Tuesday, 2 November 2010
James May's Man Lab: Get excited and make things
(PS: Episode 2 review posted ).
Episode 3 review posted
Mobile picnic table too simple for you? How about a system that orders and brings things about the house without moving? While not quite Wallace and Gromit, the solution is as complicated as it is appealing to every male who ever held a remote control. In the real world you would do one of two things, you could send an e-mail to the kitchen, await confirmation of your order by e-mail and then wait for a person who's not too busy whom the person in the kitchen has tapped up, to bring it to you OR you could lift the receiver on the phone in front of you and call it into the kitchen, using the already mentioned person presumably watching Dave, to bring it to you. The solution Captain Slow comes up with is sooo much better.
Step one- You build a miniature railroad throughout the house.
Step two- Signal ( using your station master's card) the kitchen that you require the train in your office
Step three- You use your remote control pad ( having read the owner's manual ), pressing the appropriate buttons to stop the train .
Step four- You write a post it note requesting a banana, place in rail car .
Step five: send back to the kitchen using the correct codes
Step six- wait for the fruit to come to you and press the stop signal.
Step seven- Send the train to where it is next needed when the signal box tells you to.
I don't know about you, but it works for me.
James May's Man Lab , a worthy successor to his previous series James May's Toy Stories, is an instant classic that is destined to be renewed and replayed for the next 100 years on Dave. Despite it's clear comic orientation, the programme does point out a real important piece of information.... It's time men were men again. by all means, yes cook ( I do) , but don't become so crippled with laziness and gender confusion you can't do ANYTHING useful. Men, in case you missed the wise words of Canada's Red Green...."If you can't be useful then at least be funny" . In fact I'm waiting for the duct tape segment before the series is over. The fact is that young women are less and less attracted to the useless, spineless Jessie who lives on lager and take away. They want you to be both useful AND funny. With James May's help it can be done.
If you've had fun doing man tasks, drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Mark your subject line "I had fun"
Episode 2 reviewed and up as well as Episode 3