I am sitting in the ace hotel in NYC. It houses a coffee shop named Stumptown that I was fortunate to visit and learn how to taste as a thank you for helping a friend build a kitchen in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to get a coffee and stop in at the infamous Breslin, yet, it seems that despite a few co-working spaces around the area, the lobby of the hotel is full of people staring into their computer screens. It is bizarre, as human interaction has gotten worse in the city. The last time I was here a few years ago, I had a great chat with an elderly man about life, business, and humanity losing touch with social behaviors and manners.
Case in point, one tiny hectic worker, was corralling her boss in the coffee shop and simply just planted herself in my space and started rambling on. I felt terrible for the guy having to deal with her, yet, I also felt awful for the woman as this is what one has to do to stay afloat in the city. I think with age, you either go off the deep end collecting stuff, or you stop and look around at the health or people and the environment and think, “how can we do better?”
New York City is a fantastic place, and I marvel at the skyline and such. It reminds me to go over to the new Hudson yards, as that is to open this week. Yet, when I walk the city or take the subways, I wonder what life would be like to live here anymore? When I was younger, I could not wait to get to the excitement of the big cities and the idea of 24/7 life.
Today I am more for the 24/7 life, but living in nature with a satellite feed and a rapid prototyping lab/maker space. Why the change? I think it goes back to all the world in 3d audio and immersive visual systems. You can literally create anything with your imagination. What I really like today is non-fiction. When you look for that in the world, you see the disconnect between image and reality in the news, marketing, advertising, and service. The few at the top tier will get fantastic service. Those at the bottom ignored.
I read an article with thoughts from Tim Berners lee this morning. I will have to write to him and ask how I can join his merry group that wants to bring the internet back into balance. Another event that has burgeoned is sxsw in Austin. I stopped going in 2004 – ironically the year social media started. I still remember the guy from Friendster giving a talk, and I went online for a month and said, “this will be wildly popular, but it isn’t for me.”
It is like this blog. just shove the pixels up, and one day I might read the junk I wrote and think, “what on earth was your mind thinking most mornings?”
But for now. I have to get some mod’s to agrowspace in place. I really don’t want to build a large organization, but that might be how to get the items in the developed as well as developing world. Time will tell. right now hip bop blasts away, everyone has earbuds in and is typing into their laptops. I am blessed in that I learned to type while working as people and coffee shops gave me inspirations by watching people. There isn’t much interesting to people all ignoring each other, staring into devices and oblivious to people sitting right next to them.
Life is indeed funny what you learn over time. it is even more unusual how your values can change if you stop following the herd and ask, “why?”