01.099: Functional Fixed Wickedness
EP01.099 of Think! Step one in solving anything with anything.
When you’re trying to figure out a problem with a set of finite resources, going back to Dunker’s Candle Test might help.
In short – break each resource you have down into as many functions as you can think of, then see what you have to play with.
Example: A Mug
- A waterproof vessel
- A holder for smallish things
- Smashed up:
- ground up into grit
- big pieces with sharp edges to cut
- the handle as a hook
- A phone amplifier
- A stand
- A noisemaker when struck
- A measure
- A circular cutter for soft things like dough
- A circular template
- A weapon of sorts
- When combined with string, a basket to lower and raise
And sooooo on.
Point: you might have much more at your disposal for getting stuff done than you think.