Personal Posts & The Idea Machine Project

I'm finding that many of the idea prompts are about topics that are more personal in nature, rather than generally-applicable. It's possible this will change at some point, as I seem to recall Claudia Altucher mentioning in a podcast that the first 90 days are personal ideas and the second 90 days are ideas for others. In any event, I've decided to publish some of the more personal daily … [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...]

Bye-Bye Lemonade Stand: Day 33

It's Day 33 of the Idea Machine Project and today's topic is business ideas for kids. The premise that is that today's kids are so tech-competent that the traditional lemonade stand is passé. Here are my 10 business ideas for kids, other than the lemonade stand. The first 5 are do-able today. The second 5 will be viable opportunities within 18 months, if they aren't already. 1. Dog … [Read more...]

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...]