The road less taken

So I’ve been sharing the TED videos I like best on my tumblr account, but I thought maybe I’d share them here, too.
In this video, Daniele Quercia talks about creating apps that can tell you how to get from here to there — not by the quickest route, but also by the prettiest route. The most pleasant commute, not the fastest one.

Because why be on autopilot through those moments (or any moments) of your day? It’s a good question. In a world that’s spinning faster and faster all the time, we are robbing ourselves when we sprint through our lives.

Our priorities need adjusting. I like how this guy thinks.

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6 thoughts on “The road less taken

  1. I had to laugh about this — although I generallly agree with you, one thing our campus puts in its advertising lit is some info about two students who created an app about the best way to get across our very large campus in a hurry. They point out that sometimes the best way to go is by jumping over a bush or illegally crossing through a parking garage ….

    • LOL Sounds like a comedy routine! Or one of those “Family Circus” cartoons by Bil Keane, where the kid goes from, say, the front door to the sidewalk via climbing a tree or something.

      • well, you know with college students it’s all about saving time, for sleep, procrastination, or something more noble (I don’t want to exclude the possibility).

  2. I’ve been all about saving time on a commute, too — ignore the journey and just get there in the speediest way possible. But when I was working for a suburban school district and driving down leafy country roads to get there and back, I began to appreciate how lucky I was not to be stuck in highway traffic with all the stress and the noise. And really, if it’s only a matter of a few minutes, sometimes it’s worth it to take the prettier route.
    Some people arrive at work (or school) like they’re sliding in to home plate, but I find that the older I get the less I want to do that.

    • I think on our campus one issue is the distribution of printers, to be blunt. Students have free use of university printers up to a certain number of pages per year. That means the queues to get things printed are long. So if you finish your paper (say) an hour before class, then you have to wait most of an hour till the printer spits it out, and you have to dash a half mile to be on time … I agree, better planning would be better, of course.

      • Aha! Hence the leaping over bushes and running through parking lots. I would have been (wait a minute — I WAS) the same way.

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