Idea Depot

Day 168 Week 25 Q2 Sunday, June 18, 2023

Creative Outliers can be fountains of ideas. These ideas can inspire, distract, guide and sometimes dominate lives. Depending upon the domains within which they occur, they can emerge fully formed or, more often, simply hint at a direction or even multiple directions. Historically they could be captured in notebooks which came in many sizes having many types of paper. Artists and writers had, and still have, a tremendous variety of capture mechanisms.  Stone tablets, digital tablets, and everything in between have been used to store and present expression. Word and math equations, sketches, diagrams and photographs, and audio and video recordings are all actively being used. They can fill warehouses and cabinets or, in this century now fit in your pockets. 

They generally require revisiting to iterate and evolve to manifestation and completion.  Categorization can be difficult as they may have very many associations, headings, titles and tags, especially in the mind of people whose minds seem to be on overdrive. A place for these partial expressions to reside during the phases from insights to completion can often be critical and time-varying. Society has even evolved more than one group of professionals to keep track. Librarians, curators and chief information officers come to mind, and they mostly deal with finished articles and works, but what about the in-process pre-finished versions? The ephemeral ones who are just passing through and which are just barely capturable but not yet shareable. The ones floating in the ether but able to be tuned in to, sometimes in snippets and other times almost complete.

Sometimes I feel like I am scuba diving in a sea of brightly colored moving concepts. There are far too many enticing swimmers to consider capture. In fact, there are too many even to notice, never mind comprehend. Unfortunately, this dimensionally vast stream, or at times sea of consciousness, can be so appealing to be immersed within that the act of breaking mid-stroke to stop and capture feels as crazy as dipping a ladle into an ocean while swimming in it. Where did you get the ladle from, and then what do you do with its contents when you are in the middle of the ocean?

At first, it was multiple physical index cards and pads, and then notebooks and file cabinets of all sizes, and now multiple hard drives, SSD’s and cloud accounts. In fact, there are far too many containers to keep track of, and these each contain tens to millions of files, pages or folders, both analog and digital. At first, I consoled myself with the thought that any idea worth something would certainly reappear enough times to grab hold of. Unfortunately, even multiple reappearances do not in any way guarantee the ability to grab hold of it or them.

My current thought is an idea depot which is not only a kind of multidimensional journal and media-rich repository but also, as the name depot implies, a dynamic way station where ideas can show up and be stored before they undergo a value-added departure.

It is like a swarm of media-rich ladles, each brimming with infinite possible manifestations. The phrase herding cats does not even begin to cover what is happening here. But as humans have graduated to extremely random access, tagged and linked, pocketable and cloud drift-able storage systems, we creative outliers now have a fighting chance to get our arms around the problem. This is a good thing as having recently transcended geographic proximity dominating who we hang out with and where we hang out with each other, we now have the technology to flexibly permit us to determine which ideas we get to hang out with and where we get to work with them.     

This is a very exciting time to be alive. Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 6:25:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Only 660 words in 48 minutes and not a moment of being stalled! And having missed all of the concrete measures of words per minute, screens filled, and total words, I still feel more than ready, centered and flowing, so much for one-dimensional numerical measures of dimensionally vast dynamically adaptive phenomena.