Idea Development • Question 1

Practical assignment (puzzles and fun)

Riddle #1

A man is replacing a wheel on his car, when he accidentally drops the four nuts used to hold the wheel on the car. They fall into a deep drain, irretrievably lost. A passing girl offers him a solution that enables him to drive home. What is it?

My solution

This one is tricky, and can have multiple solutions. The obvious one is to take one nut from each of the other wheels, and use them to fasten the replacement wheel. But this can only be a temporary solution.

We don’t know where this man is, if he’s on the side of a road or at a car mechanic shop. If he’s at a mechanic shop, he might have spare parts and could use those.

There might be a second vehicle which he could use, either another car, a motorbike or a bicycle. Then he can return later with a new set of nuts.

Perhaps the man is on his way to go fishing, and has fishing equipment in his car, then the girl could suggest fastening a magnet to the rod, and try to fish the nuts back up from the drain.

Or perhaps the car is a toy car in need of repair, and the girl is a shop assistant who suggests fastening the wheel with some glue or other adhesive.

Riddle #2

Two Russians walk down a street in Moscow. One Russian is the father of the other Russian’s son. How are they related?

My solution

They are married. Husband and Wife. They have a son together.

Riddle #3

What occurs once in June, once in July and twice in August?

My solution

This one is easy. The letter u appears once in June and July, and twice in August.

Riddle #4

Six drinking glasses stand in a row, with the first three full of water and the next three empty. By handling and moving only one glass at a time, how can you arrange the six glasses so that no full glass stands next to another full glass, and no empty glass stands next to another empty glass? What is the minimum number of moves to solve this puzzle?

My solution

You only need to touch one glass. Lift the second glass in the row, and pour the content into the fifth glass.

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Map of Moodle

Tonight I give you my finished version of a Moodle Map. This time drawn on paper. I’m fairly happy with it, for now. If I were to recreate it again, I would firstly go searching for my circle template ruler. Because I can’t seem to make perfect circles when tracing around bowls and bottle caps. Secondly, I would experiment with less cartoony icons, even though these represent what I wanted. And lastly, I would sketch out the placements for the words and icons before inking them, instead of eyeballing the positioning.

I’ve drawn some inspiration from a few items in my two favorite book series, His Dark Materials (P.Pullman) and Harry Potter (J.K.Rowling).
These being Lyra’s Alethiometer in Northern Lights, and the Weasley family’s grandfather clock (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire) and I’ve also gotten some inspiration from Art Noveau style.

Materials used:

  • sketched with a mechanical pencil 0.3
  • inked with black drawing pen 07 and 03
  • colored and outlined with a selection of fineliners
  • some details in metallic colored pencil
  • bold outlines with a golden Sharpie
My moodle map. Plays on the look of compasses, barometers and clocks.

Thinking Process • Moodle Map

One of the tasks to do, is about making my own map of the Moodle site. First obvious thought is to make a traditional map, but when the requirements says to think outside the box, that’s not an option.

I thought about making a shop-style overview, where each section of Moodle would be represented by a row of shelves. However, that’s not how I look at the page. So instead I have moved on to defining how I use it.

I’ve visualized the starting point, the dashboard, as the center hub. And from there, I can go in any direction to find the different sections. Do I want the forums? Do I want to look at the schedule? Or maybe look for the recommended reading list?

I’ve visualized my ideas digitally for now, and will do the final version on paper. My current sketches are displayed below.

Gets random idea while writing blogpost: Perhaps I could go for a compass or barometer style look?