Ideas are easy. I get ideas for articles all the time. I just don't follow through on them. I get a lot of my ideas while I'm driving. I read decades ago that driving occupies your analytical mind and lets your creative mind work unhindered. I believe that's probably true.
The weather made me think of Costa Rica, since the weather there is supposed to be "perfect" all the time. Yet just last week Costa Rica had a 7.6 earthquake. My brother saw it in almost real-time, before the news services. He was teaching a class on tectonics, had the data tracker open for earthquakes and it started pinging. This was twenty minutes before the news services picked up and broadcast the story.
Thinking of news services made me think of the (not-so) hidden groups that control the country. My brother says the politicians run the news. I say the news makes the politicians and run the country by influencing voters. No matter how you look at it, the politicians currently suck. That's the technical term. My brother and I don't agree on much politically or religiously, but we agree on that.
Which got me questioning what kind of people run for politics? One group certainly would be those who want fame, with huge egos that demand a lot of media. Some of them go into Hollywood (like Oprah and George Clooney) instead. There's a group that see politics as a way to make a fortune, or increase one, and maybe they're right. There is certainly the group who want power, usually to go along with the first two reasons. There might be a few who go into politics solely for the purpose of helping to govern a great nation and provide a strong future for our children and grandchildren. I don't know if that last group can withstand the pressures of Washington without being crushed into one of the other groups, though.
And I think of how I order a really big breakfast because I'm hungry, then eat two potato nuggets from the breakfast meal and I'm not hungry any more. That gives me lunch today and breakfast tomorrow, I guess. As I finished the nuggets at my desk I get one more thought for a Blog post.
I opened a small ketchup container I brought from home. It seems that ketchup in those small plastic/aluminum containers have a shelf-life. At least the old one I opened seemed mostly water, and that sure isn't appealing. Chemical Engineers had a hand in how to do the food for those little containers. Look at the work they do in University of California, Davis in the Food Science department. That's interesting stuff and would make a good post, if I wanted to do so. Now that I know these containers have a life expectancy, there will be a mass burial when I get home.
By then, of course, I'll have more ideas that Siri won't record for me.