Boards will comment on anything you put in front of them. If you want to have a 30-minute debate on whether your company should spend $12,000 on a coffee machine for employees then ask your board and I promise every member will have an opinion. Or as I like to say, “if you ask us to weigh in on your colors or logos and we debate it fore 30 m…
опа…нта, и я просто путешествую. Бывает, что конкретно именно на эти деньги куда-то вырываюсь, но реже. Путешествия очень помогают в работе. Когда вокруг тебя все привычное, то ты ленивый, всё твоё внимание притуплено. Когда попадаешь в незнакомую страну, все органы чувств обостряются. Всё неизвестное опасно, и мозг начинает работать на полных оборотах.
While I did manage to reduce my procrastination, I didn’t totally eliminate it. My ever-creative brain found new ways to distract itself, seeking solace in stranger corners of the web that I found boring before — like using Google Translate to learn funny phrases and saying them to my Spanish housemates.
“Thus we are brought back to seeing the necessity for the educator to be an anthropologist. Educational innovators must be aware that in order to be successful they must be sensitive to what is happening in the surrounding culture and use dynamic cultural trends as a medium to carry their educational interventions.” — Papert, Mindstorms (Chapter 8)
In A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander frequently discusses the role of customization in architecture, and he repeatedly argues that the process of customizing and modifying buildings over time, and the irregularity and idiosyncracy that it produces, is what makes buildings and cities useful and beautiful. Buildings that are adaptable encourage a feeling of ownership in a far deeper sense than property laws, and they allow for an evolutionary process to transform them, where fashions come and go but a timeless style emerges.
The crux of the issue is that we pretend that there’s only two kinds of people out there — users and programmers — but there’s a vast range of human experience between these categories, and we do nothing for them.
…s the paradigm with the HyperTalk language, a very user-friendly, Smalltalk-influenced environment. But no matter how “user-friendly” a programming language is, its never friendly enough for all people; all code is, at some level, a necessary evil — a trade-off between clarity and accessibility against programmer time. We should consider Turing completeness our last resort.
We designed Coda for all the people who, despite the apps they buy, spend their days in documents and spreadsheets. They are the organizers, the tool makers, the problem solvers. The people who don’t wait for the marketplace to hand them a solution, and instead build it for themselves. I call them the maker generation.