Whisk and a Blender [...]

Sometimes people have multiple tools that do roughly the same thing. Why does this happen, and what can we learn from it?

If you’re an adult with a moderately stocked kitchen, chances are you have both a whisk and an electric mixer. You might have a blender too.

You can probably accomplish most things you do with the whisk with the electric mixer, and most things you do with the electric mixer with the blender. The blender probably does some other things as well, like nicely crush ice and get the spinach flakes out of your green smoothies.

So why keep the whisk? A couple reasons:

  • It’s faster for a lot of things. You pull it out and quickly whisk something in the bowl it’s already in.
  • It’s small. It really doesn’t take up any space.
  • There’s a peacefulness to it.
  • It’s cheap.

You see the whisk and a blender pattern in technology a lot. People have Kindles while they have cell phones and computers, for example. People have Notepad and Word.

Your kitchen, on the whole, probably has more devices (not less) than it did 10 years ago.

Of course, mobile is the fly in the ointment here. Your kitchen has space for more devices, your pocket does not. See The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You

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