Why I Still Carry a Notebook & Pen

Staying prepared for any idea that comes up with my trusty EDC notebook & pen.

I get questioned why I carry a notebook and pen when I can use my phone. My answer will always be, “it’s convenient”. I don’t have to wait for an app to type something in with my fat fingers. I can quickly jot down a note and review it later during some down time.

Not only is it convenient, but it keeps me focused and gives me the pace I need to think things through. Otherwise, I’d get distracted by social media or checking my emails and I’ll forget the idea or task I needed to do. When I wake up and have an idea, it doesn’t take long to grab my pen and notebook that’s next to me.

One of the things that I’d like to start pushing for is an understanding that paper and pen are still part of an Information System. Some IT people may disregard the concept and point out an information system only has something to do with technology. And when they talk about technology, they’re referring to computers and other smart devices. I challenge that traditional thought.

I can just as well write instructions on a piece of paper using a pen and it can be considered a program. Being very proficient at identifying processes, it doesn’t matter if a piece of technology or a person is doing the work. I’m a big proponent of understanding the process. Once the process is understood then a decision maker can be responsible for choosing who or what will get the process done.

Others may use a fancy, free app on their phones to jot down notes but I prefer my pocket notebook and a pen. What do you prefer? Let’s talk story, holler @ me.

The Robots are Taking Over

Pixie taking a break at her home in Mardis Gras World. She is used to fulfill the company’s mass produce orders such as the cows in Chik Fil A’s national billboards.
A couple years ago, I met a person who was teaching grade schoolers how to think like a programmer. To me, that’s how we’re going to have to prep for the future. Any job you can think of can be replaced by AI and robots at some point. It’s just a matter of when and whether we are ready to accept it (most likely, when it becomes convenient for everyone).

More recently my wife and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, we checked out Mardis Gras World and took a tour. It was awesome to see the non-profit company staffed by plenty of artist who are drawing, sculpting, and painting the massive Mardis Gras floats. One of the highlights of the tour was the robot they recently acquired that can do amazing, detailed work.

Apparently there’s been more than enough concern about robots taking over the world that our tour guide had to clarify the company’s intention. The fear of replacing artist with robots is alleviated with the idea that robots are just another set of tools. It actually helps the resident artist free up time when they need their focus on preparing for mardis gras. In other words, why not automate when there is mass demand? An artist’s time is better spent being creative rather than doing repetitive work and who better to train for repetitive work than a robot. Kern Studio’s Mardis Gras World is a prime example of a company who is embracing the future and allocating resources efficiently. So efficient that I can leave you with the following lasting image:
Santa Clause and King Kong because why not?
 Thoughts? Feel free to comment below or holler at me.