When I started this blog in April 2007, it was about showcasing free technology previews that were available via Autodesk Labs. Hence the name, It's Alive in the Lab. For some years now, it's about showcasing Autodesk technology. Despite the true intent of this blog, my favorite blog posts are the weird ones — the ones that show my personality. As I have said all along, a blog post without a picture might as well be a discussion forum post. A blog post without personality might as well be a press release.
So with this in mind, here are my 10 personal favorites from 2020 in chronological order:
|Global Garage Flooring and Design (@global_garage) Resurfaced Our Garage Floor
Home improvements start at home.
|Book Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
There are two aspects of quality.
|Personal and @Autodesk Commitment to Sustainability: Our Solar Panels Went Live One Year Ago Today
Sustainability is part of many Autodesk employees' personal and professional lives.
|Book Review: Upstream (the Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen) by Dan Heath
"A stitch in time saves nine" applies to the industries Autodesk serves. If problems that happen during MAKE and USE can be addressed during DESIGN, then Autodesk customers can save time and money while avoiding confusion.
|What does it mean to be a Strategic Foresight Practitioner at Autodesk?
Here's what our team does at Autodesk. Have you ever wondered how those Autodesk University keynotes get their start?
|Book Review: Transcendence by Gaia Vince
A study of our origins provides insights into our future.
|Man-Made and Natural: My Walk Down Thistledown
The best landscapes are a blend of natural and man-made.
|Drone Pictures of My House Opened My Eyes
Aerial views allow one to see architecture, engineering, and construction in context. Designs must always be considered in context.
|Book Review: NORMAL by Warren Ellis
Strategic foresight includes identifying potential futures as well as preparing to make the most of opportunities or mitigating the risks associated with probable futures.
|Book Review: Originals by Adam Grant
Innovation is recognized as something new or different that has an impact. Without impact, an innovation is only an invention. Without originality, an invention is not new nor different.
Although blogging is no longer a routine activity for me, thanks to all the It's Alive in the Lab readers who still make this blog possible. This is my 3,700th post on this blog. Our Strategic Foresight team helps continuously identify and articulate long-term forces of change and their implications to reveal critical insights shaping our future. We work with Autodesk leaders to develop a point of view that addresses and shapes a preferable future that delivers value for our customers and our business. I am thankful to those who read the few articles that I occasionally post. If a tree falls in the woods, but no one hears it, it does not make a sound.
Favoritism is once again alive in the lab.