Thursday, February 21, 2008
Slouch or no slouch?
The AP published a story, available here, exploring the growing number of people who are building and making things in their garages and basements. It's an article worth reading, for several reasons.
First, it provides several good examples of the type of projects peope are are undertaking.
Second, it lists severa websites and magazines that provide ideas and inspirations for many interesting and instructional projects.
Finally, and not least, I think it's a good article because it contains these words:
"William Gurstelle is no slouch."
I've been telling people this for years. Now maybe they'll believe me. After all, the Associated Press is never wrong
Which leads to a new game show concept: Slouch or No Slouch. This was first suggested to me by Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make Magazine. It could work like this:
Each week a person who believes they are pretty good at doing one particular thing, does something they haven't tried before and get judged on how well they do it. For instance, a football player learns ballet, a scientist makes beer, a beekeeper trains a dog. Then at the end, the judges evaluate the outcome and declare the contestant a slouch or no slouch.