My Origami Hobby

In my spare time (mostly defined as “electronic devices off” in airplanes), I fold like a madman. If you’ve been by my office in Building 18, you’ll see a number of models that I do while on conference calls or during meetings. It helps me concentrate.

My first Origami hero is John Montroll, who publishes several step-by-step books on a variety if high-detail models. He does an amazing work with these, and not just simple models either; he does dinosaurs, insects and a variety of animals. He does a black widow spiders, a lobster and an elephant (with tusks!). Incredible stuff. Check out his books; my favorites are “Prehistoric Origami” and the book from which I learned: “Animal Origami for the Enthusiast”.

My NEW Origami hero is my son, Connor, who let me teach him how to fold the Crane. He is now going on to demonstrate the art to his school class.

I’m waiting for my boss’s, boss’s, boss, Vic to report back on his progress with his kids.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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