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11 November, 2007

Weekend Design Challenge: Learn something new
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:25 AM

This is going to be an easy design challenge: go learn something new. It doesn’t even have to be about game development.

Learning new things is the best way to get exposed to different ideas. What I learned today is after the break.

I spent some time learning about the Wizard of Oz books. My better half decided to read the book Wicked, which is a different take on the main Wizard of Oz tales. I started reading it as well, and it’s reminded me about the Oz books I read as a kid. I didn’t know exactly how many books there were, but a bit of researched told me and I remembered more about the books I had read. It’s interesting to see how someone else has taken a story that’s in the public domain and made something new and interesting with it.

If you feel up to it, post what you learned new today. It might inspire someone else. :)


  1. Ok, I learned it yesterday.

    Attention Deficit HYPERACTIVITY Disorder is treated with STIMULANTS.

    Rather counter-intuitive is it not?

    I’m learning more about ADD/ADHD/ADHD-I, IEP, 504 and general disability for children then I ever thought possible. Anyone out there have AD..add-your-letters kids?

    Comment by Ophelea — 11 November, 2007 @ 1:14 AM

  2. My wife and I have been getting into mushroom hunting lately. It is a very interesting pastime; you have to learn about how the confluence of season, weather, elevation, rainfall, and the presence of symbiotic trees and/or rotting material functions to produce a rare, valuable taste treat. Not only that, but the value of the little things causes communities to form around harvesting and/or “protecting” them. It is certainly analogous to player behavior in MMOs… or is it the other way around? :) Yeah, it’s good to be outside.

    Comment by Bret — 11 November, 2007 @ 3:55 PM

  3. I bought a Webkinz.

    Comment by Bobby Thurman — 12 November, 2007 @ 12:59 PM

  4. I learned that its definately a good idea to question why you are being told to unplug single mode fibers from zone switches and to always always always make sure you have the latest documentation for your project especially if you know you are almost always left out of the loop regardless of the fact the project revolves around and hangs on you.

    I cheated and learned that yesterday. The question’s were simply too tempting to resist.

    As far as the first poster’s question. ADHD is treated with stimulants that attempt to normalize neurochemistry to bring the person into a more “normal” range as far as neurotransmitters. That’s what the stimulants do and most of them work on norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin levels. I have ADHD and find the stimulants to lower my creativity level which affects my ability to solve problems and multi-task at higher levels and higher speeds if that makes sense. I can’t write you and English paper without it but I can work through just about any problem put in front of me (save astrophysics, I have yet to master that.)

    Comment by T from Atlanta — 13 November, 2007 @ 9:18 PM

  5. I learned that sometimes you just have to ignore the rules and not even bother calling the not-so-helpful tech help desk personell and just fix it yourself.

    There was a printer issue, instead of letting me just fix it(settings on the printer was making margins go crazy) I was instructed that it is the job of the help desk and to call them. After 20 minutes or so of being put back on hold I finally get someone, whom I tell we’re having a problem with our printer cutting off words and not using the proper margins. They ask which workstation is having the problem, I explain that it’s every one that prints to it, over 30 machines, therefore problem is on the printer… they still ask for the workstation. After checking the settings, they say it looks fine… then they ask for the printers IP, and say there is no problem, the printer is on the network… finally get them to send someone down, who looks at it and says “Oh, printer is broken, going to need to buy a new one.” After they left I just went over to the printer and reset it’s internal settings(some joker probably changed them to be funny…).

    As for the AD my little brother has ADD or ADHD… I forget, they said to give him coffee and it should have the opposite effect it would have on a normal person. He had a hard time through school, teachers unable to realize that he isn’t acting up because he’s bad… but because he really does need more attention from the teacher(or an assistant) to stay focused… he ended up getting his GED at 17. They say I may have some form of it, as I don’t focus on one thing very well… but give me three different projects and I’ll get them all done in record time… I prefer to just find myself more work(Full time job, Full time programming job on top of that, full time college to finally finish off that degree…) if I can’t focus on one thing, I’ll flip to another.

    Comment by Joseph Monk — 15 November, 2007 @ 1:25 AM

  6. The sun is no longer the largest object in the solar system.

    Comment by paul — 16 November, 2007 @ 2:47 AM

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