Much time has passed since I last had an excuse to fire up my coffee and tea making equipment. I hope it all still works. On the coffee front, I have rich Italian roast, espresso and cappuccino (can you spot the national bias here). I also have Assam, Darjeeling and Earl Grey teas. Not much in the way of breakfast, as I'm in training for a special event, so it's fruit salad and toast on the menu.
I was wracking my brains about something the other day and thinking: I wish someone else was here to bounce ideas off. Then I realised that there are a whole load of people who are "here" with me, albeit in a virtual sense. Why not get them to help me? Why not indeed, but first a digression...
Who's heard of brainstorming? It's something I used to do in a previous job from time to time. I have to say it's proved to be very beneficial and even good fun. There's a whole web site dedicated to the art of brainstorming, but for now, here are the basic six rules:
- [Optionally] begin with a probortunity statement. It's both a problem to solve and an opportunity to generate ideas.
- Withhold judgement, particularly negative thoughts.
- Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas.
- Go for quantity over quality.
- Build on ideas put forward by others.
- Each person and each idea are equally important.
So, for the purposes of this coffee break, I would like to hijack it and have a blogstorming session, whereby we all take part. Here is the probortunity statement:
A widower is left a fortune by his wife.
She never told him about the money.
On your marks, get set, GO!
Edit 23/07/10: The results can be found here.