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Genius is Simplicity

Updated: Sep 17, 2018

GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - Some time ago, our real estate agent attempted to turn on the kitchen light and she’d mistakenly turn on the garbage disposal. Oops. Why not have a standardized switch with an icon so all users can distinguish between a canned kitchen light and a garbage disposal?


A unique way of displaying a disabled parking spot at a winery.

GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - Standardize the light situation in hotels. It appears every hotel you visit has a different light scheme. Is there a master control, are they dimmable, do some turn off others, do some turn off others? at night, if someone needs a dimmable light somewhere in the hotel, how is that accomplished?


GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - Sometimes, manually washing dishes is the right thing to do...especially in cold, dry weather. You get a hot sink full of soapy water and you let the dishes sit for a few minutes as you clean up the kitchen. No need to rinse dishes while wasting water before you bend over, sometimes only using your back to place them in the dishwater. In addition, after I'm through, I may soak empty plastic or glass bottles in the sink before they are recycled. Even if you don't, you can let the moisture in the sink add humidity in the air -- especially in cold climates with sometimes dry air. The dishes are plastic in a strainer or a dish towel to dry. Again, you're adding some moisture to the air. Not against dish washers per se, but don't see them as a time saver or even any energy savings.



When restaurants serve you hard butter as you sit near the tail end of a beautiful day in SF, let nature soften the butter

GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - If one travels often, why not create a travel list of items you may need when travelling? You could create an exhaustive list to include anything you may need for any type of travel and save as a template. Then, depending on the trip, you could customize the list and every time it's needed, you could print it out and use it. One travel list could be the beach, skiing, city tourism, or overseas travel. Things may slightly change over the years but the key template would remain the same.


GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - Memorize your friends and families year of birth. That way, you can associate historical and cultural events to that person. In addition, it will be easy to determine their age by knowing their year of birth. For example, if born in 1960, and we just launched into the new year (2018), you'll know they are 57 (2000 - 1960 (40)) + (end of 2017 (17)). If their brother is 4 years their senior, add 4 years. If their sister is 4 years their junior, subtract the same amount. That way, you don't have to memorize your family and friend's age (as it's always changing) as this approach is quite accurate and simple.


It's takes skill but if it fits, go for it...

GENIUS IS SIMPLICITY - In some neighborhoods, you have narrow roads where it's allowed to park on either side of the street during the day. When cars and traveling in opposite directions, it creates a bottleneck. Why not alternate daytime parking to odd and even days, to improve the flow of traffic?