Friday, February 5, 2010

Elgan the Engineer



"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it", says "the Preacher" in the Biblical book of Proverbs, chapter 22, sixth verse.

We search for meaning and fulfillment in life. Discovering our gifts and talents early can be to our advantage - if we follow a path of potential realization consistent with who we really are, we'll "never work a day in our life", because we will do what we love, because it is what we are.

My son Elgan once got the VCR to eject the tape with the remote control - yet there was no eject button on the remote. To this day his mother and I chuckle because it was one of the earliest indicators we recognized - Elgan had a knack for understanding how things work.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Can the Web save newspapers?



This recent article in the Toronto Star suggests I've got to go a little further beyond my previous breakdown.

Comparing news to music is a woefully inadequate justification for a newspaper attempting to charge for its content. iTunes was successful because it listened to what both artists and their fans wanted - for fans to be able to buy as little as they want, not just want the producers pushed. If I like "a song or two," it used to be that I'd still be forced to buy the whole album, or just not buy anything at all. Today, the artist can get a sale because someone can go ahead and just buy a song or two.