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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Monday September 20, 2004. A thought as I woke up: Suppose there was a practical method of training the poor to be really, really good at predicting the future. What would be the social effects?

***There's at least one course in coolhunting (spotting what's going to be in fashion in the near future): http://www.3fcc.com/3fcc/eng/formcont/cool04.shtml

It occurred to me that the longer-range equivalent (spotting what will be in fashion five, ten, or fifty years from now) would be coldhunting.

Methods of coldhunting? 1) Find out what elementary school children think is cool, and figure out how that correlates with what they'll consider cool when they reach college. 2) Find the people who adopt styles/gadgets too early.

Later, I thought of stalehunting -- finding out what gadgets, styles, etc. will be very much out in the near future, before any of the coolhunters (or their customers) notice.
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Writing: daily exercise -- Done: Pregnancy Does Not Exist

Recently, someone on misc.writing.moderated demolished the "writer's block" myth. I think it's time to take on another, more widespread myth: pregnancy.

I have had symptoms which allegedly are signs of pregnancy: weight gain, morning sickness, etc. All have proved to be curable in much less time than nine months, by methods which did not contravene Roman Catholic doctrine.

***"They Might Be Windmills" -- "He who goes forth to fight monsters becomes a monster himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you." Friedrich Nietzsche.

Which, I realized today, has happened to my protagonist. So I've zero-drafted a scene in which he's made aware of this.
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Decluttering: Got some trash out.

Mindwork: Some short meditation.

Bodywork:
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