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Pass GO get $2,000,000! – Monopoly Revolution in Design & Concept

Originally seen on Yahoo. It’s the 75th anniversary makeover for Monopoly. A classic game moving into the age of technology.  The new version will have no more loose moneys flying around. With fancy Electronic banking and guess what, if you Pass GO you get 2 Million Dollars! Who needs to land on free parking anymore. I wonder how much it costs to buy Boardwalk? Electronic Banking  has been around for a while now, apparently this version will have tighter security, whatever that means. Finally, it’s round!

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From a design perspective let’s take a look at Monopoly from past to present…

From 1934 – 1953 apprx – found here

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Hey that looks familiar…

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A step into the electronic banking era…

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Fall 2010 – The Monopoly Revolution with fancy banking a round board!… and hey – notice something missing’? where did the famous mascot go?!

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In this image above, I can not see the monopoly mascot, the man with the mustache, where did he go? Maybe give him a haircut and buy him a new suit, (keep the mustache) but hey I think he adds to the Monopoly Identity!

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Will he get his place on the Monopoly Revolution Electronic Board game – or has he been sent to Jail? Let’s wait and see! From what I understand, “Monopoly Revolution” will be out this fall for around $35.  If you don’t like the new version – no worries – they will still be selling the old board games for people who are interested.

Rollup that Laptop, Rolltop Design Concept

I know this video has been doing its rounds on the www, but anyone who hasn’t seen it, would probably like to. An interesting new approach to the laptop. A unique design concept by http://www.orkin-design.de/ .  You can watch the computer animated video presentation below to get a better picture of what it’s all about.  Apparently, it’s a 17 inch flat screen – a flexible OLED display that is capable of multi-touch. Flexible, meaning, you can actually roll it up! Kind of like sushi? How long will it be till this makes it to the stores?  Who knows…

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TOP 50 Facebook Brands of 2009 and something to think about

See how Top Brands have been utilizing Facebook Fan Pages for 2009. According to this slideshow: Coca Cola in first place, Starbucks in 2nd place (over 5 million fans) YouTube in 7th place and Pixar Animation Studio in 21st place. Pretty amazing information. You can check out the slideshow below to really see more details about each brand and fan page. If you think about on a different note, I notice something which I think is rather mind boggling. As of 27 December 2009 the Earth’s population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be 6,792,600,000 and as of April 2009 facebook users were up to 200 Million, which, if you think about it for more then 5 seconds and actually contemplate those numbers, you will realize that that is roughly 3% of the worlds population. GULP. Where is the rest of the world? Facebook users are a minuscule minority, a spec of dust amidst this huge world. Yet when looking at the computer screen from the comfort of our own homes, we think the whole world is here with us.
Something to think about.

Freebies VS Not Freebie – The difference is priceless

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ok, I will warn you, this is not my average posting material. I’ll be risky…

“Freebies” VS “Not Freebie”. The difference between the two is priceless. I am getting the feeling that one can acquire any digital media that he or she desires absolutely free. There are thousands of design related blogs that constantly update and provide freebies all the time. (Hey, I’m one of them!) There are all kinds of digital media file sharing programs which are also very popular (I’m not one of them.) On one hand I am “pro” freebies – meaning an artist can give away his own artwork as he sees fit. A company can give away their own content also as they see fit.  I will not discuss file sharing, that is a whole different ballgame.

Something may be overlooked by the average “freebies snatcher” (I confess: I am sometimes one of them) and this is what I would like to bring to your attention, it’s a subtle difference which is, in reality, priceless.

The subtle difference which is actually a major difference is the concept of “Giving”. When we download a freebie we become “Takers” and when we pay for something we have now become “Givers”. 

The concept of “Giving” goes far beyond the scope of this post, but in my opinion this is the main difference. We can all be  “receivers” or “takers” very easily. In life, in our relationships and in our workplaces, taking is always done so simply. It’s Free – I’ll take 2! Once it comes down to actually giving something of ourselves in order to provide for someone else, this is where it gets challenging. Although some people think that by giving they are losing. I must say, giving does not mean losing. On the contrary, the one who “Gives” is actually winning (in most cases). He is winning in the game of life. The world survives on giving. The world can’t survive without G-d giving to the world, without parents giving to children, husbands to wives, friends to friends and so forth.

“Giving”does not always mean giving money, although money helps in some cases. Commenting and showing your appreciation is also a form of giving. Sending an email to say how much you appreciate something is a higher form of giving. Donations are great too. A Link back for credit is another way. So next time you take a few seconds out of your busy schedule to grab a freebie that will make your life easier. Remember: “Taking” is easy and “Giving” is a challenge. Rise to the challenge and be a “Giver” even if it just means to post comment of appreciation. Turn that “Freebie” into a “Not Freebie”and acquire it through “giving”.

I hope you enjoyed that, a comment would be appreciated