The Idea Series: Week 5

No preamble this week; let’s dive in.


10 apps that should die (and be replaced)

This was prompted by me trying to buy a book on Kindle, and getting stuck in a ridiculous loop of unhelpful and incorrect error messages before 10 minutes before I had to quit. It turns out, my 1-click payment method wasn’t working, but Kindle was only saying, “This book has been registered on 1 too many devices,” or a variant thereof… So a bit of user error, and a bit of just error.

  1. Amazon Kindle
  2. Spotify
  3. FB Messenger
  4. Gmail
  5. Google Chrome
  6. Facebook
  7. Steam
  8. Bloatware on Android
  9. Windows 10
  10. Hulu


10 Things I hate, that I’m also thankful for

The idea is to take something you hate (or strongly dislike), and turn it into an “I’m grateful” statement. Let’s go!

My commute

I’m grateful that I have the privilege and means to own a car capable of a commute to a job that I’ve held for some time. These both have afforded me so much over the years.

Work interruptions

I’m grateful that my coworkers think of me when they have problems and need help. I don’t have all the answers, and I am frequently wrong, but they trust me and we are all on a team, and it truly makes me feel blessed.

Our political climate

I’m grateful that people are mobilizing and are not afraid to voice their opinions in America. I’m grateful that we are gaining more and more representation in government for women, people of color, and LGBTQ+.

The appeal of alcohol

I’m glad I have the strength to say no; the ability to take a drink without the drink taking me.

Social media

I’m glad it’s so easy to stay connected with my loved ones and that they’re only a click and a few keystrokes away, no matter what.

My introversion

I’m glad I have had the time and the patience to get to know myself better, and to be comfortable with myself in silence.


I’m glad I have a home, and all that comes with it. I’m greatly privileged and incredibly lucky.


I’m glad I learned how to teach myself. I’m glad I was able to stay self-driven and work past all the roadblocks that come with having no formal higher education.


I’m glad they eat all the little bugs and keep your house relatively clean; spiders are our friends.


I’m glad I have a place to clean, a lawn to mow, a car to wash, and clothes to launder.


10 Everyday moments I can take to relax (and be thankful)

When I can close my eyes for a moment and think about how blessed I am to be right there.

  1. Waiting for coffee to brew
  2. When a build is running
  3. When files are processing
  4. Waiting for a meeting to start
  5. At home, waiting for tea
  6. Commercial breaks
  7. Walking the dog
  8. Waiting in line at Starbucks
  9. Evenings on the porch
  10. Anytime


10 of my favorite books (and something I learned from each)

Do you know how difficult it is to single out your favorite books, even if you get to pick an entire ten of them? It took me at least 20 minutes to sift through the list in my head and get to Number 3. So, I will list the books here, but the “what I learned” part will be elaborated on later.

  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. The Road
  3. A Scanner Darkly
  4. Deadhouse Gates
  5. Godel, Escher, and Bach
  6. The Darkness That Comes Before
  7. The Painter of Battles
  8. The Social Conquest of Earth
  9. The Black Company
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude


10 movies that caused a deep impression

I’ve seen over 2,000 movies. It would be an understatement to say it was hard to narrow this list down. At least, until I reminded myself that this was not a Top Ten list, but a list of some movies that affected me. As above, this is definitely going to be its own post (I could easily do a post about each one of these).

  1. Max Max: Fury Road
  2. The Fountain
  3. Paddington 2
  4. Blade Runner
  5. Lessons of Darkness
  6. Annihilation
  7. World of Tomorrow
  8. Logan
  9. Alien
  10. Aladdin


10 meetups I’d like to attend / organize

  1. Writers / NaNo-ers
  2. Asshole-free, beginner-friendly board game group
  3. MtG draft
  4. Hackathons for beginners
  5. Movie watching club
  6. Cough co-op gaming club
  7. D&D pickup group
  8. Horror / fantasy book club
  9. Chef’s class as a group, like a kitchen
  10. Local entrepreneurs


10 ideas for deep-dive / investigative articles

Articles I’d like to write, or would like to read, to take a deep dive into a subject with some relative depth. The minimum length I’d like to see is around three thousand words. Not that word length is any real indicator of a piece’s depth, but it is a decent ballpark metric.

  1. History, parallels, and divergences of Amazon and Sears
  2. How Apple lost its vision
  3. The myth of the “long tail”
  4. Why stories are important
  5. The rise of Mystery Box storytelling
  6. The “Golden Age” of TV, and how it forgot how to be TV
  7. Economy of scale and the death of the local
  8. How to live without a cell phone in modern times
  9. The future of self-publishing
  10. Layers and symmetry in The Fountain

Another week, another set of lists. No pictures as of this post’s publishing; I’ll get them uploaded later. Don’t worry, I did actually write all these out on time. I’m just not near a place with a camera to take pictures of the pages right now.

This week, and for the past few weeks, I’ve been prepping for National Novel Writing Month. I should have enough “material” queued up for the blog in the meantime, but December may be slow around here as I recover from this insane marathon I’m about to try to take part in. Maybe I’ll add to my misery and blog about it?

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