Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quote from Steve Jobs


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. [Wired, February 1996]

(Thanks to François)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

5 benefits of living without a car

It's now more than 6 months that I don't have a car.  For nearly 20 years I always had a car at my disposal. Since I started as self-employed I don't have a car anymore. Is it a problem ? Mostly not. There are even advantages.

5 good reasons to become a "BMW"  (Bus-Metro-Walk):
  1. It's good for the health. You walk much more (in the station, between the stop and the office)
  2. It's good for the stress. In the public transport, you have the time to read or to relax your brain.
  3. It's a good social experience. If you want, you can talk to the people. People sometimes ask for help because they are lost. When the train gets stuck, people share their emotions.
  4. It's cheaper than having a car.
  5. It makes you smarter. Finding the best public transport route challenges your mind.

Work is following me on vacation...

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