10 Funny Questions: Idea Machine, Day 36

Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project was challenging for me. I had to go out of town for the day to visit family and had little time to work on the topic: Coming up with 10 funny questions and answers at the third grade level. Alas, I managed only three originals to start with, but I'm still working on this prompt and will update later with my other funny questions. Here goes: Q. What's the … [Read more...]

10 Places I’d Like To Visit: Idea Machine, Day 35

The topic for Day 35 in Become an Idea Machine is to simply list 10 "cities" I'd like to visit and why. I've modified this slightly. Although I've mostly listed cities, I'm really more interested in visiting the small towns, villages and rural areas in the countries I've listed. Why the change? Claudia and James Altucher are clearly more into urban environments, whereas I'm more sustained by … [Read more...]

Publicly-Traded Companies: Idea Machine, Day 34

Today's Idea Machine topic is to list 10 companies that I use often and find out if they are publicly-traded on a stock exchange. This topic seems a bit random, so I'm guessing it will come up again at some point later in the book. Perhaps as the basis for coming up with ideas of businesses I could start to offer a product or service that competes with these companies. Maybe James Altucher … [Read more...]

Ideas and the Revival of The Ben Franklin Follies

After a long hiatus from publishing new content on The Ben Franklin Follies, the site is suddenly active again. As I explained a while back, I've been trying to figure out how best to focus The Ben Franklin Follies around a theme that makes it easier to explain what the site is about. At the same time, in an effort to better organize my writing and interests, over the past 18 months or so I've … [Read more...]

Day 11, Idea Machine: Yoga Poses

Today is Day 11 in my Idea Machine Project. If you're new and found this post because of the yoga reference, I thought it might be helpful to explain what's up. Claudia Altucher, wife of James Altucher, recently published a book titled Become an Idea Machine (affiliate link to the Kindle edition) building off of James' admonition that "ideas are the currency of the 21st century." Since I'm … [Read more...]

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...]

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, ShereeMartin.com, 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...]