Here are the five "sparks" for today. If you read yesterday's list, I am investigating Cory Doctorow's "Divination" as an idea generator / brainsparker. More to follow.
.... and we are shuffling ...
1. "Things are only impossible until they're not." (Jean-Luc Picard)
Isn't this the history of science and the advancement of the human race? Naturally, I go to science since I come from a STEM background, but I am sure that others would have slightly different answers.
2. anything is possible
My immediate eaction is to tell this to any young adult you come into contact with and don't let them forget it. This is probabely why I pursued an academic career - and I carried this message for 37 years.
3. "If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing." (Brad Szollose)
I never heard of Szollose before this quote. Apparently he does leadership training "for cross-generational workforces" - boy, if that doesn't sound like code to me. Probably just enough code to get him around the ADA and the Dept of Labor.
Anyways, the basic principle here is to combine two things that are relative opposites. We have already seen this in Fritz's Shiritori game.
4. describe how a setting changes at different times throughout the day
It would be a challenge to see how to do this concisely. I immediately jump to outdoor scenes, where the setting changes as a function of the position of the sun overhead. For that matter, the same principle applies to indoor scenes that are well lit, where the sunlight radiates in through the windows. In sum, a changing setting depends largely on the solar cycle.
Don't we all face obstacles in life? Some small, some large. When we are young, I think we assume the small obstacles are large. It is our job as parents to put all of this in perspective to help our kids manage obstacles.
For example, I am reading the 6-volume "My Struggle" by Karl Ove Knausgaard. The work chronicles his life in a Proustian way - I am in volume 3 of 6. One clearly sees obstacles at age 13 and 33 and how we deal with them differently, but also, how we deal with them similarly relying on behaviors we learned in our family of origin.