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Prompts05: Everything I Know I Learned From

I’m glad you stopped by. If this is your first visit, I have some interesting mental gymnastics for you today. If you like that sort of thing, I think you will enjoy your visit.

If you are an Audio Tidbits Podcast regular, I am still pursuing interesting ways to respond to the prompts from the Prompts app on my iPhone. I think you will agree that today’s prompt is particularly puzzling. It’s another one of those notions that either has a dozen good responses or none. I’m having trouble deciding.

Try this. Everything I know, I learned from…. How will you finish the sentence? …

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Prompts04: I’m My Own

Here I am back with the latest prompt from the Prompts app on my iPhone. I’m getting a late start since the college football game had a lightening delay of over an hour. Since the Buckeyes won 77 to 31, who cares about a little delay? Not me.

Today’s prompt is, “I am my own….” That certainly opens us up to a world of possibilities.

There I go again, speaking for us instead of just speaking for me. As they say, “Old habits are hard to break.” Let me take another pass at that. That opens it up to a world of possibilities for me. How about for you?

Will you take a crack at today’s prompt? “I am my own….” How do you finish the sentence? …

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Prompts03: When I’m Alone I Feel

Thanks for joining me on this writing journey. The Prompts app for my iPhone has generated yet another engaging prompt. When I’m alone, I feel…. I hope you choose to play along. How will you finish the sentence?

My immediate response is, “When I’m alone, I feel peaceful. The movie in my mind finds me late at night when the phone doesn’t ring, when the house is quiet and there is time to read or perhaps time to write. There are no demands, no expectations. It is indeed a peaceful scene.

I then let the image expand and quickly understand that I am not actually alone. My wife had headed to bed earlier as is her habit and both dogs have called it a day. The collie has climbed up into the red chair and the lab is stretched out on the couch. Bird is still in her cage and seems to know that it is quiet time. Alone? No, I’m not actually alone. …

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Prompts02: I Spend A Lot Of Time Thinking About…

As is true for many if not most bloggers and podcasters, I give a lot of thought and energy to coming up with new and hopefully interesting content. I keep hearing that content is king, and perhaps it is. My problem is that I struggle with coming up with viable candidates to wear the crown.

I discovered today that my problem may be its own solution. Yesterday I told you about the Prompts app that I found for my iPhone. It provides a few words to start the writing juices flowing. The prompt is followed by an empty note, inviting me to extend the thought.

It seems to be saying, “Here’s a great candidate to assume the throne. You have been introduced to the next king so give him the attention such royalty deserves.” Setting the sexist aspect of this aside for now, let’s meet the king for today. …

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Prompts: An iPhone App For Hopeful Writers

Writing is easy. The challenge is figuring out what to write about. Actually, that is not quite true. For example, I know I’m not going to write about ancient history or current fashions. I know I am going to write about people, what they do, how they do it, why they do it or something else related to the social or people aspects of my reality. That’s what interests me, so it wouldn’t make much sense to write about anything else.

Within the boundaries of my interests, settling on one focus for writing can be tough. To help with that, I discovered an app for my iPhone. It’s called Prompts. Apparently, it is like a pump primer for writers. The idea is that the app will give me a writing prompt. Since I installed the app only a few minutes ago, how well it does at starting the writing juices flowing remains to be seen. For ninety-nine cents, I figure it’s worth a try.

The first thing I notice about the Prompts app is that it’s pretty simple. Click around for a couple of minutes and quickly conclude that it’s main thing really is its main thing. It gives me a short prompt to start the first sentence followed by an otherwise empty note area. The app can keep some statistics and provide reminders to write but the only thing to do is to pick up on the prompt and write something. I suspect I can get a new prompt every time I come back to the app but beyond that, there is nothing else to do or to get frustrated with. Now just how cool is that? …

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Perspectives on Politics

Here are ten perspectives on politics that I never said but find worth a thought or two. If you really care who did say them, check on QuoteGarden.com where I found them.

1. Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men.

2. Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

3. Mud-slinging – In politics, anything bad the opponent says about our candidate; in contrast, when our candidate does this, it is called ‘making a good point.’

4. Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

5. Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.

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Dropbox Disappoints

It’s always annoying to be disappointed but when Dropbox disappoints, my annoyance is elevated to total frustration. I have used Dropbox for several years with zero annoyance, disappointment, or frustration. It just worked… but no more.

Sure, Dropbox still works as usual on my Windows 7 laptop. The total frustration comes complements of Windows 10. It is a totally terrific operating system but the Dropbox engineers seem to have given it a pass. That is particularly true after the latest spring update. Dropbox just doesn’t work on my Windows 10 computer.

To add insult to injury, I tried to contact Dropbox support and was summarily ignored. Yes, I politely used their web form to let them know that Dropbox was not working on my Windows 10 computer and nicely ask for help. I got no reply, no help.

I have switched my cloud backup option to OneDrive. I am hoping that Microsoft can make a backup option that works on any Windows computer. So Far, so good. I will keep Dropbox on my Windows 7 computer, at least until I manage to retrieve my files from their black box in the cloud. I think I would have been somewhat OK had they told me that they were working on the problem and would keep me posted on their progress; but not a word from Dropbox. As best I can tell from Google, I am not alone. It seems that other Dropbox customers are similarly disappointed. Oh well, it’s their company and my problem is mine. It’s obviously not something that concerns them.

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Blogs, Blogging And Bloggers (Vol. 3)

This is the last session in the series on blogs, blogging and bloggers. The last post in the series asks if there is any point to blogging. Spoiler! There may not be. Please listen and see how you come down on the question.

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Blogs, Blogging And Bloggers (Vol. 2)

This is the second part of the Blogging series for bloggers and those of us who simply enjoy hearing about bloggers. Sure, there is a little musical bit at the end to reward you for listening.

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Blogs, Bloggers And Blogging (Vol. 1)

Blogs, bloggers and blogging is not quite as normal as a postcard but comes pretty close. This is part one of a little series that focuses on the pitfalls of blogging. Give it a listen. The music at the end is worth listening to the blog entries if you are not into blogging.

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Tuesday Caution – Audio TidBits Podcast

The fact of it is that Tuesday just does not have much going for it. Oh well, so much for Tuesday. There is a caution though. If you have a boss, beware. Tuesday is the all-time favorite day for bosses to do their boss thing. By Tuesday, they have pretty much figured out what they want to accomplish for the week and there you are with one of those Tuesdays and nothing much that absolutely has to be done today.

I think you get it. You don’t have to have everything spelled out for you. Even though there isn’t all that much to do next Tuesday, be prepared, especially if your boss will be anywhere close to where you are or if you have a phone or computer that can receive calls, messages, or e-mail.

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Cooking Rice & The Art of Blogging – Audio TidBits Podcast

An old Chinese proverb says, “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” I suspect it is equally true quoting old Chinese proverbs doesn’t cook much rice either. As I consider strategies for actually producing this post, along with noting activities that do not cook rice, I’m thinking also noting those that do not lead to a successful post would be helpful. Once I know all of the do nots, what’s left are on the to do list. Here we go with the do not list for blogging.

  1. Do not sit and stare. Doing most anything else is an improvement over just gazing into empty space. Of course, I claim to be intensely thinking and it may be true, at least a little. Even so, writing is key and although I can think without seriously thinking, think without writing and write without thinking, to write without writing is pretty much impossible or at least beyond my scope for sure.
  1. I do not need another cup of coffee. I know it would feel good to stretch and stroll out to the coffee pot and back. A nice cup of hot coffee might even perk me up. I could use the time to consider more fully what I want to say and the jolt of caffeine might stimulate a new insight or something. No, no coffee, no stroll into the other room, no more avoiding getting down to the business at hand.
  1. I do not have any more excuses. I’m far enough into it to get down to it if I am up to it. Ok, I’m getting around to it and know it’s time to either do it or screw it. The deal goes like this.

I’ll never make a post if all I do is boast about the blog I’m planning to write.

It’s indeed a little crazy but either I’m lazy or afraid of being absolutely trite.

That’s a pretty pathetic verse and sure it can get worse but I do not feel even a little contrite.

My blog is underway and I have a post for today so I can get that coffee and stare with no further fear of being impolite.