Best Screen Saver Ever

Who is as old as I am and remembers this ?

As I learned thru youtube there was actually a story built into that screen saver. As it played scenes randomly people never got to see the entire story, but someone compiled it and published the story on youtube as well: "Johnny Castaway: The story! "
Interesting comments can be found in youtube for the latter video, like


I remember watching this on my computer when I was a child. I would wait for the computer to go to screen saver and watch it for hours. I miss this. Is there any link or download for Johnny?



I remember working in a large computer companies support center when this screensaver was the hot thing! We’d have hundreds of PCs running it and we’d all shout and point to our friends when we’d see something new happening!!! There’s never been anything like it since.


Do you really need what you want ?

"Do you really need what you want ?" has been the quote on one of my fortune cookies I got with a lunch last week.
This side "This Is Why I am Broke" ( recommended in an article about 15 web sites to visit when you are bored on "digital inspiration" ) certainly offers many funny products I don’t need. Well, frankly: I also wouldn’t want most of those, for instance this one:

And certainly not this one:

Can the Structures of Gaming Help You Work Better?

Can the Structures of Gaming Help You Work Better?” has been a question asked by Lifehacker today. Here are my thoughts about this. If you think work really has nothing to do with killing monsters, think twice: how many ( ugly looking ) problems do you have to move out of your way every day ?

I am always astonished to see how well some games are designed to keep you going .. for hours and days. I am also astonished to see how badly some business applications are designed to actually hinder you as much as possible to achieve what you are trying to achieve. In that sense I am a big fan of games @ work, or better: design work like a game.
In the era of smart project planning and activity centric computing this should not be too much of a challenge: imagine you get some sort of credit for every activity you accomplish. A project manager or architect or some smart computer system has determined the complexity of your activity; the more complex it is, the more credit points you receive. The faster you accomplish it, the more points you get. There is some acceptance criteria assigned to the task; depending on how good you fulfill it, the more points you receive.
Based on number of points you receive you advance to higher "levels of expertise" ( depending what type of activity you accomplished ) in your company, or higher "level of reputation". Credit points can be converted to
. extra money ( I am sure CFOs will love this option 😉
. free time
. extra resources to get your work done, like file space on a network drive or your own virtual server, or even a small budget for your own projects
Work could be so much more fun ( and thus productive through motivation boosts ) if carefully "designed". Will it ever be possible to "design" work ? Or should we stop dreaming and realize that there is a major difference between work and fun ?

More of my thoughts on this in “Playing, learning, growing … “ I wrote in August 2009.

My favorites for week 34, 2010

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout time management

  Proper time management is an art and many people have real trouble with it. Nevertheless, there are a few rules of thumb to consider: never ever let anyone else than you manage your calendar. And: be aware that different people have different priorities.

Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss probably never will learn this.


NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout sports through fun

These Piano Stairs are a nice idea to motivate people to be a bit more sportive and use staircases instead of escalator. Thus: this would be a nice idea for a smarter city initiative, don’t you think ? You improve overall health and fitness of people, provide them with some fun and at the end could save some energy if the escalator would only run when needed.

At the end of this video you can see who’s idea this was.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park
"Mount Rainier National Park" by Kate & Jen.

Ah – Mount Rainier Nationalpark – such a beautiful place on earth ! My wife and I have been there on our trip from San Fransisco to Seattle in September 2006. On my birthday we did a great hike along the Skyline Trail. Here is one of my shots of Mount Rainier:  lots of snow in September already ! And here is a beautiful shot from Kate and Jen : “Mount Rainier National Park”.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout qualifications

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

That’s why I do not really believe in self-certifications.