This morning at one of my consulting assignments I turned my computer (and a dozen Dunkin Donuts) over to the (kind, benevolent and brilliant) people at Helpdesk to take care of (what I think was) a problem with the Wankel Rotary Engine. This sacrificial act left me computer-less for most of the morning and part of the afternoon. Sure, I could check email on my iPhone, but I couldn’t get any work work done, at least the work work on my official to-do list.
Imagine. Stranded in a sea of analog devices—pen, Moleskin, a pile of paper. I discovered I had books on the shelves near my desk. I had windows in my office, the kind that open and shut, with sunshine coming in, and plants that needed to be watered.