So on friday I decided “I need cheering up, I hear alpacas cure ailments” so I bought three alpakasso!

The only flaw in that plan is that all though my illness continues my alpacas probably wont arrive for another three weeks as they’re being shipped from Japan. On the bright side I’ll probably have something else wrong with me by then.

I’ve wanted a bigger Alpakasso for ages – they’re normally £30 for one though but I decided I’ll just go for it. I managed to get free shipping by ordering through a link on one of Mimei’s videos, check the description. The site I ordered through is called OtakuMode. I’ve never ordered from there before. The googling I did before I paid seemed legit. I don’t like the timer on the cart though and if your like me and open everything in new tabs then you’re cart session will time out and you’ll lose all your items! So browse like its 1995!

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I pre-ordered the rainbow alpakasso (big)

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Sora-chan (standard) from the Girly kids Alpakasso range.

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Shiro-chan (big) from the Girly kids Alpakasso range.

PS. please ignore the 8 month hiatus….

I can’t believe I never wrote about the Ideal home show. I’d always wanted to go so I forced the manfriend to go with me. I told him there would be free food, which there was, so that kept him happy!

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Giant lampshades – check!

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There were various show homes you could queue up to walk round and presentations at various times throughout the day, I can’t stand still for that long though so we wandered around all the stalls trying all the samples and watching the demonstrations instead.

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The place was huge!
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The manfriend, always pleased to be looking at gardens, and candles, and paint… This section was small gardens created by schools, you had to vote for your favourite. Suddenly my garden didn’t seem so pretty!

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Me in my element! Next to me is a  giraffe twice my height but we didn’t drive so I couldn’t have him :(

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manfriend, not so much in his element!

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When I spent those months researching my vitamix I only watched the US demonstrations so it was nice to see a UK one. I snagged a copy of the show recipe book too along with a shiny new dry container for making my own gluten free flours! So far I’ve only used it to grind coffee beans though.
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We spent waaay to long deciding which of these to buy, we went for the tropical flavour in the end, which goes so well in orange or apple juice. Perfect for summer cocktails. The ironic thing is neither of us are big drinkers. The best part was when I got home I noticed that they were based just down the road! So I can slowly work my way through the whole lot!
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Man friend wasn’t much interested until we reached this part, I introduced him to olive oil and balsamic vinegar a few years ago, since then he’s been obsessed. Manfriend didn’t consider a stir fry to be a meal until last year. We bought a fair amount of this stuff, it is amazing! You can order it from Greek Olive Oil Direct.

 

I also bought some magic knives, if you hate cutting up butternut squash and massive caulis these are the knives for you. Super sharp with a lifetime guarantee!

 

Getty have announced embed which basically lets you embed watermark free images in your blog posts within an iframe. While it might be great for some blogs I do have a few issues with it.

How do the photographers feel about it? There are already a lot of photographers moving away from getty because of the measly 30% commission they get on their images, if getty are giving away their content in an iframe they why can’t they do it themselves and keep all the profits? Upload your images to amazon s3. Write a few html pages displaying the images in different sizes or even write a script to resize the image to a custom size (premium feature?!) add a link to your page and an ad somewhere in there too. Profit! You could even write a wordpress plugin that sets the featured image of the post to be that image that automatically credits and links to the photographer.

Eventually Getty will start monetising it themselves or worse collecting statistics on your visitors. Does embedding an iframe to another site that includes ads interfere with your other ad networks? (I honestly don’t know enough about ad networks to answer that question)

Its great that they get to have control over their content that’s already illegally used all over the place but scary when they can just take the image down and your left with nothing.

From a developers point of view that iframe I’ve included above is not responsive, I also can’t use it as a featured image for a post as it would interfere with the terms of service unless you factor credit into your featured image design. Not to mention if your site is on SSL it wont load and if the content in the iframe is ever hacked it could be problematic! Update, I’ve just read about iframe sandbox mode, support is OK but the sort of browsers you’d want this support in aren’t working.

but then again, it is rather convenient, so there is that!

If your not seeing a fish above that means the inevitable has happened and getty have changed their minds about the whole thing!

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