Busy Doing Nothing

Reading the New York Times yesterday about the new version of Hypertext Markup, which will present website owners with various new user tracking opportunities (New Web Presents A tangle of Risks by Tanzina Vega). Also a good piece on a secret Google project (not any longer) concerning software that allows vehicles to drive themselves.

This makes me think (in a rather disconnected way). Isn’t it a bit nuts that we buy Sat-Navs so we no longer have to learn to read maps, but then we go out and buy brain training games so our brains don’t freeze up because they are no longer being used.

By the way, if there are any bloggers out there that would like a copy of my new book, Future Minds, drop me a line and I’ll see if we can send you a copy. I can’t promise because the publisher will only send out so many copies, but I’ll try.

Max? Dan? Bradley? Ross? Gerd?

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6 Responses to Busy Doing Nothing

  1. Bradley says:

    Bought it last week… up to the third chapter. Locked my kids in the house over the weekend and switched the electricity off at the mains ever since.

    We sat on the sofa the whole of Saturday (no TV obviously) and no one was allowed to talk. Came up with some amazing new concepts afterwards.

    Only pulling your leg. It’s a good read so far.

    Thanks for the offer. Hoping to meet you at RSA on Thursday with some opportunities and some new thoughts for you!

  2. Richard Watson says:

    Ha. I spent part of the weekend trying to get my kids off screens via various promises of exciting outdoor activities, most of which nearly killed me.

  3. Max Kaehn says:

    I’m not exactly an influential blogger, but I’d be happy to get a free copy. Otherwise I can just preorder it on Amazon.

    I was surprised when I found out that reading maps is an unusual skill even for people of my age. My mother kept me busy in the passenger seat on long trips by having me figure out our current position on maps, and I can orient on them very easily; my wife never got that in her upbringing, and using maps is much more work for her.

  4. Bradley says:


    Good news and bad news.

    First the bad news – I left your book on the tube last night.

    So the good news is that someone else has probably picked it up and you will have another fan.

    So please can you send me a copy of your book so that I can finish the last chapter?!!!


  5. Richard Watson says:

    Sure! I have 5 copies to give away. BTW, I think you just did this


  6. Nathan says:

    Although I would not call myself a blogger, I would be very pleased to have a free copy of your book if at all possible. In fact I would be quite willing to write a review of it and have it published in our small teacher information technology journal in Queensland (QUICK) as well as submit the review to the Australian College of Educational Leaders for publication in their professional journals as well. Having watched your RSA lecture on YouTube I think many of my students parents would be well served to listen to your ideas as well as read your book.
    Kind regards

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