Community games. I’ve just discovered that once a week, parents from all over this locality empty their children into a field in the twilight hours under the watch of choirs of blackbirds and babies with chilly ears, for no apparent reason. Nobody organises it as such, it’s more like an underlying knowledge that parents have, like a school of fish changing direction in the same instant… they just know.
I just poured my child onto this field and watched as she ran eight laps, then did ten minutes of jumping jacks and five minutes of running around in circles before oozing herself back into the car and collapsing into a rosy-cheeked afterglow. Every child in the village did the same. Absolute. Genius.
On a global level:
Here is a youtube video that I just simply can’t put into words other than ‘I want one’.
It has a lot to do with Minority Report, something to do with painted fingernails, and is potentially the best invention I’ve ever seen. Imagine walking up to a complete stranger and seeing buzz-words projected onto their teeshirt-front in a tag-cloud describing their profession, their likes and dislikes, and their favourite type of cheese? Pranav Mistry is the genius behind ‘Sixth-Sense’… a gizmo that pulls google right out of the dark ages. All for the sweet cost of $350. Watch.