Recently, I’ve been wanting to be like a kid. Actually, it’s been a theme I’m been striving to emulate for over a year. It was reinforced when I saw Hideshi Hamaguchi’s page at Portland on Fire. He’s an “experienced toddler”. (He’s also an amazing person, if you get a chance to meet him please do.)
Kid’s are just amazing. They grab a hold of anything and play with it for all it’s worth. They juice amazing amounts of knowledge from playing with things. They aren’t afraid to go after whatever they want. They just want tease things and see what happens. They are probably the best specimens for seeing how the brain works in it’s most natural state. They don’t know much about their environment, but they learn tons by interacting.
Recently, it’s been exhilarating to look at the amazing potential to interact with my environment. In general, it’s exhilarating to look at the potential for anyone to interact with the environment, and those around us. A friend keeps reminding me this phrase, “We do not know what anything is for.” It’s so true. It’s the core mindset of the hacker (not to be confused with the negative side of that, see cracker). Anything can be re-purposed for anything else, but more than that, anything can be interacted with differently. Here’s an example of that:
That is a video of MIT’s Kelly Dobson and her blender, Blendie. You can learn more about Kelly here, you can learn more about blendie, here. Her field is Machine Therapy.
Seeing that video reminded me of harmonizing with a vacuum cleaner, singing into a fan just because of the awesome effect it had on the sound passing through it, and first experimenting with the harmonic resonance of physical spaces through singing and later throat singing. There are just so many cool things to do.
When it comes to inventing new ideas, interacting with objects, or doing anything, the only bad idea is one that failed. Even then, it isn’t a bad idea because of the learning involved. Just remember to bring out that inner kid everyday.
*Special thanks to Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist. She is responsible for leading me to that video. She post all sorts of amazing things on her website, flickr, and tumblr. World look out! She is an emerging thought leader.