Who’s on First – Video of the week

Well I was sent a bit of a funny joke email today which was related back to the old Abbott and Costello classic Who’s on First, as a result I thought I would share both with so sit back relax and have a laugh at some vintage comedy before reading on to the written joke.

Hope you had a laugh at that one as many other have done over the years anyone read on to see how this might have looked in today’s digital age

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch,
“Who’s on First?” might have turned out something like this:

Costello calls to buy a computer from Abbott who works at the Super Duper Store

ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. May I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks, I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer. 


COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.


COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?


COSTELLO: For my office?


COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need? 


COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W’.

COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue ‘W’ if you don’t start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?



(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. May I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on “START”…


Hope you enjoyed the joke, if you were like me you were picturing someone as the customer when reading this if you happy to comment below and share who that person was, maybe even share the post with them

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Universal Stuidos – Blast from the Past

More from my America trip with my wife Sarah from almost 10 years ago now, When we were in America the first place we visited was LA, while we were there we did what most tourists do and checked out the Theme Parks and this post is dedicated to one of those very theme parks Universal Studios. We spent the whole day there arriving early in the morning and leaving in the early evening and then strolling down Universal Walk.

One of the cool attractions at the time was cars from Fast and the Furious on display naturally we took a few photos and some quick video clips

Fast and The Furious
As we most visitors to the Universal Studios theme park we took the tour around the park, we saw some awesome car specials effects and we also got the street set of one Sarah’s favourite shows at the time Desperate Housewives, Sarah was pretty excited to get a quick peak down Wisteria Lane
Some of the other exhibits around the Universal Studios theme park at the time featured movies such as Jurassic Park and the The Mummy, it was just pretty amazing though to walk around the park and try and pick out little parks of the park that had been used in movies or TV shows and there a quite a few about.

This was also the was also the same day I completed the Ifly experience mentioned in the first Blast from the Past check it out here 

Spoiler Alert Disney Land coming in the next few weeks

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Why we are raising a generation destined to fail

In today’s politically correct world it is probably as difficult as it has ever been to be raising children to succeed in life.  Almost all of the tactics used by your parents and your grandparents before them to motivate, punish or reward a child is now either frowned upon or illegal. We are raising children in age where they are always right, they can not be told no and in many cases they hold the balance of power in the parent child dynamic.

How do you now punish a child, options from years gone by such as a smack on the arse or rapp across the knuckles the knuckles are now seen as abuse. Sending the child to bed without dinner is considered as neglect and or abuse. Even raising your voice in some peoples opinions is considered as bullying or harassing your child. We are encouraged to wrap negative feedback in a sandwich of positive reinforcement or compliments. How does a child walk away from that understanding that they have done wrong. If you don’t go down that path with a young child you could take toys away or put them in a naughty corner but this method only lasts so long. Consider how many toys children have now, they soon realise they have other toys to play with. If you went with the naughty corner or time out method you can only leave the child there for a short period before people start telling you have gone to far. Can you remember being sent to your room as child it could last for hours now after 10 or so minutes that’s enough.

Consider house hold duties, how do you know get a child to contribute around the house, this used to be rewarded with pocket money which is now not possible as children are just given an allowance or get anything they want due not wanting your child to be the one bullied for not having the latest gadget or fashion. There are people out there in there teens were making toast is hard because they have never had to do it.

Lets look at a school aged child that has done poorly on an assignment, the school or parents marks them to harsh they are seen to be killing there confidence if you push hard to motivate them to do better to excel you are bullying them. If a child continually puts out bad work they suddenly have learning difficulties and a coddled and no longer pushed to try hard to improve and develop. If they don’t meet a deadline they are given extensions for the smallest reasons even if those reasons had not impact until just prior to the due date.

Almost anything these days can be twisted to poor parenting. If a child goes to run out the door and you put your hand out to stop them or grab there arm this can and has been considered abuse. Real life and practicality are not considered that parent could have potentially saved that child’s life as a car might have driven past at that time or anything could  happen but that is not what our legal system sees any longer.

Now think about how these children are growing up they have no respect for authority or there elders, they have limited sense of right and wrong, they have no understanding of discipline, they have no motivation or drive to succeed, no willingness to learn or do things for themselves. Now picture that child in employment what a shock it is to there system they suddenly need to follow instructions, work to a quality standard, hit deadlines and be accountable for there actions. Does anyone else seen eminent failure here with these restrictions how do we go about raising children to succeed…..

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TOP GUN -Blast from the Past

With this weeks blast from the past I thought I would focus on something that I did hundreds of times as a child and a teenager and that is watching the movie Top Gun staring Tom Cruise as Maverick. Almost anytime that I did not go to school or was up late or sick I watched this movie at one point I could recite the entire movie word for word that’s how much I watched it. As this movie was released when I was 1 until writing this post I had never actually scene the trailer for this movie check it out below

Top Gun was released in May 1986 originally receiving mixed review from critics but for movie fans it was an instant hit, Top Gun was showing at 45% more theatres 4 weeks after its release that it was when it hit the box office. Top Gun was a massive success grossing $356 million against a budget of only $15 million. Now this does not sound much but remember this was over 30 years ago think about inflation since then….

Anyway back to the movie there was action a plenty with dog fighting scene in the air what seemed like every few minutes. These scenes featured heavily the 14A Tomcat a two seater US Navy plane. As seen in the movie the plane had great manoeuvrability and good long range missiles.

For me I could and did watch this movie again and again, for me it was relaxing watching the aircraft whizz around the skies. I was once told that there was one real missile launch used for the movie and the rest were computer generated based on that one original. I used to see there watching the movie trying to pick out which was the real launch.

This movie I am sure made every child want to be a fighter pilot well at least did make me want to be one until I realised all of the study required to make that a reality. I still remember when I saw a real F14 Tomcat whilst on holidays in America  (pictured below) the plane was a training plane I almost think there should be a petition to get it painted as Mavericks plane I am sure it would make it even more popular. I will do a Blast from the Past one day of my visit to the Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum where the photo was taken

There have been recent confirmations that they are finally making a Top Gun 2 after years of rumours its finally going to happen. When it does I will be there opening day to see this one and if it is even half as good as the first one I will probably be back again to see it a few more times. A release date for Top Gun 2 has been pencilled in for July 12 2019 so just over a year to wait

Here is some more Top Gun footage to make you smile while you wait for number 2

I feel the need, the need for speed..

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You Control Your Future

I hear so many people complain something has not happened in there life or that they want something to happen in the future but then they do nothing to make it happen. They sit back and wait for it to magically happen or for someone else to make it happen for them.

One of my old bosses and mentors says “if nothing changes nothing changes”. Think about that saying for a minute do you get it, does it make sense to you. For me it’s saying if you don’t change something nothing changes, change starts with you. If you want a certain result you need to make a change in your actions to drive that change. You control your future, your actions have a significant impact on your outcome. Now I admit some things are out of your control but that is not a reason to concede defeat and put no effort in. In fact it is exactly the opposite it is a reason to work harder to focus on what you can control and control it to drive your desired outcome.

Think about the thing in your life that you want to change the outcomes that you want to achieve. Rate them in level of importance and urgency. Now that you have done that have another look thinking about flow on effect many people miss this but in some occasions completing one goal before another can make future goals easier, is this the case for you?

Now you have those desired outcomes in a solid order plan out the actions required to achieve the first two. Figure out the changes you need to make to complete the desired actions and put timelines to them to hold yourself accountable. Where possible I recommend sharing these goals with a mate someone that with help hold you to account someone to celebrate your successes with when you achieved your desired outcomes. If your desired outcomes/timeframes are so way out establishing mini/minor goals along the way can be really beneficial to aid you in seeing progress along the journey. For many people especially myself seeing progress along the way is vitally important as it let she me know I am on the right track I am achieving something I am getting results for all my hard work. So remember if nothing changes nothing changes so make some changes in your life for the better, control your future.

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5 Things You Need To Get Through a Bad Day at Work

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then no matter how much they love there job. The things to consider are how often are you having bad days, how bad are the bad days rating them against an average day and your worst day ever.

1. Understand the cause – if you know the cause you can do something about it. Are you bringing a bad attitude to work as a result of life outside work getting to you. Is the culture at your work bad, are you paid poorly, do you not like the hours you work. To understand the reason you need to take a step back and really think about the issue and get to the root cause. Don’t stop at the first answer that comes to you really investigate it and delve deep. Once you have established the actual cause put a action plan in place to fix it. Just knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel can help brighten your mood.


2. Have a goal that rewards your hard work at work like a Holiday, a new car, a house deposit. This goal is more financial it lets you know where the money that you are working hard is going long term. Towards something that you want that will make all the bad days worth it. For me holidays have always been a good one, stick a picture of your destination on you desk or make it your screen saver for you to look at every time you start to feel a little frustrated or down.

3. Remember who you are working hard for, who depends on the income your job brings in. The first person that you are working hard for is you. From there it is everyone else in your life that depends on your income such as your partner or children. To assist with this one I have a digital photo frame on my desk with a whole heap of different pictures of my two girls and my wife rotating through and things at work start to get to me I look down watch a few pictures just to bring a smile to my face

4. Find out a quick chill out method, this should be something to mentally distract you from what is going on. Something that can take your mind away for a minutes to give you that little break to refocus before things start to get to you. For me this is a quick check of a couple of my favourite news sites. I then try to find an article or two to read. I honestly have a friend who heads to the toilet and watches a youtube video or two with his headphones to get that little escape.

5. Have a career goal – know that the bad day is a means to an end, the experience you gain in that role throughout the day and every day in that role with assist you in getting the next role whether it be at that company or a different one. Continue to evaluate that career goal to ensure it is still relevant, having a pathway mapped out will give you purpose in each task you do it can drive you to exceed and if you are excelling in your role there is less chance of having a bad day.

For me these tips have gotten me through quite a few bad days and bad jobs, the skills I have learnt in those bad jobs have also enabled me to get some pretty great jobs and some good money allowing me to do some amazing things in life. If you are going to work to live make sure you do your best live well and enjoy life.

If you have any tips that work for you I would love to read them so share them in the comments below



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Ferrari Museum Visit – Blast from the Past

A number of years back before having children my Sarah and I planned to do a working holiday spending a year leaving and working in the UK. The day before flying out my mum had a cardiac arrest resulting in our holiday plans being put on hold for a bit. When we got underway a month or so later we decided to start our holiday with a Contiki tour to ensure should we get called home early that we would have seen as much as Europe as possible. One of the awesome places that we visited was the Ferrari Museum in Italy. This place was awesome, there were some really sweet cars there. Even Sarah who is not a car fan at all fan this place a little interesting. One of my biggest regrets also happened just outside the Museum, they have a rental place outside where you can test drive a Ferrari which for some a bunch of reasons I did not do. although they are excuses some of those reasons were. I didnt want to spend the money I thought I had another 11 months in the Europe and wanted to save the money. It was cold wet dark and Icy (mid December and snow falling throughout parts of the country. I had not driven on the other side the road yet and was not sure doing in a Supercar was the best way to learn we also only had a limited time in the area as our tour bus was leaving at a set time. Either way they were excuses and now wish that I had done it

Check out some of the pictures taken inside the museum and the super sweet Ferrari’s, I am even in a couple of the photo’s from inside the Ferrari Museum

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My Current Frustration May Just Motivate You

There are a number of things that frustrate me in life at the moment but my number one complaint at the moment is people not taking accountability. All day at work at the moment I hear “it wasn’t me” or “it’s not my job” sometimes it “I don’t know how” even though it’s been part of there job for 12 months or more. This infuriates me, it just shows how lazy some people are that they are so willing to let other people do there jobs for them that they are happy to be part of a team but not be a team player.

I think we should all take pride in our jobs whatever it is, hold ourselves accountable to perform that job to the standard required and realise that the way we do our job, our actions effect other people.

I believe that to do a process correct its best to understand the importance of the process, what the consequences of the process not being done or being done right.

Lets take Mates Madness as an example, if Kieran or I don’t add content content people stop coming back and overtime Google indexes us lower in searches. On the opposite side if we add regular quality content people come back to check for new content, they potentially share our content on there socials and drive other people to our site to see our content. Taking pride in our site taking accountability in the fact the site relies on us regularly adding new content to succeed is what will drive us to achieve outback goals.

Think about what you need to take some accountability in from your day to day life to improve. Think about how your part of of the process effects others and you can do it better. From there set yourself some structure, create some goals to allow yourself to hit the targets required of you. Ensure your goals are not capped at just what is required though stretch yourself, have secondary and other additional goals beyond the minimum requirements. Work with the people around you to share your knowledge and learn from them to allow you all to become stronger and smarter together.

This site was originally designed for everyone to know they have mates to know your a re not alone there are other people out there that share some of your interests your ideas and frustrations. So a small part of that I am asking you to hold yourself to account not just for you but for your mates, your friends your family, your work mates and everyone else in your life. The harder you work for others the more others will be there to support you in your time of need. These people may not always be the person you expect but I can tell you it will be someone who has your respect.

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Deadpool 2 and New Deadpool App

The weekend just gone I went to the Cinema to see Deadpool 2, now if you are a dodgy downloader that is thinking I will just download this one when it’s available do yourself a favour and head out and see this one on the big screen you wont regret it. There is so much action is this movie that watching it on a small screen won’t do it justice. As with the first Deadpool movie you also get a whole heap of laughs.

The movie doesn’t shy away from the gory stuff with a few decapitations, bodies chopped in half and other limbs lost. Check out the trailer for the movie below

In addition to checking out the new movie I also spent my weekend making a couple of new Android apps which have recently gone live on the playstore, the theme for all of these apps was of course Deadpool to capitalise on the new Deadpool 2 movie.

The first app is the Deadpool Fidget Spinner  this app can be quite addictive and there are quite a few different fidget spinners to unluck all revolving around Deadpool. Some of these are pictures of Deadpool and some are actual fidget spinners with Deadpool pics or logos on them.

The 2nd app is a version of Astronaut Space Walk except you are Deadpool dodging walls  I think you have to play this one just to see Deadpool hit a wall the relaxed fashion he falls to the ground. Let me know if you can beat my top score of 18 upload your highscore screenshots to twitter and tag us @matesmadness.

The 3rd app is a Deadpool Match  Puzzle app where you need to remove the different Deadpool images in groups of two or more ensuring you don’t leave any solo logo’s by themselves I can’t get past level 4 myself

The 4th app is a simple Match 3 game where you need to line up 3 or more of the same Deadpool image to score. If you can line up 4 or more or get two groups of 3 at the same time you score even higher and earn yourself extra moves.

If you are a Deadpool or just a general game fan download our apps and leave us a review, remember these games will have ads and they are there to support the Mates Madness website with hosting costs and hopefully done the track some product purchases that we can then review and share with you all.

Let me know your favourite app or if you have a favourite character that you would like me to make a similar app with.



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Weekly Wrap 20th May 2018

Well its been a frustrating week for me, as mentioned in my footy comeback post I strained my hamstring in week 2 of my comeback. As a result everytime I move my leg I can feel the muscle pulling, daily tasks as simple as walking bending reaching up high or to the side have caused discomfort. For the first few nights everytime I moved in my sleep I would wake and even sitting here now typing I can feel the muscle almost pulsating.

Our next post of the week was Kieran’s, question about what is you favourite sport and sharing his favourite sport. From there we move to one of the worlds most amazing natural waterfalls with this weeks blast from the past Niagara Falls. If you have not already done so check out the video and listen to the noise that the falls generate.

Our final post of the week was Kieran sharing his Batman wish list with everyone, if your a fan of the Dark Night check this post out as there are some really cool stuff on the list.

As you can see its been another quiet week content wise, but we have been busy working on other things such as some new apps which should go live in the Playstore today.

Once confirmed these new apps are live we will share them with you and also give you abit of background why we choose to build those apps.

That the weekly wrap



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