Idea Machine Day 6: Easier Air Travel

Today is Day 6 of the Idea Machine Project, following along with Claudia Altucher's new book, Become an Idea Machine. Today's topic: 10 things I could do to make my personal air travel easier. Air travel is a huge headache, so I should definitely make the effort to implement at least some of these ideas. 1. Take the time now to configure my password software across all my devices so that … [Read more...]

Day 5: Smart Refrigerators

Today's prompt and topic has to do with smart refrigerators, presumably since we're moving toward an internet of things. This is my least favorite topic so far. I don't need a computer to tell me my food is spoiled or that I'm out of strawberries, but since I committed to doing this Idea Machine project and blogging about it here on The Ben Franklin Follies, I'll play along. Here are my 10 … [Read more...]

Idea Machine, Day 4: Coursera

For Day 4 of Claudia Altucher's Become an Idea Machine project, the prompt is to describe 10 course topics for Coursera with the emphasis on "courses I would take." As much as I love to learn, this one was a bit tougher for me because of the requirement that these be "courses I would take." Why does that make the topic difficult? I have 4 degrees: BA, JD, LL.M., Ph.D., along with a … [Read more...]

10 Ideas: Time for Quiet, Gratitude

This is Day 3 in the Idea Machine practice. As explained here, I'm following along with the prompts in Claudia Altucher's new book Become An Idea Machine. Today's Topic: List 10 places or moments in the day where I can pause, get centered and experience gratitude. Since I'm already doing this, or at making an effort to get quiet each day for at least 10 minutes of silent breathing … [Read more...]

Idea Machine: Apps I Would Use

For Day 2, Claudia Altucher's prompt is to list 10 apps I'd like to use. The rules say it doesn't matter if the app already exists. Here's the list I came up in about 15 minutes. I included more than 10 apps because some (most?) of them do exist--just not to my satisfaction! Reminder that I'm simply re-typing these from my journal and not taking time to do much, if any, editing. 1. App that … [Read more...]

Turning Dislikes Into Opportunities for Gratitude

As I explain over on my professional blog,, I decided to take on Claudia Altucher's project to come up with (at least) 10 ideas a day using the  daily prompts she lists in her new book, Become An Idea Machine (affiliate link). Given the nature of this project (I'm doing it mainly as an exercise in creativity) I'm not spending much time on self-editing, so I'm typing these … [Read more...]