Why does the obvious need noticing?

You know that saying (it could be a meme) – the one that starts with ‘Birds fly, fish swim…’? It usually ends with a different verb for humans, depending on the mood of the author. The more common ones are, ‘Humans run,’ or ‘Humans talk.’

I’d like to put forward my own version.

Birds fly. Fish swim. And humans forget.

And that’s why we need to notice the obvious.

About me:

My name is Tan Lay. I’m a primate born after the agricultural revolution, trying to adapt to the digital revolution, on planet Earth. I usually sleep in a wooden house on the Northern Hemisphere.

I write regularly, podcast a little less regularly and walk around Helsinki with startup entrepreneurs once in a while.

My blog slash diary is called Noticing The Obvious. You’re about to enter it now.

Work? I usually forget that I have work because I’m one of those lucky people whose work is also their hobby. So yeah, my hobby is making videos, writing stories and speaking ideas out loud. My work is doing those three things for various collaborators pushing boundaries in Healthtech and Edutech.

What else?

All-time favorite NBA player : Michael Jordan
Top 5 favorite films : Aliens, Terminator 2, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Kung Fu Hustle
Top 3 favorite bands : Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses
Quote to live by : ‘Do what you say you’ll do.’ – Charlie Munger
Quote to work by : ‘Good advertising is the truth made fascinating.’ – David Ogilvy
If I could trade places with anyone : Batman, a PlayStation tester, nobody, Tan Lay in 2026.

If you liked my idea about humans forgetting, I’d like to remind you to bookmark this page so you can come back to it.

Go to first blog post ➤➤