Nature

[box type=”info”]This post originally appeared on the FTMF.info planning blog.[/box] In this post, let’s explore the link between the twin worlds of microbiology and creative thought, drawing inspiration from three brilliant scientific discoveries. Labcoats on, people! 1. Sponges If a sea sponge (phylum porifera) is forced through a sieve to disintegrate it down to its cellular level, those cells, if … Read More

Music is the Virus

Airborne, a potentially disruptive start-up in the music sector, hopes to “cure the music industry of its sickness” with their upcoming launch. Their cloud-based music sharing platform places fans and artists in direct symbiosis. It’s an interesting model, so take a look: Beyond all the virus metaphors (they even go so far as to call songs ‘strains’)  the core idea is quite simple: Cut … Read More

12 Tools to Promote Divergent Thinking

New ideas can come from anywhere, but are often hardest to find when you’re actually looking for them. However, I believe it’s possible to jumpstart your brain, even under pressure, by applying yourself to a bit of divergent thinking: Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible … Read More

Web Discoveries for January 14th

These are my del.icio.us links for January 14th Augmented Reality Year in Review – 2009 « The Future Digital Life – An excellent month-by-month rundown of AR ongoings/events last year, the year AR entered popular consciousness. How to Build a Memory Palace – wikiHow – Instructions to create your own memory palace: a useful and widely used mnemonic system. Use … Read More

McLuhan: An Audiovisual Bricolage

Marshall McLuhan

I’ve been in touch with a really interesting bloke called Richard Altman. He’s what I’d call a Digital Activist – in that his strongly opinionated views challenge normative behaviour, and have the potential to cause others to reconsider that which we take for granted. His area of interest: the Web and it’s governance. I’ll be sharing some of his thoughts … Read More