16 August 2004

Why mindmaps work "In the collages various levels of meaning coexist on a single pictorial plane. Confronted with this composite imagery we have no choice but to apply the notion, familiar from traditional art, of the picture as a unity, a totality. Looking at pictures has accustomed us to considering the motifs that appear within an image as a whole. If we were not compelled by the coherent nature of the collages to employ this simultaneous perception, we might be able to perceive the elements from which they are constructed individually and divide the enigmatic image into intelligible parts. This involves us in a continual clash between overall perception and a need for interpretation that fastens on one detail after another; and this clash, in turn, is the source of that unique mood produced by any confrontation with a Max Ernst image - elements that are intelligible in isolation become ambivalent on the level of composition and communication. http://www.artchive.com/artchive/E/ernst.html

ExpertiseFinder that would work by crawling people's blog content, penetrating corporate firewalls to find the best people in the world who had the desired expertise and creating a 'map' showing the most direct network path to those people and how much their expertise costs."

"Information overload is an opportunity for pattern recognition." - Marshall McLuhan (also an opportunity for scattered and incoherent thinking and doing) .

900 Issues http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/eng/decisions/2004/dt2004-43.htm

Vagabonding : "taking time off from your normal life — from six weeks, to four months, to two years — to discover and experience the world on your own terms." This is quite literally a journey, and it's a wonderful idea; a perfectly healthy and intelligent reaction to the systems they find themselves immersed in. I also believe that is a healthy and sensible idea for adults to consider regardless of their own ties to work and career. http://www.experiencedesignernetwork.com/archives/000477.html

"An effective leader is like the pilot of a ship at sea; he must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek." - Adapted from Henry Adams
"Now I ask, which is a better model for online learning? A system that tells you where to go, or a system that responds to where you are?" - Stephen Downes
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli

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