5
July
2006

Random thoughts for one sunny summer day 18:11 on Wednesday

The sunshine outside is making it hard to concentrate long enough to write a blog post. Warmth and sunshine being a scarcity here in Finland, I should be outside rather than sitting here and typing. For lack of anything better, here are some ideas I’ve held to in hopes of them becoming a blog post. Not sure I agree with myself on all points.

  • Here’s something I once learned from my father: you don’t schedule your time because you’re busy. You schedule time to avoid being busy.
  • Creative effort is relative. Creativity deals in adjectives. You make things louder or brighter or faster or more beautiful or mellower. How much of the interfaces we use reflect that? Or have I lost the plot?
  • Grouping items visually is more intuitive when it is done with columns (group header on first column, group items on second) or with colors. Outlined lists (groups appear as collapsible list items among other list items) are worse, yet used in most software.
  • The top three blips on Tim O’Reilly’s radar of the future right now are business applications, multiple devices, and virtual worlds. Why are those also on my historical radar readouts from 1996? (I’ll admit the blips are closer now)
  • Are we outsourcing the control over our lives to Personal Information Managing applications?
  • Money is not in thinking for others, consulting and charging by the hour. Variety is not in thinking for yourself, creating a kick-ass product and making money. What’s the recipe for both shit-load of money and maximal variety in your work/life?
  • The currency of admission to public toilets shouldn’t be money, but returned litter. Want to relieve yourself? Please insert ten cig butts or two empty bottles.

One Response to “Random thoughts for one sunny summer day”

    Comments:

  1. John Koetsier Says:

    Hrm, this one really resonates with me:

    “Money is not in thinking for others, consulting and charging by the hour. Variety is not in thinking for yourself, creating a kick-ass product and making money. What’s the recipe for both shit-load of money and maximal variety in your work/life?”

    You need variety, because your’re smart and creative and, frankly, ADD. But you also need to pay the bills without working 80 hours a week.

    That’s a tough one!