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Green Room - Week 12 - Day 2

Week 3 of the Second Chance Gauntlet has started: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/902834.html which means this is the next to last chance to decide who will be coming back into the competition! We've already seen a few who have come in with renewed vigor and focus. Hopefully that will be enough for the folks currently in the game to know that they need to kick their own work up to the next level as well!

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/902097.html is where the new entries are being posted!


I was asked a couple questions yesterday - and the thing about questions is that you know for every person asking them, there are a least two people *not* asking about it!

So I will cover my response here:

The questions concerned what happens after you are eliminated.

Are you welcomed in the Green Room? HELL YES. You don't have to be a current contestant to hang out in the Green Room!!!

... in the Work Room? HELL YES!

... in the Topic post? No. Don't post there. That is for contestants only.

... in Second Chance? Hell yes! Sign up for another shot!

... in Home Game threads? Those will start after Second Chance ends. But once they do, of course you can post there! That's kind of the point, to give people not in the competition to post!

... in 'Merica? No. Stay away. That fence just got 10 feet taller!


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Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)


May your Wednesday be better than my Tuesday was.

Mar. 2nd, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
You're *DEAD* to me!
My Wednesday started off with something of a rude shock, but hopefully it will get better this evening. I still have "miles to go before I sleep", though.

I have no ideas for the current week's prompts. Any suggestions?
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)
Happy 1st! So far so good for Wed! AW
Mar. 2nd, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Today's paranoia: Robot cars.

So, there are 10's of thousands of people in the world - probably more like millions - who make their living driving cars and trucks. As self-driving technology becomes more and more available and useful, there's going to be a whole lot of unemployed people without a whole lot of jobs for them to move into.

So that got me thinking "what do we do with all the people whose jobs are eliminated without any humans replacing them?" They're not all going to be able to become car-robot repairpeople.

Solve this problem for the world, everyone. Other than a guaranteed income for everyone, I don't know that I have a solution.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
This is going to be an increasing problem in most industries that deal with serving the public, there will eventually be some form of computerized replacement. That will eventually devolve into an apocalyptic melt-down.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)

Mar. 2nd, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
As always ;)
Mar. 2nd, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
A couple of years ago Current Employer installed new registers as well as a "u-scan" area. The thought with the u-scan as far as we, the employees, were concerned was that we'd use it to buy something for lunch or break instead of using one of the regular lines. Turned out that three-quarters of my coworkers still went through regular lines. When they were asked why, their response was overwhelmingly, "I'm not going to make [Current Employer] lay off anybody."

Well, nobody's been laid off :knocks wood: but the sentiment is still there. OTOH people with a carriage full of stuff will attempt to use the u-scan because they don't want to wait in line. They don't get away with it, LOL.

ETA: I use the u-scan because I don't want to spend my lunch/break waiting in line. I'll use it at Not Current Employer because I don't trust their baggers, LOL.

Edited at 2016-03-02 09:25 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Both of the stores I shop at in town have put in self-check stations.

They still need someone to monitor them closely, though, and they're busy enough that they haven't lost any work because of them. Ironically, it's created jobs. :)
Mar. 3rd, 2016 06:48 am (UTC)
Glad to here it hasn't lead to lay offs *touch wood*. I can see in my local stores there seem to be just as many staff, it just gives more time to deal with customers, stack shelves etc. The thing is it's still really difficult for computers to recognise something without a barcode or other computer-friendly identification. When a computer can look at a chair and go 'that's a chair' then we're in trouble.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
Is this one of those "but the good news is we probably won't live to see it" apocalyptic melt-downs?
Mar. 3rd, 2016 06:44 am (UTC)
We can only hope.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well considering these studies have been proving what we can observe-- that a large cut of developed nations are full of kids and teens whose ultimate career goals are 'to be famous' or to do other work that we'd qualify as more glamorous than working in an orchard or a manufacturing plant, I think the future is probably going to hold really weird things for employment in general.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
I never know how much of this is a genuine shift and part of it is the age old kids wanting to be superman or an astronaut, maybe this is lingering into children who are older and thus in different versions, but I think it in many instances needs to be taken as much a grain of salt as the superman one would be.

Some things will get better and others will get worse. There's also the thing that every generation is becoming more tolerant than its predecessor. Maybe some vanity and self-aggrandizement is the price we have to pay.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Of course, before we get to that point, first, they're going to have to work out the bugs.

Mar. 2nd, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
That is actually both horrifying and comforting.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
That wasn't an accident. That was the self-driving car proving that it's ready to drive in Miami.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
Posting this here and in The Work Room.
My muse isn't speaking to me. I'm not sure if my team has a "bye" left... and even if we do, I'd rather not use it.

So: Anyone have some "crazy" ideas for this week's prompts that you'd be willing to share?
Mar. 2nd, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Posting this here and in The Work Room.
I wish I did :( At this rate I'm lucky if I can even think of any idea.
Mar. 2nd, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Posting this here and in The Work Room.
"Just Don't Look" reminded me of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VI: Paul Anka and Lisa Simpson tell you how not to get et by giant advertisements!

I'm not going to write it, but it does seem to lend itself well to advertising as a whole, and how the internet earns money. :)
Mar. 2nd, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Posting this here and in The Work Room.
Do you have limits to crazy? I have fiction ideas for all the prompts but some of them are just awful. Since I'm writing another non-fic entry, I'd be more than happy to share those ideas if you'd like.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: Posting this here and in The Work Room.
I think you could do a great humour piece with 'Verbal vomit'(some funny incident/person you know). Or continue from where you left last week with 'reptile dreams'(I don't know if there is anything to continue there)
'Wanna to see what you're playing for?' -Is a survivor based prompt..and you could write about a challenge/competition with too much at stake.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Posting this here and in The Work Room.
If nothing immediately springs to mind I like to free associate - I'm inspired by images, and for this week's entry I thought of reptile dreams, and I immediately started generating lot of images of the desert in the southern part of the US, and lizards bathing themselves on rocks, and living kind of a dreamlike existence ... then I was thinking of the rock formations out there that I knew of, and when I pictured Fat Man's Misery in Utah (ETA: at least, I think it's Utah) I idly thought, "Huh. Wouldn't it be interesting if people lived down in there?" and the whole story just popped into my mind.

This was relatively straightforward, at least. Sometimes I can get a little far off the topic.

You might think of lizards in the jungle leaving in droves just before a flash flood (or an ant raid, which is horrifying), or a stoner's pet gecko, or a dying dragon - and any of these could lead to an interesting idea for you, in fact - just lay there coming up with images until one of them gives you a flash of inspiration.

Edited at 2016-03-03 12:56 pm (UTC)
Mar. 3rd, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
I ripped that fence down
You can come in... but you might want to leave.
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