I have 50+ “creative contribution” projects I’d like to do. These are generally a bit odd. Here are the ones I’ve created already.
Mate Value Bump - global heat map showing your relative attractiveness
Emoticon Binary - new language using emoticons
Ideas & Facts Repository - year-long ideas/facts tracking experiment
Life Performance Self-Study – 4.5 year study on life performance
Here are some of smaller projects.
Life by the Pie
We don’t work as much as we think we do! Check out the Work Hours Analysis in my Personal Development Resource Kit to see the data/assumptions behind this image.
Facebook Writing Game
The result? “I am happy that you are trash.”
This wasn’t one of my better ideas. I’m including primarily to demonstrate that I don’t mind talking about my “failures”. Please excuse the Papyrus! Faux pas I know.
Thought experiment: What would you do if a trillion dollars landed in your lap today?
I wrote a 4 phase, 30 step plan to answer this question. I’d post it here, but step #14 requires I don’t. =)
My Friend Guide
I wrote a 10 point guide for my friends on how to handle me. I explained my communication preferences, what I meant when I RSVPed “Yes” on a friend’s Facebook event (hint: it meant yes I was going), etc. It was quirky but functional. Oddballs seemed to love it.
I’d urge you to write one yourself! If you do, consider using the #myfriendguide hashtag so we can start a collection.
Protologisms & Non-Existent Phrases
I like to “invent” words and phrases (called protologisms). It’s fun. I have 50+ that return zero or a few results in Google. I actually have screenshots of them to “prove” it.
- Strategic, disciplined action: taking intentional, focused steps in a rigorous way to achieve your objective
- Criticize by creating solutions: the most effective way to criticize is to create a solution to the problem that first sparked the criticism (homage to Michelangelo’s ”Criticize by creating” adage)
- Forced growth opportunity: a misfortune reframed as a chance to grow provided to you whether you wanted it or not
- Concentrated value exchange: a self-perpetuating system that focuses value on each node (imagine a magnifying lens funneling photons (value) to the nodes)
- Socratic inversion: discovering, as Socrates did, the truth “I know that I know nothing” and therefore “losing” knowledge
- Chasenge: chasing challenge (e.g., a flow addict chasing the next big challenge to get his or her flow hit)
- Polymathic change agent: a polymath who applies his or her skills to creating social change
- Hapired: feeling simultaneously tired but also happy that you’re tired
- Walkable food: food that is easy to eat while walking; very portable food (another meaning is: food that is near enough to you to be able to walk to it)
- Artissist: a narcissist that takes artistic pictures of him or herself (popular on social networking sites)
- Mental freeing moments: a moment when one’s mind is liberated from a classical constraint (also mentalfreeing)
- Inflow to zero: a state where all of your communication inflow (e.g., email, SMSs, physical notes, etc.) are fully processed (rewording of Merlin Mann’s “inbox to zero” since not everyone has a single inbox)
- Earn your ability to give: earn sufficient money to be able to give it away
- Some serendipity, some strategy: the elegant synthesis of randomness and intention
- Staying hungry is staying foolish: it’s hard to think clearly on an empty stomach
- Hacking self-actualization: using innovative strategies and tactics to more efficiently and effectively reach one’s full potential