… clocks. It’s a tad important to know the time. Well … unless of course you believe being punctual is poisonous, but that’s a post for another day. If you own an iOS device like an iPad and you travel, like me, you may not have noticed that when you step off the plane in a different timezone, malnourished and groggy, the second you connect yourself to wifi … presto, your iPad’s clock is updated. (sorry gals, not your biological one) When I plug in my (somewhat) archaic Dell laptop powered by Windows 7 and connect to overpriced hotel wifi, my laptop still thinks I’m in the land of Pacific orca whales. One small point which I’m sure will be mitigated in Windows 8. Right? Right
Imagine for a minute, if you will, a Dad entering the en suite bathroom to find his girls in the bath. Nothing out of the ordinary if your girls are 9 and 5. But imagine if your girls have propped up an iPad on the counter and are listening to jazz. When you ask, “why are you listening to jazz” and the response is, “Dad, it’s relaxing, calming and like a spa” … do you: Smile, like a proud father? Wonder if their mother has actually taken them to a spa before? Beam because they’ve brought an iPad into the bathroom to play jazz music? Back away slowly hoping you’re not in the wrong house? Fully expect an asteroid to hit you because your good
It turns out we all should be having vodka cranberries at work. In the March 2012 issue of Consciousness and Cognition, Professors Andrew Jarosz, Gregory Colflesh and Jennifer Wiley proved that alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving. They state: The results of the current study supported the prediction that moderate alcohol intoxication would improve performance on a creative problem solving task. Intoxicated participants not only showed an improvement in accuracy compared to sober, but they also solved problems more quickly. Additionally, participants in the intoxicated condition perceived their problem solving to be less analytic and more intuitive than the sober controls. I wrote this while having a glass of 2010 ‘Cycles Gladiator’ Petite Sirah Lodi
I’m amazed to see how far collaboration has come in the organization. It amazes me even more how much further it has to go. I recall a conversation I once had in a public gym which went something like this. “Hey Dan, how is that ‘collaboration’ thing going?” “Pretty well, I think.” “Well, I believe it’s overhead, so I’ve asked my team to get back to work. We’re not ‘collaborating’ going forward.” Maybe Edwin Land was right … “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.