Get ready for a day or two of “not having a clue what time it is”.
Remember When Rowan Atkinson Was Doctor Who? After stumbling over an article about this on the Den of Geek site, I couldn’t stop myself from tracking this down on YouTube.
Written by Steven Moffat, its almost his era of the new series in a nut shell.
Lego. Is simply awesome. Considering how awesome this house (and myself), reckon Lego is, I’m not sure why I’ve not written a Lego review yet. But there was something about this set, that simply inspires.
Gentle Spoilers for Lego Movie 2 are found below!
Lego Movie 2, introduces us to Queen Watevra. A character who can best be described as a shapeshifter, and therefore appears as many different shapes throughout the movie.
This set is based around that idea.
This is a set filled with many bricks, and instead of just an instruction booklet, there is an “inspiration guide” and a poster, which talks you through the 15 different smaller characters that can be made out of the many bricks you find in the box.
Great for smaller people, who are getting into Lego for themselves. Where with previous sets we’d brought for required “adult supervision”, she seems to get on and really own this one for herself.
If nothing else, it’s amazing to see this level of focus happening, enabling her to build the various colourful characters and more.
Queen Watevra is available from Amazon (affiliate link), but we managed to grab it super cheap from our local Tesco.
I wasn’t going to post “that” picture of The Momo Challenge. But I loved this thread from Jim Waterson, the Media Editor from The Guardian. (Click the text below to open up more in Twitter)
Among various things:— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) February 28, 2019
1) A feedback loop with schools/police reading stories, issuing warnings, creating more stories
2) Mirror quoting an unsourced 130 Russian deaths figure from a previous hoax
3) Fake YouTube claims sourced to a Hull primary school
4) Kids now genuinely scared
A lot of this relies on people believing their local school or police force knows what they’re talking about when it comes to the internet. Unfortunately most don’t have a clue and are sending letters to parents warning of non-existent issues like YouTube videos being “hacked”.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) February 28, 2019
If you read nothing else, please read this from the article:
The UK Safer Internet Centre called the claims “fake news”. And YouTube said it had seen no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on its platform.theguardian.com
The NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence that the phenomenon is actually posing a threat to British children and said they have received more phone calls about it from members of the media than concerned parents.
A Samaritans spokesperson was similarly sceptical, saying: “These stories being highly publicised and starting a panic means vulnerable people get to know about it and that creates a risk.”
It does feel we are reaching some sort of feedback loop stage of this whole thing. Basically freaked out adults, are talking to their kids, and accidently freaking them out in the process.
Maybe The Momo Challenge is actually about how many kids could get accidentally freaked out by creepy lady with big eyes?
No, I’m not going to post any of those pictures of the Momo Challenge. Yeah you know the ones, the pictures of that creepy lady with big eyes. She’s probably found on your Facebook.
Creepy lady associated with a suicide game aimed at kids. Yeah flip, be worried about that one. She and it are the stuff of nightmares.
I’ve had a dig around the internet about the Momo Challenge. While there seems to be concerning stuff there, its worth bearing in mind some of the following…
The Momo challenge is an alleged form of cyberbullying which spreads over the phone messaging service WhatsApp. Children receive threats from an anonymous number associated with a picture of “Momo” – an alien-like woman with bulging eyes, an eerie stretched smile, and straggly hair. Momo allegedly forces children to undertake dangerous tasks – up to and including suicide – by threatening them with violence.
Creepy, but The Daily Mail could only manage this
A 12-year-old girl from Argentina allegedly took her life after playing the gamedailymail.co.uk
Allegedly. The Buenos Aires Times article from the time can be found here. While it says a link was investigated. There doesn’t seem to be anything confirmed.
The BBC article on this seems to focus on the (in comparison) more basic data security issues that Momo presents:
Momo may be creepy, but police believe it is clear it is being used by hackers to harvest information.
Officers in Northern Ireland moved to reassure parents about the doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin.https://www.bbc.co.uk
But should people be concerned? The answer from rollingstone.com is no…
The Momo Challenge and the subsequent moral panic it has spawned is eerily similar to that inspired by the “Blue Whale” challenge, a Russia-based phenomenon that went viral last year. According to reports in the Russian media, the Blue Whale challenge involved teenagers following a series of increasingly self-harmful tasks over the course of 50 days, culminating with them being encouraged to take their own lives.
Additional reports linking Blue Whale to other teen suicides, like that of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez from San Antonio, have proven to be largely uncorroborated. “There’s no real truth to [games like the Momo Challenge] or evidence that it’s a real threat,” says Benjamin Radford, a folklorist and research fellow for the Committee for Skeptic Inquiry.https://www.rollingstone.com
The independent, suggests the we (parents) should be more concerned about our own wellbeing
“In terms of whether Blue Whale did cause the deaths of any children as was reported, this has been difficult to validate – however there is more evidence to suggest parents talked about their fears of their children undertaking the challenge, rather than their children actually doing so,” Sugiura says. Momo, she says, seems to be following the same pattern. “It is more likely to endanger the well-being of parents and carers, concerned about their children.”
I guess this is all a drawn out way for me to say. Can we please stop sharing pictures of that creepy lady character. She’s creepy. We’re creeping ourselves out, and possibly terrifying any kids who see the images over our shoulders.
Please read the above links for more information, and dont have nightmares.
National Trust is great.
National Trust on your door step is even better.
The problem with having a massive National Trust property on your doorstep (in our case Killerton), is that it gets easy enough to keep going to the same old places.
Here’s a few pictures of what happens when you keep going in a different direction a bit longer then normal.
We keep meaning to check out a “den building” area at the top of the forest at some point, but I think we’ll leave the bike at home that time!
On a different note. This time of year, is a really good time to get the geocache near the motorway bridge!
Just in case you’ve not already seen the Frozen 2 Trailer…
After showing her the trailer, we asked Little Sofa what she thought of Frozen 2.
“Good” was the reply.
I guess that means shes excited?
A random collection of stuff I’ve found online this week, that I figured was… shareable…
Something to read…
You don’t often read many pieces in the news about the positive side of gaming. Now there’s this…
Robert and Trude mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life for their disabled son. But when Mats died, they discovered that people all over Europe lit candles in his memory.BBC
Something a little funny…
A Paint app? It a little… don’t play this around small kids… Or polite people…
Something to listen to…
David Tennant! You know… Doctor 10. He’s done a podcast, where he has basically opened up his address book, and sat down for a chat with a different famous person each week.
Either way. Its like having David Tennant in your ears. Listen to it here.
Something to watch…
Not seen the latest avengers trailer yet? Watch it here…
Anything you feel I’ve missed? Please share below!
I was introduced to this earlier. I mean, I was subjected to this – whats known as The Gummy Bear Song.
I felt it only right to pass the joy on…
At least its not more Baby Shark..
I’ll just leave this here.