Todd LeBeauc

[Ir]relevant data: All Day, Every Day...

Randomness 02 APR 2019

The opposite to reactivity is creativity when one decides upon a course of action that is a wholly a product of personal choice.

One then make decisions as to the steps needed to make this wish a reality. This is planning.

Planning is essentially a creative endeavor at every step.

Challenges and Focus

Given the challenges of late, I am reminded that obstacles and turbulent waters are a norm for everyone; how one reacts differentiates an individual from another.

Small ships sailing across the oceans seem on the surface to be insignificant, but ... braving the waves not only allows a ship of any size to sail on, but actually alters the oceans.

Individual efforts and the timeliness of them may feel trivial, and yet the ripples made upon the world is immeasurable. Perhaps then challenges encountered require the conviction to focus on small tasks.

Each achievement then, regardless of scale or impact, aids in building forward momentum; building and renewing an energy towards greater accomplishments.

Problems, Creative Solutions, and Knowing What One is Doing...

People like to solve [the] hard problems, and there’s a massive amount of social and organizational signaling wrapped up in that.

"The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you're doing."

Now to add some clarity to this statement, as it is likely easy to misinterpret what I'm saying here. When I write about not knowing what you're doing, I'm arguing against "expertise"; a feeling of mastery that traps one in a particular way of thinking.

I am not advocating ignorance. Instead, I'm suggesting a kind of informed skepticism, a kind of humility.

Ignorance is remaining willfully unaware of the existing base of knowledge, proudly jumping in and stumbling around. When I look upon the horizon, it strikes me that this approach is fashionable in certain circles today, and it's absolute poison.

Knowledge is crucial. Past ideas are imperative. Knowledge and ideas that have consolidated result in some of the most beautiful creations of humanity.

It's good to learn how to do something. It's better to learn many ways of doing something. Learn tools, and use tools, but don't accept tools as anything other than suggestions or hints in solving problems; but not accepting them as absolutes. Always distrust them; always be alert for alternative ways of thinking. This is what I mean by avoiding the conviction that I (and/or you) "know what you're doing."

Chicken and Egg

I began my 'lazy Sunday' with a thought scribbled on a Post-It note that has been nagging at me for over a week:

"Chicken and Egg: Symbiotic Shaping of App Development  — the relationship between technological and societal demands is one of mutual shaping."

Shared on Twitter for the world to ponder, I quietly am all too aware that venturing down the rabbit hole of app design once more presents challenges.

For example, design is a large component of technology. The color choices, interface, shapes, features, extensions, exclusions and more. Yet there are other factors not as obvious; policies, back-end functionality, pricing and the dreaded "fine print".

"We shape our tools and therefore our tools shape us." — Marshall McLuhan

Random Thoughts

“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”