A term attributed to Hitchcock, the MacGuffin is a cinematic plot device, usually an object, that serves to set and keep the story in motion despite lacking intrinsic importance. Famous examples include the statue from The Maltese Falcon, the glowing suitcase fromKiss Me Deadly, the bottle of Uranium in Notorious, and the letters of transit in Casablanca.
This was inspired not by a talk, but by a chat with Tara Lemmey just before we watched the final talk with Colin Greenwood. Tara was over from San Francisco having an adventure. The previous day she had given a wonderful gift to the auction, a stay in her San Francisco based Lens Studios. Emily and I are planning a two week hiking and camping adventure in San Francisco for May next year, maybe we'll pop in with our backpacks and say hello.
So, I have failed at one of these. I still have a desk. I use it less and less everyday though. The main thing that draws me to my desk is LIghtroom and my scanning software - it's the right place for me to do this type of work. I'm writing this at my desk too - sometimes writing here works, sometimes it doesn't. I haven't nailed this yet, it's forever a work in progress.
I reckon I've done ok with the one thing a month. Since the chat with Tara I've done one main thing that's challenged me each month. Probably the biggest thing has been writing all these posts about the Do Lectures. I feel like I've opened myself up in ways I've never done before in public, and it's been a rewarding experience and opened up tons of interesting conversations with people. This is actually the last post in the series. Now I need something else to write about - a new adventure.
I wrote this list of key ideas from the Do Lectures on the 7th June, 5 months ago. This one seems pretty important. Maybe the structure of the sentence isn't quite right, but the sentiment is. Sometimes it feels like life for so many is like a sleepwalking journey on an escalator. The following clip is from one of my favourite films, A matter of life and death.
I have a few ideas for education projects, some of which I may well chat about at this new thing I'm doing called Atoms Collide. Atoms Collide is about ideas, purpose and doing. I want to collide with the others that can challenge some of the things we've almost taken for granted as the norm. One of the biggest things is the journey people take from the moment their feet hit the ground at nursery to the moment they decide to stop learning. In my opinion, learning should never stop, but it feels designed in a way that makes people want to get through it, like it's this thing they have to get out of the way. It's a big challenge I know. That's why I need the others.