Sometimes late at night, when I lay awake in bed staring at the little sparkly-glow glitter paint my wife put on the ceiling, I ask myself strange questions like, ”why is ethylenediaminetetraacetates the longest word in Scrabble pirate ship jumper?”
The other voices in my head shouted “who cares” and “why do you even know that bit of useless information?” But one voice commented (in a superior tone) that a regular 15×15 Scrabble board doesn’t support a word that long – and it… er… me, uh, my mind was correct!
Game, set, match! My only retort was that it is the longest word in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and it is possible to play the word in 8 steps if the board supported it.
I sat up in bed, raised my fist and shouted AH-HA!
My wife grumbled something at me about being quiet.
The “ah-ha” moment was the idea that too often we try to shoe-horn the latest and greatest technology into our lives where it just might not fit.
Technological advances can be cool, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming. But just like trying to cram ethylenediaminetetraacetates onto a standard Scrabble board, how many of us have been guilty of trying to shove new technology into our lives, processes, companies, or into someone else’s life?
I still don’t know when I’m going to use my portable watermelon cooler. I seldom go places that require chilled watermelon.
What technology have you been guilty of shoe-horning into your life or business?
This article was written by Dave C