I always tried to be a progressive guy. Some of my craziest fringe behaviors and preferences have become alarmingly commonplace. Against all odds, I feel like I'm suddenly pretty well integrated into society. Or maybe society has integrated with me? I'm honestly not sure, but it's been a surprising ride. Some examples:
I used to get beat up for loving Ozzy Osbourne when I was a kid. Now he's a mainstream marketing device for cars, cell phones, and food products. I bet my Mom could sing at least part of an Ozzy song.
25 years ago when I told someone I was vegan they'd say "what's that?" When I explained, they would offer to call 911 for me. Now Subway and Burger King have meat substitutes on the menu and almond milk is available at every Starbucks.
When I first committed to dreadlocks in the 90's, I might has well have committed to having 9 arms and a tusk. These days even old ladies seem unperturbed by my hair and often ask if I'm that nice singer boy from American Idol.
Experimental multimedia art used to be the ultimate underground movement. Now, when I watch TV with my kids, its almost indistinguishable from the work of Emergency Broadcast Network, Survival Research Labs, and Jan Svankmajer.
"Techno" was a dirty word when I was performing it back in college and no one respected musicians that used computers. Now we call it EDM, and it sucks, but its become society's default soundtrack and analog recording is nearly extinct.
And lastly . . . homeschooling and working from a home office seemed like risky and unusual endeavors back when we started. But here we are . . . full circle . . . right back in with the crowd. We're all being forced to make it work.
OK . . . So, I'm not exactly Nostradamus. But I do have a bit of a reputation for finding the "new thing" a little early and watching the world at large slowly accept an idea or behavior as the benefit becomes impossible to ignore. I just hope you'll trust me when I bring you something new that I think has great potential. BTX spends a lot of time looking for the next big thing and our history of finding it, or even developing it ourselves, is no accident.
Through unexpected circumstance, working from home is a concept that has finally "arrived" for the general public. Here are a few new items that we believe will ease your transition. Please note that none of them are pants. Pants are optional equipment at best when working from home.