Interesting lifehacks: Use a wooden spoon to block part of your screen

While the benefit of the wooden spoon may not be immediately obvious to the novice user, the concept is now hailed the ‘next big thing’ in software development. Early adopters have been tinkering with some creative use-cases.

Most users first realize it’s power when it comes to selectively blocking unwanted pop-ups. This works much better than any browser plug-in (e.g. ad-block+) and with surprising accuracy. Although not as fast, it does so entirely without false positives! The spoon even works on all browsers and is both backward and “forward-compatible (a term which has been coined by the spoon community)!

Michaele Adduci, a Research Associate and Technical Supervisor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and expert in the field of Computer Vision points out that:

The system may one day be used to view poorly programmed websites like Google+ on large screens. Already now it completely eliminates the annoying border in the news-feed on large monitors (>22″/1080p res). G+ is just one example, of course.

The user-base, albeit still tiny, is extremely dedicated and faithful (almost religious some say). Open Source community pioneers and bigwigs like Richard Stallman or Eric S. Raymond are also big fans and backing the movement.

Eric S. Raymond recently admitted in an email to us:

When I first stumbled over the concept, I failed to come up with some valid use-cases and almost dismissed it as another fad. But then realized, it wasn’t that simple! Over time, I better understood it’s *real* power. Now I would no longer want to program without it.

People ask me about it’s advantages quite often lately. It’s a bit like answering the question “why anyone today should bother learning languages like LISP/Scheme”. Because using it will ultimately open your mind to different solutions, and make you a better programmer! The same can be said for the spoon.

How one applies the idea isn’t set in stone. There is no rulebook to follow. But this is exactly what makes it so powerful! It’s a ‘mindest’! Nobody will tell you HOW you should use it. For newbies who expect some more concrete answers this can be frustrating, sure!

New usage scenarios are being invented constantly. Some people have even “forked” the idea and are now experimenting with ladles. Whatever works for you!

Agile pioneer Martin Fowler loves the spoon and thinks it will help Agile developers focus on what’s relevant during pair-programming or code-review.

While several funding requests have popped up on kickstarter, not everyone is as cheerful: The most critical concerns are aired by the UX community. They feel that the spoon may impact their relevance, because users will no longer care about poor design or flaws in a GUI layout. Also companies behind ad-blockers probably have a lot to lose.

While it is too early to talk about the long-term effects of the spoon, one thing is certain: We have hit critical mass and the spoon is bound to disrupt our relationship with technology as we know it.

I’d love to hear about your experiences (positive or negative) when it comes to using the spoon creatively. Please share your ideas.

EDIT 06/06/2014: added more graphics to illustrate adoption curve, etc … if you don’t like those, please use the spoon to block.

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49 Responses to Interesting lifehacks: Use a wooden spoon to block part of your screen

  1. delly92 says:

    I’m sold. In fact, I feel like my wooden spoon collection is wasted on cooking porridge.

  2. Haha super article ! Passe voir mon blog 😘

  3. sitathisfeet says:

    The chopstick could be utilized by us cellphone users.

  4. Reblogged this on This Is My Confession and commented:
    Review: Easy to use with a simple UI. Minimalistic appearance and affective Ad blocker for PCs, Tablets and Laptops. A must read!! Hahahaha

  5. Conno123009 says:

    Reblogged this on Conno123009's Blog.

  6. kca66 says:

    Funny! Love it!

  7. A Regeneration Nation says:

    Like Vincent & Midwestern – the Wooden Spoon is a symbol of love & fear. To see your little Italian grandma cooking your favorite dish and using it to stir brings bubbles of happiness to your heart while the same said spoon smackin your arse by said grandma leaves you a lot less happy.

    That being said I see, even as a newbie, the advantages to this application. So many ppl will want one I am SURE. Now, you can do all you said WHILE cooking dinner with it AND to keep the kids in line. What other tools would we need really? ;)

  8. Remember that wooden spoon Homer took to the chili eating competition?

    Lenny: “Legend has it he carved the spoon from a BIGGER spoon!”

  9. Reblogged this on a fork in time and commented:
    Its better to laugh than not…!

  10. Reblogged this on randomransoms's Blog and commented:
    Interesting read

  11. Reblogged this on In a word – positive words for today and commented:
    oh, just way too funny!!! :)

  12. Wooden spoons are a love/hate for me. They were my Mother’s weapon of choice for beatings, but she has passed on now. No more smacks from the spoonator!
    Great read, congrats on gettin’ pressed!!

    • thanks. To smack kids with spoons seemed to be all the rage back in the 70ies and 80ies. I’ve had my own share of it which I guess can only be described as a sad way to vent frustration. I think I know how that must have felt and hope you managed to gather the strength to forgive and try to break that pattern. Best J

  13. Reblogged this on Tarek Elbakry's Blog and commented:
    Amazing info!

  14. Being a spoon survivor, I find the image of a raised hand with spoon attached disturbing. As a child of the ’50s when parents acted first and asked questions later, the wooden spoon has become — for me — a metaphor for corporal punishment. The gas chamber? The electric chair? Sissy stuff. Try to wolf down your last meal knowing your bum will be slapped silly with no mercy from your accuser. You think tech toy, I think Spanish Inquisition. Congratulations!

  15. Renny says:

    Will install it as soon as I get home! Unfortunately the IT guys at work confirmed my suspicions that my employer doesn’t support such innovative solutions and as far as the rules and regulations go, we aren’t ‘allowed to install any new software on the PCs without the permission of the IT department’. Tragic!

    • Sadly this seems to become more common these days. Employers don’t realize that they can’t stop disruptive technologies. You should consider finding a new employer and give them a low review in glassdoor!

  16. theprofisher says:

    Awesome !!

  17. haridasgowra says:

    Nice spoon! good thinking1

  18. haridasgowra says:

    Nice! presentation! Good spoon!

  19. haridasgowra says:

    Oooooooops i want this spoon!
    #wordpress!

  20. Kami says:

    I don’t know how I managed my internet life without this amazing new interface. Thank you for your inspiration and willingness to share such a wonderful creation!

  21. Michael McGrinder says:

    Spoonific!

  22. eddielaskey says:

    I really enjoy how user friendly its interface is. The software has a minimalist appearance, yet it does so much!

  23. but….but….there IS no spoon

  24. Wagathon says:

    We’ve finally found a way to crack the Asian market… first the spoon, then the fork!

  25. youngtheroux says:

    forward compatible?? well i never!!

  26. Reblogged this on The Tales of a Teaching Novice and commented:
    A beautiful solution is always a simple solution

  27. L. Palmer says:

    I prefer a solid metal spatula. It creates a cleaner, sharper edge, which is more appealing to the eye. The metallic sheen gives the monitor a retro appeal, and the spatula can be leaned against the monitor itself instead of straining the hand.
    Also, have you tried using an eyepatch with a hole cut in it?

  28. timbermann says:

    I’ve had some great success using this method as highlighted by this photo

    http://smann.deviantart.com/art/Spoon-Hack-435276443?ga_submit_new=10%253A1392836673

  29. Hmmm I might have to buy some stocks in wooden spoons! Thanks for the tip ;)

  30. Before I had my coffee, the obvious Paddling Butt Punishment came to mind for the wooden spoon but now that the caffeine and sugar are safely stored in my veins, another use has sprung to mind. It involves the same tool and the same location but with far different motives and results.

    Perhaps another cup.

  31. vtboyarc says:

    haha that’s awesome, love it!

  32. Eva says:

    Great piece!
    Do you remember the animated series, ‘The Tic? “Spoooon!”
    I offer no apologies.

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