My PC has been updated. I left it unattended for a month, and now I’m powering it up again. It’s got a new motherboard, a new display, and a new OS revision. It’s quiet, because it’s all-SSD now, and it’s actually a bit slower than the previous one.
The above paragraph is a mix of reality and fiction, BTW. Because I’m talking about two things at once – the Mac I work on, and… my brain. Both have changed :)
The past month has been extremely chaotic for me. I’ve been trying to figure out what I really want to do, and how to make it happen. The outcome surprised me: I absolutely want to keep doing what I’ve been doing these past few years, with JeeLabs. So the good news, if you been following along, is that I will. But there will be changes, because the intensity of it all is not sustainable for me, not at the previous energy level anyway. I will spread out stories over more weblog posts – thus also making it easier for you to keep up and follow along.
In this day and age of instant gratification, mass consumption, and immediate mail-order fulfillment, I’m going to go against the grain and buck the trend – by reducing short term the frequency of JeeLabs shop fulfillments, dealing with shop-related tasks less often. The shop will become even more of a secondary activity here, but fulfillment improvements are in the pipeline. The product range will grow further, but the pace and scale of commerce most likely not. It gives me pleasure to send out packages and to stay in contact with the people who are going to use these products. The shop isn’t about volume and turnover, but about allowing others to reproduce and extend some projects I’m coming up with and working on. Because making stuff is fun.
My passion, my energy, and my time will remain focused on the weblog, or rather on the projects that drive it all. Whether the frequency can stay as is, time will tell. I hope it can – with occasional breaks in the year – because the daily cycle is great fun, keeps me focused, and is clearly being appreciated.
As Seth Godin describes in his manifesto, the schooling system has taken our dreams away. I’ve been lucky to keep (or rather, rediscover) mine, and want to help as much as I can to make sure others will be able to latch onto their dreams as well, with curiosity and creativity as the driving forces – in the context of Physical Computing, that is.
The internet, at least the part I care about, is evolving into an extra-ordinary global learning powerhouse. It started with Wikipedia and led to the inspiring TED presentations, MIT’s Open Courseware, and the Khan Academy (an absolutely astounding initiative which is turning the way education works on its head). There is no excuse anymore for not knowing what you’d like to know, it’s all there.
And as I’m finding out, there is no excuse anymore for not sharing what you know, either.