Thinking inside the box

In spite of this trope having played itself out long ago, there are still many people who insist on thinking outside the box.

The problem with claiming to think outside the box is that thinking outside the box persists in using the box as a referent, a magicians slight of hand to get people to look at the box as being over there somewhere and never notice the extension cord connecting it to the new, firmly outside of the box idea being presented. If you are placing the new in relation to the box, you have not escaped the box. You are still trapped firmly within the context of the box.

Besides, thinking too far outside the box is as apt to get you medicated as wealthy. And the commitment involved in the former is probably much more manageable for most people.

Here at MoosePlum we make no pretense of thinking outside the box. Instead we dedicatedly and aggressively think firmly inside the box. In this we join many noble personages.

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Stupid ideas: shameful self promotion

I know. This is a stupid idea.

I’m sorry.

I mean, everyone else is so busy engaging in shameless self promotion, that I thought it would help me stand out. Besides, people who engage in shameless self-promotion are eventually accused of engaging in shameful self-promotion anyway. So … cut right to the chase.

I’m sorry. You hate me already don’t you? It was a really stupid idea.

But maybe, if it is not too much trouble, I don’t want to put you out or anything, if you could, not to say you have to, take a faint glimmer of interest in this blog, it would be awesome. Though not too awesome, I wouldn’t want to make a fool of myself with an ego that was ten sizes too big for me.

I mean, I don’t even know how to tell the difference between shameless self-promotion and shameful self-promotion. I mean, just when I think I have it figured out, someone claims someone else I was sure was shameless was most shameful indeed. What would happen if I tried to do it and got it wrong? I could never live it down. Everyone would be looking at me and thinking “You shameless self-promoter you! You should be ashamed of yourself!” And that would be just awful. I mean, shouldn’t it be easy to be able to tell shameless self promotion from shameful self promotion? They aren’t synonyms or anything. I guess it means I’m just stupid or something.

Oh God, I feel terrible just thinking about it. I’m going to go under a rock and hide. Maybe it will squish me. Problem solved.

But really, even just a passing shrug to know you at least glanced my way before dismissing me. I mean, unless you have a shoulder injury or something and that would aggravate it. Then I would feel all bad that you injured yourself more. Maybe if you just gave the affect of having looked, so I wouldn’t have to be ashamed at the horrible things you saw here. That would be okay too.

I’m sorry. Please don’t hold it against me. It was a stupid idea.

Stupid ideas, or how Evernote sold me on OneNote

I am, or was, a pretty dedicated Evernote user. Not hardcore, but I keep grocery lists as I think of things, track PLUs at the grocery store, jot down dreams in the middle of the night to add them to a dream journal the next day, track code snippets, book recommendations, things to explore, all those little things where I needed to note something down, and all across devices, no matter where I am.

This worked just fine until last weekend. I was sitting on a plane, with no particular need to pay for WiFi since I was mostly reading, when I had an idea. So grabbed my iPad to record it and was greeted with a message telling me I had to upgrade my account to access my notes while offline. I could neither edit old ones nor add new ones.

I was … annoyed.

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Stupid ideas: tweets

Welcome to wonders of sometimes reliable, invisible, and utterly incomprehensible little electronic servants to do your work for you. Truly amazing. Wish I’d thought of it first.

These days, no self-respecting act of self-promotion can be complete without taking advantage of cross posting across multiple outlets, preferably social outlets, which all claim to be there to help you. Maybe that needs irony quotes too.

So along with the reboot of this, I have WordPress tweeting my posts for me through the magic of plugins. They even sometimes work like they are supposed to.

And it fits the topic. Twitter is perhaps the granddaddy of all stupid ideas.

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