10 Ways To Start A Story

I wanted to write something about units of measurement, but I don’t know units of measurement. And this is more pertinent to my future behavior.

  1. The birth of a hero – or something with the baby in it. Harry Potter is an example of it, but not when the child is actually born. You can build some mystery with this, but it shows a great future.
  2. The birth of a villain – or an evil force, or a cursed child. It presents the conflict and a dark tone or some tension, it helps when the story will begin with a light tone. (there is more to all of these than what I’m writing here, I’m just trying to be concise. Take my descriptions or uses with a grain of salt and do what you want.)
  3. Villians Plotting – Makes the danger seem more relevant. It also helps with before a light tone, but the audience will expect the shoe to drop a lot sooner. It will cause the audience to look for what’s wrong, so they’ll expect conspiracy. It creates some suspense if done right, but it may not have any effect if you can’t create a sense of danger.
  4. Greater Powers Doing Things – this can be used in conjunction with a different beginning. Like most entries on this list, it can create tension, define characters as necessary, and give hints about future events.
  5. A Day In The Life Of Boring – classic heroes journey beginning, less common nowadays because it is somewhat boring by default, so is used in conjunction with a different beginning, but this is where the story actually starts.
  6. A Day In The Life Of Different – if your focus is on world-building, this can be useful. The main character is foreign, and he lives in an engaging enough environment. So what would be routine is interesting enough for the first section.
  7. A Day In The Life Of Awesome – sometimes, the main character is already awesome, casually doing epic things, make for good interest but if you can’t keep up with the hype than don’t.
  8. Things Be Happening – action, adventure, passing. Start by drawing the audience in, then use an actual beginning to start the story.
  9. Surviving Strange Circumstances – The perspective character is lost confused and knows nothing of the world. As he learns so does the audience.
  10. Here Be Plot – A mission briefing is a good example, it explains the first conflict and it presents a bit of the characters. It’s not greater powers doing things because the characters are the ones planing it. but if the briefing is for a one of mission this is actually just things be happening. (I can’t consider the uses of these at the moment I’ve pettered out. I’ll try tomorrow.)

10 Ideas For Decks Of Flashcards (well not exactly flashcards but I don’t have a better term)

I’ve lost today’s schedule as well. But I was closer this time, still didn’t get the post done though. I’ll try a more complete exercise tomorrow, but I can’t promise a better post.

Maybe a set of digital flashcards or reminders, and achievement system for lining them up with real-life and were golden.

  1. Cloud Patterns – And types and names, you can look at a cloud see what causes it to form. This can be good to get the scientifically minded into cloud watching or to get the cloud watchers interested in some other subjects.
  2. Constellations – To be sold like punch cards at airports. You want to sign off on all the consultations you can find. Maybe have a picture on your phone to prove it, or maybe have a printout system, and you want to get your own deck with rewards for those who provide the best pictures.
    Yup, this feels right.
  3. Recycling Types – Not fun, but it helps figure out what garbage-can the bottle goes in.
  4. Uses For Plastic Bottles – More fun than the previous one. It can be any disposable, With different difficulty projects, instead of throwing it out, pick a random card, and do something fun.
  5. Mini Bucket List – Or small things everyone should do at least once in their lives. Take an hour out of your day for the stay at home deck.
  6. Morning Productivities – Sold as a part of a self-help program. There are a number of defaults, but you can add or replace any with your own. Draw a card every morning, and on each card is something you can get done and complete in half an hour. Sometimes as simple as making the bed, or spending some time organizing your room, see if your still interested in an old hobby or spend some time writing something out.
  7. Outfit list – Maybe a set of colors that go together if it’s non-personalized. My mother did something similar when she made a flip-book for one of her clients, and that’s where this idea came from. In this one, you either have a randomly suggested outfit form your Every-Day, Semi-Formal or Formal decks. But you could just have colors if you don’t want your clothing to clash.
  8. Chores – Also, self-help less than 30 minutes per card. At least 30 min of non-urgent important stuff every day.
  9. Counter Arguments – Selling a different deck for different conspiracies or proven false theories. Each deck contains a number of counter-arguments with an iron-manned opponent.
  10. Flash Throwing Cards – You read them in order, designed so that they can be easily thrown. Each card teaches you more about how to properly throw cards with the earlier cards being easier than the later cards.

I shall be the card master MWAHAHA. I only need a card printer first, and the room to put it in, and ink, and cardstock. Maybe just some cheap card-sleeves a few old decks of cards, an ordinary printer, and scissors. no need to get fancy. (Other than investment and sunk cost motivation. It isn’t the sunk cost fallacy because it’s worth doing anyway and you using the cost not to be lazy. Same mechanism though.)

Trying To Be Creative

It’s easy to declare that I’ll do something creative every day, but being creative is hard. So here are I’ll try to be creative about things I can do when trying to be creative. (Hey, I may have a few future posts. I may be speaking in the second person but of the people, I’m talking to one of them is my tomorrow self.)

  1. Explain Something You Don’t Know – Take a topic or an event I know nothing about, and make up an explanation. Creativity is often derived from errors, so if I want to make something original, I got to be wrong.
  2. Find The Most Convoluted Solution – find something that is done efficiently and ask yourself, what is the most convoluted method to do so. The creativity will come with some of the steps along the way, and some of them may even be useful for less straightforward tasks.
  3. Imagine You Have A Unique Tool – it’s about emotional perspective as well. It’s all well and good to say what if I had x superpower, but imagine you were the only person who had it, how would you use it, what would you make. You can change the world with this, or maybe you can acquire vast amounts of wealth, what if it were real how much time and effort would you put into it, imagine it is real if only for an hour.
  4. Imagine You Were In A Unique Position – aliens have arrived on earth, and You are the only one who can communicate with them. Same thought process as the last one, but you can use more realistic positions such as CEO of x company. Then it’s just a hypothetical, but you can be creative with those.
  5. Enrich Your Understanding Than Expand Blindly – The topic I will choose is sewage because I keep on claiming I have no interest in sewage-related topics. Still, historically it had some severe effects on society. There aren’t many sewage experts are there? Are plumbers considered sewage experts? Anyways, learn something and make a number of guesses on what the next thing you learn will be, or make more guesses you are entirely unqualified to make but are knowledgeable enough that people can’t tell.
  6. Set A High Minimum Limit – It’s the reasons my lists are lists of ten. I have no option but to try and come up with something new, or to rack my brain for something obscure. Not always the most effective, but instead of trying to come up with a solution to a problem, try five.
  7. Let Yourself Go – If you declared a high minimum, but you find yourself putting large amounts of time and thought into a single entry focus on that. The limits are to force yourself to be creative, but if you have limited time and you’re already being creative, you can drop the original limit. OR even the original structure if you think you can get away with it. (can you tell I’m running out, and just decided to give myself future advice for this one? Well, back to what I intended to do.)
  8. Deconstruct Someone Else’s Creativity – You can’t always make something new, try to observe a creative act or the result of such and deconstruct. I need more understanding before I steal concepts as I would do so blindly, but by seeing others focus, I can find gaps I can fill in.
  9. Try To See If Something Can Be Done Better – Like doorknobs, but what about our wrists. A good thought experiment, but I’m not sure if you’ll produce anything of value.
  10. Redefine Something – Don’t try to communicate something else; try to say it differently. What is color? A phenomenon of sight? The way we perceive different wavelengths of light? The movement of photons? Try to redefine things, you’ll find the gaps that need filling in, and that’s where a more technical type of creativity can be applied.

10 Places Where Familiarity Replace Taste

I may be wrong but that can be said about anything. We like what’s familiar the more we see something the more we like it, etc.

  1. Music – This has no right to be controversial, yes I like bad music. I know I like bad music. Genres often have familiar elements, and different countries and times had different patterns. But what happened to appreciating the music of an unfamiliar style, learning rhythm so that you can enjoy music from elsewhere, and listening to unfamiliar stuff? Well nothing happened, we were always insular, but can’t we at least find some way to define music by quality. I like music that at least 3/5 rhythm, 4/5 melody, XYZ instruments, and it can repeat over and over for all I care. Can’t we have something like that? (not unless there is some music in education.)
  2. T.V (well Netflix) – Sitcom, soap operas, it’s all comfort food really. Comfort food is familiar, it doesn’t rock the boat, and it plays well in the background.
  3. Cinema – a predictable storyline, snarky characters, and impressive action setpieces. Many people like a specific genre of movies, such as heist movies. And movies from preferred genres can be mostly unoriginal as long as they hit the same points, your memory will fill in the blanks.
  4. So-Called Nostalaga Games – When you do the same thing for years because it’s “nostalgia” it’s not, it’s familiar, it’s more of what you like. And sometimes it’s everywhere for example…
  5. Pokemon – It’s been popular for so long and even when it was new they just stuck pokemon on everything. remember pokemon pinball? pokemon snap? I liked pokemon pinball but I like most pinball, be it digital or machine.
  6. Branded Things – Board Games, Movies, Video games. Stick a familiar pop-culture symbol form 20 years ago and you’ll get buyers. Video game movies sell and they are notoriously low quality, the problem with that is that most people do eventually catch on.
  7. Home Building – we build houses that are familiar mostly. But if you look at some newly built houses, people just stick things that are familiar onto their houses because they looked nice somewhere.
    – (I was out of ideas after 3 entries but that’s why I decided to write ten)
  8. Subscription – I don’t try to be familiar but we often follow things far longer than they entertain us.
  9. The Simpsons – At least I say so, last specific thing I put on this list.
    – (I would say these lists but I spent far more time than I should trying to come up with some of these. I thought it would be easy.)
  10. Coffee – Sometimes you do sleep enough. And sometimes you like bad coffee because you’re already used to it, and it was cheap.

List Regarding Being Considerate Or At Least Being Considered As Such.

It seems I have a certain voice today, I will use it as it manifests, I think the title of this post caused me to think this way, I will try to realign my thoughts and language for the next post.

  1. Why do we want to be considerate is it because we consider the view of others, do we want it to be known?
  2. Or maybe we believe others consider our view the same as we consider theirs. Do others judge us as we judge them, let us be considerate of their reasons so that our judgments are less harsh.
  3. When considerate we take others into our consideration as if they were worth our mental effort. We desire to be worth theirs.
  4. There is more to being considerate than reciprocation, is there an element of moral superiority?
  5. Does it provide us a feeling of having an advantage over others?
  6. Should I reconsider my repeated use of the word root consider, is it to separate from the more term considerate at least as it a has developed, or am I causing consideration of what the word means and what we mean by it.
  7. Did I consider how this non-sense post will cause my readers to see my previous post, it will be somewhat controversial anyways and I have probably expressed my ignorance. So I hope you don’t hold this considerable silliness against me.
  8. Why do we consider what is silly as far from the truth, humor is often a softener of reality. And the reality is often silly as it doesn’t conform to human sense. What is logical is not what feels right.
  9. Are we being considerate just by pretending to be so, we need to consider others reactions at least and how they will feel. Doubly so in fact, as we want to make them feel as if they’re worth our consideration, or maybe that we’re providing it as a charity.
  10. Do we lash against our helpers as their charity in being considerate towards us when we feel we aren’t deserving of it, does that charity hurt our pride?

Ah big questions, I may in fact have reached deeper in this silly post than I did in the previous less silly post, I hope you have a nice day.

10 Advantages Of Stealing Concepts

I was going to write sequel post to yesterday’s post today, but it’s Friday so I allocated less time for my blog and I felt weird starting it, so I’ll think it through and if it’s really worth writing I’ll give it some more work. The purpose of the lists is to come up with a number of ideas but I feel I don’t probably follow the exercise, regardless I’ll make it my own.

And on the subject of making ideas one’s own, there’s this. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I read a lot of fiction, and recently I’ve noticed how derivative and referencing a lot of it is. The frequency with which, fictional cultures, species, powers, and concepts get repeated is honestly astounding. Especially since I tend to be picky (I’m not picky about genre I have other measurements ) about what I read. So here’s a list 10 advantages of stealing concepts.

  1. Audience Familiarity – Why call it something new if it produces a similar result.
  2. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.
  3. Time – it takes time to come up with ideas.
  4. Context – if your focus is elsewhere just use surrounding structures that feel normal or samey, they won’t draw as much attention away from your story.
  5. Subversion – it’s all in the name.
  6. Hide In Plain Sight – if it’s normal and familiar they won’t notice, until the effects are large enough. Or until someone points it out.
  7. Audience Theft – think different brands of ketchup. Ketchup as a tomato paste this is also ketchup.
  8. Comedy – if you move the concept in the way you steal it some will ignore the fact that you’re doing the same thing.
  9. Claim Similarly – call it a genre or a sub-genre. Share some base assumptions.
  10. Brake Off – sometimes you don’t want to be associated with a certain genre so replace some terms and concepts with one’s belonging to a different genre.

Sorry for the lack of editing and formatting in this one, my computer died (I’ll see if I can revive it) and I had to work on my phone.

10 Ideas Based Off Of Randomly Generated Words

So I’m doing the random word generator thing. I may try for a more interesting post tomorrow but I have a different project to tackle.

  1. Crack

    Crack. The world shook, it was all falling apart.
    Crack. he stared down at it, his hands shaking his excitement melting away
    Then it broke, he held it in his hands. His work, flawed, imperfect, cracked.
    If only it was better if he were better. Imperfect! He threw it away in disgust.
  2. Duck

    They flew through the sky in foul formation.
    Flying up high, above warring nations.
    Soldiers looked up birds flew around.
    One word was yelled and they all were shot down.
  3. Concert

    Music, magic, crazy run.
    Musicians played for the audience’s fun.
    Beauty, elegance, the artists seek.
    But today they made money maybe next week.
  4. Allowance

    You will not do so or I’ll take away your allowance. An interesting statement, because by threatening to take away someone’s allowance we are not allowing them to do something and so they don’t have an allowance.
    I don’t know words are weird.
  5. Press

    Press the paper, prepare the ink.
    We must find what is happening.
    We must make news for the audience.
    (I don’t know how to continue this. Next!)
  6. Gesture

    With a quick wave of his hand, excitement covered the whole land.
    Then the server refilled his cup.
  7. X-ray

    To my great regret, I know very little of X-rays, as you call them.
    I heard you use them to see into people, why? Are they some sort of mind-reading device?
    No? to see what’s inside their bodies? I understand these X-rays burn holes into them so that you can see. No? Why didn’t you say so so. They pass through the bodies? But how do you read them?
  8. Hospital

    For some people a second home.
    The old we don’t allow to roam.
    We say we care and so we think.
    But we don’t even let them drink. (not the most accurate description, but are their people who you treat this way. You allow yourself to do things which are bad for your health, all because someone is closer to the ultimate consequence doesn’t mean you can make their decisions for them!)
  9. Secure

    Secure closed, safe. They wouldn’t find it or him for that matter.
    The matter was closed, he had gotten away, his friend would live another day. And yet, I didn’t sleep that night, I was worried was it secure enough, They said it was but could I trust them were they secure. No, I shouldn’t think like that, those thoughts are manipulable, they weren’t secure. It would be better if he seemed calm, no, if was calm… Calm, detached, secure, in thought and in action,
  10. Demonstrator

    One who presents and this is all I can present in the time I have left.
    I may do again this tomorrow it was fun.

10 Uses For Video

A technology that has become mundane, I must reconsider what I’ve taken for granted. So I’ll try to treat it as something new and unique.

  1. Path Maps – instead of having an eagle-eye view, wouldn’t it be easier to get places if there was a first-person view or a path that could be followed. Turn left here go straight here, short videos moving through paths.
  2. Video Messages – delete half an hour after being watched, unless saved onto the device if data storage is an issue. Quick messages, screen recordings. Video is incredibly useful nowadays.
  3. Dance Mirrors – record yourself and see your movements. Maybe for training and practice. Just mirror sized screens or something it doesn’t have to be perfect quality, but it has to have good focus.
  4. Video Books – well the natural progression of audiobooks, just words plus pictures, no, it’s not movies, there is a difference. (It would take me a while to explain, and it’s not that big a deal)
  5. Autoscrolling books – one sentence at a time to train reading speed.
  6. Virtual Cadaver – a collection of surgery videos, chose your path, and see how it turned out possibly training for young surgeons.
  7. Cross Simulators – Well based on real video experience, across between the video games and choose your paths, it switches to the actual video if your actions are seen as similar enough.
  8. Better Error Messages – an example of potential causes for that error. Maybe a presentation on what the error code means. Or at the very least a link to a video that explains it, something easy to type in hopefully, so that people can remember.
  9. Projected Sign Language – maybe just text, it would be polite to have a screen on speaking daises so that the deaf can see as. Our vision isn’t perfect, and hands are small, so when there are large crowds, this can be easier. (Although it is probably done already. It can probably be done better.)
  10. Peripheral Vision Training – for soldiers, best mixed with an eye tracker so that they can pretend not to see things, a useful skill in modern combat.

What If We Could Control The Flow Of Liquids…

Well I’m assuming there’s a technical solution but I don’t get hydrodynamics at that level so, If we could move water around more easily, or using less energy, or something of the sort. Still, it’s the weekend and the sabbath is out late so I don’t have much time or attention for this.

  1. Better Toilets – Water moves fast doesn’t splash and all that (this is still on my mind from yesterday)
  2. Clog Proof Pipes – Because we all know how important this is. Not totally clog proof but better than what we have.
  3. Better Desalinization – Move water around, makes it more worthwhile, and useful. It becomes far cheaper to move water drawn from the sea, so trying to make that water useful becomes far more viable.
  4. Water Batteries – (Warning, opinions ahead. Skip past at your leisure.) Yay useful solar power, I still believe nuclear is better, despite producing some long-lasting waste, it takes far fewer lands and resources to keep running. Solar panels are expensive to make, and even if we never need to repair them, there are still large tracks of land devoted to the human resource of producing electricity from the sun. I think the efficiency in space provided by nuclear power, makes up for the waste it produces, as the lead needed to isolate the waste can be stored in far less space than it takes to build solar farms. We will learn to deal with the waste before we can figure out how to rebuild ecosystems that we built solar farms over.
  5. Grey Water Systems – aka poop water for plant life, will become far cheaper to make.
  6. More Rooftop Pools And Waterslides – Common it becomes cheaper
  7. Huge Rooftop Waterparks And Slides – Maybe even between buildings, moving water is cheap and easy, and when there is profit, innovation soon follows.
  8. Water Elevators – If pumping up water is still expensive, and I don’t see how it can’t be, it may become more efficient to make tall water pump with pipes that go out into surrounding buildings, most buildings pump there own water but if we can increase the capacity and durability of pipes than it probably becomes more efficient to have central buildings or towers where most of the water comes up, and to simply move the water vertically. Or maybe not, infrastructure is always tricky because of the high initial cost and the difficulty in experimentation.
  9. Showers Become Nicer – Water pressure isn’t high enough want multiple faucets, sure it’s cheap, easy, and fixable. We spend so much time here, anyway; we might as well optimize a bit.
  10. More Sinks – Hand washing is important; drinking enough is important; we don’t have sinks in every room because of aesthetic reasons, among others, but one thing that can make more sink rooms is the improvement of drains. Small drains on a kitchen floor if it’ not wooden and wall faucets. Maybe only for the eccentric, but style changes, and we seem to be becoming more focused on hygiene as time goes on. (I wonder why he asked, knowing full well one of the reasons.) So why not?

What If toilet Paper Suddenly Became Coarse And Uncomfortable

Or more so.

Honestly, the reason I’m pushing off the “What If Aliens…” post is because I’m intimidated by it. So I thought “why don’t I try the format with a smaller topic”. Well, the format didn’t work, I’ll try again tomorrow maybe on a different topic but we’ll see. (Worst case I just end up doing a more interesting topic tomorrow.)

Scenario 1 (less likely but easier for me to predict): Let’s say the current production methods became impossible, I don’t know freak accident, all experts in the field move to other jobs, or some microorganism finds a nice niche somewhere in the wood to paper production line and makes it unprofitable to continue making toilet paper. Maybe it’s the processing, maybe it’s the texture, but it just becomes too much of a hassle. (well, maybe the rich will still use it, but I’m not writing about the how at the moment only the why.) Let’s not sweat the big stuff for now what would happen next.

  1. Buying Panic – I thought that it might tame a few months, but when I think about current events, there is no way somebody doesn’t panic, and panic buying doesn’t start up again. So the prices for old toilet paper will skyrocket, and if it ever becomes sold again, it will be a rare commodity.
  2. Disease – At least in the short term you don’t want open scratches or scrapes on your butt, it’s not hygienic.
  3. Green Toilet Paper – leaves in bags specially prepared and all that, new colossal industry, it costs twice as much as the new normal but still it doesn’t cost that much. Even if growing the leaves is terrible for the environment, it’s an easy spin to put on things, and it could be significantly more comfortable than the new normal.
  4. Wipe sales will double – at the very least.
  5. So Will The Sales Of Tissues
  6. Sewer Clogs – Wipes, leaves, tissues, and other alternatives are not good for pipes, huge backlog, clogs, health issues, possible plagues, smell, the collapse of infrastructure, and more. It can be a huge issue, but that’s dependent on other things and how quickly they implemented. This would lead to some severe consequences, but I can’t predict it for sure.
  7. Butt Washers (Hygienic picture available below) – The incentives to get one of these will go up dramatically, It’s definitely greener than the alternative, but it would be weird to use. Of course, there may be great incentives along with the banning of specific Toilet paper alternatives, and we don’t want clogged pipes and all. Water bills will rise as a result, and there will still be issues with clogging but less, and in time it may become normal.
  8. Proper Toilet Hygiene Will Be Taught In Schools – We don’t want clogging. I don’t think I need to explain more.
  9. Toilet Training Will Become Harder – In the short term definitely, because… Yeah, it’s not comfortable. In the long run, I have no clue, I’m not a parent, but there will definitely be some effect. If I could adequately predict this, it could have some severe long term effects, but I can’t so here’s here.
  10. Advanced Butt Washers – Demand will increase dramatically; innovation will soon follow. The discomforts of people in first world countries funds more innovation than the needs of millions elsewhere. Will innovations on propelling water comfortably into our asses find other uses, and will we make many discoveries in water propulsion methods? Probably but I’m not equipped to cover either of these topics, so I’ll leave this at that. (I’ll probably make something tomorrow, but it will only be tangentially related.)
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This post could have been longer, but the topic is not one I would like to entertain anymore. And I put in enough time already, so I’m done. Have a lovely weekend, and I wish you success in your endeavors.