Back from the past China: just a few thoughts in not possibly coherent form.
Having no reliable internet, it’s interesting to see what you start doing with your time.
For me, I sketched a lot. Surprisingly, consistently good stuff.
Lots of thinking time. I caught myself noting ‘market entry’ points for tech start-ups.
I (attempted to) teach family members some of my tacit skills.
Country life is frightening (5 inch mofo cockroach)!!
Even the country side now has blingy lights and skyscrapers.
Weird - the chaos and struggle of traditional ways and the desire to grow.
Technology there is about 10 years behind. Nokia flip phones with tons of dangly keychains!
Being swept away from the Valley and straight into this world multiplies the effect of being brought down back to earth.
For instance, NO ONE knew what I did for a living.
It was like, I popped out the laptop cover and money started to pour out of the screen. This is literally what my relatives thought.
Though NO ONE is a little bit of an exaggeration. An alum was on the same tour bus (identified via department t-shirt).
It was nice explaining the whole thing I do with someone who could get it.
Alum network power++
A very sweaty, tiring trip… Partly because of the weather, partly because of the nature of travel, but also, it became very obvious that I trying to bite off more than I can chew. (Lesson learned!)
But this kind of thing is great once in awhile…
Especially as a “User Experience Designer” .. It’s easy to forget that there’s layman’s terms. And then layman’s layman’s terms. And then that point where you just tell your folks, trust me, I know what I’m doing with this black box.