To This Day Project – Shane Koyczan


Shaping Ideas Comic Strip

Start with an idea and shape a plan.

Carry a notepad everywhere you go. Write any ideas you have down immediately or you might forget them later. These ideas can be worked on or discarded later. Sometimes it is a good idea to run ideas by a trusted colleague or friend if you are unsure which ideas to devote your time to expanding. Explaining your ideas will force you to make them clearer.

Inspire the World, Inspire Yourself

random acts of kindness.
take very little of your time.
take no effort.
make it a habit.


The Art of Rhetoric and Persuasive Speech

The Art of Rhetoric and persuasion is one of the most useful skills you can learn.  The Art of Rhetoric can be used in almost any workplace and in many areas of personal life.  The Art of Rhetoric and persuading others can be learned as easily as other hard skill sets by following a simple set of rules.  By constructing arguments properly you can persuade your audience or consumer with logic and passion. This is a beginners guide to The Art of Rhetoric and persuasive speaking based on methods discovered by Aristotle in The Art of Rhetoric.

persuade through emotion – your experience and passion

persuade through logic – evidence, authority and correct philosophical logic

persuade through stylistics – the way you shape your argument

How to Construct your Speech

1.  Begin by announcing your argument

Make your argument clear.  What is the aim of your speech?

2.  Tell a personal story, preferably happy or sad story

The audience need to relate to you.  Use your experience and your passion.  Tell a joke, be humble.  Get the audience on your side.  Did this help you?  Have you seen it help others? Add a personal and emotional level to your argument.

3.  Present evidence for and against (include counter criticisms)

Present evidence why your argument is right.  Are there any experts or studies that support you?  What do your audience or consumers worry about? Do you have any arguments against your critics? Confront your audience or consumers worries.

4.  Summerise

What is your argument?  Say it again and summerise why you are right.

5.  Conclude

Conclude your speech by stating your argument again.  Make it clear that you have finished a concise argument.

Clear Arguments

The key to persuading others is foremost to present your arguments clearly.  This can be learned very easily by sticking to strong structures similar to maths equations. This is an example of deductive reasoning.

Deductive Reasoning

  1. All A is B.
  2. All B are C.
  3. Therefore all A are C.

Historical Example

  1. All men are mortal.
  2. Socrates is a man.
  3. Therefore, Socrates is mortal.

Applied to your argument – Need more Buzz!

  1. If a toys sales rocket then we need to make more of that toy.
  2. Buzz Lightyear toy sales have rocketed.
  3. Therefore, we need to make more Buzz Lightyear toys.

Editing your Speech

Is your speech short, clear and concise?

The human brain cannot fully take in more than two or three concepts each 5 minutes.

Add a triplet for emphasis eg Education, education, education

Ask a seemingly rhetorical question and answer it eg Can we do more? Yes.

Use a long fast sentence filled with information and then give your argument strongly and abruptly

Use a memorable simile or joke

What is the aim of the speech, what do you want the listener to do and is that clear?

Making your speech

Are you confident about your own argument? Let your passion come across

If you are nervous, sweating or shaking, then tell your audience you’re nervous.  Have a drink of water. Calm down and continue, they are just people.

Have you got your main points across clearly? 

Is your speech enjoyable to listen to?

BBC Radio 4 Extra – The Art of Rhetoric 1 – Rules of Rhetoric

To hear some of these tips and more spoken aloud then this BBC Radio 4 guide is very concise and helpful.

The Art of Rhetoric: Ten Principles of Persuasive Speech

This video provides a longer look at the 10 main principles behind Persuasive Speech.

If you have problems persuading others you need to use and share this Art of Rhetoric guide.  I learned The Art of Rhetoric at university from masters of rhetoric and logic and it has helped me immensely in my professional and personal life.  I was always a wreck at public speaking, I lacked confidence, until I realised there were rules that could be learned like any other skill.  Building an argument is like building a building.  It needs to be built from the ground up on strong foundations.  If any one part isn’t structured properly then your entire argument will come crashing down.  This guide will enable you to build those strong foundations and persuade others with the Art of Rhetoric.

The Art of Rhetoric originates from Aristotle and has been used by almost every major political speaker since. Every successful speaker from Gates, to Churchill, to Obama, have built their arguments using these simple principles.  Some critics argue that rhetoric isn’t much use in a digital world but the art of rhetoric can be applied to digital media and can help shape arguments in a digital or written format just as easily as spoken arguments.  Rhetoric and persuasive speaking is still used every day to persuade millions of people to do a wide range of things in politics, in sales and even by managers in football teams.

Can you learn The Art of Rhetoric?  Yes you can.  Use this guide to rhetoric to achieve your goals and become a highly successful persuasive speaker.  Thank you for your time and please enjoy using and sharing this guide to persuasive speaking.

Yes, that was a quick example using The Art of Rhetoric to argue The Art of Rhetoric’s use.  How very meta I know.  If this guide has helped you or you have any rhetoric advice of your own then please let us know in the box below.

Holy Destiny

You have a Destiny.



Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

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Scott Weaver makes San Fransisco out of 100,000 Toothpicks over 10 years

Scott Weaver, kinetic sculpture, 2011.

Not all goals can be achieved over night. Some require hard work and dedication over years.

Write a 3 month plan. Write a 6 month plan. Write a 1 year plan. Write a 3 year plan. Write a 5 year plan. Write your 10 year plan for success.

Night Sky Panorama – Bonneville Salt Flats

Enjoy the amazing panoramic nigh view of Bonneville Salt Flats.   See one of the most beautiful sights on Earth from the comfort of your own home.

Cool Hot Rods

Epic Bikes

Bonneville Salt Flats is a favourite race spot.


Wealth Inequality in America

Wealth inequality in America is at an all time high, and far higher than most expect.  Every day families struggle with long hours and poor wages while the top 20% live a life of comparable luxury.  And the top 1%?  Most won’t believe just how rich the top 1% really are.

The Concept of Fairness

Two monkeys are paid unequally for the same work in this extract from a talk by biologist and primatologist Dr Frans de Vaal. Frans de Waal studies primate social behavior — how they fight and reconcile, share and cooperate.

Mother Earth uses biological warfare in war on human terrorism

We at Stark Visions care about your health so here is a handy guide to avoiding a horrible death

1.  Wash your hands

And not just after you pee.  You have been washing your hands after you pee right?

2.   Avoid all humans forever

Experts think that Ebola may be evolving a longer latency period before symptoms begin to show.   Your best bet is just to avoid all humans, forever.

3.   Don’t eat anything that defies gravity

Ebola is alleged to come from eating Fruit Bats, which Africans claim are a tasty snack for football half times and other special occasions.  Bats are among many winged animals to carry dangerous diseases.  Basically the closer to god an animal gets, the more disease ridden and fatal it is.

A street artist illustrates the signs and symptoms of Ebola.

4.   If its coming out both ways phone a Dr.

Like seriously people, if you have Red Sea diarrhea and are throwing up in the sink at the same time then its probably time to phone a Dr.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that thousands more cases could occur in Liberia.

Health care workers have contracted Ebola while helping the sick.

5.   Have a billion dollars

The World Health Organisation have estimated it will cost a billion dollars to get Ebola under control.  Obama is paying with one note.  If you have a billion dollars you can be Ebola free too.

Hospitals struggle under wave of new cases.

Ebola has spread to every area of Liberia.

6.   Declare independence from planet earth

Scotland are avoiding Ebola by breaking off from the UK and floating into the middle of the sea.  They currently turn to remodel nuclear submarine base Her Majesty’s Service Faslane upside down and blast off into space.


7.   Buy a boat

Haven’t you always wanted to sail to a tropical island, maroon yourself and live off coconuts and ants?  Well now’s a good time to start dreaming.  Just don’t eat the fruit bats.


Future News – News so New it hasn’t Happened Yet


Imagine a world where every advert looked like this.  Oh Wait.  We live in one.

The next Ferrari campaign?

Good boys keep their legs together

Look vulnerable.

Show off your pants.

Long masculine legs.

On your knees, pouting.

Helpless and childish.

Stick your butt in the air like a cat in heat.

Look how useless he is with a BBQ?

Society driven gender oppression.












22nd century


  • 2100: On March 14 (which will be February 29 in the Julian calendar), the difference between the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar reaches 14 days. Since 14 is divisible by 7, this will be the first time in history since its inception that the Gregorian calendar has the same day of the week for each day of the year as the Julian calendar. This will last until February 28, 2200 of the Gregorian Calendar.
  • Polaris appears furthest North. Polaris’s maximum apparent declination (taking account of nutation and aberration) will be 0.4526° from the celestial north pole, on 24 March 2100.[2]
  • 2100 will not be a leap year since it qualifies as a century year not divisible by 400.


  • 2113: August will be the first time Pluto reaches aphelion since its discovery.
  • 2114: Sedna overtakes Eris as the farthest known spheroid orbiting the Sun.
  • 2117: December 10–11 Transit of Venus.





  • 2150: June 25: Solar eclipse of 7 min 14 s, Solar Saros 139.[4]
    Exceeding 7 minutes of totality, this will be the first time this has happened in 177 years; the last one occurred on June 30, 1973.[5] when the Concorde prototype followed the totality spot during 73 minutes.


  • 2160: March 17 – Unless changes are made as to when Easter can be observed, this particular March 17 will fall within Holy Week for the first time since 2008 and fall on the same day (Monday) as it did in that year, likely requiring the movement of the Feast of Saint Patrick’s Day to another date.[6]
  • 2168: July 5: Solar eclipse of 7 min 26 s, saros 139.[7]


  • 2170: Triple conjunction MarsJupiter.
  • 2174: The second full orbit of Neptune around the sun since its discovery in 1846.
  • 2177: “First Plutonian anniversary” of the dwarf planet’s discovery, given that Pluto‘s orbit is just under 248 Earth years.


  • 2185: Triple conjunction MarsSaturn.
  • July 16, 2186 : Solar eclipse[8] of 7 min 29 s (very close to the theoretical maximum), Saros 139,[9] “crowning” this series.
    This is predicted to be the longest eclipse during the current 10,000 year period, from 4000 BC to AD 6000 (eclipse predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC.DEPP).[10]
  • 2187: Triple conjunction MarsSaturn.


23rd century






  • 2251: On March 4 at 10:52 UTC, Venus will occult Uranus.
  • 2253: On August 1, Mercury occults Regulus (last occultation of Regulus by Mercury was on August 13, 364 BC).
  • 2255: Transit of Venus on June 9.


  • 2265: Return to perihelion by the Great Comet of 1861.


  • 2279: Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.


  • 2281, 2282: Grand Trine of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This last occurred in 1769 and 1770.

Cat and Dog win Nobel Prize for ending species war

Barack Obama takes notes.


And snuggles

From Drs Fido and Wuggles.


Film Release Dates 2014 

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

There’s no such thing as old news so lets avoid the oxymorons and just call it history…



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