For a while now I have been fascinated by the concept of modularity. Whats so cool about modularity? Take legos for example. They are a bunch of bricks that can be recombined to create fantastical medieval castles or space colonies, or they can be made into robots or be used reshape wax into a bar.
Why would you want to make a wax bar? To build other things of course. And why make other things? Because making is human. This blog may also be about that; asking what it means to be a toolmaker.
So everything is modular. Some things are modular at different scales, and some only work within a particular system. For example, a philips head screwdriver doesn’t do you much good if you have a flat head screw, and you can’t hardly park your bike at the ISS. But if you find systems of desperate shapes and sizes that are worth connecting, do it!
If you can create the right adapter, then every bit can be made to work with any other bit, and suddenly the world has a lot² more possibilities. And if you can look at the world through this lens, in my experience anyways, everything becomes more fun. Maybe I am just getting nostalgic about how awesome playing with LEGOs can be, or maybe it really is getting to some fundamental aspect of being human.