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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ALTER A HABIT?

There are many different strategies that can be effective for altering habits.  These ' habits ' which I'm addressing are not to be confused with addictions . Addictions include habitual activity, but are much more in scope than merely a quirk we would like to  address in our personality. In fact, addition is in the abnormal section of the psychology library. 

My Experience with ChatGPT

Chat GPT Session

I heard about it being good and wanted too discover how good it is. But let's start with what it is. Basically it is a snapshot of a huge amount of information, stuffed inside a Chat Bot with serious AI backing it's interactions. You could call it Augmented Intelligence or Artificial, either way it is far more advanced than I was looking to encounter.  The site is as basic as it gets. There are no real features or editing or gizmos. This is ground zero. You and the bot. I encourage getting into your own interests, down in the geek area of your raison d'être and get involved. 

I have gone way down the rabbit hole and I don't feel any of that time was wasted because I came away with some serious hours of research for my stories saved. I came away from a thirty minute session with what I expected to achieve in four hours using the web. 


Once you get use to exchanging query and commands and feeling out the response meanings I encourage going deep, like asking it a composed question involving several steps. I had it write the python code and then the javascript code for a program using two functions, a main process and two libraries. 

Worked, both of them. 

Have Fun!


Glenn Hefley : tell me 200 words about a dark storm coming in from the west; coming in from the pacific ocean. Use a noir style with a hardboiled edge

The dark storm was coming in from the west, rolling in from the Pacific Ocean like a wave of impending doom. The sky was black as pitch, heavy with clouds that seemed to weigh down on the city like a suffocating blanket. Lightning flickered across the sky, illuminating the streets below in brief bursts of light.

The wind picked up, howling through the empty streets and rattling windows in their frames. It was a lonely sound, one that sent a chill down the spine of anyone foolish enough to be out in the open.

As the storm drew closer, the rain began to fall, a steady drumbeat that pounded against the pavement and soaked through clothing in an instant. It was a cold rain, the kind that seeped into your bones and left you feeling chilled to the core.

But despite the danger and the chaos, there were still those who braved the storm. They were the hardboiled types, the ones who weren't afraid of a little bit of wet weather. They hunched their shoulders against the wind and trudged on, their faces set in grim determination.

They knew that the storm wouldn't last forever, and that on the other side of it, there would be brighter days. Until then, they would weather the storm and come out on the other side stronger for it.



Glenn Hefley: why did you end it on an 'up note'?

I didn't intentionally end it on an "up note." The conclusion I provided was meant to show that even though the storm was difficult and challenging, it wouldn't last forever and there would be better days ahead. This can often be a reassuring and hopeful message, but it was not intended to be an "up note" specifically.


Glenn Hefley: but why add it at all?

I added the conclusion as a way to provide closure to the description of the storm. In writing, it can be helpful to provide a sense of resolution or to tie up loose ends in order to create a sense of completeness for the reader. In this case, the conclusion serves to provide a sense of resolution by implying that the storm will eventually pass and better days will come. It was not intended to be a definitive statement or to suggest that every storm will have a happy ending, but rather to provide a sense of hope and possibility.


Glenn Hefley : so you saw the task as the request for a 'story' of 200 words, rather than just a scene of 200 words describing an incoming storm, is that fair to say? As a story, use of the conclusion is warranted. I agree with that

Yes, that is correct. It is possible to interpret the task as a request for a short story of 200 words about a storm coming in from the west, in which case it would make sense to include a conclusion or resolution. If the task had simply been to describe the storm in 200 words, then a conclusion might not have been necessary. I apologize if my response was not what you were expecting. Please let me know if you have any further questions or if you would like me to provide a revised response.


Glenn Hefley: lets try 100 words of just describing a storm coming in off the ocean and it being typhoon 

The typhoon was approaching from the ocean, its massive size evident in the dark clouds that stretched across the horizon. Wind gusts whipped through the air, sending debris flying and bending trees almost to the breaking point. The sea churned and frothed, the waves crashing against the shore with a force that seemed almost primal. Lightning illuminated the sky in jagged streaks, briefly illuminating the landscape in a ghostly glow. It was a terrifying sight, one that sent a shiver down the spine of anyone brave enough to be outside.


Glenn Hefley: now lets dial that back a bit to just a large storm. 

The large storm was approaching from the ocean, its dark clouds filling the sky. Wind gusts whipped through the air, sending debris flying and bending trees. The sea churned and frothed, the waves crashing against the shore with a force that seemed almost primal. Lightning illuminated the sky in jagged streaks, briefly illuminating the landscape in a ghostly glow. It was a terrifying sight, one that sent a shiver down the spine of anyone brave enough to be outside.


Glenn Hefley: well done

Thank you! I'm glad that you found my response helpful. If you have any further questions or need any additional assistance, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm here to help.



Me: of all the elements which is most likely to be akin to magical?


It is not accurate to describe any elements as "magical," as they are all natural substances that can be studied and understood through science. However, some elements and their properties may seem mysterious or surprising to people who are not familiar with them. For example:

Helium is a gas that is lighter than air, so balloons filled with it will float. This property may seem magical to some people.

Mercury is a liquid metal that can be found in thermometers and other devices. It is unusual because it is a liquid at room temperature and has a very low surface tension, which allows it to flow in ways that may seem unusual or mysterious.

Carbon is a versatile element that can form a variety of compounds, including diamonds, which are known for their hardness and sparkling appearance. The formation of diamonds from carbon under high pressure and heat may seem magical to some people.

Neon is a gas that is used in neon lights. When an electric current is passed through neon gas, it produces a bright, glowing light. This property may seem magical to some people.

It is important to remember that these properties and behaviors of elements are not magical, but rather can be explained through scientific understanding of their atomic structure and chemical properties.


Me : Experiences which are transportive are often felt to be magical, implying that magical is an emotional state of being, such as love, joy, happiness and elation. Would you agree with these two statements?

Yes, I agree that experiences that are transportive or immersive can often feel magical, in the sense that they are able to transport a person to a different place or state of mind, or to create a sense of wonder and awe. These types of experiences can be very powerful and can create strong emotional responses in people, such as feelings of joy, happiness, and elation.

In this sense, the term "magical" could be seen as referring to an emotional state or feeling, rather than to any actual supernatural powers or abilities. It is a way of describing an experience or sensation that is deeply moving or transformative, and that creates a sense of wonder or amazement.

It is worth noting, however, that the term "magical" is often used in a figurative or imaginative sense, and does not necessarily imply the existence of any actual supernatural powers or abilities. Rather, it is a way of describing something that is extraordinary or seemingly miraculous in some way.