Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt: Pick a Cool Tool

Sometimes the unexpected thing comes along at your life at just the right time. That’s sort of how I think of the Cool Tools site. I have it in my RSS reader and so I’ll be going through looking at the news and such and suddenly cool tool. A lot of them are things you’d expect. Does your life need a one string banjo in a can? Bulk pregnancy tests? Clothes washer in a bag? A yo-yo fishing reel? A…
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Writing Prompt: What will they say in a few thousand years?

Future humans will look back at this time. What will they say? Will they say we were an advanced civilization? I have been wondering quite a bit if they will say that this was the start of a civil war, or a war of some kind. All of the people who sit by the side (including me) will be looked at as entirely oblivious to the world around them. I don’t know what else to do or how else to…
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Writing Prompt: Put it in your brain!

Brain implants are coming, and I for one welcome that day. I am very intersted in the applications that we might see in the future. There are endless possibilities. Some that would relieve problems (chronic pain), some that would enhance (memory/recording), some that we can’t even guess at. Well…hopefully we can because we are sci-fi writers. I recently got to hear LeVar Burton speak which was amazing, and he said that sci-fi askes one of the most powerful questions. “What…
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Writing Prompt: Robot Friends

The robot uprising terrifies us. I’ve never really gotten it. Well I get it, we are afraid of ourselves and in some weird weird ways of what comes after us. I personally very much hope that the children of today are better than me, and their children are better. I want the world to get easier, and then for those kids to be able to do more. If children don’t have to fight to be fed they’ll have all that…
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Writing Prompt: Social Greeting Rituals

One of my favorite non-writing blogs is Ask A Manager (if you have a day job and need advice it is the #1 through #10 spot to go, it is amazing). There was a post earlier this week about social signaling at work and the difference between “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, you?” “Fine.” in the hall while passing at work and someone seriously asking “How are you?” Alison (the eponymous manager) said: When the interaction is a quick one…
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Writing Prompt: Haptics

I have been talking about and thinking about haptics a lot lately. The whole ..way we feel and touch things and how computers and connected devices can make us feel things. My favorite example that I make everyone try is the iPhone 7’s home “button” it doesn’t move. But it 100% feels like it moves. (And maybe you’re a fancy person who doesn’t have this experience but I totally do.) It seems exactly like I’ve depressed it when I push…
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Writing Prompt: Hack the future!

I’ve been talking about spam and hacking and the future a lot. I’m obviously not alone. But in addition to the really huge ways the world will change (and it will, health care is in for a giant change in the next decade or so), the world will change in a lot of tiny ways. Automation is going to become a bigger, more powerful, and hopefully…eventually…more intuitive and user-friendly thing. Things like Amazon’s dash buttons will become more common. APIs,…
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