Thursday Open Thread 12-7-2017
Interesting little study published last month looking at the quality of play in toddlers and the number of toys they have available.
With fewer toys, participants had fewer incidences of toy play, longer durations of toy play, and played with toys in a greater variety of ways. This suggests that when provided with fewer toys in the environment, toddlers engage in longer periods of play with a single toy, allowing better focus to explore and play more creatively.
Adults are not significantly different than toddlers when it comes to toys or as we often call them tools. The question is - How are we decreasing our creativity by thinking we need a specific tool or app (software program) for every task.
Discussing with an friend regarding the need to repaint the exterior paint on his mobile home. He has had the paint for two years, but did not have a spray gun he believed was necessary to do the job. Suggested he use a paint tray, roller and extension - it worked fine.
Been reviewing a few pages of The Ashley Book of Knots daily since the 11/23 Open Thread. Realized if I took the time to learn a few specific knots there are a number of products that would not need to be purchased.
Have multiple appliances, pots and gadgets that are used for cooking. The same dishes can be made with a wok, chopstick and knife with no change in quality, often quicker if the time to clean-up everything is included. It just takes time to learn the skills.
The difference between us and the toddler is they can't run to the store or internet to buy
the newest tool or gadget. We have greater control to increase or decrease our creativity.
Morning light on Mt Hood
Rising sun peeking through the trees.
Dormant grass in the field.