“Oblique” Goes OSX

If you’re a fan of Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards, as we are here at Street Tech Labs, AND you’re a Mac user, you’ll be thrilled to know that CurvedSpace has released an OSX app for the cards. We’ve used these whack-on-the-side-of-the-head maxims for years to get us out of many a creative jam. They’re surprisingly effective.

Since people have started offering computer-based versions of the cards, I’ve been thinking if there’s some way that the strategies could go "open source," and that somehow, you could add strategies to your own "deck," rate their effectiveness (reinforce it if it proves useful to you again and again), and then, at a certain "weight" of usefulness, it would get sent to other’s decks. People would then rate the effectiveness of these communally-added cards, and at a certain collective weight, they’d be permanently added to the deck. I know all this flies in the face of the Zen-like minimalism of the current decks, both off and online, but I think this could be done in an unobtrusive way.

[UPDATE: Turns out, there IS such an online collaborative strategies project, called Acute Strategies.]