It’s a kite. It’s a tethered bird. Could it be a drone?

I love how this guy is disrupting the idea of what we think of a drone, to re-frame it as a kite.

A kite that takes pictures, that is.

Funny how we box ourselves in by classifying things the way they originally emerged as. Is a cell phone today really a phone? Ore more recently, with the idea of a supersized ‘commuter drone’, is a drone a light aircraft that may or may not need to be autonomous? But apart from the boxing ourselves in, the need to be creative is often stymied by those who are reluctant to make mistakes.

Sergei Lupashin, in the video below spoke at an Education technology conference last year about this. His point being we need to get young people to feel comfortable with making  a lot of mistakes! That is how we could make breakthroughs


If you haven’t seen the Chinese-made single passenger drone, here’s how they position it – learning from their mistakes. Um crashes!


Employee blog becomes safe harbor

Great story at about an employee of a law firm starting a blog, Heller Highwater, to support other staff members as his company disbands and leaves them at (pardon the pun) sea.

The author (going by the name Heller Drone) puts it this way, keeping with the highwater metaphor:

“We don’t need to be rescued – we just need to be given the proper tools to get to shore on our own.  And those tools are that to which we are entitled and should expect to receive from the management of a once world-class law firm.”

The blog was set up as “a support site for the professional support staff of a global law firm in turmoil” and notes how what he is doing is “a reminder of … how a lack of preparation, forward-thinking, open communication and honesty led to the downfall of a workplace one could be proud of.”

Where have we heard this before? The lack of open communication leading to a crash.

What I like most is the policy they wish to uphold, that says the blog will not tolerate badmouthing or be a place for diatribes. It is after all a safe harbor.

Great job, Drone!