I don't lead, I inspire.
I don't play, I win.
I don't dip in, I dive in.
Simple statements like this are fun but also elegantly illustrate shifts in perspective. Let's dive in and have some fun.
The internet really is an amazing place. It is phenomenally huge, and unlike the real world, if you have access you may reach any part of it instantly and with virtually no effort or cost. It is also growing constantly and more importantly, evolving. We no longer have just static pages but rich interactive experiences and the ability to construct services that can manipulate and connect data in virtually any way we can think of. Searching for a needle in a haystack is easy compared to trawling the interwebs.
This week we're discussing.
Game: There are 5 random words below. We're having a discussion so your comment will be a reply to the comment above you. You must use atleast 2 of the random words below but you may not use either of the two that the previous comment used. Let's try and make the discussion as interesting as possible.
This week we have another hasty hieroglyph. A nice easy one to get the year started.
A handy word hidden behind a series of images.
Each image leads to a letter of the hidden word.
You'll have to think creatively in order to decipher it.
Why not challenge your friends.
See who can figure it out first.
The other day I had a friend whose website had been hacked. We fixed it up but it caused me to reflect on the nature of our society. It obviously, was not a nice experience but no physical harm was done. Why is it that, more and more, things which are in essence virtual, hold more and more importance to us? I believe it has to do with scale and how virtual things change their influence as they get bigger.
This week we're representing.
Game: There is 1 random word below. Your aim is to use it as inspiration to create some sort of virtual representation of a value. (See strategy below for what we mean.)
This weeks challenge is a bit to do with observation and a bit to do with creative thinking. We're going to play about with encoded messages. Encoded messages can be a lot of fun. Very simple to create but can be quite difficult to decode. Even if you know the mechanism used it can still require a bit of creative thinking. So, don your secret agent cap and let's start playing.
"But we had to do something!"
I'm willing to bet you've heard this excuse before. Probably in relation to an action that had far from positive outcomes. Another idea that I think is closely related to this is the belief that "Any action is better than no action." In general I do believe that action is better than inaction but whenever I hear the words "but we had to do something" alarm bells start to ring.
This week it's all about the letters.
Game: There is one random word below. It is an acronym for something that is totally amazing. Your aim is to tell us what it stands for.
Well guys and gals, that's it for 2012 for us. Merry Christmas and hoping you have a terrific new year. We've had a great time in 2012 bringing creativity to you and trust that you've enjoyed it too. We'll be back on-line on Monday 14th January (assuming the world doesn't end) and we've got some awesome stuff lined up for you. So enjoy the silly season, have fun and be creative.
All the best,
It is not uncommon today to hear people talk about efficiency. Times are tough, etc, etc. Improving efficiency is seen as a means to make limited resources go further. As is often the case, this particular course of action is not necessarily going to lead to the desired outcome. The world is a massively complex place, largely unknown, constantly changing in unpredictable ways, for mostly unknown reasons in a twisted and interconnected mess of different interrelationships. What we actually should be seeking is simplicity.