I’m extremely excited with the release of our first time-traveling comic! All the feedback I’ve received has been very constructive and positive. Originally I had planned for weekly or bi-weekly comics but the MinuteThink staff are all students and it’s difficult to go through the arduous process in publishing a polished, well thought-out cartoon. That being said, our next comic is about the lives of philosophy majors will be up tomorrow! In addition, news.minutethink.com has just been added to the site. Here, I hope you’ll be able to get information straight from the source. We’ll be live blogging whenever we have our meetings to make sure you’re kept to date the latest progress for the newest comic. Please keep the feedback coming and thanks for the support!
The idea for MinuteThink came to me riding home from Bart one evening. I was flipping through my notebook to make use of my hour of spare time. As I was casually skimming through notes from my most recent textbook for Philosophy 104, Ethics, I couldn’t help but feel disgusted by how much time I had spent on doodling, and how little text there actually was. On the other hand, I’m a firm believer in being able to learn faster through pictures rather than words. Sure, my pictures were extremely simple descriptions of the philosophical concept portrayed in the textbook, but it was a neat little creation. That got me thinking. Philosophy is a dry, dry subject, some authors (Sidgwick) infinitely moreso than others. But what if I simplify a concept to make it understandable through a cartoon? I first came up with the MinuteThink idea by developing a tagline of “if someone spends a minute at my website, they’ll have some philosophical concept and idea to think about for the rest of their day.” Whether they want to discuss it on the site or by the watercooler, I wanted to give readers an interesting conversation starter for all ages. I had absolutely no experience in programming or websites so my new obsession became googling “easy way to start a blog.” Within a month my website was fully ready and I hope to launch it and share it will the world by October!