THIS CODE IS NOT SOFTWARE
I live life by a code, like the sheriff in an old 1950’s western movie. I always do what I say I’m going to do. Conversely, this is also my biggest pet peeve, people that don’t do what they say they are going to do. Life is too short and precious to let these people waste your time. I’ll give anyone the benefit of the doubt, but if you are going to cancel, or be unable to complete your task, and you don’t give me a head’s up, then I may not be so forgiving a second time. Communication is here.
SARAH PALIN WAS MY 1ST, 12 YEARS AGO THIS ELECTION.
I noticed that, if you interchanged the 1st letters of ex-Governor Palin’s first and last names, you ended up with a totally new word combination. Sarah Palin became Parah Salin’. I often wondered, why wasn’t anybody else seeing this? Maybe I could send it in to David Letterman, maybe he’d see the genius in it too? For seven years I played with every celebrity name that came on the news, Matthew Perry, or Mat Perry, became Pat Merry, that was it. That ,was all I had to show after seven years.
3 YEARS AGO, FINALLY, A DIGITAL BREAKTHROUGH!
Since I try to stay fit by hitting a tennis ball, it was just a matter of time, before I crossed paths with the Graduate Math student that was working as a part time tennis instructor, James Howard. Unfortunately, the tennis courts at the complex where I was staying were replaced by a dog park and a lap pool.
Progress? James informed me that the word-thing with Sarah Palin, from seven years ago, the switching of the leading letters, it’s got a name, and there are a handful of well-known ones. It turned out, they are known as Spoonerisms, named after Reverend Archibald Spooner. The reverend, bless his soul, had a speech impediment. However, somewhat shamelessly, I took this news and ran with it.
THE PUNNYFUZZLES EFFECT
Eventually, I made a mock-up of how the game would look using card stock. Each puzzle would have a primary word and three options, plus a clue. The clue was always meant to be an image, the addition of the caption was an inspired nod to the diminishing quality of vision.
On a sunny, warm afternoon in October, one of my former students, who also drove part-time for a ride-sharing service, was playing the prototype of the game, like a board game version and it was like lightning in a bottle. Patrick from Chile, one of my former ESL (English Second Language) Algebra students, who had previously made a career out of asking all the wrong questions in class, was surprisingly and suddenly learning English in front of my eyes. Patrick had transformed into a focused, on-track student who was asking all the right questions.
THE PUNNYFUZZLES PLATFORM, AN OPEN PLATFORM, LIKE LINUX
After that day, the day that I had been pleasantly surprised, I moved forward with the game, PunnyFuzzles. I had stumbled onto a platform that was almost perfect for hand-held learning. I decided to leave the platform as an open platform, like Linux, so that other educators can use it to create their own educational games.
GREAT UNCLE, FAMOUS MATHEMATICIAN. PUZZLES ARE IN MY DNA
My great uncle authored a well-known Math-puzzles book. titled Mathematical Recreations. It is one of the most widely respected books on solving the most famous Mathematical puzzles known to man. If you were ever given a problem involving two high-speed locomotives on opposite sides of the country and you are told that they are heading straight at each other at break-neck speeds, and your teacher needs to know how many miles each will travel right up to the time of impact? You can thank Great Uncle Maurice.
GERM OF AN IDEA
In November, 2015 I took my germ of an idea and ran with it. I hired an Apple Developer from India and assembled a small team of talented artists. Eight months later, we now have a word game that sits at the apex of the Gamefication of Education, fun and engaging and educational, all at the same time. We hope to place the game into millions of hand-held stores, in dozens of countries around the world, open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Pretty cool, right?
According to the game, PunnyFuzzles, I am a 2nd generation, 6th degree Puzzle Master.
Now that’s really cool!
Thanks for playing,
Fain Brood, aka Brain Food