When Cool Tools
mastermind Kevin Kelly
turned 68 last year, he published a list of 68 unsolicited bits of advice
(and not a single one was “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!”). For his 69th birthday, Kevin published another advice list, this time of 99
(no repeats, no filler). Many of these are quite lovely, useful, and wise. Here are some of the more practical bits for DIYers.
• That thing that made you weird as a kid could make you great as an adult — if you don’t lose it.
• If you have any doubt at all about being able to carry a load in one trip, do yourself a huge favor and make two trips.
• Learn how to tie a bowline knot. Practice in the dark. With one hand. For the rest of your life you’ll use this knot more times than you would ever believe.
• If something fails where you thought it would fail, that is not a failure.
• If you borrow something, try to return it in better shape than you received it. Clean it, sharpen it, fill it up.
• A multitude of bad ideas is necessary for one good idea.
• Always cut away from yourself.
• When brainstorming, improvising, jamming with others, you’ll go much further and deeper if you build upon each contribution with a playful “yes — and” example instead of a deflating “no — but” reply.