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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, November 20, 2003
    Strategic acquisitions
    Looking for new, or creative ways of thinking about things I sometimes turn to the pulsating brain of Brian Eno. Fiddling about on his website yesterday I was reminded that once he and Peter Schmidt produced a set of cards called Oblique Strategies. Each card carries a suggestion of a course of action or thinking to assist in creative situations. So I have made a strategic acquisition. Rather than a box of cards I have downloaded a desktop version. In future, whenever I'm in need of a bit of inspiration or a tangental suggestion one click offers me a line of on-screen advice, such as (three random selections):

    Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance.

    What wouldn't you do?

    Look at the order in which you do things.