The eternal dilemma of the artist - Can I paint a timeless piece of chocolate and not be thought a pig? Maybe if I drip some blood on it to represent all human suffering? And some drool on the side, for come on, one has to respect the chocolate...
As a daughter of an engineer and a banker, I am subject to frequent fits of taking stuff apart to see how they work, then struggling twice the time I dont have to put them together again. From mommy, I acquired a certain cynical detachment to money.
Earn enough to support a comfortable lifestyle and save enough for a reasonable sized calamity. No more. Revolving credit is toxic and ends up impoverishing all parties involved, there are always hidden costs to remembering, tracking and dissolving it.
I have also seen the time and opportunity cost + the hassle of acquiring, storing, growing, transporting and protecting vast amounts of paper and coin, it makes me somewhat immune to the fever. Plus im not the best spender, oo-shiny is not the last word in astute money management.
Here are a few ideas ive been bouncing around for a while to add to the app-happy world to try move away from the om-money and stuff-aha
Setup a wiki style sharesite for stuff inventory - detailing what people of a certain age must have + nice to have and why, this has multiple benefits
1. making a list of all the stuff lying around is therapeutic, plus shows what we really use and not
2. peeps can vote on how useful an item is whether definitive or not and edit each list
3. House Slytherin can be convinced to buy in with adverts of their special snowflake refrigerators and what not
4. can be localized to state / street/ apartment / bedroom whatever so if i want to see what a 35 year old mother with dust allergy and a fondness for cake should have in her possession in Chicago, I can.
An app to promote personal relationships. Not facebook and linkedin style. A personal diary style with no cloud business, data sharing, email collection. For each of us to consciously choose the people and relationships we want to grow and get to them in real time. In my head, closeness scale is
1. random conversation / inperson on chat whatever
2. random coffee or happenstance meeting
3. planned coffee or food
4. planned visiting of cultural thing
5. planned holiday
This is incredibly hard after school/college to be conscious and decisive about, but also incredibly important.
A shared system for recycling stuff, starting with the easies. Have each package maker put a color logo on each layer of package, have big box retailers like Target, Walmart, CostCo, Amazon sell garbage bags with these colors, and ask people to sort before throw and/or invest in sort after throw
Terodactile and Hormonica are mostly dormant creatures. We exert ourselves into mild activity only if we feel creatively motivated, as in "If you do not pay rent by tomorrow, we will send you an eviction notice" or Babyganix' latest suicide attempt. Yesterday Hormonica went to Chicago city to learn Amazon Web Services, and generally meet and make connections that may benefit her, networking being of course, one of her core strengths.
Chicago town is a city like any other, big fancy city blocks, dying big fancy city blocks, and construction in between. Its also very beautiful with art all over, will post a pic if I can. My favorite part is the Gotham city style railway running through, gives it a personality!
She was coopted to the McCormick place, which is truly breathtaking. But she was there to tap on a computer screen and look wise as a lot of data is tossed at her frisbee style. She has missed almost every frisbee thrown at her, near unbeatable record. She does fetch extremely well though.
First thing she did on arrival was of course, scope out all the restrooms. This time, she was not underwhelmed, the bathrooms there have a floor that sparkles all diamond like.
She also managed to see the rooftop garden. AWESOME view! Nice summer dream location. One building looks very much like Chennai Central. Also the Grand Ballroom, which was a really Big Room.
The training was nice, but juxtaposed in such a gorgeous place, it was extremely severe and gravitatious. No wind beneath the skirts.
Somewhere around 3 o clock, when she went on her evening coffee trundle, tragedy struck! Someone, and im not naming names here, but it was probably human, flicked her laptop charger. She took a second careful look at her fellow geeks and severely serious learners. Someone SOMEONE in this bunch was a cold blooded felon. She spent about an hour profiling the most suspicious looking of them, but they had different laptops. It was clearly a crime of passion. After a few discreet enquiries she gave up and returned reluctantly to the scintillating world of elastic load balancing.
She took the train back home, which is always fun, especially in the first floor, new perspective of a vast area.
Was shopfront day. She heard about shopfronts, saw shopfronts, saw streams of people advertising shopfronts to come. She had no business cards to give out, only potato chips and a phone number. Didnt think it would cut it at this stage of the game, with this crowd.
Apparently she has levelled up to Senior Person somewhere along the way. This requires a LinkedIn Persona With Minimum X Recommends, a Network of people who Make Things Happen, a Website Resume, a Blog of Significant Achievement, and Other Things A Parent /*Admiring Epithets*/ At. Needless to say, she is creating all these things, to keep a toe in the water for the Next Uncertainty Event.
And of AWS? Shes going to try it, of course, its a powerful premise, plus shes always been a fangirl of Amazon ever since they brought the Kindle out.