The Influence of Sci-Fi on our Future


OsmeoI’m a huge Star Trek fan. Next Gen is my favorite, and my little brother and I sci-five with the ‘live long and prosper’ hand symbol. The stuff’s fun…… and fake. Unfortunately. But, at the same time, it’s very real. Star Trek, episode one, aired on television on September 8th, 1966. Everyone loved the futuristic technology, especially the communicators. Then, on April 3, 1973, the first cell phone graced this county. Coincidence?

In 2001, (the movie, not the year) there is a psycho A.I named Hal that tries to kill everybody on the spaceship that the movie takes place in. Presto! Siri is now available! Also, the Watson A.I is in the works, too! iPads? You can thank Star Trek again. Hard drives? Star Wars! What about robots? Pretty much every show, A-list or less, that involved the future. We are bringing Sci-fi to our day and age, and, with each step that we take in the future’s direction, it takes a step back.

Teleportation, floating cars, cures for cancer, light speed, personal A.I assistants, robots, holograms, it’s always one step away. That’s it…. just one step. We are shaping our futures in our TVs, and each time someone has looked at a show or movie and said, “Wow. That’s really neat!” we make it, then it’s no longer the future. We push our imaginations further, and then we push our minds to meet it. If Gene Roddenberry had thought of something a little different for communicators, say a wrist band, odds are that would be what we used. If George Lucas had thought of a different way for Leia to put the plans in R2-D2, we might not have invented floppy disks. Funny, isn’t it? Now, when we look at the world of Sci-fi today, we are getting a glimpse into our future. Personally, I hope A.I is a little further down the line than beaming, but it’s still coming. Now, to boldly go where no man has gone before………

The Happiness Folder Strategy


1Life sucks sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t. We all know this. We also know that, unless we want to make ourselves miserable, focusing on the bad stuff is…. well…. bad.  So we all remember the good stuff.

The A in Geometry, a casual complement, we all focus on these things when the going gets rough. But, if you’re like me, then there are days when you’re just fed up and can’t remember as many happy memories as you’d like.

My Mom is an amazing person and, several years ago, she gave me a really cool idea. We call it the Happiness Folder. Every time I receive a thoughtful note, or a good grade, or anything like that, it gets put in the Happiness Folder, which then gets referred to when yours truly has a terrible day. It’s amazing! Complements that I had forgotten I’d been given sit in there, and it’s wonderful to look at! I don’t go to it only on the bad days, either. It’s great to look at a great job review in the morning! It gives me that, “Yes, I can do it!” vibe, which is really awesome to feel on Mondays.

By focusing on all the good, instead of all the bad, it improves us as people. And it improves us as Americans. Just because people don’t like what we have to say doesn’t mean that others feel the same way about us. If we focus on all the good, the glass is half-full, and America is amazing. It does something to your worldview. I don’t know what, but remembering and sharing good to put in whatever kind of Happiness Folders we or our friends might have changes people.

Below I’ve shared a video that shows how awesome this is!

Cultural Music

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMusic has gone over many changes in the last decade. I mean, lots. Rock used to be what we now call ‘Soft Rock’, and Metal has gone through growth spurts, too. Country is different, Pop is different, everything’s just…… different. Different’ s not bad, it’s cool! Truthfully, I’d rather listen to Hunter Hays than Johnny Cash. But I Want Crazy (Hays) and Ring of Fire (Cash) are the same genre, even though they sound completely different.

During the many changed all genres have gone through, I’ll single out Country for the sake of discussion, we’ve gained a lot, but also lost a lot. Over the past ten years some genres were completely swallowed into a category, such as Blue Grass. It got pulled right into Country, which was then affected by Pop and Rock artists, and so Blue Grass was left in the dust. The cultural music genres of our Nation have been swallowed into the bigger, broader genres, leaving almost no breathing space for them to grow.

But, excitingly, that was in the past. Cultural music in America is making a comeback, and it’s so cool! Our peers are learning to fiddle like Cowboy Copus, to pick at a guitar like George Jones, to find their fingers flying over a harmonica like numbers others!  And, to cap it all off, some instruments that haven’t seen a stage light in decades are being played in Talent Shows, and put into albums. The music of our past, of our pioneering days, of the Anti-Bellum South, of the Gold Rush, it’s all coming back! We’re tasting the songs and listening to the tunes that were being sung during the childhood of our Country. Even if you don’t like old music, and it’s fine if don’t, you’ve got to admit that the fact that these songs are generations old, yet still making their voices heard, is absolutely amazing!

American Phrase Friday

President_Roosevelt_-_Pach_Bros.tif“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt