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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Everybody, Jump

Don't you hate it when years after you had a unique idea, you read that it has gained some degree of acceptance? But you, of course, are not given credit for it. I know I'm not the only one this happens to. It happens to me a lot. I'm not sure what that means. I appear to be way ahead of my time in some instances and as crazy as some other people at other times.

I will tell you that in the early seventies, I wanted to write multi media "books" so that the reader/viewer/listener could get video and audio images off the page. Yesterday's post about the memory spot proves that is now available technology. It'll interface with your iPod or cell phone. Nobody would listen to me in the seventies. Of course I was talking to the wrong people and the micro chip hadn't been invented yet. But I saw we were going in that direction. I'm gonna have to consult my old diaries to see what else I may have predicted and forgot about.

I do remember asking fifth graders to imagine what would happen if every creature on the planet jumped and landed at the same time. They looked at me like I must have been smoking something. A few asked if they could have some. Nobody ever offered an answer to that question. I just asked it to try to get them to expand their thinking past the housing project or development they lived in. Now, of course, it's an international proposition that is debunked by some and supported by others. I'll have to see if any of my former students are behind this.

It leads me to believe that ideas are a form of energy. They are always there, can't be destroyed and just float through the cosmos until they are picked up and used by somebody. If they land at the right time on a noisy person, then they get heard. But there is apparently nothing new under the ozone holes. My co-writer, Kathy Feeney has been telling me that for years. When she has an idea while she's running cross country and then forgets it by the time she gets back to her dorm room, she just shrugs it off. She says, "It'll be carried off in the wind for somebody else to use." She is clearly someone who doesn't care to make her living by writing. The rest of us should put our antennae up and catch this stuff, though.

Blog memes are annoying as hell to me but I must admit that when I force myself to read them, I usually discover some nugget of universal truth. I still can't bring myself to participate. It's my tendency to have no favorites, keep a large chunk of me to myself, assume that most people really don't care what I think about mundane stuff, and of course I always blame my own poor memory for not coming up with the stuff a meme is asking for. I can't remember the name of the movie I watched last night or who was singing that song on the radio yesterday. Or my own damn lyrics, half the time. It's the brain damage from a fall in my early youth. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. But that fall also may have opened the door to the future just a crack. Or shown me a key hole to peek through. When I care to peek.

You care to share anything you think you thought of first that somebody else capitalized on? Think about it this weekend and get back to me. Or keep it to yourself and publish it in a different form.

posted by Bud @ 6:25 PM

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