I read an article recently titled “Unicorn shmunicorn be a pegasus” on uxmag.com, to which I say, sounds like a PM (Product Manager/Project manager or Middle Manager) is Jealous, of “The Mighty Unicorns”. Stating, don’t be a unicorn, be a pegasus, to which I say booooo…
There allot of good points here, but I must say, the Pegasus argument sounds like the author is a Product-Manager who is feeling left out of all the naming calling.
I’ve been accused of many things, below is some of the name calling that has been floating around the last 10 years…
However, I must say, when I first was learning to write software, it felt like magic. In a few scripts I could command a machine to my bidding, perform massive calculations in a matter of seconds. When I began to manage thousands of machines, from a single command line termainal, I thought to myself, how is this not magic? This amazing, I have an army of machines that work day and night, to transmit and compute globally.
For me, the magic happens at “the intersection of Art & Technology”. So I can understand how one might accuse others who can do both of being magical.
George Lucas & Walt Disney talked about magic, and Dreams, or wishes allot, both referring to their work, which focused on Art & technology. I think they were on to something. In fact George Lucas named his first company ILM(Industrial Light & Magic), where as Disney was quoted as saying…
Lucas was quoted as saying the secrete is…
I find these descriptions are funny, but also useful when describing what we are seeing on a daily basis. Not every engineer is the same. In fact we know that they are not. I would like to coin a new term, “Renaissance Man”. Because I feel that what we call a Unicorn, are actually the Flash Developers Steve Jobs banned on IOS devices as a result of his feud with Adobe. Allot of Flash dudes, just stopped listing flash on their resumes, and took up the HTML5 + node.js mantra. Which is at the hart of this Article, regarding don’t be a unicorn. But here’s the thing, anytime Art and Technology cross, magic happens. So maybe our Flash guys were these magical creatures, but didn’t like the term unicorn, and preferred something more masculine, I know I do. And when I think of a “Renaissance Man”, I think of a “Leonardo_da_Vinci” who’s wiki reads as fallows…
When I was in varsity-football, I literally thought like this all the time, still do. The first few years, I didn’t see things this way at all, because I was not use to war. Or as my couch would say, a battle of attristion. Its a knockout, bear knuckle, dog fight, to the death, and its ugly, and terrifing. However, if you use your brain you can effectively take down a 320 pound giant, as only a 205 lb bad-ass-dude. However, he faild to mention he was also saying to the 320 pound giant the same thing, so that guy was wise to my tricks, and made him a more formetable friend/foe.
I would listen, as each of the coachs would tell us their philosophy about life, war, as it relates to varsity football. In fact they brought the Marines to help physically condition us. Some of the marines would then devolge tactics of how to destroy enemy targets, exhaust and harass the enemy combatants, and effectively wage war, and win. At some point, the coaches realized we were being recruited to the marines and shut it down, because the objective was to play a game not take down and kill our opponents. By the end of varsity football, I felt like I could do exactly that, and thought of joining the marines was very tempting, in fact I talked to them briefly and decided against it, only to revist the notion a few years later while finishing up collage, when I joined the air-force ROTC for a minute, but then decided against again because while I was smart enough, my eyes would not allow me to be a pilot, they offered a navigators seat, to which I said, “I don’t think you heard me, I want to be maverick not goose, goose gets killed. I prefer to take my faight into my own hands.” I continued on anyways, finished up school, joined a gang of startups, and big tech companies alike, learned allot, and looking back I think, I’m still that same guy. I’ll have moments, in a argument or debate where I can see the argument unfold in front of me before it happens, then changing my tatics to improve the outcome. It reminds me of how chest masters talk about chunking, or blocking meaning to be x-moves ahead and treating them as a path you could down, but basically see into the future. I use those insights in my art all the time. Apparently I’ve been doing that this entire time, and no one seems to understand what I am saying, until I show them what I have imagined, and translated into an illustration or some prototype.
These lessons, were helpful, as some of the team were involved in gangs, and this was their way out. Being apart of the team gave you a free pass, not to be a gang banger or a drug dealer, although some decided to be one anyways. But still you were apart of a bigger tufer meaner gang, that has no problem with picking a fight, in fact they think its fun, and have been training for war all year long, dead lifting 415 pounds, power-clean 285 pounds, benching 315 pounds, squatting 415 pounds, endlessly reppeing 125 pounds like it weighed nothing. And loooked like an average dude, but in realisty they could tear you from limb to limb.
As it relates to shurlock holmes depiction of this type of mental state, I found in myself I was to nice of a guy. I found I need to get my bell rung a few times before I would get mad or angry enough to rip into you and tear you a new @$$-whole, for trying to hurt me. I would normally go halfclip, intentionally trying to not to hurt you, and go threw the motions, but if I felt you were trying to intentionally, the rage you feel is unparalleled, but if you harness that rage and channel it $#@#! happens, and you win big. But like I said it took a couple jabs to get myself into that frame of mind, I started to think, its better to get hit early in the fight before I get tired, and then proceed to f@#! $#@! up.
Eventually, I concluded that it is not smart to be that guys practice dummy. The more I thought about it, it reminds me of “The Hunt for the Red October”, Denzel Washington said something really smart in regards to war, “The only way to win war, is to deny it”.
I find as I carry-on in my career as a artist, engineer, entrepreneur that those lessons still apply, its a war a battle-of-attrition, and a way of life, and if you use your mind, you can win. You can impose your will on your opponent.
can’t seem to find a video of Denzel mouthing those words. Great movie.