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Subliminal Topiary

You can’t see the attention for the bushes.
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Every task that we try to do these days is not a single straight line, but a tree of possibilities. In fact, such is the wide and incoherent fan-out of directions and temporal attention-tracking nodes, that it is not even a tree, it is a bush. Every time we begin something, up sprouts a bush!

What we need is strategic topiary, to form our attention sequencing into a nice appealing topology. This can be achieved using subliminal criticism of incompetitive outcomes among the bush, by the opposite of advertising. Thus, a dynamic personal opposite of advertising agency is required, that can be worn on the head. A subtle balanced pair of out of phase suggestion signals in both ears can intercept our headphones, bypassing consciousness to make us feel less sure about some branches of the bush and therefore comparatively more confident (by virtue of the unaltered baseline) of other more immediately productive or relevant parts of the bush, resulting in interesting topic topiary.

Ian Tindale, Nov 28 2010


       Mine is a T-rex.
jutta, Nov 28 2010

       Heisenberg Elephant.
FlyingToaster, Nov 28 2010

       If you minaturised it, it would be Bonsai .. an essential part of Bushido (as in Bush I Do) ...   

       <cymbal sting>   




       <Sound of wind blowing>   


       <Bell in abandoned adobe church rings softly> .

       @.... @.......@..........@..........
<Tumbleweed rolls past>

       (Joke Stolen from Pterry Pratchett [Reaper Man])
8th of 7, Nov 28 2010

       I was just about to do something before this idea distracted me, and I can't remember what it was now.
hippo, Nov 28 2010

       You were going to finish filling out the cheque to BorgCo by signing it and dating it, and then you were going to put it in the envelope and take it to the mailbox.   

       Don't bother with the amount, we'll fill that in for you. It's no trouble, really.
8th of 7, Nov 28 2010

       ...shrubbery orrery topiary...
xandram, Nov 29 2010


       //Interesting topic topiary// ?   

       I should be so lucky. My thoughts seem to form into some kind of topiaric emoticon, mocking me.
Jinbish, Nov 29 2010

       Hmmm. The Virtual Machete of Real-Time Dynamic Attention Reallocation.   

       It makes a "whoosh" noise and tickles the hair on the back of your neck whenever you're viewing the halfbakery.
lurch, Nov 29 2010


       "Bring Me The Hedge Of Alfredo Garcia ...."   

8th of 7, Nov 29 2010

       Bring me a topiary Bring me a shrubbery. Oh dark days are these when passing ruffians are forced to say nedt old ladies
Zimmy, Dec 05 2010

       You Are Roger the Shrubber, And We Claim Our Ten Dollars.
8th of 7, Dec 05 2010

       I'd be able to see this forest of which you write, but for all these trees in the way...   

       So this is an idea for a hat design, is it?
DrBob, Dec 06 2010


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