Caution: I just read a brief review so am FOS, but the book isn't out yet (nor will I read it when it is, however).
Paul Allen's Idea Man says that Bill Gates paid no attention to social convention. When Allen, his girlfriend and Gates had dinner in college, Gates ate his chicken with a spoon.
How do you eat chicken with a spoon? That doesn't seem like ignoring social convention (which I do, too) as much as using the wrong tools for the job. If it were somewhere with only a spoon available and the chicken was, say, hot, then it doesn't seem like ignoring social convention, just using whatever was available. And why is it important enbough to preserve in a book? There was either a reason for it, or it was a silly thing to do. Either way it doesn't seem to matter. I presume he doesn't always use a spoon to eat chicken. I realise it was an illustration of Gates' ZOMG lack of social conventionality, but the anecdote is missing the detail needed to allow the reader to assess its meaning.
posted by - 1:24 PM
to be fair, eating a chicken with a spoon sounds a lot like some of the 'creative' approaches microsoft used in their products
I eat everything with a knife but spoons are really really exciting because stuff stays in them, not like on a knife!