The Thought Wheel

29th March 2020

“Dear Mind, please stop thinking so much at night, I need to sleep!” – Anon 

Thought Wheel OneOver on Weekly Prompts this weekend  partner GC and I chose Wheels as our Weekend Challenge. This is my second response to the challenge.

My thought wheel has been spinning this week as my thoughts tirelessly worked overtime 

On my mind this morning, was GC and my Weekly Prompts site and how best I could improve the Homepage. I prefer Websites to have a static Homepage with obvious links to other pages even if the site is just used for blogging, it’s the way I was trained when computing was one of my electives.

So, looking at my thought wheel I thought about my purpose, my goal and my objective. Then I thought of a solution and I came to what I thought was a good conclusion.

The new ‘improved’ homepage, when compared to the old, is similar but different and has a purpose – goal achieved!

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Have a look at the thought wheel, change the title to Corvid-19 – interesting, yes?

Question  –  Why are so many people sharing misinformation and myths on Social Media?

These days it’s a rarity for me to use Facebook. I joined in its infancy, but became disenchanted with the direction it was moving; for instance, let’s take Messenger. It was created in 2008 as a Facebook Chat Service, I loved it, but when the masses joined Facebook, it began to pedal downhill.

Chain letters with instructions to click and send to all your friends! Why send to me? When did I regress to my teens?

 I apologise, I have digressed. This past week Facebook Messenger service has been something of a hotline. My computerised devices have been pinging endlessly with messages. Two or three have been genuine chats, thoughtful friends asking how I am. Unfortunately though, too many were Covid-19 chain letters. 

Firstly, I don’t trust internet chain letters, most are sent by Spammers, and I am concerned about what may be hidden within; computer viruses and identity theft are two such possibilities.

Secondly, of the letters I received, each one has been full of myths and misconceptions, and ridiculous misinformation about the Coronavirus,  leaving me stunned that a number of my friends have been foolish enough to pass them on.

Did you know that using a hairdryer to blow warm air down your throat will guard against the virus? Did you know that drinking warm water instead of cold will guard against the virus? Did you know that in England the virus peaked today? NO?  Well, neither did the medical professionals. What a load of old rubbish!

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In our house, we are pretty strict about following the virus guidelines, I am in self-isolation and no one comes into my side of the house; we wash our hands often and disinfect etc and we maintain over 2 m  distance outside.

 This morning, my daughter next door (Victoria) sent a text – We are cooking full English have you eaten? Then we discussed whether it was safe for me (in isolation at my side of the house) to eat the food they had cooked. Finally, we decided to let the food cool, re-heat in the microwave and trust the electromagnetic radiation to kill any traces of  possible virus!

Like I said, my personal thought wheel has been in overdrive this week!

On a lighter note – This morning I watched this little fellow’s thought wheel spinning at full speed as he thought about what he was after and how he could achieve it. He attempted to reach his target several times from his position on the wall until finally, the penny dropped and he achieved his goal. Within minutes the weather worsened but this hardy chap was not to be deterred!

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 29th March 2020 Weekend Challenge Wheels from Weekly Prompts

http://weeklyprompts.com/2020/03/28/weekend-challenge-wheels

19 thoughts on “The Thought Wheel

  1. I’ve always loved the wheel, Sue. I used to use one years ago when I first started playing guitar. It was an excellent tool to help understand the relationship between major and minor keys and how to transpose from one key to another. As for FB and Messenger, I have found it quite depressing lately just how many false pieces of information get passed around. I had one that said something about drinking peroxide? Just so stupid and possibly very dangerous if people try these things. What a strange world we’re living in at the moment. Keep smiling and blogging. 🙂

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    1. I love a thought wheel too, much preferred to a mind map that easily turns into a spaghetti junction.
      I agree with you, Trev, so many thoughtless and dangerous people out there. Thank you, and as always I appreciate your comments 🙂

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I agree, the misinformation and totally false information is appalling. In fact, the one you cite about drinking warm water to deter the virus….my granddaughter read that and is doing just that! She’s an extremely bright young woman and very computer savvy, but she’s also scared to death. Hence, she’s grabbing on to something that “might” protect her. At least it won’t hurt her. But a lot of the stuff I hear people talking about sounds very dangerous. I’d rather take my chances with the virus!

    I’m not on any social media. Never have been. I don’t know how any of you can figure out what’s real and what’s not. Mind boggling.

    I loved your video with the spunky squirrel. As you said, not even the weather deterred him. I think that qualifies him for a job in the Post Office, don’cha think! 🤗🤗

    It’s a dark, dreary day here, endless rain and quite cool. Your blog is a burst of fresh air and sunshine!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Oh dear, your poor granddaughter.
      Younger people usually have a mild reaction to the virus compared to us.
      Young ones here seem unperturbed and don’t expect to feel ill. They are following orders to protect the rest of us and have begun to realise that unless they follow those government orders the hospitals will not be able to cope.
      Tell her tolisten to the medical professionals, and the university virologists.
      They are hoping that the virus is seasonal like flu and will disappear in the warmer weather, but they warn that no one knows for sure what it will do. We are told it will likely be back next year just like flu and the sickness bugs that appear each year, but they are hoping that by then it won’t be as strong and that a vaccine may have been developed.

      Take care Ginger and thank you,so much for your comments 🙂

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    1. They certainly do, comical to watch but costing a lot in nuts!

      I enjoy finding out information about the virus and I find the research into how it mutated to humans quite fascinating, it could have happened anywhere. It occupies my thoughts in a positive way rather a negative. Thank you, Sylvia 🙂

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    1. Yes, safe for now. Thank you.
      A teacher where my son teaches tested positive but fortunately for him it’s over fourteen days since he had close contact with her. We’ll need to wait and see if it has passed around further.
      We have another friend who is feeling poorly and self isolating because he shows the symptoms, he’s young so fingers crossed he will be fine. But it’s another good reason not to mix with others.
      There haven’t been many cases around here but on the other hand the milder cases are not reported.
      Hope all is well with you. Thank you, Brian. 🙂

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  3. I’ve never had a Facebook account, ins site of urging. What with Twitter and Blogging, I figured I had enough social media. Yes, tree rats or rats with furry tails as I’ve often called them, though they are cute, with their little hands. And clever…like rats.

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  4. I’ve always enjoyed wheels.
    And I like The Thought Wheel!
    Thank you for sharing it.
    Nature is keeping us company these days and bringing us smiles.
    Thank you for sharing Mr. Squirrel with us! One day we will be back out in public living life with abandon**. I’m trying to still live life with abandon while staying on my property as much as possible.
    ❤ and (((HUGS)))
    **"Living life with abandon" doesn't mean living recklessly but rather deciding that no matter what comes your way you are going to enjoy everything and you are going to make the best of what is going on around you.

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