The Highline, New York City, New York

I often feel uncomfortable making decisions or providing guidance to my clients unless I’ve had time to think. When I’m rushed I feel stressed. Sometimes all I need is a few hours. Sometimes days. Other time weeks.

Thinking time is non-linear. The time you spend thinking – walking around a problem in a three-dimensional way and exploring all of the various perspectives and mental models – pays you back tenfold in the end. The problem for those who are shortsighted is that this time will appear as a negative for a while because it looks like nothing is getting done. This situation is a great example of what I call first-order negative, second-order positive.

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Some people like to name their vehicles, but I like to name my electronics [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][well, technically I name my vehicles too 8^D]. Maybe it’s because I’ve loved computers since I was a kid, or by giving them a name I mentally take better care of the devices, I’m not sure…Sean Patterson

I used to name my things as well. I have named my cars and computer — but not cameras, phones or tablet — for almost two decades. In the past I have used names from Japanese Anime and science fiction movies. My first car after graduate school was a Honda Civic named Tetuso. My second car, Acura Integra, was name Kaneda. Both names are from the same movie, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. I guess that movie left a lasting impression on me.

A colleague of mine, named hist servers after coffee and cars. He named his low-end servers and his workstations French Press, Espresso, Cafe au Lait, Cappuccino etc. He named his more powerful servers after American muscle cars such as Mustang, Olds 444, Viper etc. I started naming my computer too. My computers were named after characters from the Matrix such as Morpheus, Neo, Trinity, Dozer etc. I know. Cheesy, right?

Sometimes I re-used names. The current car, Honda Accord, is Tetsuo II.

For some reason I have never named my Macs creatively. I have had several but they are always just iMac or MacBook. This wasn’t a conscious decision. Its something that just happened. Maybe t’s time to start doing that again. Where shall I start?[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Image CC0 by Joshua Earle
Image CC0 by Joshua Earle

I miss being a kid, I miss not having a phone to stare at when I went to bed and instead just going to sleep. I miss walking down the street and stopping to talk to people along the way (something that’s been replaced by so many people constantly staring down at their devices), to going to places and just enjoying them for what they are, to going for a coffee with a friend and just sitting in their company, talking, laughing, without reaching for phones or devices. How did we get to a point where we do something like that and end up taking self-terminating pictures instead of just talking and laughing?Jerry Lane

I hear ya, Jerry. I hear ya.

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