On being a geek

I went to a geeky event this weekend. It was fun, but it’s left me in a reflective mood. It’s one of those scales-from-the-eyes moments. I know that I’m geeky. But I also know now that that’s not such a good thing. The problem, I think, is intelligence. For too long, I’ve bought the popular (and blue-collar) line that to be seen as being geeky is to be seen as being bright. I’m wrong. As always, it took two events. One, me upsetting one of the other girls by getting over-passionate about an image processing technique, then not being able to explain why to her as I apologised the next morning. And listening to an old fart (there’s nothing wrong with being old; it’s the fart part that I had problems with) rattle on around midnight about some subject that I knew he was right about but desperately wanted to…

Don’t neglect the simple things

A lot of innovation is about showmanship. It’s not enough to have a great idea and develop it, to understand how it fits into the world and how to make money from it: you have to sell it. And one of the easiest ways to sell something is with simple, pretty demonstrations. If they can see it and play with it, then people (and by this I mean the people with the real money) are more likely to buy into it. And that includes innovations groups too: doing great things will not be as crucial to survival sometimes as being seen to do small but visible things. So today I did some small things, like linking all our company webmasters together. And a lot of people are happier for it.