Purpose: Sharing Ideas

Your Man Friday’s Ideas is a weekly posting of three links to interesting ideas on some theme.  My choice of themes is extremely eclectic.  Newcomers:  you should try a few links to see if you agree with my idea of what is an interesting idea.


“Your Man Friday’s Ideas” was originally conceived as a weekly email posting to all faculty at Nipissing University. It was motivated by frustration with all the university emails I received invariably being trivial, usually administrivial. In the distant past, in my youthful naivete, I believed a university would be full of people interested in ideas and in sharing them. Odd then that the major communication media (email) among these academics I work with rarely contained anything vaguely resembling an idea. Was the university an intellectual desert island? Feeling that I couldn’t be alone there, alone in my frustration with the lack of any university correspondence that could stimulate more than a single neuron, I started sending out these weekly emails (every Friday) with three links to fascinating stuff I wanted to share with anyone who cared. We all like to share–if it doesn’t cost us anything.

Over time, because of requests, folk other than faculty have gradually been added to my mailing list. So for convenience I put up an archival website of each week’s recommendations. That way newcomers could view past links, and those who don’t arrange with me to have yet another email cluttering their spam-clogged inbox each week could just check the site at their convenience.

Now I’ve moved the archive into this blog format, with an RSS feed to make access more convenient and allow the posting of comments–which I hope will include many other interesting links related to the theme.

Offer! If you really want to be added to the actual emailing list write me at Ken (AT) Stange (DOT) com. Please use “Man Friday” as your header. (My inbox tends to overflow, so I use filters to deal with stuff in order of priority.)

Caveat! Inevitably, given the ever evolving state of the Internet, some of the links on past postings may be outdated, but–hey, dems da breaks! You get what you pay for.

Peace in complexity,
Ken Stange

3 Responses to About

  1. ursula says:

    Spiffy site. Good links. Good luck!

  2. Steph says:

    Looking good. I like the idea of turning the emails into a blog. It’s seems the logical next step in the evolution of Man Friday.

  3. Not all universities are created equal! Thank you for putting it all in an archived blog… WONDERFUL! And keep it coming!