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June 24, 2011

Everything is a remix

Filed under: life — Tags: , , — zproxy @ 12:10 pm

Today I found a nice series on creativity – Everything Is A Remix – via Scott.

Creativity requires influence

Ideas are made of other ideas

Multiple discovery. Copying is creativity. Ideas are combined

[…] copying is one of the best ways of learning, growing, evaluating, and exploring

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June 21, 2011

World’s Biggest PAC-MAN

Filed under: jsc — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 1:52 am

Only a few years ago I had this idea to have a JSC branded PAC MAN multiplayer game.

Today, I found this via RLammle:

For my amusement I found it rather remarkable to be able to log in with facebook connect and use my tablet to ink a new maze for others to play later.

It would be awesome if a future version of JSC would include a C# project template to create something like this.

What if it would be applied to other simple games? What if actual applications could be extended by crowd sourcing?

Above video by Pavel was found thanks to



June 20, 2011

Marketing management is now tribal leadership

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 7:38 am

[…] Software that’s boring will never turn into a movement

  • Who can I reach?
  • Will they talk about it with their peers?
  • Can I earn and maintain permission to continue the conversation

[…] Grinding out code is not on top of the  hierarchy of value. Creating and inventing interesting solutions is on the top of the hierarchy of value.

  • Once they learn about the utility offered will they pay for it

[..] Free is the most powerful marketing tool ever. If it is free then trial is more likely. If tiral leads to someone  becoming connected to a group  they do not want to become disconnected from they will start paying because that value has been proven.

[…] Implementation can be outsourced. Brilliant design can not.

[…] Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi
  • Be relational!
  • Be a storyteller!
  • Be a little bit crazy!

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June 10, 2011

Milk, Milk, Milk – Not Milk! Ideas that spread, Win!

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remarkable: extraordinary, unusual

Cows are invisible. Nobody sees them.

If the cow was purple, you would notice it for a while.

Core rules – Figure out what people want and give it to them!

  • Design is free if you get to scale
  • The riskiest thing to do now is to be safe
  • Figure out who does care

Is your product remarkable?

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January 14, 2011

Taking the shortcut without cutting corners

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 11:21 am

So there I am in need to apply accelerated learning tactics on a subject I need to absorb and make use of sooner than later. In order to do that I did some rapid research on the internet and this is the outline and take-away points I felt like being useful. Do follow the links to read more.

[…] If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? – 77 Ways To Learn Faster

8. Take a hike. Changing your perspective often relieves tension, thus freeing your creative mind. Taking a short walk around the neighborhood may help.

14. Take a bath or shower. Both activities loosen you up, making your mind more receptive to recognizing brilliant ideas.

18. Every picture tells a story. Draw or sketch whatever it is you are trying to achieve. Having a concrete goal in mind helps you progress towards that goal.

35. Motivate yourself. Why do you want to learn something? What do want to achieve through learning? If you don’t know why you want to learn, then distractions will be far more enticing.

43. Read as much as you can. How much more obvious can it get? Use Spreeder (#33) if you have to. Get a breadth of topics as well as depth.

67. Do unto others: teach something. The best way to learn something better is to teach it to someone else. It forces you to learn, if you are motivated enough to share your knowledge.

[…] “In order for things to change, you must change. When you change, everything will change for you. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Success is what you attract by the person become.” – Jim Rohn

Learning by connections

The process of creating connections between ideas;õ

  1. Confusion
  2. First insights
  3. Expand on insights
  4. Trim back connections
  5. Repeat


You are searching for a pattern.

First insights

You acquire first seeds of understanding. To do that one has to be expose to as many explanations as possible.

Expand on Insights

One will start to find analogies and metaphors.

Trim back connections

Play devil’s advocate with your ideas. Reject idea connections which are flawed.

[…] If Neo could never be sure that he wasn’t in the Matrix, how can you and I be sure that we’re not in the Matrix? – by Moreland


Previous steps need to be repeated to learn ideas deeper and make the core concept of the idea more obvious.

The above steps were about “a process of figuring out what you do when you learn well”.

Broader Rules and Tactics

Rule #1: Spend time practicing skills. Concepts are to be learned by connections.

Rule #2: Concepts before facts.

Rule #3: Cramming is unproductive. Unconscious mind needs time to build new connections.

Rule #4: Make use of concept checklists.

Tactic #1: Simplify ideas and retell them as the listener was 5 year old.

Tactic #2: Which metaphor does and idea remind you?

Tactic #3: Use combination of visualizations and demonstrations.

Tactic #4: Deeper research on an idea will let to discover more connections.

Learn more here from Scott’s article.

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October 15, 2010

Crowd Sourcing Ideas

Filed under: life — Tags: , , — zproxy @ 7:11 am
  • Simple = easily knowable.
  • Complicated = not simple, but still knowable.
  • Complex = not fully knowable, but reasonably predictable.
  • Chaotic = neither knowable nor predictable.

See Robert Paterson’s post.

See Jurgen Appelo’s post.

[…] a complex idea all of whose component parts are variations or combinations of a single simple idea – Complex Ideas

See also 10 Ways To Create Content That Matters!

See also Life Lessons: A Stephen Fry Interview!


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See also: Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing by Jim

August 16, 2010

We do not know where we get our ideas from!

Filed under: video — Tags: , , — zproxy @ 7:11 am
  1. Create boundaries of Space – Avoid interruptions
  2. Create boundaries of Time – Have your own start and stop time

Via Mark

A year back I wrote:

Sleep is that time you’re working on startup problems with your eyes close

Iterate your ideas on a whiteboard and use your sleep, shower and jogging time to process the ideas. When you come back change your white board. This is the fastest way to plan your company.

Step away from the keyboard to solve hard problems. – Via Mark

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. – Gandhi via Remember Me

[…] Travelers are transporting ideas which move faster and more broadly than the aircraft itself and which does not translate into more airline tickets sold.

[…] Creating new ideas takes time and high levels of concentration. – Craig

[…] Ideas are easy to find once you understand the basics of how they work – Scott

[…] my mind began to wonder too, making connections, drawing insights and developing ideas – Peter


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