If you’ve ever wondered how real engineering is done, this video is as good as any to explain the process. You see, TV and movies like to portray moments of insight leading directly to piles of riches and Nobel prizes. In the real world, you try, try, and try again, keeping what works while adding something new until you get what you want.
It’s currently quite popular on the internet to denigrate Thomas Edison, for instance, because he was exactly this kind of a plodder. His method was to identify a problem and painstakingly try one thing after another until he found the best combination of results to get the job done. The internet likes Tesla instead. A big thinker who died penniless.
I’m not sure there’s a big lesson in there, except maybe it’s smarter to invent Legos than go into engineering in the first place. That’s where the real money is, and Christmas is coming.
Why is that every person on the internet doesn’t care about how anything is spelled, except LEGO. They sprinkle apostrophes around like a demented grammar version of Johnny Appleseed, they put the adverbs in the wrong place, every time, and they couldn’t tell the difference between to, too, and two if you held a gun to their head. But by gad, they know the grammar rules for mentioning LEGO. Except they don’t.
Ah, video games. I used to play a lot of video games. I still do — but I used to, too. I had to stop for a while because I blamed all my irregular tendencies on video games. Little did they know that beating up hobos was just something that I did on my own time, and it didn’t have anything to do with my obsession with Viva Pinata and the Sims.