How to sound like an idiot

This post was inspired by Rhett & Link’s Good Mythical Morning.

To sound like an idiot, you’ll need to hear your own voice speaking with a very short delay after you’ve actually spoken. This is what tricks your brain and messes up your speech.

You’ll need headphones (preferably noise cancelling), a microphone (can be attached to headphones) and garageband.

Open Garageband and select the voice option. Then you’ll want to click the little ‘i’ in a circle to open up the inspector.

Now you’re ready to set up the voice delay.

Make sure, at the bottom, that the ‘Monitor’ option is set to on with no feedback protection. This is what lets you hear yourself through your headphones.

Select ‘Vocals’ (1.) – you’ll probably want to select ‘No Effects on that.

Now click the ‘Edit’ (2.) tab.

Double click on an empty grey box and select ‘AUDelay’ (3.) – Manual.

To bring up the options to set the delay – double click on the image (4.).

You should be looking at the below window (5.) on Garageband now. Except you’ll probably be hearing yourself echo. Click and drag the little yellow ball on the tallest bar all the way down so it’s just the ball.

Drag it left and right to set the Delay Time 0.15 – 0.20 works pretty well.

Set ‘dry/wet mix’ to 100% and ‘lowpass cutoff frequency to 22,050Hz’

Now you’re all set. Put them on yourself or try it out on a friend. Just try and talk in long sentences about something you know a good deal about.

Let me know if this works for you in the comments below or if there was anything different you’ve done that’s produced a better effect.

Modest Labs is now (sort of) live!

Modest Labs; a new stem from Modest Innovation. It’s not just a website – it’s a holder of the hosting that I’ve devoted to demonstrating & experimenting new things. This, and it will also hold websites such as the ones I’m intending to make for deserving small and local businesses that don’t have a web presence (such as bakeries and barbers).

It also has a section I’ve aptly named the Boneyard. A place where projects go to die… or be archived, however you want to look at it. Currently it’s a dead link (how ironic), but it does hold my old blog.

Work Anywhere. The Portable Office.

My perfect office.

This won’t always suit everyone, but over the years I have been putting together my perfect portable office. By this, I mean having all the equipment needed to do the job I do, but without the need to be in a certain building or country, being able to get up and go anywhere at the drop of a hat.

To me, this is an extremely dynamic, and liberating way of working. I currently work in an office, but I have the option to do what I usually do – anywhere in the world.

To give you an idea of my job; I do a lot of content creation – photography, videography, video editing, building websites, social networking, blogging, coming up with ideas and generally just making things happen.

The idea of having to work in one place, especially in a creative industry, is an idea I don’t like. At all.

Here is the equipment list from left to right, top to bottom, of everything pictured above:

And to make sure all your files are always accessible everywhere – store them in the cloud using free services such as Dropbox, or Google Drive (Google Docs is a great alternative to Microsoft Office).

So I put it to you – could you, or do you, adopt this way of working?


Creative Review have recently published a blog post on unwanted dotcom domain names.

Question: What has two thumbs and now owns their top listed domain name?

Answer: THIS GUY *points thumbs towards self* – I hope you like what I’ve done with the place (please don’t view if you’re epileptic!)

Anyway – if you’re bored and want to do something, tweet it out with the hashtag #sorryforthelulz. It’ll be brilliant.

I need to blog more…

I was even thinking about starting to video blog – my problem though, is that if I did that, the topic would vary from week to week. So instead of being just cool happenings in the tech world, it’ll spill into fashion/videography/photography/blacksmithing/stuff that it shouldn’t.

So this is what I’m going to do:

  1. Have a think about a hook that I can blog about.
  2. Blog about it (video or text based).
  3. ????
  4. PROFIT!

Also, this.

Development Test Page

…another modest innovation

In my constant endeavour to learn more, I am, and have been building a single webpage for use as a little test area. It’s sole purpose is to display useful information about the browser/monitor you’re viewing the webpage on; things like the size of your browser’s window, your screen’s resolution, and some other things that I haven’t thought of yet.

The page is also going to double up as a cross-browser test area – meaning that I can put something new on it, and hopefully it’ll look the same in all browsers (even Internet Explorer, even though it’s shit and I hate it). It also holds no images. Those triangles are pure CSS, a very neat trick found over at

So what we’ll have by the end of it, is a useful tool for the public, and a useful tool for me.

Watch this space. EDIT: It’s live.

P.S If window size reads ‘0px’ – click the mouse.