Right now, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, every day is a river of data — number of tests, new positives, hospital capacity, and daily deaths. Countless tracking sites are updated throughout the day, giving us near real time access to the latest data and trends.
It’s quite incredible, really.
But the scope and immediacy of all this data also remind me of that which we’re not seeing yet — the stories behind the numbers. And the stories that will never appear as a positive case, a recovery, or a death.
This unbelievably interesting time has impacted people’s lives in so many ways. People have lost opportunities…and created new ones. They’ve lost physical connections to people they’ve hugged daily for years, but they’ve also used technology to reconnect with old friends they haven’t shared physical space with in decades. They’ve rekindled old hobbies, reread favorite books, and even rediscovered the strengths that underlie their closest relationships. …
The stories of the inventors, their companies, and their businesses reveal lessons that are still relevant today.
I’ve been reading really old patents for decades now. I know it sounds like some some sort of bizarre punishment, but I assure you it’s not. I do it for fun. Really.
These old patents—usually from the 1900s, 1880s, and even earlier— fascinate me because they allow me to appreciate the giant leaps made in particular technologies, between then and now. …
I live close to a cemetery. Not right next to it, but close enough that the main road that connects my street to my city divides the cemetery into north and south sections. I drive that divide on my way to the office and on my home. When I pick up pizza, and when I go to the bank. The road is a state highway and quite busy, so it’s easy to miss the scenery as you pass through.
But, there they are, every time — headstones to the left, headstones to the right.
Lately I’ve been walking through the cemetery quite a bit, too. Its paths are well maintained and the property has beautiful trees. It’s really quite a lovely place. …