I don’t know how often this Heinlein quote shows up these days but for the purposes at hand we’ll show it again. The diversity that he speaks of implies (for the sake of this post anyway) the knowledge of tools:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” 

And like it or not, you are defined by the tools you can use. Things haven’t really changed all that much in 6000 years. You’re either that tool savvy hunter-gather or you’re that camp-site bitch who cleans up after the real work has been done.

Sorry if you disagree but the fact is tools rule.

Today’s equivalent is digital: either you create your own content or you consume someone else’s. It’s as simple as that.

And just so there is no misunderstanding, Hollywood, Apple, and the various other producers of digital content and/or electronic delivery platforms want not just your money but they want to a have a deep and meaningful relationship with you too.

Every producer of content out there is competing for your mind.

You are what you consume; you are whatever you put into that tiny little head of yours. How do you feel about that?

I wanted to post something on tools because I had just commented to a Guardian article – “Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world”.

[I said] It was an excellent article. Stewart Brand is/was a revolutionary thinker. And more so, he was a do-er. I remember the Whole Earth Catalog very well. I used to own one and carried it around through various house moves for years and years.
It was seminal inasmuch as it was a one-stop ‘go to place’ for tool access. 
But I disagree[d] with Fred Turner that the Catalog was at its heart “deeply consumerist”.
The catalog was important because it fueled the imagination. It made some of us see life as it existed beyond the prevailing drug culture.
I went on to study engineering, practiced the profession for 30 years, and now I am sandal making in Mexico.
Success and satisfaction for many of us is all about tools. As it was 4000 years and as it is today; it is the person who can create/use the most tools that most benefits society.
Thanks Stewart Brand.

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