More Sunshine

81BA013E-3FD1-4C3A-A3C0-579F12DC16E8My blogger buddy, Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, was kind enough to gift me with the Sunshine Blogger Award. According to Rory, “the Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring — people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!” So I’m very honored that Rory thought of my blog and me to give the gift of this award.

And now to answer Rory’s five questions.

When looking to create a question and you are faced with a blank canvas – where is your go to for inspiration?

I’ve been posting my Fandango’s Provocative Questions for about a year, and it’s becoming a challenge to come up with new and interesting provocative questions each week. I search the internet for provocative stories, I listen when I hear others talking about philosophical matters, and try to leverage what I see, hear, and read in order to come up with questions that will be compelling enough to prompt other bloggers to respond. It ain’t so easy anymore. But I’ll keep trying until I run out of questions I find provocative enough to ask.

Why do you think politicians feel compelled to lie as blatantly as they do?

Because they know that people want to hear what makes them feel better and voters don’t really want to hear the truth. And politicians pay a surprisingly small price for dishonesty. Look at how frequently Donald Trump has lied and yet more than 40% of voters and almost 90% of Republicans still support him. They clearly don’t care about being lied to.

What is Time?

It’s a magazine.905CCEE0-D2D0-4BBB-BF90-DABA87E84F59

Do you dream? If so, are they in color, black and white, or sepia or indeed a mixture, and what do you think determines the dreams a person experiences if anything?

Yes, I do dream every night. But to be honest, while I think they’re in color, they might not be. I can barely remember what my dreams are about shortly after waking up, much less what color they are. As to what determines what a person dreams about, I have no clue. Most of my dreams make no sense to me whatsoever.

Is success, as Thomas Edison claimed, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, or the other way around?

What exactly is success? Well, I look at success as achieving desired visions and personal goals. In my opinion, success does require vision, which some might describe as inspiration, but turning inspiration into achievement requires a lot of hard work. Whether it’s 90% of one or the other or 50/50, I have no idea. If I ever actually achieve my desired visions and planned goals, I’ll let you know. Besides, is how you get there is as important as arriving at your destination?

So, how about you? Do you want to answer Rory’s questions? I pass on his gift to you all!

Credit for image at top of post: jessicanelson1.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Antipathy

I am seething with antipathy.

Tygpress not authorizedToward those unscrupulous people at tygpress who are stealing our posts.

A539B741-7A53-4865-A1B4-79138E5377E0Toward politicians who send nothing but thoughts and prayers but take no definitive actions.

(30 words)

098FFF00-CC37-47FF-B4E4-7C22936B4685Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “antipathy” in exactly 51 words.

SoCS — Clean Or Dirty?

4CDAB799-F45F-4771-BB1A-D90F15C6849BFor this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we’ve been instructed to use the words “clean” and/or “dirty” in our posts. So here goes.

My wife gets tired of me asking her if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. She reminds me that there’s a small red light on the door of the dishwasher that is labeled “clean” and if it’s lit up, the dishes are clean. If not, they’re dirty.

When I get dressed in the morning and pick out what casual shirt I want to wear that day, I will determine whether it’s clean enough to wear or if it’s dirty and needs to be washed by smelling the armpit. If it doesn’t smell too bad (i.e., doesn’t trigger my gag reflex), I deem the shirt to be clean. Otherwise, I toss it into the dirty laundry basket.

We have two cat litter boxes in our house, one upstairs and one downstairs. One of my chores is to periodically check both litter boxes. If they’re not clean, I need to scoop out the dirty litter from the litter box and replace it with a like amount of fresh, clean litter.

And as responsible dog owners, my wife and I carry poop bags with us when we take our dog out for her four daily walks. That way we can clean up her poops rather than, as some irresponsible dog owners do, just let their dog’s poop dirty up the sidewalk.

We also have double ovens in our kitchen, and when they get dirty with drippings and spilled crap, to clean them it’s a simple matter of pressing the button that activates the self-cleaning feature.

Okay, what else? Oh, I know. Dirty jokes or clean jokes. Dirty language or clean language. Dirty money or laundered (cleaned) money. Dirty politicians or clean politicians. Oh wait. Clean politicians? Yeah, right.

Anyway, you get the idea.

Repost: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear…

…or everything you see, either!

Last July I wrote this post about a new (and dangerous) technology called “deepfakes.” Last night on Samantha Bee’s special, “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” she, too, did a segment about the potential divisive impacts of this technology. Below is a video clip from her show. And below that is my original post from last July.

Did you hear about this?

New technology makes it alarmingly easy to make realistic videos of people saying and doing things they’ve never done.”

This is not fake news! It’s apparently true. There is new technology, a sophisticated type of software, that makes it possible to superimpose one person’s face onto another’s body and manipulate voice recordings, creating fake videos that look and sound real.

While Hollywood studios have long used computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create, for example, fleeting appearances of dead actors, the process was prohibitively expensive and laborious. Today, the technology, known as “deepfakes,” has improved so much so that highly realistic visual and audio fakery can be produced by anyone with a powerful home computer.

Apparently deepfakes technology has already sparked an explosion of fake pornography online, with Michelle Obama, Ivanka Trump, and Emma Watson among those most frequently victimized. (I can’t personally corroborate this, but I’m sure if you wish to, you can probably do a Google search for “deepfakes porn” and see for yourself.)

Fears are growing, however, over how else “deepfakes” videos could be used — from smearing politicians in elections to inciting major international conflict.

Earlier this year, BuzzFeed created a “public service announcement” warning of the technology’s dangers, with a deepfakes of former President Barack Obama voiced by the comedian and director Jordan Peele.

In that deepfakes, the fake Obama said, “We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything.” To illustrate the point, the fake Obama goes on to call President Trump “a total and complete dipshit.”

This technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos that appear so genuine it’s hard to spot the phonies. Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that these deepfakes could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections. Politicians of both parties are concerned that this high-tech way of putting words into someone’s mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies.

It kinda makes you question whether technology is a good thing or a bad thing, doesn’t it?

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Truth

87DDB886-7B50-4250-A651-0DCB5B7C7C94Sadje, at Keep It Alive, tagged me for the latest round of Rory’s 3-2-1 Quote Me! prompt. The topic for this prompt is TRUTH.

Here are the rules for this prompt.

  1. Thank the selector
  2. Post two quotes on the topic (truth)
  3. Tag three bloggers

So thank you Sadje.

Now here are my two quotes:

“One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.”

American columnist Cal Thomas

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

Albert Einstein

Now I’m supposed to tag three bloggers, but you know what? I’m not going to tag three bloggers. I’m going to tag all bloggers to post two quotes on “truth.”

And that’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me blog.