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Excavation Day #1: App Opps

I have a habit of jotting down ideas here and there, always with the certainty that I will come back to them and turn them into a post for this website.

I have the best of intensions.  But the ideas pile up.  And I have the attention span of a gold fish, so things…well, they pile up.

So my resolution here is to dig down through all those lists and share the ones that still hold my attention.

These two I call App Opps, aka application opportunities.  Use them as you will.

App 1.  The inside of your head, Thursday afternoon

I want an app that automatically posts clips of things I am looking at and working on and creates (or curates) a picture of the inside of my (or your) brain two weeks ago, so that I could wonder through it and see the stuff that was on the horizon, in the works, in hand, and on its way into the world.  This should be a kind of flash freezing. 

Yes, I guess I could get this my looking at my (your) twitter stream, Evernote clippings, Kindle highlights, Pinterest page and so on.  But I want this put together in the manner of a news briefing or a museum exhibit.  

As the world gets faster and we get more multiple, we are going to want this sort of thing for the sake of continuity and remembering. 

App 2.  Less is more media

I want a program that removes 2 minutes out of every 10 in the movie I am watching. That’s because with a lot of popular culture “less is more.”  Somewhere on this website I talk about the advantage of coming into a movie or a TV show, 10 minutes late.  You miss the set up and the exposition, so you are left to figure out what’s going on and the viewing process is much more fun.   If a film is really laborious, it could be made more interesting if we extract 2 minutes every 10 minutes, and films that were made to the laborious standard of say the 40s could be returned to usefulness or watchableness.  We could think of this as colorization. Perhaps we call it storification.  (The background thinking for this idea can be found in the discussion of the Kauffman continuum in Flock and Flow.)

Bjork and Tina Brown: sisters of innovation

Björk and Tina Brown have many differences but one common problem: They are watching the boat beneath them sink. Their print and music industries are being disintermediated by the digital revolution. They are struggling to respond to the blue-ocean and white-space and black-swan disruption that besets us all.

For more of this post, please go to the full post on the Harvard Business Review blog by clicking HERE.