Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Thing of beauty

Nomadic library + transport system + intimate space. More at the David Garcia...

Plagued by “missed schedule” problem

Hi everyone, If you have been wondering why I have been quiet the past week (and several weeks prior), it is because I have been experiencing scads of "Missed Schedule" problems with Wordpress. That and the fact that I have been too crazy busy the past few weeks to...

Rules

Rules make life easier. But they also impede the awareness and development of alternatives and new perspectives. We love rules, routine and “norms” because we can just do what everyone else does/expects us to do and not think about things too much. But rules, routine...

A matter of degree

I like fried chicken. Eating fried chicken now and then is a most enjoyable activity. Eating fried chicken every day or every week, however, will soon become a problem. On a personal level, the amount of waste I generate daily is not really a problem I can immediately...

US = fast food

So this fast food bonanza at the Shanghai World Expo is the American contribution to a better life writ large(!) writ global? Is this rather telling of the power and profit-myopia of conventional business practice? Despite the mandate not being to make money (at least...

Disaster relief or cause?

This frightening mountain of bottled drinking water was snapped at my local supermarket on the weekend. Surely this a sign of a truly spoilt and self-obsessed society? Singapore provides perfectly safe, high quality, world-class drinking water straight from the tap....

The fiddle-worthy nature of products

I fiddle with things – when I am thinking. I click my pen, pull at the pocket clip (until it breaks), rearrange my cutlery, or poke around the cruets. It’s just what I do. I poke and pull at my laptops as well. The push-to-eject nibs of the CardBus/ExpressCard slots,...

Ikea food

Why is Ikea food so crazily successful in Singapore? There are two large Ikea stores in Singapore. They both have huge restaurants. By my estimation, the restaurants appear to occupy about 15% of the available retail floor area, an not-to-be-sniffed-at area....

Wabi sabi

No, not the Japanese condiment you put on sushi. But rather “the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi ... [which] values character and uniqueness over a shiny facade. Rare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.”From Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier...

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