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Twanta 2018 – the ninth annual Twitter Secret Santa

twanta (2)Pop your chestnuts on an open fire, it’s time for #TWANTA2018 to shove another tree up another fairy’s frock and display its shiny balls for the ninth year in succession. For the uninitiated, those taking part in Twanta send a cheap but fun Christmas gift to someone that I nominate, possibly a complete stranger, and in return they receive a similar pressie from someone else. Hence “Twanta” – TWitter secret sANTA, see? As usual I’ll link you here to the blog post from @davidtims which beautifully sums up the spirit of Twanta.

FOR NOW, JUST TELL ME IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART so that I can add you to the Master Wallchart here at Twanta Towers.

I’ll give people a few weeks to join, and shortly after that you’ll receive the name of your Twantee, probably around the end of October. Old hands of Twanta will know all the following already, but for any newcomers here’s a summary of how the whole thing works.


SharkStar You must have specifically asked me, and I must have confirmed that you’re taking part before you can join in. I reserve the right to reject anyone that I suspect of being dodgy. Sorry, but I have to be careful due to a slight wobble several years back when some git refused to actually send a present once they’d received theirs.

Star Make sure you follow @twanta2018 on Twitter. He will follow you back (it’s me really, but don’t tell the little tweeters. Let’s not spoil the magic, eh?). DM your address to him so that he can pass it on to your own Secret Twanta when everyone is linked up. I do remember some of your addresses from last year, but once #Twanta2018 is over I will always delete the addresses of those who ask.

GinStar Tell me if there are any mortal enemies that you don’t want to be linked with. We don’t want to be responsible for any “incidents”. You can also make other special requests (e.g. if you’re allergic to chocolate, or perhaps you don’t want to post anything to a different country). We are a benign Twanta, and will accept all reasonable requests.

Star Very occasionally things go awry, and when that happens Twanta Fairies step in to send a gift at short notice. Please also let us know if you would be happy to be a volunteer Fairy, should any be required (though that’s only rarely necessary).

Duck / bookStar Once @twanta2018 has everyone’s address, he’ll DM you to let you know to whom (grammar) you should send a gift, together with the address. You might want to spend a little while researching the recipient’s timeline to find out a little bit about them. Yes, that’s a bit stalkery, but you’ll be able to make your gift more personalised that way.

Star Buy a pressie for your twantee (as the recipients have somehow come to be known) and send it to them. Mark the envelope #TWANTA so they know what it is. Let @twanta2018 know that you’ve posted it (so I can keep track in case anything goes missing). It’s entirely up to you whether you remain anonymous or expose yourself *snigger*.

Space thingiesStar You should not spend a fortune. Small, fun and imaginative is the rule of thumb, but don’t send an actual thumb. That would be hideous. I recommend spending no more than a tenner, though in the end, of course, it’s up to you. The photographs accompanying this post are of some previous gifts, should you need inspiration.

Star When you receive your #TWANTA pressie, again let @twanta2018 know. Challenge yourself to wait until Christmas Eve or Day to open the thing. Harness your willpower, young warrior.

Star When your willpower fails, take a photo of your gift ready to post to Twitter on Christmas Day. Post it then including the hashtag #TWANTAPIX2018, so that we can all follow the fun, and I can collect the pics on a special Pinterest board. Here’s last year’s board.

Have fun, and, if it all goes tits up, remember that it was originally all the idea of that @captain_doodle, and castigate him mercilessly. Not me, oh no, leave me alone.

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Jingly Balls! Twanta 2017 is GO

IMAG1682Jingly balls, jingly balls, jingly up your tree. It’s time for #TWANTA2017 to shove another tree up another fairy’s frock and display his shiny balls for the eighth time. For the uninitiated, it was all @captain_doodle’s idea. There he is on the right, with some eejit or other. Those taking part in Twanta send a cheap but fun gift to someone that I nominate, possibly a complete stranger, and in return they receive a similar pressie from someone else. TWitter secret sANTA, see? As usual I’ll link you to the blog post from @davidtims from a few years ago which beautifully sums up the spirit of Twanta.

FOR NOW, JUST TELL ME IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART so that I can add you to the Master Wallchart here at Twanta Towers.

I’ll give people a few weeks to join, and you’ll receive the name of your Twantee shortly after that, around the end of October. Old hands of Twanta will know all the following already, but for any newcomers here’s a summary of how the whole thing works.


One of a previous year's impressive gifts.Star You must have specifically asked me, and I must have confirmed that you’re taking part before you can join in. I reserve the right to reject anyone that I suspect of being dodgy. This is due to a slight wobble that happened several years back for two of our lovely twantadors (see below for a glossary of terms).

Star Make sure you follow @twanta2017 on Twitter. He (it’s me really, but don’t tell the little tweeters. Let’s not spoil the magic, eh?) will follow you back. DM your address to him so that he can pass it on to your own Secret Twanta when everyone is paired up. I do remember some of your addresses from last year, but once #Twanta2017 is over I will always delete the addresses of those who ask. If the Twitter Unfollow Bug causes @twanta2017 to unfollow you, let me know so that I can correct that.

One of last year's impressive gifts.Star Tell me if there are any mortal enemies that you don’t want to be paired with. We don’t want to be responsible for any “incidents”. You can also make other special requests (e.g. if you’re allergic to chocolate, or perhaps you don’t want to post anything to a different country). We are a benign Twanta, and will accept all reasonable requests.

Star Very occasionally things go awry, and when that happens Twanta Fairies step in to send a gift at short notice. Please also let us know if you would be happy to be a volunteer Fairy, should any be required (though that’s only rarely necessary).

One of last year's impressive gifts.Star Once @twanta2017 has everyone’s address, he’ll DM you to let you know to whom you should send a gift (grammar), together with their address. You might want to spend a little while researching their timeline to find out a little bit about them. Yes, that’s a bit stalkery, but you’ll be able to make your gift a bit more personalised that way.

Star Buy a pressie for your twantee (as the recipients have somehow come to be known) and send it to them. Mark the envelope #TWANTA so they know what it is. Let @twanta2017 know that you’ve posted it (so I can keep track in case anything goes missing). It’s entirely up to you whether you remain anonymous or expose yourself *snigger*.

One of last year's impressive gifts.Star You do not need to spend a fortune. Small, fun and imaginative is the rule of thumb, but don’t send an actual thumb. That would be hideous. I recommend spending no more than a tenner, though that of course is up to you. The photographs accompanying this post are of some previous gifts, should you need inspiration.

Star When you receive your #TWANTA pressie, again let @twanta2017 know. Challenge yourself to wait until Christmas Eve or Day to open the thing. Harness your willpower, grasshopper.

Star When your willpower fails, take a photo of your gift ready to post to Twitter on Christmas Day. Post it including the hashtag #TWANTAPIX2017 so that we can all follow the fun, and I can collect the pics on a special Pinterest board. Here’s last year’s board.

Have fun, and, if it all goes tits up, remember that it was originally all the idea of that @captain_doodle, and castigate him mercilessly. Not me, oh no, leave me alone.


Twantionary (glossary)

Having trouble separating your twanta from your twantee? Completed your trifecta yet? Got no bloody idea what I’m talking about? Then this section will save you from social embarrassment akin to leaving the Ladies with your skirt tucked into the back of your knickers.

TWANTA – this word has two meanings. Firstly it is the all-encompassing name for the whole cosy event itself, although usually with the relevant year attached to its arse (eg #TWANTA2017). Secondly, the Twanta is the person sending a gift. It is the Twanta’s own choice whether or not to remain secret.

TWANTEE – the person receiving said gift, with a smile and a song and possibly other things beginning with ‘S’.

TWANTADOR – general term for anyone taking part, bless their little cotton reindeer socks.

TRIFECTA – the magic three milestones achieved by a TWANTADOR who has (1) sent a gift, (2) learned that it has arrived, and (3) received their own.

TWUMBUG – a dirty rapscallion who fails to send a gift as promised.

FAIRY – a good-hearted TWANTADOR who volunteers to step in and provide a gift at short notice for anyone who falls victim to a TWUMBUG.

TWANTAVERSE – every bloody thing to do with Twanta. Constantly expanding.

EPISTLETOE – a hand-written letter included with the gift to add a virtual Christmas kiss and a personal touch. Not to be confused with Camel Toe, which is something entirely different.

On avatar & my plums

Here’s a brief, rambling post about Twitter identity, inspired by @captain_doodle’s Human Fruit Machine. Since I’m currently sans laptop, I’m typing this on my phone, and can’t br arse watching for autocorrect cook-ups. Ant odd word use should be put down to this rather than the state of my mind.
Doodle’s game, essentially trying to get three followers in a roe with the same fruit, required the changing of one’d Twitter avatar to a fruit. I was a plum, due to its suitability for double-engenders. The game itself proved great fun, but I notices an unexpected side-effect. People stopped talking to mjy. Normally garrulous individuals who were mote than happy to chat to the beard wazxock in the flowers completely ignored any tweets emanating from the strangle grape-like person.
Others have noticed this phenomenon too. @underbundle said “I was completely ignored once after changing my avatar and had to change back”
“Avatars have much more impact when scrolling a timeline, IMO. So much more immediate, especially on a small phone screen” said @beanobundle, “I’m sure you’ll be flooded w tweeps asking where you’ve been”
Another (locked) user said “People so closely identify the Twitter self with the real self”, while Doodle himself pointed out the natural human resistance to change: “Yes, strange how resistant people are to change as well. ‘what’s all this?’ ‘i’m confused’ ‘where are my trousers, Marjorie?'”
Not sure where I’m going with this, otherthan to point out that to many Twitter followers you ARE your avatar, and to change it often might risks alienating people who liked you enough to follow you. We human-brings use visual recognition hugely; don’t change your face too often lest people forget who you are.
Again, sorry about the autocirrects. Where are my trousrs, Marjorie?

Alphabet

Here’s the latest grid. @little_mavis’ £ (and full blog) coming soon. Anyone got a $ for me? 🙂

Numbers (Director’s Cut)








The next chapter…

Well then, it all seems to have gone rather well. In fact, so much so that I’ve had numerous requests for prints! I think it’d look great on a canvas so I’m working at getting it into shape for print-ready artwork. I’ll of course be checking that you’re all OK with giving permission to use your pics before anything gets printed, and will sub any out that anyone’s not OK with. It’s an ongoing mini project at the moment so watch this space. I’ve had to have a bit of a tinker as some of the images aren’t of sufficient resolution for print etc, so am in the process of putting together some artwork from all the pics I received. If you want to eventually buy a print/canvas and you find your pic has been removed from the grid I’ll happily customise your own artwork by popping it back in. The artwork’s currently set up to 12×12 INCHES (canvas people *clearly* haven’t gone metric!). Anyway, here it is…

UPDATE: It’s done! Need to Photoshop ’em a bit, but everything’s in place. I’ll shortly be doing the rounds asking for permission to use images. Thanks, everyone 🙂



Thanks

Doodle

Numbers (a.k.a. Doodle Bingo!)

Hey, sundaypiccerers, guest blogger @captain_doodle comin’ atcha…


Firstly, a big thanks to all those who took part in a fun, frantic Sunday of number crunching. I asked for numbers and boy did I receive them in droves! When I set the theme (find and photograph numbers and, as an added twist, help fill a card, bingo-stylee, with the numbers 1-50 on a ‘first come, first served’ basis) I wasn’t sure how it’d go. As it turned out twas a rip roarin’ success with more than enough to call BINGO! by mid-afternoon. Here’s the final Doodle Bingo grid in all its glory…


The contributors were as follows:

1 – @FBishWife’s celebratory balloon
2 – @BestofTimes – a big fairgroundy number 2
3 – @hastillonlyme – a 3d postage bargain!
4 – @little_mavis – 4th birthday with an under sea theme
5 – @carolthescot – gimme five!
6 – @davidgilray – six little birdies
7 – @captain_doodle – photocopying bargains
8 – @och23 – scrabbling around in the dark with some kiddies glowsticks
9 – @PinkPipala – lock gate number
10 – @nyncompoop’s kids throwing some shapes!
11 – @ToffeegirlUK – platform 11 at Waterloo
12 – @JudgeTread – old skool
13 – @TiggerLlily – teenager’s birthday card
14 – @Tonihill79 – 14 pegs making a 14
15 – @Em_and_Lola – the day sundaypics took place
16 – @LilianLouvaine – Swedish Ice Hotel room number
17 – @Jensunny – tarot numerals
18 – @Bv079 – old skool Sesame Street style
19 – @ScullyScully – n-n-n-n-nineteen. An 80s classic
20 – @SkydiveMacca – stuck in a weird Post Office wormhole with no maths laws
21 – @Ariadnes_web – daughter Rose turns 21
22 – @Crofty – two little ducks. Both grandparents worshipped the bingo gods at Mecca
23 – @starlitwolf – Ohio state sign
24 – @flossieTP – on paper
25 – @MacJude – San Francisco tram
26 – @SarahTregear’s house number
27 – @wombat37 – cooking up some potato cakes
28 – @damien_safc11 – iPhone action
29 – @gibbonarms – 29p
30 – @treadgently – roadsign. A classic of the numbers genre
31 – @MannyMunkeh – formation monkey business
32 – @sjnewton – pun-tastic hut!
33 – @ButMadNNW – door to the infamous Club 33 at Disney
34 – @louwiseman – Dreamies!
35 – @Belfegore – door numbers
36 – @MrsAshborosCat – “Nottingham fire hydrant sign thingy”
37 – @white76 – homage to the mighty Wombat
38 – @superblouse – supercleavage! *SECRET BRUCEY BONUS PRIZE SQUARE!!!*
39 – @IainLJ – wheely bin
40 – @CallCentre_Guy – mucky face wipes
41 – @robmorrey – tasty breakfast
42 – @oldMotherRiley – tractor number
43 – @talojo – Lego!
44 – @treadgently – daughter Yasmin’s plasticine 44
45 – @hardyheroine – clothing number
46 – @watty62 – it’s on the cards
47 – @FannyIngabout – decorative house number
48 – @richlieu_uk – race time from his 10k Great Manchester Run
49 – @greythorne – Bridlesmith Gate in Nottingham
50 – @Pixel_8 – microwave clock

More pics you say? OK then… Missing out on the Doodle Bingo card were the following people, arriving just too late to claim a grid square, or being mavericks and lobbing in crazy off-piste numbers! 😉 


Thanks go out to…

2) @treadgently, 2) @wombat37, 3) @Och23, 6) @white76, 7) @SarahTregear, 8) @teddy_red, 9)  @Janegoth, 10) @davidtims, 11) @nyncompoop, 11) @Shysarah2009, 12) @treadgently, 12) @white76, 17) @BestofTimes 18) @richlieu_uk, 19) @julietims,  23) @starlitwolf, 23) @greythorne, 23) @och23,  24) @treadgently, 25) @little_mavis, 25) @treadgently, 28) @treadgently, 29) @treadgently, 33) @talojo, 40) @FannyIngabout, 45) @treadgently, 46) @davidgilray 46) @Gib46, 48) @minidibdob, 110000) @wombat37, 54) @CallCentre_guy, 56) @Snowgirl1972, 70) @little_mavis, 74) @EnglishKirsty , 104) @captain_doodle, Various numbers) @DavidWaldock, @hollylightly, @starlitwolf

Was now going to post the full images for all of these, but a) it would take me forever! and b) I think they’re fine as they are in this context and the final card looks fab as it is 🙂

The next chapter…

Well then, it all seems to have gone rather well. In fact, so much so that I’ve had numerous requests for prints! I think it’d look great on a canvas so I’m working at getting it into shape for print-ready artwork. I’ll of course be checking that you’re all OK with giving permission to use your pics before anything gets printed, and will sub any out that anyone’s not OK with. It’s an ongoing mini project at the moment so watch this space. I’ve had to have a bit of a tinker as some of the images aren’t of sufficient resolution for print etc, so am in the process of putting together some artwork from all the pics I received. If you want to eventually buy a print/canvas and you find your pic has been removed from the grid I’ll happily customise your own artwork by popping it back in. Right, enough waffle. The current artwork I’m putting together is currently set up to 12×12 INCHES (canvas people *clearly* haven’t gone metric!) is below, looking rather like the 2nd Death Star under construction…

The blank pink squares are either awaiting replacements or are casualties of war. As you can see, to get rid of the awkward 50 sat on its own in a 49-square grid, I’ve now extended the grid to a 64-square one, which means I’m after SOME MORE NUMBERS!!! #sundaypics has gone into extra time! As I say, I’m trying to get tweaked/bigger versions of some numbers, but the following are up for grabs…

48
51
52
53
55
57
58
59
60
61
62

Please twitpic (or similar) as many submissions for these numbers as you like, as high-res as possible, copying me in, and we’ll go from there.

Thanks again, gang; twas a fab #sundaypics to host 🙂

Doodle


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