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[BarcampLondon3] 101 Uses for an Index Card

I’d originally intended to present something about BDD, but the slides and demo never really came together so I didn’t really want to inflict them on people who could have gone to a better session. I was going to risk bad karma by not presenting at all (there were plenty of empty slots, so I don’t think I’d have been the only one).

At some point in the early hours of Sunday, trying to sleep in a very warm room where the lights kept randomly coming on, I thought of another idea – could a bunch of us come up with 101 uses for an index card (something I’ve been planning to try myself for a while)? It would be obvious from the title that it was just a bit of fun, but maybe ew might learn something along the way about the techniques that people used which used index cards in some way.

Unfortunately (I like to think purely because I posted the session on the board at lunchtime on Sunday!) only two people turned up, beating my record of four from BarcampBrighton. We did manage to get a third of the way though, coming up with 34 uses:

  1. CRC cards
  2. Shopping list
  3. Werewolf
  4. Release planning/User stories
  5. Enumerating the uses of an index card
  6. Taking notes
  7. Essential use cases
  8. Paper prototyping
  9. Bookmark
  10. Funnel for salt, sugar etc
  11. “Indexing stuff” (ie whatever they were originally designed for)
  12. Emergency business card
  13. Barcamp/unconference scheduling
  14. Playing 1001 Blank White Cards
  15. Inflicting paper cuts on an enemy
  16. Making an animation flip-book
  17. House of cards
  18. Making noises with bicycle spokes
  19. Drug pouches (I have no idea what this means!)
  20. Roaching
  21. Paper planes (although our test model was prone to nosedives)
  22. Cue cards
  23. Flash cards
  24. Postcard
  25. Beermat
  26. Recipes
  27. To-do lists
  28. Lighting fires
  29. Setting fire to, in order to satisfy the requirement to collect “fire” in a scavenger hunt
  30. Bulletin board advert
  31. Very simple origami
  32. Signage
  33. Action Man billboards
  34. Blocking CCTV cameras

Paul also added “toothpick”, via a Flickr comment.

PICT2381.MRW Some of the 101 uses of an index card

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