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Things I learned this week – #2

The most significant things I’ve learned this week have been snow-related. Have a quick look at the above YouTube video of me building an igloo. That took me 7 hours! Instead of getting all philosophical and talking about how good it felt to create something out of nothing and how I started to feel ‘at one’ with the snow, I’ll reflect on some practical considerations:

  1. I should estimate how long things are likely to take before they start
  2. The size of an igloo depends on the angle of the walls – easy to forget!
  3. There are lots of different types of snow.
  4. Igloos are actually quite warm!

I considered sleeping in it, but having worked on it for 7 hours straight every single muscle in my body hurt. I went in the bath, read my book and went to bed… :-p

Here’s a brief overview of other stuff I’ve learned this week, broken down by category.

Tech

Productivity & Inspiration

Academic

Data, Design & Infographics

Misc.

This made me laugh! (via Mashable)

This resonated with me – via Jennifer Hagy @ indexed

  • The ever-relevant and insightful Harold Jarche looks back at Seth Godin’s predictions for 2009 from 5 years ago (startlingly accurate) and his own from 2007, as well as looking forward to new and emerging business models.
  • I love mashups and Best of Bootie 2009 absolutely rocks. Especially DJ Earworm’s United State of Pop 2009 (top 25 Billboard songs, mashed up!).
  • Mashable reflects on ways social media has changed us. This post makes a lot of sense and I’m going to start to use the term ‘ambient intimacy’ to explain a lot of what goes on, online. It makes sense. :-)

Frozen Britain seen from above

BBC News posted a great satellite photo of what Britain looked like without the Gulf Stream last week.

  • There are some places in the world you’re just not allowed to go. This post on listverse (via @dougpete) highlights the ‘Top 10′ of these.
  • Vicki Davis (aka Cool Cat Teacher) in a reflective and revealing post entitled Sojourner Truth outlines her recent struggles with blogging and celebrity.

Quotations

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it. (Robin Williams)

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. (Bob Hope)

(both via @gbmiii)

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant post. I’ve given it a quick scan and instantly loved

    - flip clock screensaver
    - iPhone stand that looks like a Mac
    - handy free online tools
    - 60+ educational games
    - present like Steve Jobs

    I’m going to certainly come back to this and click on the rest of these interesting links/facts

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Stuart – it took me long enough to collate!

  • http://twitter.com/DavidMiller_UK David Miller

    That is an almost overwhelming amount to learn in one month, let alone one week. And I thought I was a polymath … :) Great stuff Douglas. Really great!

  • http://twitter.com/sophiebessemer sophie bessemer

    Incredibly helpful. thanks. How do you fit it all in? (and, yes, I know you’ve a blog post on that too…;-))

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      An upcoming publication of mine may help you with that… :-)