Gamifying the Mess

I responded to Kevin’s post from June 3 by annotating with Hypothes.is.

Here is a screencast of my responses to his page:

Here is a screencast of the annotations and Kevin’s original post side-by-side with some play-by-play commentary:

Gamifying the Mess: A video response to Kevin Hodgson’s post

Uploaded by TERRY ELLIOTT on 2016-06-05.

I may be Captain Obvious here, but it is clear to me (as I also state in the YouTube just above here) that Kevin’s post is the ship and the annotations are the anchor. Or a better nautical term (both naval and aero) might be “trim tab”.  Buckminster Fuller brought me to a much finer understanding of this metaphor.

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary—the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab.

It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.

So I said, call me Trim Tab.

— Buckminster Fuller
Annotations are a trim tab for the larger ship of the text.  It is our way of pirating the post and hijacking the meaning.  All readers and writers are pirates.  Some of us are happily lost and some of us have equally happy destinations, but we are all pirates.  We just have to have a code, don’t we?

Pirates of The Caribbean

The Pirate Code

A Map of One Man’s Mission to End Poverty in Chicago and Everywhere

Proud to know Daniel Bassill. He created a map of just a small slice of his 40 year’s work in Chicago quantifying poverty and the power of zip codes to determine a life course. I think you would be proud to know him, too.

He created the map here.

I created a screencast from the link and then added music. You can annotate the video on YouTube or perhaps just get lost a bit in the large print, then go back and read the small print in the original map. I have also created a screencast that you could add your own music to should you wish.