Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Books of the year 2005 | Peerless pages | Economist.com

in the opinion of the economist there is a list of the best books of 2005 in the following categories:

Biography, history, politics, science, business or purely imaginative fiction

Monday, December 19, 2005

mountain moving

One Energetic, Optimistic, Sunny Soul can motivate an Army to Move a Mountain.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

whale done

"One thing we learned quickly was that it doesn't make much sense to punish a killer whale and then ask a trainer to get in the water with him."

Thursday, December 08, 2005

ludic christmas

Wow! its nearly christmas. Like many parents i've been spending a small fortune on christmas presents for the kids.

So which of the presents will make it past the turkey and why? Is it time for a sweap stake?
The wisdom in Buzan's "Brain Child" suggests that electronic games with limited possibilities are likely to fall by the way side while games with a multitude of possibilities including cardboard boxes will capture the imagination.

Here is my opinion of what makes a ludic toy
* useful out of the box
* no need to read the manual to get started... five year olds cant read
* provides options beyond the initial basic use
* is not constrained by its form... A car is always a car but a stick can be a lightsaber etc.
* learining is rewarded