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Mon, May 01, 2006

Giant Peace Dove Puppet Instructions Set

Jane Goodall and friends have been supporting an annual day of peace actions known as the Roots and Shoots Day of Peace, held on September 30th in conjunction with the UN’s International Day of Peace. In support of the event, groups are invited to download instructions for building a giant Peace Dove Puppet, or if desired a smaller, kid-friendly version with a secret message of peace inside. There is also a song to go with it. Great stuff!

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 05 01 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Wed, Apr 26, 2006

Mediation Humor

Consensus Mediation, a UK ADR provider, has a short but fun page of mediation and dispute resolution jokes.

One example:
Why did the mediator cross the road?
I’m sorry, I can’t share that information with you unless the chicken authorises me to tell you.

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Another source of some humorous content (but not necessarily jokes…) is the Mediate.com humor section.
Also of interest is the set of New Yorker cartoons on negotiation collected by Ted Kheel.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 04 26 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Tue, Apr 18, 2006

PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper) Comic Strip

piled higher and deeper guy Academics might really enjoy this comic strip aimed at graduate students drawn by Jorge Cham. The Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD) strip has appeared in The Stanford Daily for the past seven years, and in the MIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Caltech newspapers among others. Fun stuff.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 04 18 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Mon, Dec 19, 2005

100 Ways to Energize Groups - Games to Use in Workshops, Meetings and the Community

image The International HIV/AIDS Alliance does a lot of training in places all around the globe. To help trainers connect with groups, the Alliance has published a nice collection of generally light and lively activities. The 24-page illustrated manual, available as a pdf, is called 100 Ways to Energize Groups - Games to Use in Workshops, Meetings and the Community.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 12 19 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Mon, Aug 15, 2005

Just for Fun : Useless Skills

The WannaLearn.com site provides a whole category for useless skills tutorials. foil beanie You can find information on one hand card shuffling, pen spinning, balloon blowing, air guitar playing, aluminum foil deflector beanie making and more.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 08 15 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Sun, Jul 31, 2005

Create Your Own Mini-Comic

Cartoonist Jessica Abel provides an online guide to producing mini-comics, which are xeroxed, self-published comics on whatever subject you dream up. image Jessica is the author of a cool guide to creating radio programs developed for the This American Life radio program, as well as lots of other comics, available via her ArtBabe website.

Using this technique, combined with a program like Comic Life (Macintosh only) that makes it easy to make comics using photos and drawings from your computer, students could quickly be in the business of producing their own comic books.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 07 31 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Thu, Jul 21, 2005

UNICEF World Heroes Game

The UNICEF World Heroes game challenges kids to help the world by becoming virtual volunteers delivering needed supplies. The flash-based game requires increasing levels of skill as you work to catch materials dropped from a UNICEF cargo plane. In the process, players learn about UNICEF’s major program areas and the real conditions children endure throughout the developing world. UNICEF World Heroes won the top prize for Amusement at the 2005 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Web Awards.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 07 21 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Tue, Jun 28, 2005

The Giant Puppeteers’ Cooperative Homepage

Thinking about planning a protest or celebration? This Puppeteers’ Homepage site supports “a group of artists and puppeteers working in cities around the nation to create giant puppet parades, pageants, and ceremonies of celebration and complaint, using simple materials and movements to build community cardboard extravaganzas.” The site features images of puppets, diagrams for construction of puppets, scripts, information about puppet lending libraries, and links to related sites.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 06 28 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Mon, May 16, 2005

Creative Whack gives tips on thinking different

The Creative Think website includes the “Creative Whack” button, which when pressed, provides you with a random creativity spurring concept or source of inspiration. Think of it as a “whack up side the head” in a good way…
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 05 16 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Tue, May 10, 2005

Flame Warriors Gallery by Mike Reed

The humorous Flame Warriors site explores the various types of people who get involved in “flame wars” (i.e. disputes on discussion lists, web boards or blogs). Website proprietor Mike Reed is an illustrator who has used his skill at caricature to create a rogues gallery of of several dozen illustrations.  Be sure to check out the fate of the “Diplomat” who dares to butt in to an online dispute unprepared!
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 05 10 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Wed, Mar 16, 2005

The Propaganda Remix Project

The Propaganda Remix Project by Micah Wright takes old propaganda posters and changes the wording to send a very different message. More than a 100 posters to stimulate your consciousness.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 03 16 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Thu, Mar 03, 2005

Singing Science Records - Now on Mp3!

A six-LP set of science-themed folk songs produced in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s is now available over the internet. They were originally produced by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer and posted to the web by Jef Poskanzer at his Singing Science page. While they have little to do with conflict resolution, they sure are fun in a nostalgic Atomic Age kind of way.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2005 03 03 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Wed, Dec 01, 2004

Silicon Valley Tarot Deck (online version)

Looking for Insight? Check out the Silicon Valley Tarot. The creators tell us: “Why stoop to market research, consumer surveys, and expensive consultants to guide you into the scary, uncertain future of technology when you can consult the Silicon Valley Tarot? We’ve already done all the work for you: First, we compiled a comprehensive collection of all the major themes, semiotics, and archetypes of Silicon Valley life (yes, the Silicon Valley is the only region of technology development that matters; all others are provinces and pretenders). Second, we’ve distilled, encapsulated, and rendered them in tasteful, Tarot-card-style chunks, complete with pithy, insightful interpretations. And last but not least, we’ve developed the sure-fire, can’t-miss automated Silicon Valley Business Oracle which uses the cards to guide you unfailingly through the uncharted waters of the Information Technology Industry.”

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2004 12 01 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Fri, Nov 19, 2004

TeamUp - game for girls about working together

Girls Inc., dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, has developed a shockwave-based game called TeamUP.  It is a game where you can solve puzzles by helping girls work together, and it is playable either online or as a downloadable.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2004 11 19 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Fri, Nov 05, 2004

Color in Motion - Color Theory via Animated Movies

The Color in Motion site, developed by Claudia Cortes for her thesis project, takes the viewer through a romping good time exploring the symbolism of various colors. Requires flash player.


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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2004 11 05 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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