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Hi <<First Name>>,

I hope this dollop finds you well.

Thanks to everyone who made and shared elements with my element-making-machine last month. It has sparked so many big ideas in my little brain.

One thing that really fascinated me was how each remix reflected the individual at the helm of the tinkering controls. It’s like each person, when faced with the challenge of making something, grabbed the nearest purpose they could find and plugged it in to the element maker. It seems remixing is personal, and I love it.

Since then though, I’ve gone deeper into the rabbit-hole of web-making. You see, a one page client-side javascript app was never going to be enough. And of course, one of the most obvious next steps is to make a community gallery, allowing anyone to publish their remixed version, and view everyone else’s creations.

Knowing enough to ask (google) the right question

I’ve learnt so much in the last couple of months. Javascript, Bootstrap, Node; the web is a different (and much more powerful) place than where I left it as a programmer over 10 years ago. I’ve been cycling around this endless loop:
  • Have an idea.
  • Ask Google how to do that
  • Find (recognise) someone else asking how to do the same thing as me
  • See the response from someone who actually knows how to do it
  • Make it fit my context
  • Troubleshoot my half-baked iteration
  • Have an idea…
I’ve realised that this loop is predicated on a) knowing enough to ask the right question and b) being able to recognise the solution to the question when you see it.

This is my learning cycle; learning through making.


And so, here’s the first version of my half-baked Node app. It allows you to remix some thinkery, and share it back on the site gallery. If you’d like to take it for a spin, then be my guest. To celebrate the occasion, I’ve added a new thinkery template too: a humble postage stamp.

Let me know how you get on (especially any ropey bits)!


Here's some of the thinkery I've blogged in the last couple of weeks:

The early bird…

The early bird

Mixed metaphor? Yes please, especially if it’s silly.

Is there NOTHING a three-panelled comic strip can’t convey?

Inspired by this tweet here about OER18.




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The Innov-A-team

The Innov-A-team

In 1972 a team of open workers was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. This team promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the global underground. Today, still wanted by the bad guys, they survive as members of a worker’s co-operative. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the Innov-A-Team…

(If that all made no sense, then I’m guessing you either weren’t around in the eighties, or had better things to do with your time…)

Happily created for this WeAreOpen blog post.

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