The Sandbox

Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer have some great insights into how the design on an online environment should be structured, organized, and managed.

“Detailed central Planning is impossible; don’t even try”

The suggestion is to build a framework and then simply let others operate within those walls.  Screw together the 2×6’s and then truck in the sand and turn the kids loose.  You mission to build the castle may never be realized but thousands of grander and more meaningful adventures will be had without the castle.  I might go so far as to say that the creation of the castle may limit the adventures that will be had afterwards.

Got a few minutes?…..Why not try playing a bit closer to the walls of the sandbox than your used to.  Thanks to Google and Kas Thomas I can share with you this beautiful trick.

Copy and paste the following line in to your address bar right now and hit enter:


If you’re using Firefox right click on the page and select Inspect Element (Q) option and there you have it.  You have uncovered a shovel in the sand.  Have fun digging and let me know what you uncover in the comment bar.

2 thoughts on “The Sandbox

  1. Whoa is right. And the easter eggs–yes–many ARGs use “view source” as a way of hiding info in webpages. This mode takes it to a whole ‘nother level.

    Thanks for sharing this. Very apt connection to the reading, too. A metavirtual browser. A delight to consider!

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