TBF029 – Curse of Knowledge, Goofing Around

This weeks podcast looked at two blog posts I did this week.  The first was about The Curse of Knowledge.  And the second was about  experimentation, failure, and sharing.

All links and related articles can be found in the original blog posts.


“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Gamification, Level 1: Noobs-ville

I’m currently a few chapters into The Gamification of Learning and Instruction, by Karl G1Kapp, and so far it’s a great read.  As I’m reading it I’m getting flashes of my days as a retail manager where I had unwittingly attempted a handful of gamification tactics to improve results.  Most were misguided but it’s all part of the journey.

The Leader Board: Leader Boards, from what I understand, help the player see where they stand on a social level.  “I’m ahead of X but behind Y.”  Pretty straightforward stuff.  The value of the leader board comes from sparking internal motivation in the players, the need to want to be ahead of others.  A bit of a Continue reading

TBF021 – The Value of Failure

We take a look at the value of failure this week.  I do a little sharing with my own personal failures and value that I took away from them.  We also look a couple exercises that you can do to find the value in your own personal short comings.

We start off by talking about an article that I read on Lifehacker, written by Thorin Klosowski. The article is about his To D’oh list.  It’s a pretty good way to look at instant review of errors. Continue reading


Fail is the New Win

I’ve been thinking about my mistakes lately.  Not because I’ve been making more of them, I’d say I’m running par for the mistake-layden course.  But because I’ve been seeing more value out of them.  This is not the first article that you’ll see about learning from mistakes but I think I’ve got a few things the add to the list.

Let’s briefly examine why average looking folks, like you and I (or at least me), occasionally find ourselves resenting overly attractive people.  Beautiful women get doors opened for them, literally and figuratively, simple because they are beautiful.  Same goes for men, by having a strong jaw, broad shoulders and a full head of hair they find themselves Continue reading