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#!/bin/bash
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#
# Oblique strategies is a set of cards created to break deadlocks in creative
# situations. This script randomly "draws" a card from the deck.
#
# OBLIQUE STRATEGIES
# Over 100 worthwhile dilemmas by Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt
#
# These cards evolved from our separate observations of the principles
# underlying what we were doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retro-
# spect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were formulated.
# They can be used as a pack (a set of possibilities being continuously
# reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from the shuffled pack
# when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is
# trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final,
# as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident.
#
# -- [First published 1975, slightly revised 1978]
#
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q[0]="(Organic) machinery."
q[1]="A line has two sides."
q[2]="A very small object. Its center."
q[3]="Abandon normal instruments."
q[4]="Accept advice."
q[5]="Accretion."
q[6]="Allow an easement (an easement is the abandonment of a stricture)."
q[7]="Always first steps."
q[8]="Always give yourself credit for having more than personality."
q[9]="Are there sections?"
q[10]="Consider transitions."
q[11]="Ask people to work against their better judgment."
q[12]="Ask your body."
q[13]="Assemble some of the elements in a group and treat the group."
q[14]="Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle."
q[15]="Be dirty."
q[16]="Be extravagant."
q[17]="Be less critical more often."
q[18]="Breathe more deeply."
q[19]="Bridges -build -burn."
q[20]="Cascades."
q[21]="Change instrument roles."
q[22]="Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency."
q[23]="Children -speaking -singing."
q[24]="Cluster analysis."
q[25]="Consider different fading systems."
q[26]="Consult other sources -promising -unpromising."
q[27]="Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element."
q[28]="Courage!"
q[29]="Cut a vital connection."
q[30]="Decorate, decorate."
q[31]="Define an area as 'safe' and use it as an anchor."
q[32]="Destroy -nothing -the most important thing."
q[33]="Discard an axiom."
q[34]="Disciplined self-indulgence."
q[35]="Disconnect from desire."
q[36]="Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them."
q[37]="Distorting time."
q[38]="Do nothing for as long as possible."
q[39]="Do something boring."
q[40]="Do the washing up."
q[41]="Do the words need changing?"
q[42]="Do we need holes?"
q[43]="Don't be afraid of things because they're easy to do."
q[44]="Don't be frightened of cliches."
q[45]="Don't be frightened to display your talents."
q[46]="Don't break the silence."
q[47]="Don't stress one thing more than another."
q[48]="Emphasize differences."
q[49]="Emphasize repetitions."
q[50]="Emphasize the flaws."
q[51]="Faced with a choice, do both."
q[52]="Feed the recording back out of the medium."
q[53]="Fill every beat with something."
q[54]="From nothing to more than nothing."
q[55]="Get your neck massaged."
q[56]="Ghost echoes."
q[57]="Give the game away."
q[58]="Give way to your worst impulse."
q[59]="Go outside. Shut the door."
q[60]=""
q[61]="Go slowly all the way round the outside."
q[62]="Go to an extreme, move back to a more comfortable place."
q[63]="Honor thy error as a hidden intention."
q[64]="How would you have done it?"
q[65]="Humanize something free of error."
q[66]="Idiot glee (?)."
q[67]="Imagine a caterpillar moving."
q[68]="Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events."
q[69]="In total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly."
q[70]="Infinitesimal gradations."
q[71]="Intentions -nobility of -humility of -credibility of."
q[72]="Into the impossible."
q[73]="Is it finished?"
q[74]="Is the intonation correct?"
q[75]="Is there something missing?"
q[76]="It is quite possible (after all)."
q[77]="Just carry on."
q[78]="Left channel, right channel, center channel."
q[79]="Listen to the quiet voice."
q[80]="Look at a very small object, look at its center."
q[81]="Look at the order in which you do things."
q[82]="Look closely at the most embarrassing details and amplify them."
q[83]="Lost in useless territory."
q[84]="Lowest common denominator."
q[85]="Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame."
q[86]="Make a sudden, destructive unpredictable action; incorporate."
q[87]="Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list."
q[88]="Mechanize something idiosyncratic."
q[89]="Mute and continue."
q[90]="Not building a wall but making a brick."
q[91]="Once the search is in progress, something will be found."
q[92]="Only a part, not the whole."
q[93]="Only one element of each kind."
q[94]="Overtly resist change."
q[95]="Put in ear plugs."
q[96]="Question the heroic approach."
q[97]="Reevaluation (a warm feeling)."
q[98]="Remember those quiet evenings."
q[99]="Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics."
q[100]="Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities."
q[101]="Repetition is a form of change."
q[102]="Retrace your steps."
q[103]="Reverse."
q[104]="Short circuit (example; a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap)."
q[105]="Simple subtraction."
q[106]="Simply a matter of work."
q[107]="Spectrum analysis."
q[108]="State the problem in words as clearly as possible."
q[109]="Take a break."
q[110]="Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance."
q[111]="Tape your mouth."
q[112]="The inconsistency principle."
q[113]="The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten."
q[114]="The tape is now the music."
q[115]="Think of the radio."
q[116]="Tidy up."
q[117]="Towards the insignificant."
q[118]="Trust in the you of now."
q[119]="Turn it upside down."
q[120]="Twist the spine."
q[121]="Use 'unqualified' people."
q[122]="Use an old idea."
q[123]="Use an unacceptable color."
q[124]="Use fewer notes."
q[125]="Use filters."
q[126]="Water."
q[127]="What are the sections sections of?"
q[128]="What are you really thinking about just now?"
q[129]="What is the reality of the situation?"
q[130]="What mistakes did you make last time?"
q[131]="What would your closest friend do?"
q[132]="What wouldn't you do?"
q[133]="Work at a different speed."
q[134]="Would anybody want it?"
q[135]="You are an engineer."
q[136]="You can only make one dot at a time."
q[137]="You don't have to be ashamed of using your own ideas."
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echo ${q[$(($RANDOM % ${#q[*]}))]}