I do rely heavily on my navigation system these days however. If I have a customer visit in say – Philadelphia – I plug their address in and point the car towards Philadelphia. As I get near the city (about 2-3 hours away, I know how to get there, just not sure where I’m going once there), I turn the screen on and left it guide me into the location I need to be. Very handy. I’ll use it anytime I’m going somewhere unfamiliar – and even when I know where I’m going. It can answer the kids undying question “how much longer” – as it tries to guess that answer for us. (for some reason when the navigation system says “2 hours 22 minutes” – they are OK with it, if we say it – then it is way too long…)
This page has some funny sayings on it – (warning: not 100% kid friendly, you are warned) “Stuff that annoys me”. Number one made me laugh, Number two made me say “so what’s wrong with that?”. They were all fairly amusing.
Here is a self help page. Looks like sound advice to me.
On an entirely serious note – “I’m OK, You’re Biased”. I liked that – it is so true. What we know, what we feel – whether we are willing to admit it or not – drives what we think, what we do. I liked this part of the testing (edited for brevity, full text available at the link above):
So how long did subjects stare at the strip before accepting its conclusion? Those who were hoping to see the strip turn green waited a lot longer than those who were hoping not to. Good news may travel slowly, but people are willing to wait for it to arrive.
Indeed, I’d be willing to stare at a piece of paper for a long time under those conditions. Page two of the article was especially interesting to me. The conclusion:
Meaning – we are all jaded, in both directions.