Open Thinkering


Things I Learned This Week – #26

This week I bought an iPhone 4. So shoot me. :-p


Productivity & Inspiration

If I wanted to keep anything, I had to buy it for a dollar (Just one dollar!) at a time. You soon realise that you wouldn’t pay a dollar for that CD in a junk shop — so why are you keeping it? All the money I paid went to charity, the amount of stuff I didn’t want also went to a charity store. It’s amazing how unappealing that old sweater looks when you have to pay for it.

Education & Academic

I yearn to travel to a place with colleagues were we decided to do something, create something, make things, build stuff. “Workshops” are a bit of a misnomer, you do a little work, but its mostly about an exercise in training, not with a goal of creating something.

Likely what I am dreaming of would be a bit more local… What if people with various skills (graphics, coding, instructional design) descended on a selected institution and focused on one project for a week? Revamp their web site, implement an online portfolio tool, set up a word press multiuser service? I dont know what would be done or how to organize it, but I’d bet, that not just the host location benefits, as people would share ideas, learn from each other.

I for one, would be more energized perched on the roof driving nails than sitting in rows listening to talks.

Data, Design & Infographics

  • You can’t see wireless networks (obviously!) but they play an important part in our lives. The following video shows them in a visual way which is aesthetically pleasing:
  • Need some quick feedback on your website design? Try Bounce App! (here’s an example from swiss miss)
  • Years ago I attempted to make a font out of my handwriting. Here’s a way to do it quickly, easily and with great results!



It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. (Henry Ward Beecher)

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt)

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville)

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. (Confucius)

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. (Paul Tournier)

Image CC BY-NC BasBoerman

4 thoughts on “Things I Learned This Week – #26

  1. Will this be the final instalment (for the next few weeks, at least) of Doug’s mobile phone purchases. Why is there a part of me that suspect’s it isn’t….!

  2. We won’t shoot you for buying an IiPhone – you’ll do that to your own foot when the OS is recalled as Jobs is being urged to do! 😎 Android, android keep repeating Android

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