Writing History Books for Kids

So besides the novel still in edit hell, I have a couple of other projects I am working on. One is a bestiary for the New Gods of Mankind/ Anointed Table-top RPG. Something a friend recommended. I plan to see what I can do about the outlines. I have someone leading the project but I plan to insert my ideas and put a proper outline to it.

I am in contact with publishers overseas on a series of books for kids. The idea is to take world history and role-playing game mechanics to create a new way for kids to learn. The books and complexity would vary on the audience. But it would be an incredible endeavor and one I would happily take on. Turning ancient rome into something fun for kids to learn about is one of my many dreams.

With that said, I hope all of you will bear with me as this blog has been rather sparse in postings as of late.

More things will come around the corner as it becomes available. I will get back to posting here on a weekly basis soon.

Be well my fellow readers and geeks.

 

Richard

Coping with Rejection

Here is a subject I do feel like an expert in. Rejection. The stinging rebuke. An emotional moment where your ego falls apart and your self esteem takes a nose dive. Your stomach turns and a shudder crawls up inside you. Every person in life, rich or poor, sick or well faces this. I am here to tell you something. You are not alone.

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Starting from childhood, rejection rears its ugly head. We find rejection in our parental relationships, sibling relationships and school. This is the fertile ground that shapes our future selves. Coping mechanisms should be instilled within us during these times to let you know life will get hard. Some people might not accept who you are. Too often parents coddle their children without teaching  valuable lessons of how to handle this state of affairs. Kids should learns how to deal with these situations. But many people in America and across the world do not get an excellent upbringing. This sets people up for all types of mental problems in the future. No I am not a doctor but I can tell you, if you have poor coping skills in life, you will not be able to handle dating, or getting a job. Life will pass you by and you will be on the outside looking in on this small screen here.

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Several ways you can deal with rejection are:

  1. Know who you are as a person. Face it, we often go through life just experience it without internalizing anything. Movies flutter in and out of our heads. Books devoured without application. Music dances in our ear and does not move the soul. Take time to be with yourself and know yourself as a person. Figure out exactly what you like and dislike. Do not just watch that movie, dissect it, tear it apart. Find out what stirs your soul in a song. Read to nourish who you are as a person. Most importantly spend time with yourself. Once you figure out who you are as a person you will know your own self worth. This is hard as often people will judge us and tell us what we are, what our worth is to society. You need to change that and truly show them what is deep within you.
  2.  ​Understand others and practice empathy. Too many times we blame our own shortcoming for why we did not get a job. Or we get the nasty break up letter telling us of our problems. You need to understand others and what they go through  to better cope with your own feelings of rejection. Often people lash out at you in hurtful ways, not knowing their own reactions caused you to feel rejected. Employers are human too. They go off of what works in the past and will not give someone a chance due to simple things. Maybe you did not get the job because the employer only hires people who golf? You do not know and because you cannot empathize with them means you should not let the rejection eat you. Next time instead of taking rejection too personal, try and understand why the other person is rejecting you.​
  3. Express your feelings of rejection. It is not a good idea to keep your mental state of hurt bottled up. This is why you must seek a way to not just distract yourself, but express who you are as a person. Music, writing, dancing, illustrating and other pastimes help us to express what is inside. Our society has rejected these fine arts not knowing how critical it is to who we are as humans. I believe our world society suffers from a lack of value in the fine arts. If you have no ways of expressing yourself creatively, then play a game which allows you to be creative. The popularity of Minecraft is not a fluke. Humanity needs to express who they are, not just in a smile but in our arts and the games we play.
  4. Know your limitations. This goes back to number one, knowing yourself. Sometimes we do stretch our boundaries and we fail to accomplish a task. Does this mean we are a bad person for failing? No. Know your limitations and push the boundary. The second part of knowing your limitations is pushing the boundaries of who you are. We cannot grow as a human being without pushing the boundaries of who we are. Many times we will fail at whatever endeavor we pursue. But this leads to the last point.
  5. Try again. This is where sheer stubbornness and will come into play. DO NOT let rejection tear you down and push you to the side. Rise up to the occasion and prepare yourself. Know who you are, understand the second party, and do it again. Sometimes we need a break. Take your break, this is not a race unless YOU make it so. Writers know what I am talking about. It is hard seeing all those rejection slips and emails from publishers who dislike your manuscript for reasons unknown. Try again and you might surprise yourself. Hope springs eternal from within.

There is no cure for rejection. It happens to all, rich or poor, healthy or sick. One final piece of advice I have for you is surrounding yourself with good, empathetic and kind hearted souls. Someone willing to offer you tough love advice. Where can one find such people? Away from all the jealous idiots who hate your efforts in the first place.

Written by Richard Leon

Future of Human Endeavors Part 2 Exploring Space

Currently NASA is working on a great idea. Exploring Mars by drones.

More from the article below.

Autonomous quadcopters — the four-propeller flying craft commonly called drones— are fast, flexible, use little power and can get into (and out of) tight spaces. But they work only with an atmosphere to propel through. Now, the Swamp Works team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is developing a dronelike robot that works in dark, low- or no-atmosphere environments, and can recharge itself by returning to its lander mothership.

“This is a prospecting robot,” Rob Mueller, senior technologist for advanced projects at Swamp Works, said in a statement. “The first step in being able to use resources on Mars or an asteroid is to find out where the resources are. They are most likely in hard-to-access areas where there is permanent shadow. Some of the crater walls are angled 30 degrees or more, and that’s far too steep for a traditional rover to navigate or climb.” [Watch: NASA’s Tiny Helicopter Drone for Mars]

Let us expand on this idea. I would like to propose to you, reader a simplistic idea for exploring our solar system. This idea would involve the majority of humanity instead of a select few. An idea using existing technology with just a few minor tweaks. Four major technology advancement combined with the ambition and drive of humanity into one great endeavor.

I would hope  if someone ripped this idea off. In fact if they would just reference this blog I would be happy. But you can only go so far without the right leadership, funding and talent.

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So here goes.

Morning comes, shining bright into your bedroom. You roll over, kiss your soul mate and head for the living room. Another day at the office.

You sit down at a desk next to the living room couch. A large display kicks on. “Welcome, Captain.” The monitor chimes at you. Your computer connects to Sol-Net, a network of satellites, terminals and relays talking to each other. This network stretches across the whole solar system. Every moon, planet and major asteroid is now connected. 

“What happened in the last 24 hours?”

“Your 241st drone found a major platinum deposit on Titan with a probe. Shall I set up an expedition?”

“Yes, move replicator T-67 to orbit. Then create 6 mining drones for deployment.”

“Will this be all?” Your artificial intelligence, named Hal, asks.

“No. I want a VR tour of the site to make sure the replicator will create enough drones to mine the deposit on time.  No need for another company to enter this site and take it.”

A moment passes. You check up on Facebook statuses of the family. Everything seems normal. A cat blog comes across your line of site. You entertain yourself for several moments.

Hal speaks to you, “Your VR session is ready.”

You grab your headset, and enter into a VR world. The icy surface of titan looms around you. The sun, just a small speck in the sky. A small island jutting out of the ice is where you find yourself. You see the readings on the right of your headset. You carefully walk across the small island, looking at angles and distances. With the data and VR walk, you gather data and come to a decision.

“Send T-45 and I want 10 total mining drones ready in 30 days.”

“Right away.”

The computer shuts off. You check all the systems and do comparisons and analysis throughout the day. By 3 in the afternoon you finish up work and pick up the kids.

Sounds fantastical right? It could happen within the next ten years. If we could find governments and financial backers willing to listen.

We must combine drone technology with virtual reality.  Then add 3D printing techniques and modern satellite communications into a movement for the stars.

I say this as a person who understands human motivation and the problems our world faces. We have over 7 billion people on this planet. Right now we do not have the technology to get off of this rock safely. But we can extend our technology beyond this planet. We can reach for the stars right now. In a different, safer way.

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Humans have a need to explore. This ideas cuts right to the heart of what makes us human. Seeing the other side of the mountain has always been a need for our race. What better way to do this than piloting drones throughout the cosmos?

This idea is doable. I want to elaborate more but I would rather save the idea for someone willing to collaborate. So here is the bare bones presentation. More to come on this idea and others soon. I always have something up my sleeve.

 

 

Future of Human Endeavors Part 1 Our Present Dilemma

As a writer and creative thinker, I often ponder about the future. Not in a vague sort of way, but about our future as a species. Humanity binds itself in a series of advancements we are not even prepared for. I see underemployment gnawing at the bones of our society.

Technology  strides forward, faster in some areas and much slower in several fields. But technology also improves our efficiency, to the point where human work becomes obsolete. Without mankind working to earn a living how will we provide for ourselves? Robots and Algorithms replace mechanics and doctorate degrees in law. We graduate college and earn degrees which become obsolete. Without any continuous training  on modern tech subjects mankind will fall to the wayside.

So how do you keep training if you need to earn a living? Mankind goes to work at soulless jobs doing meaningless tasks soon automated and obsolete. Between our social life, and work along with family responsibilities we have little, if any time to ourselves. Without time to study and keep up with progress, our own wage earning jobs will create a situation in which everyone faces unemployment. No career is safe.

Our future may be bleak, or it could bring about an age of creative endeavors not seen by any species on this planet. Some would think humanity is moving towards an age of Lotus-eaters. I do not believe mankind’s destiny is to be apathetic naval gazers. In fact I would like to discuss with you about the future of creative endeavors. From engineering, technical fields to doctors, lawyers, illustrators and even writers things are changing. The world slowly grasps the true nature of our future. This article series will ponder upon these questions and seek coherent answers.

Humanity is in an age of wonder. But our economies and lifestyles have yet to catch up with this fact. We can do everything we need from one small device (smartphone). Yet we still drive to work in horrible traffic and endure the social and political office scheming and the juvenile pranks from fellow peers. Our social status, lifestyle and wants encase us in our dire employment situation. Yes there are exceptions but the status-quo remains as it has since the 1980’s.

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A recent book I read called The lights in the Tunnel by Martin Ford brings this glaring problem to light in a well informed way. I will provide some of the best quotes here for your analysis.

“As we will see, technology is not just advancing gradually: it is accelerating. As a result, the impact may come long before we expect it–and long before we are ready.”

“What if technology progresses to the point where a substantial fraction of the jobs now performed by people are instead performed by autonomously by machines or computers?”

“Faith in the reasoning of the Luddite Fallacy is deeply ingrained in most professional and academic economists.”

“the economy would eventually go into decline because each worker is also a consumer.”

Right now I believe we are at a point in this world where technology will strip us of our jobs. Your degrees will not matter anymore. Only who you know and that soon will not matter unless you know someone rich. The human element and why people work will be toss aside for mindless greed of a few large corporations. I will look into answers on these issues in future articles. But humanity needs a solution by the people and the government which represents them. Not by big business. I cannot stress this enough as the lights in the tunnel will soon fade. Our future may be one where nobody can buy anything the big companies sell.