Update on Challenge

I’m playing catch-up.

Mostly I’m working on something, and I’ve been a little behind. Today I took a little time and made some progress.

But a decision had to be made. So I went for quality over quantity. Both have benefits, but what I was hoping to accomplish has changed a bit. Maybe come back in a month and see what I’ve done.

WordPress Publish Date Reverts When Click Save After Reset

I just ran into an odd issue. I’m trying to fix posts that were once published and then removed and others that were scheduled but missed the scheduled post date for one reason or another.

What would happen is each time I click Reset then save the post date would revert back to the old date.

I found 2 fixes for this.

First, if I changed the date to a future date, schedule the post, and then reset it I could get it to go back to a draft as I wanted.

Animation showing how to fix the issue.

Second, I could disable Edit Flow (Link to WordPress.org: Edit Flow) and this also fixed the issue. But I really like Edit Flow and use it to help manage content and writers.

Bringing Back the 30 Day Challenge

Bringing Back the 30 Day Challenge

I’ve done it at least once. But the time where I completed the challenge I had a lot of help.

Basically, when I did this previously and maybe it was only 10 days or so I had prompted to help me get started, but this time I’m just going to dive into the deep end and try to get a post out a day for 30 days.

I should have enough things saved to make this work… But honestly, that is not the point. I was even thinking about not posting this post till I had some saved up, but I think jumping into the fire is the best way to get it done.

Even this post I had written out and was waiting till I was sure I could stick to it for a while. But I had an interesting conversation this weekend with my Father-in-Law, and the best time is now.

If you would like to join along leave a comment and I’ll read your post each day!

Photo at Gather Place in Tulsa Ok at sunset
A photo I took at the Gathering Place in Tulsa, Ok
Mexican Petunia, I or Sherece took at the Oklahoma Botanical Garden.
Gamers Are Lazy?

Gamers Are Lazy?

It might be time for gamers to admit they are lazy. Or is it?

The thing is, gamers are interesting in this sense. They have the ability to do amazing things spend hours on tasks, learn new things quickly, improve physical and mental function, schedule their days, and so much more. But often, gamers can be the people that society and parents call lazy.

But gamers spend hours learning new skills, doing repetitive tasks to gain money, power, gear, or other assets in the games they play.

Are they doing it for the score?

Some people have thought that as they try to gamify business apps and productivity apps such as Zurmo, a CRM, you can earn points and unlock things as you progress.

So the real question is not are gamers lazy because that is not the case. The question that should be asked and answered is why some things are not appealing enough to motivate someone to do them?

Something interesting about a game is you get to play it your way. You can “figure out” your style and approach and then test it. In the real world, you can actually do the same, but the consequences can be problematic.

This is easiest illustrated because you can try again in a game if you die. In life, when you screw enough things, people around you might die, and then game over really means game over.

Want to see if you can blow up a wall of a bank and steal the money inside. Some games will let you try. You will die in most of them, but you for sure 100% will have some major issues in real life if you tried a stunt like that.

It is safe to extrapolate this kind of thinking. Even if I had a game where I did the same work I do at my job, I might choose the game in many cases. For instance, I found last week. Many professions have simulator games.

Did you know you can play Machanic Simulator? What about the PC Builder Simulator? Home Flipper Simulator?

I’m not even kidding. You can buy all of these games and several others that let you simulate real things.

Interestingly enough, though, I say they have some real-world value. For instance, I don’t have the money to buy and flip a house, but if I wanted to do a dry run, why not play a game that could let me build a mental list and get a little better at guessing all the things? Involved.

Games have been throughout history a great way to teach lessons and help people progress. It makes sense that these games would exist and be popular:

On the Top Sellers list today I can see Power Wash Simulator and Flight Simulator. 8,000 reviews and 25,000 reviews respectively.

And wow, I have not even played Flight Simulator in about 15 years, but this new version looks amazing.

I’m not saying we need to turn workplaces into games. But it is interesting to see that the people who enjoy their jobs the most approach it with wonderment, experimentation, and, most importantly, play.

It is always the ones that take everything so seriously and stress about the details that seem to die early.

I want to add to this also those that give up. Which I think relates directly to play.

3 Uses Ideas for Blockchain

3 Uses Ideas for Blockchain

Warning Scary Predictions at the END.

These are some quick ideas I wanted to get out down on paper.

Idea 1: Business Structure

I have not checked if anyone is using this yet, but it would be interesting to see someone build a blockchain business structure. You can even do interesting ventures with people. For instance, build a business contract that lasts until you make a certain amount of money or reach a particular date.

I have more to say on this one and started another post about it. So I will come back around to it. Also, if you are in the legal profession and would like to see some possibilities here, we need a legal writer for this project.

Idea 2: Learning Verification

I’ve told several people about this one, but ditch the degree and put everything on the blockchain. I think the real goal is to show that you work hard and have decent results. You could also have results verification. One way to do this is like the testing we see today has webcams; you could employ a hash of your picture diligently working.

I know many people will immediately start working on defeating something like that, but there surely is a way to do this.

Idea 3: Public verification

Things are strange right now with AI generating anybody saying anything.

I honestly think I have seen people posting things from political candidates literally re-writing history. We could really go down a rabbit hole on this one, but you can have people saying things that will help put them in the best light. Or you could make them look very villainous. Potentially destroying someone’s career and life before any due diligence.

Even advertisers, politicians, stars, and really anyone (read this crazy story: Mom Deepfakes Cheer Girl) could be a victim or be the one abusing this technology. Imagine every bad thing a politician has said. They only need to go back and record a follow-up debunking what came out of their mouth 20 years ago.

“I will harm trees.”

{magic of AI}

“I will harm trees. Is something no responsible person should ever do.”

Because of the way the blockchain works, you can have people post things that will, in a way, “lock in their vote.” This is a half-baked idea at this point, but I will come back around to it.

What Could Ever Go Wrong

Something terrifying I have been thinking about recently is all the illegitimate uses for AI and blockchain.

The thing is, I don’t expect anyone to listen or stop. History shows us they wouldn’t. And being here now in history and have the “feeling” that I understand AI and blockchain subdues my fears and thoughts.

“Look,” I say, “It’s only a ledger. It can’t be that bad.”

or

“It’s not really choosing anything. It’s only a mathematical formula that assigns percentages based on probability.”

BUT.

The truth is, these things are scary. These potential uses are scary. Anyone, but especially a government or other corporation, can use blockchain to make an irrefutable record of what you do or say. Mix in some AI with that, and you might even have the ability to map someone’s mind. The real thing we need to think about is that we always throughout history think we know and understand, and again and again, we are shown otherwise.

With that said, I’m sure there is some saying like: “To those that get there first, the spoils do go. “

Edit: I noticed some errors I corrected. Also, I would like to add I do not intend to leave you on such a negative note, but I do think it is important to think about AI and the potential impact on our lives.