Idea: Light Tokens

If you’re like me, your mind is constantly wandering, jumping from one half-formed idea to the next all throughout the day.  Most of the time, they’re just random musings, maybe a random memory pops up, but every once in a while, I’m able to linger on a thought long enough to let it really take shape.  Problem is, this usually happens at the times I’m least able to make a note of it, like when I’m driving or a meeting where pulling out my phone is considered rude.  Other times I’ll have an idea so great that it wakes me up in the middle of the night.  I tell myself, “I don’t need to write it down, it’s so awesome, I can’t possibly forget about this.  I’m going to change the world, after I get a full night’s rest”.  I can’t count how many life changing inventions I’ve dreamed up and subsequently forgotten to create.  Well, today is not one of those days.  Today I had an idea, and being in a comfortable location with nothing better to be doing, I wrote it down.  That’s a novel idea in and of itself!

Anyway, about this idea.  Do you live in a house?  Does this house have… lights?  Do you find yourself forgetting to turn off the light when you leave a room?  Worse, do you always have to go behind everyone else to make sure they aren’t leaving lights on throughout the house?  Is all of this mindlessness running up your electricity bill?  Then do I have a solution for you!

My idea is for a light switch that isn’t even a light switch at all!  In place of a switch, your lights would be controlled with a port on the wall that would look like a coin receiver from a gum ball machine.  You would slide your token into the receiver, and the light would turn on.  Want a dimmer switch?  You could have a slider bar for the lights, and the token would simply be an on-off switch.  There are of course a few hurdles for a device like this.  First of all, the receiver would be lower profile than a light switch, and potentially harder to turn on in the dark.  There are two answers to this, 1) you would eventually get used to it given a little time, and 2) we could add a small indicator light above the receiver, dim enough to not light up the room at all, but bright enough to stand out in the dark.  Another option is to have the token double as an LED light.  This will be useful not only in helping to find the receiver, but helping find anything.  The most pressing problem is how to keep from losing one’s token.  I believe it would be as simple as a necklace.  You could punch a hole in the token and tie it around your neck, and when you aren’t using a light, it will never get lost.

With this system, it will be near impossible to forget to turn off lights when someone is done in a room, because they will need their token to turn on the light in another room.

What do you think?  Any ideas of how I could change or maybe improve upon this idea?  Would you use this system, or would it seem like too much work to save a few bucks a year?


Depression Sucks

I’d like to apologize to my small group of viewers for my lack of posts over the last two weeks.  I have been dealing with a depressive episode for the last two weeks.  It hasn’t completely passed, but at least I can get out of bed now.  Over the last couple of weeks, I haven’t had an appetite at all, and some days I didn’t even eat.  I’m sure I lost some weight, but I don’t have a scale to check.  The important thing is that I think I’m coming out of this particular episode, and I should be able to be more productive, therefore more capable of posting consistently.

While I have been stuck in bed most of the last two weeks, I have been able to force myself out for a select few things, most importantly my job search.  I’ve been looking for work since the beginning of the year, and only in the last week has anything panned out as a possibility.  I applied for Inspiration Field, which is a program that helps higher functioning disabled and mentally handicapped people live normal lives and find work.  I have a second interview for the position tomorrow, which I understand to be when I will be formally offered the job.  I will be working 14-16 hour shifts overnight to supervise the houses where these individuals live.

In conclusion, I may officially have a job by the end of this week, and depression is a bitch.

Daily Prompt: Delayed Contact

As you know, if you’ve read my previous post, I’m brand new to this whole blogging thing.  I want to make this thing work, so I have decided to follow the Zero to Hero blogging course calendar from the beginning and see where it takes me.  I am trying to invest myself in this project as much as possible, and I also want to get myself used to frequently writing, so the Daily Prompt page seems like a natural fit for me to fulfill both goals.  You know what makes the Daily Prompt page cool?  If a prompt doesn’t sound fun, just hit the refresh button and it’ll throw another idea at you.  That’s what I did today, and I got one from way back in September –“How would get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?

Interestingly enough, I was just talking to my mom about everyone in my family.  To save from writing a book, I’ll try to stick to just my siblings.  There’s three of them, so let’s decide who goes first.  Oldest to youngest, or youngest to oldest?  F*** it, I’ll flip a coin.  I’ll be back.

Alright, heads says oldest to youngest– let’s do it.  Well, I’m the oldest, and I love me.  Next.  That would be Allen (all fake names from here on out).  I actually haven’t seen him today, so I’ll have to go off of the last interaction I had with him.  He’s a big boy, 6 foot something, burly with a nice coat of fat, 20 something years old.  He needs to work out, but I probably wouldn’t tell him that to his face.  He seems big into guns and knives and stuff like that.  I don’t mind, I own my fair share of both, we could probably talk about our collections.  Ew, he chews.  Doesn’t he know that that stuff gives you cancer?  At least he’s not polluting my air with cigarettes.  Aand he just pulled out a cigarette, cool.  I don’t particularly like smokers, but I’m used to it.  Seems like my whole family smokes, nothing I can’t handle.  He doesn’t have a job, but he says he’s in technical school for an automotive program.  That’s cool, I like cars too, just not that much.  We’ll probably talk about our favorite car for a bit, and then I’ll not know what to talk about.  He just doesn’t seem like the type of person I’d talk to very often.  If I need help fixing something, great, I’ll ask this guy.  If I want to talk about what’s going on in the Middle East, he seems like he’d be a proponent of nuking everything that isn’t America.  I wouldn’t not get along with this guy, but I don’t see myself spending a whole lot of time with his company.

Next up is Sam, my sister.  First impression, she looks about 18-19 I think.  She’s pretty quiet, but so am I, so we probably wouldn’t say much to each other the first time we met.  Read differently, we’d get along great to begin with.  Let’s assume we talked to each other a bit.  She’s a Doctor Who fan, nice.  I wonder who’s her favorite Doctor?  She likes Smith, I’m more of a Tenant fan, but now we’re splitting hairs.  Now she’s talking to me about other TV shows.  I’m afraid I’m not huge on TV.  Supernatural?  Once upon a what? Pretty Little Who?  This girl watches way too much TV.  She needs to get outside.  I’m not one to talk, replace TV with internet, and I’m in the same boat.  I think we could be decent friends if she’d ever stop talking in movie quotes.

Last but not least, William, my youngest brother.  He’s in junior high.  Jesus tap dancing Christ, this kid doesn’t stop.  I don’t think he meets new people very often, because he is ridiculously excited about this.  Well,  I was talking to him, and then a bird flew by, and he’s onto a completely new topic.  This kid is straight up ADHD.  Have his parents looked into medication?  This is him on it? Damn, alright.  You know what? I don’t think I need any new friends today, thank you very much.  Goodbye, William.  Have fun doing cartwheels for 3 hours, or whatever you’re going to do with all that energy.  I’m tired just watching you, so I think I’m going to take a nap.

So in conclusion, I don’t think I’d have enough in common on the surface with Allen to develop a friendship, but I wouldn’t hate him.  Sam would be alright.  She seems like an interesting character, so long as she doesn’t try to turn me into a TV addict too.  Will, I just, wow.  That kid is something else.  I’m going to have to back away slowly, and hope he didn’t see which way I went.

Thank you for reading, if you have any constructive criticism of my writing, or maybe a suggestion of a writing topic, feel free to tell me.  I’d love to hear what I could do different to make for a more enjoyable read.

Hello World


World, meet me. I’m Hart. Get it? Heart, Hart, Hart and the Mind… I’ll be here all night. Anyway… I’m pretty new to this, so I figured I’d take part in the Blogging 101: Zero to Hero… program?  I suppose I should tell you a little about myself.  I’m Chris Hart.  I was born on a naval base in Virginia.  I moved to Colorado when I was a toddler, and I’ve been here ever since.  I grew up in a village-sized town, too small to have its own school, so I attended K-12 in a slightly larger neighboring town.  I am the oldest of four children.  I am currently a college dropout with strong aspirations of returning to finish my degree in political science.  I am interested in politics (obviously), domestic and international, technology, space, and philosophy mainly, and I dabble in just about everything else.

So why am I starting this blog? Great question.  I don’t fully know, if we’re going to be completely honest.  Partly, it’s late at night, and I’m bored.  But I’ve been thinking about this for more than just the last 5 minutes, so this isn’t just a spur of the moment decision that I will abandon as soon as this is posted.  The main reason I’m doing this is to alleviate a problem in my life.  I spend a lot of time on the internet, but I don’t necessarily get anything good out of it.  I scroll through endless lists of cat pictures and read the occasional news article with little to no direction or purpose to what I’m doing, and I end up completely wasting my time.  I want to use this blog to give myself some kind of goal to be completed while  surfing so I can make better use of my time, and possibly share what I discover with someone who is interested.

Now, I don’t have a clear idea of what I want to write about just yet.  The problem is, I want to write about a lot of stuff.  For example, I want to touch on current events and politics, but I also want to write about new technological advancements and products.  I want to write about events and developments in my own life, kind of like a public journal.  Basically, I want to write about whatever piques my interest at the moment without committing myself to a single category.  I don’t really know where this will go yet, so I’m leaving all my options on the table.

Ultimately, my goal with this blog is to develop a blog.  What I mean is, I want to take my huge list of interests and distill them down to what I can write about all the time without getting bored.  I want to be able to just sit down and write about anything.  I may end up with multiple topics, and who knows, I may start new blogs for those.  Or I could keep it all in one blog that’s all over the place (kind of like me).  I want to use this platform to give myself a way and the time to really reflect and flesh out my feelings on things.  I would like to try to make myself a better person.  I could use this as a way to share my results from trying new things to enrich my life and connect with people trying to do the same thing.  In the end, I just want to create something fun that I can continue for a long time.