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A New Garfield Spin Off February 28, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Subtraction.
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This blog titled “Garfield minus Garfield” speaks for itself as an instance of Subtraction, but here’s a description from the site anyway;

“Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against lonliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb.”

While Jon doesn’t come off so well without Garfield, the reader benefits from the Subtraction by gaining a new perspective on a beloved comic strip.


We’ve Been Framed February 26, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Task Unification.
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Feeling cornered? Ever been framed? Angled Corner Picture Frames from German company details are ideal for returning the favor. Available in both “inner” and “outer” designs, these frames can fit into just about any decor, and any corner.

An Inventive Calling Plan February 14, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Multiplication.
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A SIM card “street hack” popular in Accra, Ghana demonstrates the power of Multiplication.  To reduce communication costs, many residents have adopted the practice of switching SIM cards, based on the operator of the person on the other end.  By combining two SIM cards into one, users can minimize cost, while maximizing convenience as the hack eliminates the need to reboot the phone after switching cards.  Talk about saving minutes.
Jan Chipchase of Future Blog also points out that

“in countries with a high proportion of pre-paid phones, a significant number of highly price sensitive consumers and an evolved mobile phone repair culture…enabling a regular phone to support multiple phone numbers on one phone. Imagine having AT&T + T-Mobile on one device.

In many parts of the world the mobile phone number functions as an increasing important form of identity, a single device may be shared amongst a family, friends or even village and the device is the enabler for activities ranging from banking and money transfers to capturing and sharing experiences.”

Not even Verizon’s family share plan can beat that.