Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Picking Brian's Brain

Do you have a friend that thinks in a way that is so completely different than your way of thinking? Does she know information that you don't even know is available to know? Do you enjoy spending time with him because you're sure to walk away from the exchange with new ideas?

Well, one of my friends is just that kind of person to me. His name is Brian. He was a student that lived in the residence hall that I oversaw when I lived in St. Louis from 1997 - 1999. We have lost touch and reconnected several times since then. And, each time we connect, I learn about and become fascinated by what he has been doing. I wish I could sit down with him and pick his brain for about a month.

I admit, I don't understand 50% of it. (And, that percentage is probably giving me too much credit.) But, I always learn a lot. And, for those of you who know me, you know I just love learning. So, it has been a treat to read some of the posts on Brian's site.

I may rush through a paragraph in which I barely understand a word. But then, right there in the next paragraph, I'll understand the whole thing or appreciate the insight provided. Or, maybe I still don't understand a thing but learn about a phrase or word he uses. (He is thoughtful in providing useful links to help me expand my vocabulary.) I do read a lot. But, I'm reading completely different items than what Brian is reading.

You may have differences in opinions with Brian about some things, or you may may notice a word spelled in a very interesting way (maybe due to his time spent in Europe or maybe because he now lives in Iceland.) But, if you take some time to read along, I know you will learn something too.

I recently read the following articles:

What are 2D Bar Codes?

Future Predicting: What Might Happen in the Next 100 Years?

Introducing: The PaperNet

Cola Wars Redux

If you read any of these, feel free to comment on anything that was of interest to you.

1 comment:

briansuda said...

I'm glad you enjoy the articles. At the moment I am just laying the ground work before getting into the really abstract stuff. I am looking forward to writing more and hopefully drumming-up some random interest here and there. It is more for myself than mass-consumption, but glad to hear you enjoy it.