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Gerald Ford, walking, (er) gum-chewing, and thumb-typing

There’s a slow food movement. Maybe there should be a slow analysis movement.

I was in a brainstorming meeting the other day. Lots of smart people, enormously healthy egos, and the ‘name of the game’ was throwing as many ideas (good, bad, indifferent) up on a whiteboard. Two guys off to the side didn’t really seem to be caught up in the effort — despite the fact it was *their* group that needed new ideas for a project.

‘looked over and both were busy thumb-typing. SO, I did what any curmudgeon-for-hire does in those situations: I stopped the brainstorming and asked the young Masters of the Universe if they’d like to share their tweets with the rest of the us.

Serious hateful glares…  I pretended to look slightly hurt by their disapproval.

Afterwards, one of them came up and said he was pissed off that I’d done that – that he is FULLY capable of doing a lot of things at once. I said I didn’t believe that argument and “neither do learning theorists!”

Truth is, I’d heard that argument, several times, but short of spending time doing searches (instead of more productive activities) I figured finding a reference was a “someday maybe” kind of thing.

Lo and behold, in a recent Arts & Letters Daily, an article to *exactly* this point:


(just to clear up a silly bit of sanitization, the original quote by Lyndon Johnson describing the intellectual heft of Gerald Ford was “he’s not smart enough to chew gum and fart at the same time.” )


play a game, change the world

Got this a few minutes ago and it passed the ‘will this interest me enough to get me to stop sipping my espresso’ test. I’m seriously intrigued by this gaming-to-learn venue. ‘not entirely sure why

And why I’m posting it here? Companies are often a bit like very large container ships – a little slow to change course. Consultants can come in, charge big bucks, and leave clients with long strategic ‘to-do’ lists all gussied up in PowerPoint decks.


OR, maybe, using games like this can get ideas into heads.

As I say, I’m intrigued.

$10Billion here, $10Billion there … pretty soon you’re up to a small percentage of …

Each year Americans spend a LOT on Christmas. OK, the number is hard to pin down but if you’re generous with taking into account the whole ball of wax, from money spent on Secret Santa stuff, to the Politically Correct Happy Holidays banners that go up everywhere, from staff parties to Christmas getaways to points south and sunny – the number is really REALLY Big.

Like … $450 Billion Dollars.

To put a little perspective on this. Several non-aligned research and aid organizations remind us that the leading cause of death, worldwide, every year, is the lack of water. People can’t get it. OR, when they get it, it’s not potable. Best estimates of a massive global effort to eliminate this shortage of water would could in the neighborhood of $10Billion.

$450Billion.  $10Billion.

You’ve possibly heard of The Advent Conspiracy. These are sane people with a modest request: that we remind ourselves this is a time of year where we can be so, so much more than consumers. A time of year we can find time to slow down a bit, a very small bit, to spend time with loved ones. A time of year when we can forgo one or two presents. A time of year when we can make a difference.

An old friend, a professor at Harvard (a woman as unlikely as anyone you’ll ever meet sending links about searching for meaning) sent me this link.

Take the time, please, to look at it.

A new world for bringing information to customers and business partners

There’s no secret that I’m a fan of the idea that ‘virtual worlds’ have a serious place in business. ‘problem is, most pushback against these immersive computing environments is that they’re too weird, too difficult to learn, too much overhead, too.. too.. too…

Maybe that’s about to change. Take a look at a product – still in Beta – that really seems to be an ‘inworld experience’ meant for real business people.