What comes first: Learning how something works or using it without really having a clue? It’s always using, for me. And it’s getting worse (or better, depending on your perspective) every day. I can hardly sit still long enough to hear someone out or live through the whole experience without wanting to apply that new bit of information or skill. I had fun trying out iphone applications today and learned a lot from fooling around with the interface. My favorite applications are the steamed up interface and silly stuff like iBeer. My least favorite are the language apps that try to be CBT (computer based training). Quizzes are ok, and I particularly liked the ones set up as group games, but the contents are boring. Clearly a lot of opportunities out there.
This took my mind off a rather unpleasant episode this morning: A reader complained about an exercise about taboo language. I felt bad, because I don’t want to offend or hurt anyone, so I thought maybe the way I had worded the exercise was too “out there”. But in fact it is a really big world “out there”, and you just can’t please everyone all the time.
All you can do “out there” is to keep on using and learning.