A few years ago, when I was still an automotive journalist, I test-drove a Ford Edge with a purpose-built Sony audio system. The sound quality was excellent, but there was one huge problem: in their infinite wisdom, the designers had used touch-sensitive buttons for most of the dashboard controls. Because, y’know, touch-sensitive stuff was cool and cutting-edge.
So what if they were totally useless? Continue Reading
I’ve been thinking about creativity and innovation today, and that led me to remember a particular quote that I’ve always liked from the movie “Robots“: “See a need, fill a need.”
This is a variation on the enduring “find a need and fill it” quote typically attributed to Ruth Stafford Peale, and I admit that I had to look that up because I couldn’t remember her name. However, I prefer the Robots quote, if only because it appeals a little more to my sense of rhythm. In any case, the message is the same: innovation comes from recognizing opportunities. It really couldn’t be any simpler than that.
Which is, of course, part of the issue…because it’s not really that simple, is it? Continue Reading
It’s fairly common knowledge that the hardest thing for me to do is start a project. Once I get going on it, I’ll work tirelessly for hours and hours without a break, and I’ll love every minute of it. But if I get distracted and start focusing on something else, I sometimes have trouble getting back into the original task.
But when something sparks my creativity, well, it’s hard for me to stop. Continue Reading
Apparently, a radio station in Calgary held a contest where they would either give away $5,000 or burn it, depending on how listeners voted. And apparently, 54% of listeners voted to burn it, so that’s what they did. Continue Reading
There are three likely responses to the title of this scatterthought, each of which can be summed up in one word: Continue Reading