A Small Change to What Did or Did Not Happen

Small things happen all the time. Even if you stay home all day, talk to no one and do nothing but listen to the radio and wash the dishes while getting the laundry caught up… small things happen.

Pick some small happening. An event so trivial you wouldn’t even call it an event in your day to day life. Something like dropping a quarter when you put change in the machine (for what ever machine it happens to be).

Now, how does that one small thing change your whole life? What did or did not happen due to one small thing that did happen?  One small change can cause bigger changes, or none at all (as far as we know). But, what if it did?

You don’t need to believe in fate for this. You know how something small can throw off your day, make you late, make you angry, make you have to go home and change your clothes…

What’s your story?

Creating a Creative Routine

I’m running out of leftovers, frozen things and assorted edible make-do schemes. More importantly… I’m really low on coffee cream!

Grocery shopping has become my laundry day. That trudge to the basement, or the laundry mat in another building. Hauling baskets and soap too. Then trying to stay awake while everything spins around and around in hot water and then hot air. I didn’t like to leave my laundry unattended. I could have… it just didn’t seem polite I guess.

These days grocery shopping seems like more of a chore. But, I have laundry on the ground floor of a bungalow, I’m spoiled.

This year I found a trendy looking fold up cart for groceries. Nicer for taking everything on a bus ride with me. Possibly I will not take the taxi home nearly as often. It’s never been about waiting for the bus. I don’t like the pack mule feeling of carrying all that stuff. I had put it all in a backpack and then bags for whatever didn’t fit. One extra bonus about the cart is how much easier it goes up the stairs than I do. (With all the groceries I mean).

Anyway, this may seem less than interesting but… We write about routines. A routine shows character, cleverness, determination and so on.

How creative can you get creating a routine?

Think about grocery shopping, laundry day, commuting for work, or anything ordinary which is a bit more of a chore and requires a process, some thought and planning. How does your own routine show your character, if you’re not afraid to make it personal?

Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver?

An AI moral dilemma for you today. How will automated cars perform when they have to make a quick, important decision? Does the passenger/ driver of the car come first, not to mention the vehicle itself? Or, will the car risk destroying itself and the people inside the car rather than risk people or animals in the road? It may not always be people, it could be a large animal like a moose or deer.

How should designers of the vehicle set up the car? There wouldn’t be enough time for the manual driver to kick in and take over. So it would be a decision the car would make. But, based on what? What input would be programmed in to the car?

An interesting question.

The moral dilemma is whether car would calculate to turn into the barrier or off the road to minimize casualties if there are more people at danger ahead than in the vehicle.

Source: Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver if a Group of Pedestrians Suddenly Appears?

His Body was Never Found…

I started reading a post about someone else, a woman who married a man younger than herself. Later he visited Asia and…. his body was never found.

Stories like that are creepy and creepier when it isn’t fiction. Whatever happened to…

Well, what did happen to the man (or woman) in the story of your own invention? Create a character and a back story then end it with “his body was never found”. But because it’s fiction and your own story you can slip in the details, discovered via time machine far in the future, about what really did happen to poor, old…. what’s-his-name.

Image source: Theos Casimir Bernard – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

#RealisticDisneyPlots Can You Think of More?

Parents protest new junior Survivor-style reality TV show hosted by nanny, Mary Poppins.

Sleeping Beauty Fashions quietly closes the doors as Prince Charming comes out of the closet -opens his own start up.

Surgery successful to reattach Arthur’s arm after election stunt. Museum expects sword to be returned to stone.

Cinderella missing since shoe shopping incident. Step-sisters claim she was depressed and off her medication.

Snow White claims it was all a bad apple. Little people still demand compensation for bullying. Queen has no comment. #RealisticDisneyPlots

I posted these to Twitter. They were fun to think up. What spin can you give to a Disney movie?

Throw Something Out Today

We keep too much and then get overwhelmed by what we have. Pick something to throw out today. Recycle it if you can but remove it from your home and your life.

Something already garbage does not count. Be fair and give yourself a break.

Get creative.

Give up on fixing something broken. Find a way to give it to someone else (like leaving it at the bottom of the road for someone else to pick up).

Give away something you have not used in years. Consider trinkets and gadgets gathering dust. Offer them to family and friends so someone else can get more use out of them.

Use old stationary to write a letter to someone. The catch is you have to mail it today rather than leave it for tomorrow.

However you do it, remove one piece of clutter from your life today.

Describing Sounds to the Deaf

How would you describe a sound to someone born deaf?

Think about explaining how your alarm clock sounds. How does a cat’s meow sound? What sound does your keyboard make when you type? Simple things to people who have heard sounds before.

What can you hear right now? What little sounds are going on around you, unnoticed?

Pick one sound in particular. Describe that sound for someone who has never heard anything.

It helps to consider your other senses:

Frying bacon sounds like ants running up your arm. Little sizzles and tingles the odd pop and snap as they tickle your skin.

Turning a page in a book sounds like brushing your hair. Feeling the brush move through your hair softly, smoothly.

Try it!