|We tried a castle-mother for a few weeks…now it’s all Dat Ho|
GorT has been up to his eyeballs in a variety of things – mostly work and helping the family get back into the swing of school and fall sports. This has left little time for me to post much, which I think will improve shortly.
Recently, GorT came across a great post that makes a point that is often overlooked. I’m a huge fan of technology and many times companies try to innovate only by adding bells and whistles for the shiny-factor or the look-what-we-can-do factor. Instead of keeping a device or tool focused on what is does well and honing its ability to do so.
The article opens as follows:
What is the difference between these two sentences:
I want to wash clothes.
I want clean clothes.
Dat Ho wants to wash clothes – it’s what he does. And he does it well. Maybe. There was that one incident with the Czar’s white dress robes and ‘Puters red socks. Anyway, I digress. NO ONE wants to wash clothes. Really. People do it because they have to or because they’re paid to. Some don’t do it much to the disgust of those around them.
Similarly, the article points out:
People do not want to use a blender – they want liquified food.
People do not want to use a toothbrush – they want clean teeth.
People do not want to use a phone – they want to communicate*.
People do not want to use a computer** – they want to get stuff done.
I highly recommend reading the article and giving it some thought. Then, the next time you face the question of, “what do you want?”, take a moment and think about your answer. Is it really what you want?
* I would argue this is one that is evolving in front of us now. FaceTime, SnapChat, Twitter, Vine, etc. are all forms of communication and actual phone conversations are on the way out. How many of you with teenagers have actually seen them talk to their friends using a phone let alone their cell phone? Note to the phone companies: take note from the newspaper industry – evolve or die. Guess why Verizon is moving heavily into internet and digital services for the home?
** ‘Puter hates using the computer. Trust us. It scares him.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.