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My grandma was a Maker

My grandmother, Grace, passed away nearly a year ago. She was a maker and hacker, although she wouldn't have used those terms, her whole life. Everything was a prototype. If something didn't quite work right, she'd go to her tractor shed or basement and find some parts and improve it. Her meat grinder had a suction cup stand she robbed from another appliance. She was always gluing, duct-taping or screwing one object to another. When her dexterity became limited, she started modifying household items.

She wrapped these salt shakers with rubber bands to improve their grip. They are still on the farm's kitchen table. I think of them as a monument to her ingenuity - how she saw the world and objects.


Douglas Adams on technology and progress

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this: 1 everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2 anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3 anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.


Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

via DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet.

Listen: The Recipe for Success? Fail a Lot

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab via Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | The Recipe for Success? Fail a Lot.


The cost of failure has gone down...the cost of sitting around and trying to decide to do something or not is higher than the cost of just trying something... Failures are the best was to learn fast.

We can play with reality cheaper than theories... Don't let the lack of theory stop you. I'd much rather have something work in practice and not in theory, rather than in theory and not in practice.


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From Elsewhere: Make your users your addiction

In healthcare we call them patients, or caregivers, or staff, or doctors, or nurses, or managers, or payers...and they should be our addiction.

If I were to offer any advice to those seeking to apply design thinking to their work, it would be this: Don’t wait for your users to come to you; go find them. Make them your addiction and the source of the energy behind your work.

via the whiteboard | Make your users your addiction.