Open Thinkering


9 ideas in search of a blog post.

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Last month Seth Godin posted 9 ideas in search of a blog post. Here’s my version:

  1. Formal education should probably be free up to whatever level you want (and perhaps only compulsory up to age 11).
  2. 99% Invisible is the podcast that most often makes me see the world in new ways.
  3. I still haven’t figured out how to balance my photophobia and SAD. Thank goodness for Spring (and f.lux)
  4. Tools are constraining. This is both good and bad.
  5. Learning to touch-type at a young age (I think I was about 12) is possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done.
  6. Things I Learned This Week is back, phoenix-like, as a free weekly newsletter.
  7. There are no absolutes, only contrasts.
  8. People tend to be skeptical about non-physically-obvious medical symptoms.
  9. E-Prime blows my mind (via Simon Bostock)

Feel free to hit me up in the comments if you’d like me to expand upon any of these.

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7 thoughts on “9 ideas in search of a blog post.

  1. Hi Doug. I’d like to hear more about E Prime. My students find writing difficult and learning about and doing exercises in applying e prime might help them. Glad to see TILTW is back; a must-read when term gets busy.

    1. Thanks Dai, I enjoy the process behind TILTW but I couldn’t prioritise it until my thesis was finished. I’m glad that I’m resurrecting it, albeit in a slightly different format.

      Regarding E-Prime, I’m not so sure it would be the best option for those finding writing difficult. I’d see it more of an extension/challenge thing!

  2. I thought that those who find writing a challenge might benefit from seeing how the intricacies of language can be altered to deliver such a different meaning. Challenging it would be, but possibly inspiring? Rather than the deadening of careful language choices that seems prevalent in some of todays teenagers, e-prime might awaken language. WDYT? 

    1. Possibly. I think I’d want to start off with their interests rather than impose something upon them though. Perhaps use as an example of something that interests *you*? Model the excitement of new language discoveries? 🙂

  3. 1. Interesting. I’m inclined to agree. Currently sketching out my next purpos/ed 500 words on something similar!
    6. Hurrah!
    8. Agreed
    9. Will investigate
    10. Like the format – good idea :0)

  4. The trouble with free is that a section of the customers take advantage of the offer. The market then distorts and rather than socialism you’re stuck with a situation parodied by such as the daily mail. It would be best if you could come up with a new term or tech to describe free but with responsibility.

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