In his book, Worm: The First Digital World War, Mark Bowden describes a phenomenon called “The Glaze” that “every geek has experienced” when talking about technology with a lay person: The unmistakable look of profound confusion and uninterest that descends whenever a conversation turns to the inner workings of a computer.
A similar thing happens to people when I start talking with them about, well, lots of things (especially with co-members of my immediate family).
I guess that’s why I’ve been trying to brush up on my sketching and drawing lately. Less words, less seeing “The Glaze.” Here, let me draw you a picture, is what I’m going to say when I start seeing “The Glaze.”
It’s just a quick sketch. It’s not even a metaphor.
It’s just practice for the next time I see The Glaze.
At least, if The Glaze is when I’m talking about a bicycle.