What is the biggest hurdle to Innovation – LOL Jajaja jijiji haha


Innovation generally requires change. But apparently change is funny LOL.

I´m sure you´ve had moments when you´ve come up with an idea to improve something. It could be a feature on an app: if there was only a button which did this {insert idea} or if only travel websites were better at telling me the cheapest time of year , and the pros and cons of travelling at different times a year to travel {maybe a message: hey dude, if you don´t need to travel in December to Mexico, try September, airfares are much cheaper, but on the downside your chances of encountering a hurricane will increase} . Or you might be cursing your work´s intranet page: why don´t they f*cking introduce a basic search functionality so I can find information on procurement policy, guides to getting best value for money from contractors, HR requirements, you know all the stuff that would help me do my f*cking job better and presumably lift my productivity.

Maybe you are like my mum and take every opportunity to extol the virtues of bamboo and pontificate as to why it isn´t used to manufacture everything given how awesome and environmentally friendly it is #mymumfuckinglovesbamboo And don´t get her started on waste, you´ll be there for hours hearing about her ideas for tackling waste issues.

Actually I should pause myself right there. Because my mum´s crazy ideas are just the sort of thing I´m wanting to talk about. Here I am bagging her out, but f*ck me if she doesn´t have a point, maybe we should be using more bamboo, waste is a huge f*cking issue. And, I shouldn´t be making fun of her. And this is my point: stop f*cking laughing at the crazy ideas.

Getting a properly functioning mass transport system for Sydney, one which runs on time and which people actually want to use. One that´s free maybe? Haha LOL jajaja (Spanish LOL). That seem to be many people´s reaction. This will never happen, it´s funny, let´s laugh and just keep doing the same shit we always do. Well, how about not laugh. How about look around the world and see examples of where such a crazy idea worked, and whether perhaps you might adapt it to your circumstances.

Well, actually someone´s already done it: Estonia made public transport free. Read more about it here, but chuckle,  chuckle, jajaja, it can be done, in certain circumstances. In addition to the laughing we also have the complainers: Oh, but why should all of us car drivers have to subsidise public transport, everyone should pay, blah, blah. Well, who pays the f*cking billions for roads dipshits LOL. In fact in Estonia made public transport “free” by allocating a portion of individual´s taxes to fund public transport. That´s not that hard to do, it´s not a LMFAO moment, it can be done, it was done, and people use them trams, just as they drive on them roads.

I get back to innovation, laughing is the death of innovation.

We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

Can you imagine, if the crowd just burst into laughter like a bunch of village idiots on hearing this and said, stop dreaming Preso, keep your feet on the Earth MOFO. But because they took a man to the moon and delivered him safely back to Earth (#sexists), they invented all sorts of other stuff we take for granted today, which you can read about here, including tiny little cameras (predecessors to those ones we have in them phones of ours), computer mouses, and laptop computer. Plus they collected a lot of rocks, which I´m sure they learnt shit from.

Fast forward from 1962 to today, who´s making the speeches like:

We choose to have all of our Earth’s energy come from renewable energy by 2030, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.

Instead we hear: we can´t possible do that, it´s too difficult. To replace all our coal fired power plants by 2030, LOL, you are a nut job, let´s just make some targets to reduce our use by 20% of pre-industrialised levels and just slow down the rate at which we destroy the planet. Let´s no try too hard to fix things, just enough so we keep doing mostly what we are doing now, with some little tweaks so no one gets to  excited or upset. Maybe we could put out a little pamphlet on recycled paper that tells people to turn off lights when they leave the room or put their aircon temperature up a degree ir two in summer, which won´t solve anything but which might help us all feel a little better. And how about instead of going to Mars we just try another landing on the moon.

Innovation all begins with a dream people. A dream that things could be better. Trains so fast they will replace planes for travel between China and Europe (actually happening). Solar powered passenger planes remotely piloted – scary but possible. A way of ending world poverty, let´s not try that Marx shit again, but you know, there should be other less stupid ways to share wealth. No more war – might go a long way to achieving the no poverty goal. How about a way of training sharks to not bite people so we don´t put up all these nets that kills millions of turtles and whales and shit. Or using the oceans in a way that don´t pollute the whole f*cking thing, or leave us with no tuna. No LOL, no jajaja, dream it, then make it happen.

On a final note, I would like to have a game based on google maps where I can use ancient armies to take over the actual world. Maybe we could use it to stop having wars, like the Eurovision song contest was invented to stop wars in Europe – hell, it worked better than the League of Nations (link provided for all you non historian people, I so sad you don´t about the League :( – there are no Avengers in the League of Nations by the way, it was a UN type things that existed between WW1 & WW2 which main purpose was to try and avoid WW2 – that´s probably not the best example of successful innovation, but there were reasons it failed, so go research if you don´t know anything about it).

And as for my game based on using google maps for a world domination. I was thinking maybe it could have like a skin where you could transform real cities into like fictitious ones, and you could set up a little village and build stuff, and sail to other countries and trade with them, and have battles with pirates, maybe some Amazonian tribes, and find treasures and stuff, that sort of thing. Anyway, if you do make it, please drop me a line, I´d love to test it out, maybe have a mention in the creator credits, or at least have a town named after me: Johncito.

Peace out, Juanito.



Who are ‘They’

They are all around us.

They tell us one week that eggs are bad and full of colesterol, then the next week that it’s not the bad type of colesterol and they are actually really good.

They tell us it’s bad to smack our children, for the Syrian government to bomb their children, to use chlorine gas on their children, for children to play too many video games. They might be right there I think. Except for the games, games are fine, stop people getting bored and running at mattresses with knives shouting some gibberish.

They tell us President Trump is going to pacify the Korean peninsula, that China’s claim to some islands off of the Philippines are totally legit, or not,  that no one’s racist no more even though like 30 per cent of the people in Australian prisons are Aboriginal despite being about 3% of the population, and in the USA they no racist either with all those African Americans in the clanger. They tell us slavery was a choice. Maybe they didn’t see roots, or twelve years a slave. They tell us the unemployed choose to not get a job, that all those dumb kids with wealthy parents with jobs deserve them jobs because otherwise how could they afford them fancy cars and iphones.

They tell us the Antarctica is melting and the oceans are rising, Europe is freezing, Brexit is bad, four legs are good, two legs are better.

They tell us to watch out for strangers, though it’s more often the ones we know who hurt us. They tell us it’s a changing world, now with the threat of terrorism around every corner, like it never existed before. Haven’t they heard of the 1970s when it seemed like every second plane was hijacked and taken to Cuba, at least that´s what they say on Flying High the movie they also call Airplane! in America.

They tell us it´s fake news, unless it´s real. They tell us some company manipulated the US election by playing on our fears. Like Julius Caesar didn´t tweet some crap about the Gauls being barbarians and needing to be stopped before they brought their smelly cheese to Rome when he captured Vercingetorix #missionaccomplished They tell us the French let the Nazis just walk into their country despite the piles of dead French telling a different tale.

They tell us all sorts of things, useful things, shitty things, sometimes very boring things about an heir to the British throne marrying someone and that someone got invited and maybe someone else didn’t and that they are going to have food at the wedding and alcohol I suspect and maybe a band and some speeches, but this is all very special because they live in the castle, and not a Howel´s Moving Castle like in the Ghibli film.

¿But who are they? They are most certainly men, I would imagine. Probably white folk, who own ties, sitting in a room knowing they are they. Maybe the more sensible things they say are said by women. I imagine women theys might be better than the other theys, that’s just a guess though as I don’t know who they are. But then they´ll say they are lesbians or feminists if they don´t like the things they say, because they are also probably hetros who just have sex with wives and actresses from the adult film industry that they all say they don´t ever watch.

There they go, sprouting off some fact or fiction again. I’m not here to surprise you and say, hey I know who they are! They are Mormons, or Scientologists or large multinational corporations trying to sell baby food to starving Africans. or they are cultish splinter group of the Dodgers baseball franchise trying to sell more Lasorda bobble heads so they can summon up the spirit of their ancestors and get the world cup or whatever they get for winning it so they can turn it into a Horcrux.

Maybe they are a benevolent force for good, a tautological society for alienist understanding of the mind which they tell us we only use 10 per cent of though they also say, does that make sense, you use 100% you dipshit. They might be like Batman and the Green Hornet, just not wanting us to know who they are, even though they do all this awesome shit. They are the people who keep the door open when old frail ladies with bags of groceries are trying to get in and then when an apple falls out they put it back into the old lady’s bag despite it being bruised, well she grew up out west during the dust storm of the depression, so she knows how to cut off a little piece of bruised apple.

No, I have no idea who they are, and I expect I never will. They could be from Venus, they could be from Mars. I just hope they know what they are talking about when they need to, and that we know they don´t when they don´t.

But then again, they are like that.