Joshua Wilner http://joshuawilner.com A Writer Writes Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:28:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 13 Thoughts To Ponder http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/28/13-thoughts-ponder/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/28/13-thoughts-ponder/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:28:36 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4562    

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What Makes ‘Mythical’ Creatures Mythical? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/25/makes-mythical-creatures-mythical/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/25/makes-mythical-creatures-mythical/#respond Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:00:55 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4549 A guy like me who is interested in the backstory is always curious about the background and story behind mythical creatures. It is not because I am pedantic and determined to make sure these tales fit the dictionary definition of mythical either. myth·i·cal adjective \ˈmi-thi-kəl\: based on or described in a myth: existing only in […]

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An Anthology of Mythical Creatures
A guy like me who is interested in the backstory is always curious about the background and story behind mythical creatures.

It is not because I am pedantic and determined to make sure these tales fit the dictionary definition of mythical either.

myth·i·cal
adjective \ˈmi-thi-kəl\: based on or described in a myth: existing only in the imagination
Full Definition of MYTHICAL
1
: based on or described in a myth especially as contrasted with history
2
usually mythical : existing only in the imagination : fictitious, imaginary
3
usually mythic : having qualities suitable to myth : legendary

I attribute it to curiosity and knowing that some of the stories I have heard about some of the creatures listed here are different than what is listed on the infographic.

It is a desire for accuracy and a thirst for knowledge that makes me ask who was the first person or persons to see these creatures and how was the information recorded.

Is there a chance that maybe one or more of these beasts is real and not fiction?

Man Has Not Discovered/Found Everything

We know we haven’t plumbed the entire depths of the oceans or all of the lakes. We haven’t explored every mountain, jungle or rain forest.

There are places we haven’t seen and cataloged. Opportunity for discovery remains and it is fair to say that if we don’t know all there is to know there is a chance that some legends might not be…legends.

They might be fact.

Or maybe not, people are notorious for not always seeing or remembering things with the sort of accuracy that scientific proof requires.

It is part of why we see more stringent requirements for proof than just memory in some areas.

Get What You Have Always Gotten

Earlier in the week a friend asked for some help for a fundraiser he is working on but every time I offered a suggestion he turned it down and said he needed to stick to ‘tried and true.’

There are benefits to doing so because doing things the way you always have will often get you what you have always gotten.

But sometimes the trick to getting more is to mix things up and not rely solely upon what worked in the past.

Sometimes the only way to grow is to take a chance and expand your mind.

Maybe every creature on this list is fake. Maybe every one of them is rooted in fiction and we should leave it at that, but what would happen if one or more was found to be real.

What would happen if we flipped things upside down and decided our job was to assume they are all real until proved otherwise.

Maybe it would be a fool’s errand or maybe we’d learn otherwise.

You never know unless you try.

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It Is A Single Toilet Adventure http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/19/single-toilet-adventure/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/19/single-toilet-adventure/#respond Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:04:50 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4534 It is easy to become jaded about how technology has changed our lives and the world in ways that would leave our great-grandparents shocked and amazed. When we talk about what the future of travel might look like it is in terms that few of them could have imagined. The people who scraped together enough […]

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It is easy to become jaded about how technology has changed our lives and the world in ways that would leave our great-grandparents shocked and amazed.

When we talk about what the future of travel might look like it is in terms that few of them could have imagined.

The people who scraped together enough to travel by boat across the sea to a land they heard was paved in gold didn’t wonder whether man would live in space or think about a 3,000 mile overnight business trip.

But now we think nothing of flying across country and wonder if maybe one day we can wake up in Los Angeles and decide that it might be nice to have lunch or dinner in London on the same day.

Where that was once the province of science fiction and fantasy it now is something that many people expect will happen.

Sure they can’t tell you how, when or where, but they figure it is inevitable.  Some relate it how the portable computers we call cellphones are more powerful than the ancient beasts that took took up entire rooms.

It Is A Single Toilet Adventure

We just returned from our single toilet adventure.

Four people in a single hotel room spent five days in New Jersey and somehow we and the Garden State survived our sojourn in the frigid East Coast.

You can blame me for the silly single toilet adventure moniker but when you travel all day long and your 10.5 going on 30 year-old daughter asks how four people will make use of a single toilet you tell her it is time to stop watching television and call it an adventure.

And then your children tell you that your response to many of their comments/questions is to call whatever it is an adventure and you smile because it is true.

When push comes to shove I win many of these arguments because I remind the kids that I had twice as many siblings as they do and limited toilet facilities so this is not something I am unfamiliar with.

They have also heard me talk about the importance of creating experiences and memories so when I tell them that adventures lead to both they nod their heads and smile.

Since I am a smart man I never ask them if the nod and smile are sincere. Sometimes it is better to adopt a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.

Of Complicated Questions & Simple Answers

Friday morning my daughter asked me where my laptop was and I told her I didn’t bring it.

She assumed I must have made arrangements to use a computer at the hotel and or would use my phone to update the blogs and do whatever work I do on the computer.

When I told her I had no intention of doing either she was surprised. I told her not to be and reminded her that I had lived decades of life without a cellphone and without a laptop.

I also mentioned that even though I could picture life without these things I didn’t want to go back to that time but I do like to disconnect.

Every now and then it feels good to turn off the electronic leash and be present in the moment.

“But dad, what if someone needs to reach you?”

“They can leave a message.”

“But what if it is an emergency.”

“They can leave two messages.”

“But what if they really, really, really need to get a hold of you.”

“They can leave three messages.”

Where she sees complications I see simple answers.

Mind you in this situation I knew where my closest relatives would be.

All of my kids, siblings, parents were all in New Jersey for my niece’s Bat Mitzvah.

It didn’t include every single person who is important to me, but there were enough for me to sort of shrug my shoulders.

Besides there were 8 bazillion doctors and lawyers in attendance so I figured we were probably covered.

Did I mention how much fun it is to pretend to be a doctor and tell other docs horror stories about patients and procedures?

It is all sorts of fun and the best part is I didn’t spend 11 years in school learning all this stuff. I just read a few books and made it up and that is part of the joy of being a writer.

Oh and let’s not forget not needing malpractice insurance. Writers don’t get sued by disgruntled patients or family members for malpractice.

Memories, Moments & Experiences

So now that I am back home I can tell you the single toilet adventure was filled with memories, moments and experiences.

I can also tell you getting the chance to revisit my childhood was fun but I didn’t miss banging on the bathroom door begging for who ever was in there to finish because I was tired of doing the dance we all do after we have had 983 ounces of coffee.

Nor did I particularly relish using the restroom in the lobby at 7 AM because every time someone walked in it felt like that 18 degree weather came to visit us in the restroom.

There was much laughter and more joyous moments than words can properly express and I am glad I was disconnected because I might have missed some of those moments if I hadn’t.

And I hope that the kids listened, watched and heard because that is a lesson worth learning.

 

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What Does The Future Of Travel Look Like? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/15/future-travel-look-like/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/15/future-travel-look-like/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:24:42 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4531 I often dream about the day when we can fly like George Jetson to work or some sort of Star Trek scenario where Scotty can beam us up and down. We’re not at that point yet but we have reached a moment in time where people like my great-grandparents who watched horse and buggy evolve […]

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I often dream about the day when we can fly like George Jetson to work or some sort of Star Trek scenario where Scotty can beam us up and down.

We’re not at that point yet but we have reached a moment in time where people like my great-grandparents who watched horse and buggy evolve into cars would be amazed.

You can start your day in one part of the world and finish it ten thousand miles away. Crossing oceans is still an adventure but not in the way they knew it.

From a marketing and advertising standpoint I see all sorts of interesting ways to connect with travelers. The opportunity to speak to individuals as well as groups exists in a way it never did.

Simply fascinating to think about the possibilities and yet part of me wonders what sort of role privacy might play in these future communications because when you update an app, agree to receive text messages or share information about yourself you give marketers all sorts of interesting nuggets to review.

Still I am very interested to see what the future holds. Will we reach a moment in my lifetime when you can fly from the United States to China in an hour?

Who knows, but it sure is fun to think about.

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Maybe It’s The Secret Ingredient http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/13/maybe-secret-ingredient/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/13/maybe-secret-ingredient/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:54:33 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4518 The joy of middle school might lie somewhere between the craziness that comes with the onset of puberty and hormones that turn half or more of the kids into crazy people who don’t know if they are coming or going. Add in interactions with other students, teachers, parents, homework and life in general and things […]

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The joy of middle school might lie somewhere between the craziness that comes with the onset of puberty and hormones that turn half or more of the kids into crazy people who don’t know if they are coming or going.

Add in interactions with other students, teachers, parents, homework and life in general and things get even more interesting.

The middle schooler in this house once asked me if I could help him navigate things better by providing him with a secret ingredient he could use to make life easier.

I paraphrased the Mark Twain quote above and told him people always remember how you make them feel and said if he could figure out how to make people feel valued and wanted it would go a long way.

And then he asked how to do it and I told him if figured out the secret ingredient for doing that he’d be able to make billions.

Charisma is a funny thing, it is that indescribable something or other that let’s some people belch in the cafeteria and be applauded while others are met with scorn.

Mind you I didn’t suggest he try that route or be the class clown either.

What Is The Alternative?

That apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because he didn’t walk away and figure there was only one way of doing things, nope, he asked for an alternative.

I told him to be himself and to ignore the people that try to knock him down. It is smarter and easier than being someone you are not, but it doesn’t mean you don’t get upset or messed with.

From my high level view it seems like he has had the usual middle school experience with the standard ups and downs.

I’ll concede that though I sound blase about it I hate hearing about kids messing with him. But you don’t get far in life without learning how to deal with people and this should help him or at least that is the theory.

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I once unsuccessfully tried to convince a college professor that the problem wasn’t with the paper I submitted, it was with his lack of understanding of the angle I had approached it.

He smiled and suggested I come up with a different argument and I pointed out how I had answered the question and he had missed it.

Instead of smiling he got icy and the 19 year-old I was learned how sometimes you can be right and still be wrong.

Don’t ask me to tell you what the paper was about because I don’t remember many of the specific details other than he told me I was the worst writer he had ever read.

I still managed to get an ‘A’ but I made certain to never take him for a class again.

Somewhere during that semester I came upon the Emerson quote above and that too has stuck with me.

The Quest For Greatness

It is fair to say I won’t be listed among the great pro athletes but my quest for greatness isn’t limited to athletics.

With effort and luck you’ll get to hear me complain that my body doesn’t give me what it used to for the next 75 years but what means more to me is the quest to become a great writer.

One of the things I want for my children is for them to find their own quest for greatness. There are some valuable life lessons in that and the chance to touch upon opportunities you might not otherwise experience.

Perhaps the most important is to figure out what their personal definition of greatness is and to work upon meeting that.

Maybe one day my name will be added to a list like Emerson’s and maybe it won’t. Ultimately what matters most is how I feel about it.

In the interim I’ll keep searching for that secret ingredient because if I find that I can make billions selling it and then I’ll have plenty of time to do nothing but work on becoming better writer or buy my own island and enjoy drinks on the beach…

What about you? What do you think?

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The Way Things Were Meets How They Are http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/10/way-things-meets/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/10/way-things-meets/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:46:27 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4490 My friend Kristen’s post about the best sing along songs of all time is partially to blame for what you are about to read. It would be more accurate to say I had intended to spend some time organizing digital pictures so that I could make sure I have backed up precious memories and ended […]

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My friend Kristen’s post about the best sing along songs of all time is partially to blame for what you are about to read.

It would be more accurate to say I had intended to spend some time organizing digital pictures so that I could make sure I have backed up precious memories and ended up doing something else.

But we won’t talk about anything that doesn’t make me appear to be the finest example of a human being because we wouldn’t want to destroy the Internet by presenting ourselves to the world as we are and not as we want everyone to see us.

So ignore any signs of procrastination on my part and read this post and be inspired, moved and amazed.

Or don’t, I won’t be hurt.

Anyway listening to the best sing along songs reminded me about how many of those were/are rooted in parts of my past and how my kids would refer to some of them as my old music.

The Way Things Were Meets How They Are

That photo above is supposed to help you focus on the three sets of hands belonging to the men in the photo just below.

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Three generations of Wilner men but only one of us has a hairline worth a damn and let me tell you that son of mine grows hair at a ridiculous rate.

But I am a good son and father so I blame my current state upon children and parents. Hell I blame lack of an empire to run upon the guy on the left.

Don’t ask dad about it because he’ll blame my grandfather for not being rich and if grandpa were around he’d blame it on my great-grandfather.

Sounds like an accountability issue to me, so when my son asks me why we are not rich I am going to tell him I wanted to him to become rich with experiences and benefit from labor. :)

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Go back to the shot of our hands for a moment and you might be able to see how similar they are.  Fun fact, we all have the same feet too.

Aren’t you impressed.

What strikes me about our hands is I remember clearly when my father’s hands were the biggest in the world as well as when I realized mine were the same size as his.

I remember just as clearly when my son was born and how I confirmed he had ten fingers and ten toes. Tiny little hand that I could see were like mine even then.

Except those tiny hands aren’t so tiny any more and if you look at the pictures in this post it is clear those hands are gaining on the bigger ones they are close too.

Hell, since that picture is more than a year old I can guarantee that the kid is taller than he was and his hands are bigger.

Today he complained about some mystery aches in his legs and if said aches follow historical precedent it means he’s growing.

Sometimes I forget how fast time moves and I think about this endless stream when I what see now are far more signs of the teenager and hints of the man to come than the boy and baby he once was.

And let’s not even discuss pop culture references that he doesn’t appreciate, understand or catch. If I told him you can’t buy Donald Trump’s toupee for $5 billion he would ask me who Trump is.

Nor will I mention how he enjoyed watching Goldfinger with me but had little appreciation for the technology in it and how once it seemed quite advanced.

Digital Photo Albums Meet The Past

One of the things that happens when dig through boxes in your garage you discover older photo albums and you discover that the move from film to digital photography happened more recently than you realize.

Because as you go through the boxes you find lots of photos of you first born that extend into his entry into preschool.

Many of those shots ended up in traditional photo albums and it was only later that you stopped printing out every shot you took and started creating digital file folders that were filled with hundreds of  photos.

Some of those photos were printed out. Some were used in collages and turned into photo books but organizing them is different now from how it once was.

In the good old days when we used film we had no idea what the shots would look like until we printed them and discovered that Aunt Matilda had closed her eyes and little Jimmy was making a face.

It was always a pleasure to pay $88 for developing the family vacation shots to see things like that.

Now you get almost instant feedback and if it doesn’t look right you take the shot again.

But modern technology still hasn’t answered the question of how to balance trying to capture a moment through a lens versus experiencing it yourself.

It is why I sometimes leave my phone in my pocket and just watch what is going on around me.

The reasons why the old person music makes me smile is often because there are memories of moments tied up in it.

Sometimes I’ll miss capturing that moment and I’ll have to accept that maybe my memory doesn’t always measure up with how things really were just as how it doesn’t always fit with how things are.

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12 Posts I Hope You’ll Read http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/07/12-posts-hope-youll-read/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/07/12-posts-hope-youll-read/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:20:23 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4482 Writing is a harsh mistress but one I love which is why I devote time to writing something every day.  It is part of how I try to do more than maintain my skill, but improve. One of the more interesting aspects of the blogosphere to me is how you never know for certain what […]

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GaimanWriting is a harsh mistress but one I love which is why I devote time to writing something every day.  It is part of how I try to do more than maintain my skill, but improve.

One of the more interesting aspects of the blogosphere to me is how you never know for certain what posts will do well and what won’t.

Sometimes the work you are most proud of is the one that flops and the piece that you think was just average performs far better than you could have imagined.

Today I have grabbed a random sample of posts that have run here and am hopeful that by providing links I’ll breathe new life into them.

Would love to hear your thoughts about what you read.

See you in the comments.

  1. How To Be Happy
  2. How To Write a Speech For Your Son’s Bar Mitzvah
  3. Sometimes Heroes Fall
  4. Are You Suffering From The Echo Chamber Effect?
  5. Where Should You Focus Your Attention- Analytics
  6. What Writing Teaches You About Yourself
  7. The Importance Of Writing For People
  8. 29 Ways To Stay Creative Plus Some Other Stuff
  9. Some Styles Are Eternal- Long Live The ’80s
  10. How Many Magazines Do You Read?
  11. It Is Hard To Kill Someone With A Butter Knife

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What Writing Teaches You About Yourself http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/04/writing-teaches/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/04/writing-teaches/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:00:47 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4475 If you want to know who you are and what you believe try writing it down. It doesn’t have to be on paper nor does it have to be saved, shared or shown to anyone. It just has to be written down and read by you. Write honestly. Write truthfully. Just write. Tell yourself why […]

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Writing helps you figure out what you believe and what you want.
Writing helps you figure out what you believe and what you want.

If you want to know who you are and what you believe try writing it down.

It doesn’t have to be on paper nor does it have to be saved, shared or shown to anyone.

It just has to be written down and read by you.

Write honestly.

Write truthfully.

Just write.

Tell yourself why you are who you are. Share the words that explain your philosophy on life, religion and politics and you might be surprised by what you find.

Sometimes less is more. No 800, 1200 0r 2,500 word posts today. Just the words and picture above and maybe some links below.

If You Really Want Something Else To Read

Thirty links to choose from, a grab bag of goodness…maybe. ;)

  1. Is It Really More Fun To Be Evil?
  2. One Pair of Cowboy Boots & Two Suitcases
  3. Once We Were Kings
  4. Do You Still Read Books/Magazines?
  5. Gordon Ramsay’s Perfect Eggs & Content Marketing
  6. Sometimes Heroes Fall
  7. Some Things Are Best Left Unsaid
  8. There Are Places I Remember
  9. How Much Is An MBA Worth?
  10. How Many Magazines Do You Read?
  11. How Long Does It Take To Build A Community?
  12. An Unofficial Review Of The Genesis Framework
  13. Your “Captcha” Is Killing Your Comments 
  14. Job Titles Are Not Impressive
  15. How Do You Become A Cowboy?
  16. How To Make More Money Blogging
  17. It Is Hard To Kill Someone With A Butter Knife
  18. How To Be Happy
  19. Don’t Be The Schmuck On The Camel
  20. Why You Should Create A Google Plus Badge For Your Blog
  21. How Long Does It Take To Build A Successful Blog
  22. What Benefits Do You Receive From Being President?
  23. 19 Ways You Can Make Money While Blogging From The Bathroom
  24. Are You Suffering From The Echo Chamber Effect?
  25. How To Deal With The Tyranny Of Technology
  26. Where Should You Focus Your Attention- Analytics
  27. Do You Know How To Say No?
  28. Something Only Smart & Sexy People Will Read/Understand
  29. How Much Does 50 Tons of Bagels Weigh?
  30. 7 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

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Is It Really More Fun To Be Evil? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/02/really-fun-evil/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/01/02/really-fun-evil/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:10:59 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4451 Look at the books above and you’ll gain some insight into things I cannot confirm or deny. Ok, that is not entirely true, I have broken down more than one door, in fact I was once thrown through a set of closet doors by a man who was 6’7 and weighed 280 pounds. My favorite […]

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Ways to be and or stop evil.
Ways to be and or stop evil.

Look at the books above and you’ll gain some insight into things I cannot confirm or deny.

Ok, that is not entirely true, I have broken down more than one door, in fact I was once thrown through a set of closet doors by a man who was 6’7 and weighed 280 pounds.

My favorite part of that story is how I climbed out of the closet and tackled the guy. He was a fraternity brother and we were a couple of 20 year-olds just messing around.

The legal department says I am not allowed to talk about the UFOs or plane rides. They also tell me PETA is still angry about how I stopped the runaway camel and herd of Texas Longhorns.

It is kind of disappointing to hear those things but I am not a fan of extradition, rendition or many ‘ditions’ so I’ll tell you that not only are you missing out on great stories you have limited insight into how resourceful I really am.

They also say I am to tell you I am a Taurus and any rumors you heard about me being born in January 1 is a load of bull.

Is It Really More Fun To Be Evil?

The best time to ask me that question is when I am walking through a crowded mall during the holidays because that is when I’ll tell you misanthropy is an under appreciated art.

In the midst of the crowds fighting to buy a $198 dollar item for the bargain price of  $196.98 I sometimes wonder what it would be like to loose the chains humanity has enslaved us with and to do whatever I want, when I want and how I want.

That feeling lasts about five seconds because I think about the consequences and how to explain to my kids that I decided to embrace the power of the Dark Side.

I have no faith that our legal system will allow for a defense mounted upon “Mr. Wilner wanted to know if it was more fun to be evil.”

Now that ought to be good for my SEO efforts, hopefully the Mr. Wilner and evil thing will stick to one of the other Josh Wilner’s out there.

Just kidding fellas, can’t afford to besmirch your good name because it is mine too. You can take that as a thinly veiled warning not do anything stupid with our name because I don’t want to pay for your own stupidity.

If I am going to get into trouble I prefer to earn it on my own.

BTW legal insists I tell you in big bold letters this post is me just writing for fun and there is no intent or desire to determine if any of the aforementioned comments about testing evil are based in susbstance.

That is ok, I like writing for fun and I do like being prepared.

A Broad Base Of Knowledge

I have read the books in the picture and others like them because I find that stuff kind of interesting. I have also read all sorts of books on home repairs, car repairs, writing, sports, movie, trivia and a ton of other things.

Why?

In part it is because a broad base of knowledge is good for a writer. It provides all sorts of food and fodder for writing.

It helps to make sure I know how to ask the right questions and it works because I am a curious sort of fellow. Stick me in the toy aisle and I am the guy who will turn on all the toys that make noise to see what happens.

If people ask what I am doing I tell them I am a Hollywood producer working on a documentary about Toys in America. Or sometimes I tell them it is performance art and they are interrupting my creative process.

You’d be amazed what people will believe…wink wink.

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Technology advances as it will.

An old friend is going to see the Pompeii exhibit at the California Science Center this weekend and asked me if I wanted to join him. I had to turn him down because we have a prior engagement but I did so knowing that I had seen a similar exhibit about 15 years ago.

I remember it because the story of Pompeii, the Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius has always fascinated me.

It took all of about 24 hours for the volcano to wipe out the town.

Part of what I remember from the exhibit I saw was how advanced Roman Technology appeared to me. It made me wonder what would have happened if the Roman Empire had survived and the world hadn’t been subjected to the Dark Ages.

How much further along would modern technology be? Would we have found cures for Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease?

I don’t know.

Sometimes I look at simpler tools like the hammer and anvil pictured above and wonder people figured out how to make those tools and how we moved on from there.

When I ask if it is more fun to be evil some of that is tongue-in-cheek. Some of that comes across as being part of my insouciant nature but some of it is my mind playing with how things work in general.

Some of that is me wondering what happens if we turn things upside down and inside out not for the purpose of creating chaos but wondering what do we miss because we sometimes look at the world in one way.

You know that expression about how if you carry a hammer everything looks like a nail?

Well I am the guy who hears that and wants to use the hammer differently just to prove you wrong.

And I am the father who makes his daughter who doesn’t like history crazy by talking about hammers, anvils and volcanoes.

Something About How I Stimulate My Mind

If it is not obvious to you I have a very active imagination and a mind that goes a million miles an hour. Part of how I keep it stimulated is by finding tools and resources I can use to learn new things.

That is part of how and why I use Pinterest. I use it as sort of a scrapbook and or online bulletin board upon which I pin things that catch my eye.

It is an easy way for me to bookmark things I want to take a closer look at. Sometimes you find real treasures and sometimes you find some bright and shiny piece of brass that is not worth spending time looking at so you pin, read and delete.

If you are interested in getting a look at some of what catches my eye feel free to sign up and follow me.

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My Facebook Confession http://joshuawilner.com/2014/12/31/facebook-confession/ http://joshuawilner.com/2014/12/31/facebook-confession/#respond Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:46:55 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=4432 My Facebook confession doesn’t have anything to do with not showering because I didn’t want to be the naked guy who survived the tornado nor is it about what I hid in my rolled up jeans. Nor is it going to be about the time I got stuck in a funk. How I fell in […]

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My Facebook confession doesn’t have anything to do with not showering because I didn’t want to be the naked guy who survived the tornado nor is it about what I hid in my rolled up jeans.

Nor is it going to be about the time I got stuck in a funk. How I fell in and the tools I used to climb out of that funk make for a good story and are the kind of tale of resourcefulness and the resilience of the human spirit but I am saying that for a different time.

In the interim you can mull over whether the aforementioned funk is exactly as it sounds or if it is the English translation of an ancient Sanskrit word meaning hole because you really would be interested in the adventures I had while exploring the Taj Mahal.

No, today we are going to share my confession about some of the tales I tell on Facebook. Today you are going to hear that some times I make crazy stories up and post them just for fun.

Facebook Is For Fun/Engagement

Many of you have no clue what I am talking about because we aren’t friends on Facebook but won’t prevent you from understanding or appreciating these words.

If you are among my regular readers you know I am a writer and if you aren’t I just told you I am. You also know that I use social media for personal and professional reasons and that sums up why I write these crazy status updates.

I do it because there are a million different stories/ideas floating around my head and sometimes they need to be aired out.

Sometimes those wacky ideas look a lot less wacky on paper and far more interesting. Sometimes I look at them and see opportunities to use them for different projects and sometimes I read them and am glad I didn’t pitch them for work because they are awful.

So I use Facebook as a sort of cyber sandbox, a place to see what works and what doesn’t without the same risk of repercussions that might take place if I were posting as brand XYZ.

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The Risk of Being Your Own Man.

See those two boys in the photo above?

Neither of them look like that anymore. One is clean shaven and the other is a hell of a lot bigger in general, but a lot can happen in 10.5 years so the little guy’s growth isn’t surprising.

Nor should it be surprising that the no longer a toddler but now a teenager has taken on some teenage habits. Those who know me well and for any length of time won’t be surprised to hear that the young man who calls me dad is intent on becoming his own man.

I applaud and appreciate that but I would be lying if I said I would also appreciate more cooperation from him.

He is a smart kid but lately we have had a number of disagreements in which I have asked him why he ignores cause and effect.

Maybe I should say what concerns me is his willingness to tell me he’ll accept the consequences of his actions for things that are beyond ridiculous.

Or maybe I should recognize that his father wasn’t so different in some ways. The guy who used to wear the same pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers throughout much of high school figured he could sweat out whatever consequences his parents came up with.

During our most recent discussion about the risks of being your own man he tried to call my bluff about what sort of consequences might be administered for certain actions.

I made it clear there are smarter ways to get attention than to poke a bear and expressed my sincere desire to have him test me.

This is the high stakes poker of parenting.

It is the moment where you pray your kid won’t actually cross that line you drew in the sand because making sure they abide by the consequences you laid out means more work for you.

However my ace this time around was reminding him that he has more than a week left of Winter break and it will be far more enjoyable if he is not grounded.

There is One Other Tool

Remember early in this post when I referred to not wanting to be the naked guy in the tornado?

My second confession of the evening is while he was trying to make me tear out the rest of my hair I played around with telling him that I was the naked guy in the tornado and that I was going to tag myself on YouTube.

I knew without a doubt he didn’t want to be the kid with the naked dad on YouTube, even if he were the naked man who survived the tornado.

Of course none of that happened and the whole thing is ridiculous but sometimes raising/parenting a teenager is ridiculous so in some silly way it all sort of fit.

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