Can gamification solve our problems? Week 3.

You’ve seen your Facebook feed. It ain’t all fun and games out there. Could Gamification be applied to topple the oligarch?  Defeat the mortal enemy? Can gamification solve our problems? Well, let’s see. What is gamification, anyway?  According to Merriam Webster (sorry Wikipedia — I’ve moved up) gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” What are game-like elements? Game-like elements include PBLs (points, badges, and leaderboards), a collection of things (coins, fake cash/gold, etc), and customization (making something uniquely yours) among other things. Certainly the newly emerged … Keep goin’

English major building a game app, week 1

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I still remember the day my my brother received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, years ago.  In his Engineering department ceremony, a professor said to the crowd of newly minted Engineers and parents (and I paraphrase): “At least you know they won’t move back home with you like an English major.”  Laughter ensued. Though I never moved back in with either of my parents, grandparents, and/or uncles/aunts, I was indeed an English major. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and … I still am.  But now, I’m putting that degree to (dis)use.  I’m going to build an app.  … Keep goin’

“Bad dog” caught in the act: Top 5 guilty moments

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In 2014, our dog Syba elevated her “Bad Dog” status in five memorable ways and I was compelled to document this new level of badness.  Read on to see our “bad dog” caught in the act top 5 guilty moments.       She’s old and still Bad. Top five reasons Syba was a “Bad Dog” last year. And why she didn’t care. Having an old dog is great. They don’t bother you with wanting to learn new tricks. They don’t jump up on you due to their arthritic back legs. Heck, they can’t even see you half the time. … Keep goin’