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Spark

So I follow this woodworking guy on YouTube…

It’s relaxing, it’s beautiful, and watching an expert at work is inspiring. And it’s inspiring me to want something like this…

Some things are just too cool for their own good. Like Jake Cress. He’s a carpenter furniture maker bloody genius artist that loves to carve weird furniture.

Here are some examples:

chair (more…)

What if you knew that you had to change work? Not only should but had to. Your job would go away. Your entire industry would vanish. No more steady paycheck, no more income.

No more musts or shoulds. Complete freedom from any preconceived notions of what you can and can’t do. What would you do then? If you could do anything, if you had to choose something to do?

Today’s spark is to read the research below about how likely 702 different job types are to be removed through computerization (hint: doctors aren’t as safe as they think…)

Then dare to dream about what you’d do with your life. Feel free to post your dream in the comments below.

Linky: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization? By Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne

Here’s an idea: what if old 8-bit computer games came to take over the world? What would happen? Would it be cool or horrible?

There are many ways to spark ideas, the “what if method” is one of them. So for this spark ask yourself “what if”.

  • What if your game changed core or supporting mechanics?
  • What if your novel was set under water (that’s the premise of David Brin’s amazing Startide Rising)?
  • What if you had to remove every fifth word from your story (that’s what Jerry Pournelle did with his classic military SF Janissaries and it became a much better book for it)?
  • Or simply¬† what if something strange happened?

Oh, and take a look at the originals to the Pixels movie:

Here’s an image I found on my friend’s wall. I find it very suggestive but know nothing about it. That’s for you to figure out.

The Beggar

Now go write.

Here’s a cool thing I stumbled over: a quick way to create great feeling custom tokens for your games – and it’s easy too.

Enjoy!

Now go prototype, you GameDev, you!