10 Tips for Sleeping Better

Sleep is a topic that is dear to my heart because I've long been a proponent as sleep as one of the four pillars of health. This post for Day 30 of the Idea Machine Project offers 10 tips for better sleep. The Shinecast four pillars of great health were inspired by the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and my own experiences at lifehacking since I was a pre-teen. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a … [Read more...]

Aromatherapy: Legit or Bogus?

Odd topic for Day 29 of the Idea Machine Project: Argue for/against the legitimacy of aromatherapy. Curious about the Idea Machine Project? Scroll down for an explanation. 5 Reasons Aromatherapy Works 1. Smell is part of an animal's survival mechanism. Humans are animals, too. The sense of smell plays a role in survival. Smell is one way we differentiate between something that is … [Read more...]

Ideas for Indie Movie Titles & Plots: Day 28

It's Day 28 of the Idea Machine Project. Today's topic: Come up with 10 ideas for indie movies. I think my ideas are pretty awesome—I should start writing the treatments tonight. Actually, back in the 1990s, I wrote a screenplay that received positive notes from a couple of industry readers with solid credentials, but I gave up trying to sell it and moved on. Hmm....Perhaps I should return … [Read more...]

Quora Questions That Pull Me In

Curiosity is one of my strongest urges. I'm curious about everything and I love learning. That's probably why I stopped visiting Quora several years ago. I was using Quora early on, but since I'm prone to dash when my eyes perceive "Squirrel" it's one of those social networks that can be a real time-sink for me. Although I found it intriguing in 2011, I didn't stick around. In fact, I had no … [Read more...]

Wisdom Mashup: New Books By Combining Ideas

It's Day 26 of the Idea Machine Project. For today, Claudia Altucher has us combining and mashing ideas from two previous days. The objective: Come up with new book titles and subtitles based on the influential books that I listed on Day and the lines that struck a chord with me (Day 23). The subtitle is based on the book and the title is based on the line. If you're confused, see Claudia's … [Read more...]

Idea Machine: A Penny Saved?

It's Day 25 for me in the Idea Machine project. I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine, as I reconfigure The Ben Franklin Follies. My original intention for The Ben Franklin Follies was to make the site a place to explore ideas, but didn't execute that very well. Over the past two years, however, I've slowly figured out how where I want to go with my vision. … [Read more...]

10 Recipe Ideas

Recipe ideas are the focus of Day 24 of the Idea Machine Project, which I explain in this post. I love trying new combinations of ingredients I have on hand to make a meal I enjoy. It's something I do pretty regularly. FYI: As a roll out the Shinecast media components, I'll be publishing my food and cooking content at a new website. I'll update the link here when the new site goes live. I'll … [Read more...]

10 Lines That Resonate: Idea Machine, Day 23

I was in for a surprise when I swiped the "page" in my Kindle to Day 23 of Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine. The prompt: List 10 lines or phrases from a book, movie, or conversation that "left you wondering" and explain why. That's a bit of a paraphrase, but it's how I've interpreted the prompt for today. The reason today's hard is because: I read a lot, often highlighting … [Read more...]

Day 22, Idea Machine Project: People Who Impacted My Life

Today's topic for Becoming an Idea Machine is to list 10 people who made an impact in my life and briefly explain why. I've intentionally excluded family members because that's too easy and too complex. I thought about excluding teachers, as well, but decided to include a couple of my early school teachers who helped to spark, inspire and nurture my innate curiosity. Backstory: I'm … [Read more...]

Idea Machine, Day 21: Explaining My Wisdom

Claudia Altucher gives an intriguing prompt for Day 21 of Become an Idea Machine. The gist is about coming up with book titles to describe life lessons and wisdom I've acquired over the years, along with a few items for the table of contents in these books. I suggest you read Become an Idea Machine [affiliate link] for a better understanding. [affiliate links explained here] If you're … [Read more...]