Open Thinkering


Things I Learned This Week – #46


Offline this week I learned that Twitter is often a quicker and easier place to sell things than eBay, that eagerly pulling decals off a car will can also remove the paintwork, and more than I could ever summarize in one blog post (or indeed the introduction to one) at Interesting North… 🙂


Productivity & Inspiration

  • I’ve always fancied the idea of having a ‘virtual assistant’ but didn’t really know what to expect. This guest post at Tim Ferriss’ blog is a goldmine for those considering hiring one!
  • The secret of ‘great men’? Deliberate practice.
  • Some browse-worthy productivity tips at
  • I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll be writing a post like this on my 30th birthday too.
  • Seth Godin nails it about ‘organizational architects’ rather than ‘corporate chiropracters’:

Organizational architects know how to find suppliers, use the cloud (of people, of data, of resources), identify freelancers, tie together disparate resources and weave them into a business that scales. You either need to become one or hire one.

Education & Academic

Edtech choice diagram

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Alphabetical newspaperNow this is an awesome idea. A table made out of tear-off paper sheets. Instant brainstorming and collaboration! (unfortunately the image isn’t CC-licensed…)
  • Want to create an awesome kinetic typography video like the Stephen Fry one that’s been doing the rounds? Check out this tutorial.
  • Talk about a labour of love. This artist meticulously rearranges newspapers so that they read alphabetically!
  • Just because someone creates a good-looking infographic doesn’t mean that they’ve checked their facts nor that it’s true. In fact, many infographics are created as ‘linkbait’ to improve the SEO of sites. It’s especially important for those who disagree with an interpretation to engage and disprove it, I think. With that in mind, I give you Contradictions in the Bible.
  • TIME magazine have released their yearly list of the 50 best inventions. The iPad, inevitably, features, but the ‘underwater kite’ to generate electricity is what fascinated me!


Baby duster

  • At Interesting North yesterday we played Rock, Paper, Scissors. I prefer Cow, Lake, Bomb [MP3] as featured on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Hilarious!
  • The Atlantic magazine has been going for over 150 years. Here’s some good advice about what makes for a good publication.
  • Let me congratulate Microsoft on creating the wonderful Windows 7 phone. It’s much, much better than both the iPhone 4 and Android smarphones. At surviving a barbeque:



A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake. (Confucius)

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. (Mark Twain)

As a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. (Schopenhauer)

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. (G. K. Chesterton)

The best way to teach people is by telling a story. (Kenneth Blanchard)

Main image CC BY-NC-SA Rafakoy

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