I was browsing some recent Lifehacker posts that showed up in the Enigma Rainmeter desktop’s RSS display (that I just mentioned), and using their new HD beta layout I continued to scroll until I came across this gem of an article from about a month ago - Staring at Screws: How I Find Ideas in Trivial Details.
Which I first have to mention, I like the new HD layout at Lifehacker because once you are in a category or timeframe of posts that you enjoy you can continuously scroll and read more posts that you’d likely find interesting. It seems to be written for larger displays or possibly televisions.
Being that they seem to love the Mac OSX platform (link shows currently ‘About 1,190 Google results’ for Mountain Lion, the latest Apple OSX offering/update, at Lifehacker.com) – maybe they are changing the layout of their site, or offering a new layout, for the rumored Apple Television. That may never come, or might depending on who you ask, or be an IP-TV set-top box, or who actually knows? Clearly you can already take advantage of the layout now with a high-resolution setting on a wide-screen monitor or if you are into browsing through an existing HTPC setup – or as CNN Money notes, the existing Apple TV, the Xbox.
Apple Televisions, set-top boxes and other minutia aside, Nate Kontny writes in his Lifehacker article;
I believe it was when I was about 14 when I was sitting alone, it’s raining outside, and I was manning a golf course pro-shop my dad used to own. I realized I had started making a habit of daydreaming about little details of things. I’d be sitting on a chair, and my thoughts would start to wander. I’d stare at a door. I’d start to think about the hinges on the door. Soon I’d find my focus on the screws that held the hinges to the door. Macroscopically, that’s about as far as my eyes can go looking at this door.
So I’d just sit there thinking about those screws.
There’s a company who manufactured the screws. There were decisions made about what kind of screws to make. What lengths and sizes. What materials. What kind of machines needed to be made to make them. Maybe they were thinking about expanding their business because hopefully there’s such high demand for their product. There were probably quality assurance people looking over the screws. My particular screw may have even been manually handled by someone randomly looking over the quality of screws after they were machine milled.
The journey of the screw didn’t stop with its creation…
The article goes on about the screws themselves, but the writer takes you down the path of showing you how daydreaming about the little details around you can benefit you more than hinder you. Daydreaming isn’t as bad as what your teachers and parents made it out to be. In fact, the article author (tumblr page) is the founder of two Y Combinator start-ups himself.
You can find his article on the Lifehacker.com link above in the first paragraph or visit his site ninjasandrobots.com to find the original article - and give him some kudos (no really, look to the right). The ninjasandrobots blog itself is full of interesting and surely inspiration articles written by Nate himself, such as his latest post Every day try to do one thing you couldn’t do yesterday, journaling his path from not being able to do a push-up to being able to do “dozens and dozens”. Basically his last line says everything you need to know and need to hear; “Often, I failed and thought I’d finally reached the limit of who I am. But I was always wrong.”
As he says in his articles, if you like what you see there you might want to follow him on Twitter @natekontny