over Christmas. And they're going to do the same of a new year as well. So from 10am, eastern time on Wednesday, the 30th of December to 6am. Eastern Time on Saturday, the second of January, you can have unlimited time zoom calls with as many people as you want. So that's something for us all to look forward to. So yeah, so we did have fun speaking to lots of people, I guess a few take home messages. Every call we had, there was always someone who didn't rotate their screen. And we had to teach people how to rotate their screens. And also we got to the end of calls and realised certain people weren't able to see everyone in the scene at the same time you can switch on if you're using zoom, there's something called gallery view where you can see everyone on the screen at the same time, rather than just the person who's speaking. So yeah, a few little technical things that people need to be aware of. And now we're aware of this we to kind of try and remind people at the start of these calls. We also had a bingo game through zoom. And that was a lot of fun. So we had three families all connected, we ran the bingo game, I think I mentioned this last week, my wife got some proper bingo cards. And I found a really good app for my phone. This was in the Google Play Store. And the app was called big balls. Bingo. I didn't just download it because of its name. Well, maybe that did swear me somewhat. But it was a really nice, simple clean bingo app, it did exactly what you wanted, which is it calls bingo numbers. And as well as calling out the number it gives their call as well. I'll mention that in a moment. And it keeps track of the numbers that have been drawn as well. So when someone has a line, they can shout out the numbers that they've crossed off. And you can go back and check that those have indeed been called. Which if you're into your bingo, this is very serious stuff. Anyway, bingo calls. Basically, when a number is called, there's also a phrase that goes with a number and the app called them out with them. So that was terrific, because we we had that kind of built in. So I wanted to look into a little bit about where these bingo cards come from. And it seems like the several different categories. So some are based on rhymes. So for example, it might be picking mix 26 Some are based on the shape of the number, you know, if you draw the number two little ducks 22 that's my bingo calling voice by the way. So obviously 22 if you draw it out looks like two little ducks lined up. So that's where that come comes from. And there are some which are based on historical references as well. One that was quite interesting, and I did have to look up because I was just intrigued is, was she worth it? 56 which seems a bit random, but apparently the cost of a marriage licence in the 1950s. When these bingo cards were being written, the cost of a marriage licence was five shillings and six pence. So that's five and 656. So was he worth it? I guess, I guess, perhaps not that politically correct at the moment, but back then it was it was basically saying was was your wife worth five shillings and sixpence? Let's brush over that. Finally, just to pick out one that had people scratching their heads, doctor's orders number nine. And I looked at what this will mean, this apparently stems from World War Two. So when a soldier had some kind of illness that could not be diagnosed by the doctors, they're prescribed a pill which was called the number nine pill. So they prescribed that to the soldiers. And what it was was actually a very strong laxative. So it made them go to the toilet a lot cleared out their system, and hopefully that fixed whatever was making them ill. So number nine doctor's orders is effectively a laxative pill. So have a good think about that when your next playing Bingo. I've put a link in the show notes at think that week.com to a website which gives some really good information about all those bingo calls. So when you're playing bingo, you can at least understand where some of these calls have come from.

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Ideas

Craig Williamson:

I'm leaving you this week with a couple of ideas. Now, the New Year can be a bit of a depressing time, there's the Christmas lol you've had the big build up to Christmas. And then actually this year, obviously Christmas hasn't quite been as fun and special as it normally is, as well. So you don't even have too many good memories to look back on maybe. So it can cause a bit of a lull. So actually, why don't we try and get ourselves organised, try and give ourselves some focus for the new year, set some goals and try and boost our own happiness. So I've got a couple of suggestions for you. The first is that you should try to get a BJ, a BJ being obviously a bullet journal, sometimes referred to as a bujo. If you want the in lingo, a bujo is a bullet journal. And it's basically kind of a calendar diary planner. But it's a lot more freeform than something that's quite rigid, that has boxes that you've got to fill out, or it has a page for every day of the week. For example, this thing can be whatever you want it to be. So that kind of blank sheets of paper. Ideally, they've got a little grid on them made of dots. So you might hear it referred to as dotted paper. And these are sometimes referred to as dotted journals. But basically, you can pick out what's useful to you, whether it's things that you want to log. So if you like to go outside walking, for example, maybe you've got a page that's dedicated to how many times you got walking, and you can log that information. Maybe you're someone who likes to focus on goals for the week or the month of the year. So you could have those laid out. Maybe you also have standard things like a list of birthdays, or list of addresses, things that you might find in a normal diary. But the thing is, it's very freeform, you start with a blank book, and you can make it whatever you want and really tailor it to your needs. And one aspect of this is if you're interested in kind of being quite creative, is you can get very ornate with your pages and do very fancy titles and headers using lots of multicoloured pens. I know Dawn and my daughter Harper did this last year and really got involved in that. And throughout the year, they've been updating that and spending a lot of time kind of designing it as well, which is quite enjoyable and therapeutic in itself. So one example is for example, if you want to log the books that you've read, yes, you could just write a simple list of books. But actually, you could draw an elaborate bookshelf and draw some books on there. And when you finished a book, you could actually write in the spines of the books what the title is that you finished, and possibly add a colour coding system, which is based on your rating. So you can do all sorts of crazy things like that. I'm not as creative or, or as on it as that. So my bullet journal for last year was actually more basic and more utilitarian, if you like. And I just used it with lists. So the basic headings and underlines, but but that was it, you know, nothing too fancy mind was just black and white. But yeah, I really recommend, if you've if you've always wanted to keep a diary and not quite got into it. And bullet journaling is a bit of a way to try and make it more suited to your needs and what works for you. It may blow your mind at first thought. So what I've done is in the shownotes, I've put a link to an online article, which does a really good job of giving you a flavour of what bullet journaling is, and all the kind of things that you might want to include there. So I'll put that link in the show notes, thank the week.com. What I will also put links into his there's a book, which I would highly recommend which goes deeper into it, and gives you some example layouts for pages that you can use for inspiration. So I'll add that in there as well. And then also, if you're wondering what journal to use to get started, so kind of the book with a blank pages, you can do it with something very inexpensive. So you can just go to your stations, spend a couple of pounds a couple of dollars and get a book and get started. If you want something a bit nicer. There's a particular journal, I'd recommend that I use last year's got really nice, good, good quality, thick paper. And that's from a company called scribbles that matter. And I'll put a link to that in the shownotes as well. So perhaps try a bit of bullet journaling, for 2021, just to give you that focus, and give you a new way of planning that year. My second tip is 10 days of happiness. And this is a free online coaching programme, run by the charity action for happiness, who I did mention a few weeks ago, basically you just sign up with your email address, that's all you need to give them is your email address. And then once per day, for 10 days, they send you a little email prompt in the morning, you click through to that it goes through to their website. And it gives you a little task to conduct for that day, which will help to boost your happiness. So I'm currently on there too. I registered yesterday. And my task for day two was to connect with people. So we've set up two zoom calls for this evening. And we'll be connecting as a family and getting in touch with these family friends that we haven't spoken to for quite a while. So I'm really looking forward to that. But yeah, looking forward to going through this, this 10 days of happiness and really recommend you sign up as I said, very simple, very straightforward. And you can do that at 10daysofhappiness.org. That's 10 as in one zero. And I will put the link also in the show notes. As ever, thank you very much for listening. I wish you all a very happy new year. I'll be back with episode 8 next Monday and that point will be in 2021. So I'll see you again next week and goodbye.

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