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Tipping Points

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:01+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

Anyone who’s watched a huge, carefully constructed domino palace fall into a pile of disjointed plastic knows it’s true: it is easier to destroy than to create. If we’re honest, we know it can also provide a certain rush. Just watch this video if you have any doubts. It’s shows 128,000 dominoes fall [...]

Asking the Right Question

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:01+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

We are creatures of habit. When something works, we tend to stick with it until it doesn’t anymore, often even ignoring better alternatives when they come along. Sometimes it’s for reasons of nostalgia, or just a perfectly normal resistance to planned obsolescence. Maybe we stick with an old cell ph [...]

A Thoreau Review

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:01+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

Simplify, Simplify. --Henry David Thoreau Innovation and invention, and, perhaps more importantly, reinvention, are iterative processes. We all observe that, whether we acknowledge it or not. We’d all be disappointed if the automobile stopped advancing with the Model T. In fact, the first generation [...]

Detour Ahead

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

Sometimes people are not very good at long-term thinking. Many of us, as individuals, have gotten better at it. But, as a species, we’re really built more for avoiding bears than avoiding bear markets. And why not? For most of our history, we simply haven’t stayed around long enough for long-term to [...]

Jargon

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

There’s a great mobile app called Duolingo. It makes learning a new language a game. You can spend a few minutes a day, or, if you’re like some of us, you could actually replace a lot of time-wasting (checking social media, crushing candy, hurling birds at farm animals) with an equally addictive but [...]

Egg Substitutes

By | 2017-07-12T00:11:02+00:00 December 12th, 2015|

There’s an old joke that’s made the rounds for decades: A man goes to the doctor and says, “My brother thinks he’s a chicken.” “Why don’t you bring him in?” asks the doctor. The man shrugs and says “I would, but I need the eggs.” That joke makes an interesting point about the products we use every d [...]