The Geeky Roots of Autovist

One of my very favorite things about Autovist is building randomness into it and never knowing what it will do next.  This makes it endlessly fascinating for me.  When I was a 9 years old and building  up a record collection, I began having a big problem…

…once I had around 8 records, I started to dislike having to pick one to listen to because it was like choosing one over all the others.  So I took an index card, cut it into smaller pieces, wrote the name of each album on a piece, and put all the pieces into a jar.  When I wanted to listen to some music, I picked out a record from the jar.  This made choosing music so fun!  Because what I’d listen to next was always a surprise!

But it didn’t stop there.  I kept a piece of paper in each record and wrote the date on which I listened to it.  It was fascinating to see how long it had been since I listened to any individual record as my collection grew.

I do the same thing today using iTunes.  I now have more than 11,000 songs and still enjoy seeing how long its been since I previously listened to the current song playing:

 

And, of course, it seems that I’m doing the same thing with Autovist:

I can truly say that creating and using Autovist is the most fun I’ve ever had!

Chris Downey

Founder, VaxCalc Labs and creator of Autovist and the Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.

Author: Chris Downey

Founder, VaxCalc Labs and creator of Autovist and the Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.

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