How DO you do it?

So here I sit, scratching my head, trying so hard to think up a good idea for a thread but to no avail. So tell me, where does YOUR flash of inspiration come from? In the bath? In your dreams? Come one come all and share your wisdom…

Usually at work, or some other place. I’ll have an idea and I’ll think, “That would make a good thread!”

Rarely do I sit in front of my computer and try to conjure some good thread concept up right there.

It is a talent that some are born with and others aren’t.

:wink: [sup]I seem to belong to the latter group.[/sup]

Thread creation appears, to the untrained eye, to be a mix of polymorphism and redunditude masquerading as a philosophical bent on the meaning of life.

In reality, the creation of a long lasting and interesting thread, worthy of “Threadspotting” is a blend of wit, humor, a certain level of “hamminess” on the part of the OP and a willingness by the thread participants to engage in a mix of polymorphism and redunditude masquerading as a philosophical bent on the meaning of life…

  • on the other hand, I may have absolutely no f**king idea what I’m talking about either - 'spose?

For $19.95 a year(or $2.00 a month for short term) I subscribe to the Creative Response Action Program, out of Dacron, Ohio. Every week they e-mail me a list of approximately twenty to thirty topics suitable for the general public, pre-labeled for Religious, Political, or General discussion. For an extra $5.00 a year, they throw in ten topics designed for Adult discussion only.

It helps to be unemployed.

Do you wonder about stuff? What stuff?

Ok, I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but I guess I have a soft spot for you new fish.

In an enclosed space measuring no more than 50 meters square, place at least 5, but no more than 9, of the following:

  • A cow
  • A Korean pop star who speaks some Dutch. Not a lot, but enough to get by
  • 6 rutabegas (carrots may be substituted, but you will need 8)
  • An aquarium (full, with fish)
  • An '87 Honda Civic
  • Hummel figurines
  • A dog-eared copy of More of the Straight Dope
  • Black powder, or other suitably fast-burning material
  • A subway map of New York City with the B Line scratched out
  • An inflatable David Hasselhoff doll
  • A ladder
  • 75 grams of marijuana
  • The somewhat befuddled assitant councillor of a homeowner’s association
  • 4 cans of baked beans
  • 2 Scottish Fold cats
  • The still-beating heart of a virgin princess
  • A TV, VCR and video cassette of The Wizard of Oz
  • At least 3 Dopers
  • Beer

Having allowed them to interact freely, seat yourself in a position of meditation, and observe. Inspiration will come.

Or a loser.

Sublight, you forgot the rusty 16 oz. ball peen hammer

Good God man, NEVER forget the rusty 16 oz. ball peen hammer!!

Shhhh! You don’t want to give away all the secrets of the clique, do you?

Screw the clique.

Listen to NPRs Morning Edition on your way to work. There’s always something there worth discussing.

Alternately, get to know enough people here and you’ll start wanting to share your life events with them.

::Drags cow into room::
::finds rusty 16 oz. ball peen hammer:: (this seems to be important)
Now where did I leave that virgin princess…?

Don’t know if all this will help but its gonna be an interesting night :slight_smile:

D’oh! Should have previewed…

I generally find inspiration in seething anger.

I find myself to be endlessly fascinating; consequently, you do to. So I write about me. Couldn’t be simpler.

That and I think about stuff.

‘Le Fou, I’ve been thinking!’

‘A dangerous pastime.’

‘I know.’

Well, if you post enough, and enough of those posts are OPs, you might stumble onto something worthy of being posted someday.:smiley:

[sub]Still waiting…[/sub]

I hunt out plaques dedicated to various important people. Then I look at the shit left on said plaques by pigeons-- and try to figure out what the resulting word jumbles mean. Occasionally it helps to have knowledge of languages other than english.

Well, each night “They” come from the sky and leave me a granite stone inscribed with alien writing.
I then translate the alien words into English by using my 2002 edition of “Alien to Earthling Translator”…

Or sometimes I just think up stuff as I drift off to sleep. :smiley: