It’s Tuesday, time for a rambling post

I spend a lot of time in the car and satellite radio is a little luxury that maintains a level of cultural continuity. Today while listening to Public Radio Exchange, I was entertained (and revealed to be a nerd) by a discussion of “captcha”, the distorted picture of words that you must type to prove to a website that you are a real person. The person talked about all the time that was wasted typing in these random letters and this similar thing called “recaptcha” had been invented that paired a real word with a word that an optical character recognition program could not decipher from the digitization scan from an old book. Seems as the old, faded type on yellowed paper can be read better by a human than a machine. So, deciphering this unintelligible (by the computer, which btw creates the security hurdle) word with a word ‘captcha’erized, one was doing something productive while jumping this security hurdle. (The word from the old book is given to multiple people, creating a consensus on its true spelling.) Aha, you’re thinking what I was thinking… yes, but I still wasted my time typing in these two words. Here is the great thing about the story – it is quicker to type two words than a few random characters. (Remember how quickly you can type ‘the’, etc.) So, “recaptcha” lets you navigate the security hurdle more quickly while helping to make classic text available to the masses. Not a bad case of synergy.

Which got me to thinking (while listening to Met Opera Radio), why don’t we do this more often? We need to open a door, why not hold it open for the next person? Doesn’t it take less effort to smile than frown? We’re exhaling anyway, why not send it through our vocal cords and make that breath a “Howdy!”?

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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