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This reminded me of Tom Armitage's excellent dConstruct talk on Toys and Toymaking:

http://2012.dconstruct.org/conference/armitage/

"Toys are not idle knick-knacks: they allow us to explore otherwise impossible terrain; fire the imagination; provide sparks for structured play. They do not just entertain and delight; they stimulate and inspire. And always, they remind us of the value - and values - to be found in abstract play."

I wish I'd treated more of my side projects as toys instead of putting off shipping them because they lacked obvious value.




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