Sunday, 14 September 2008

Black Box

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I blame Liz Fenwick. See, this is my black box. (In a later post I'll show you what's inside it.)

But Liz found another black box. A black box created by Stray to promote a book by Caroline Smailes called - wait for it - Black Boxes.

The book is about choices. And the Black Box Widget is about choices too. In theory, the choices you make when you open it will connect you to a blog (or website) belonging to someone who also made similar choices.

Ha!

What it really does is to steal away all your will-power so you can't help opening the little beauty over and over again. You start off thinking, "Hey, this is cool. All these nice blogs to land in." But after three or four hours, you're doing it because it's so bewitching watching the darling boxes rotate and open up to display more choices. And after seven or eight hours you're doing it because you actually are interested in all the choices you're making.

So, if you are on a deadline, do not open this box





14 comments:

trousers said...

...hi from one addict to another: yes the Black Box brought me here:)

liz fenwick said...

es, jan I should be writing but guess what?????

TLP said...

Oh yeah! Who wants to post a blog when you can be making choices and traveling to new blogs?

The Black Box is why I'm here.

Kate Hardy said...

The warning didn't help :o)

I have a question: how can you choose between reading/writing? Or cake/pie, especially if the former is ginger and the latter is lemon meringue? Methinks there needs to be a third option for the greedy amongst us.

Oh, that's just me :o)

(And what's in YOUR black box? Amber?)

Jan Jones said...

Hi Trousers and TLP - nice to see you here. Hope you like it.

Liz - your life is SO not going to be worth living when I see you next

Kate - you know, I wondered that too! And, er, yes, the contents of my black box might be just a tad amber-related...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Hi Jan, thanks for popping by and leaving a comment on my blog! Congratulations on the book, great front cover. Sorry to hear about your tooth ache problems, awful experience visiting the dentist, but one of those that we have to endure if we smile a lot!!

Crystal Jigsaw x

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, Crystal. And thanks for popping over here!

Tooth (she says clutching wooden keyboard shelf with both hands) seems a lot better. I guess the jaw-ache will go in time. Fortunately my dentist understands how little pain the average person (ie me) can stand.

Posh Totty said...

I came here via my black box :o) Xx

Megan said...

Hello there. You are absolutely right - I am also hypnotised.
Very nice to meet you,
Megan

Sorrow said...

I think I am following that trousers Cat, I see him and his comments every where i go..
and yes, like Alice, i fell down the time eaters hole.

Jan Jones said...

Hi PoshTotty, Megan and Sorrow!

I like your images and signs, Sorrow - my favourite slogan goes: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste on housework"

Liz Fielding said...

Oh, that's too bad of you, Jan. I'll never get another thing done...

Jan Jones said...

Sorry, Liz. But it does wear off after a couple of weeks. :)

ArtSparker said...

Not to mention writing the choices...severe limitations in amount, makes haiku look like logorrhea.