Why Mindfulness is Important in my Life – Toastmasters Table Topics answer by Geoff Peters

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Recorded at Best Run Toastmasters, Vancouver BC, Canada
November 16th 2022

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Getting Things Done – a poem written by AI

Art by Stable Diffusion (prompt “A watercolor painting in the style of [poem text]”)

Getting Things Done – a poem

Get the things done that you’re supposed
To, but you never really get around to.
You’d make
better time if there weren’t
Toadstools to wade through,
Puddles to splash in,
Dead ends
You feel
Yourself stumbling into
In the most amazing of ways –
Faces that all but say what you’ve got to say –
Them stopping, you standing there in time with it
And a part of you saying – I can stop this too.
Them saying – You’re not supposed to be here.
You saying – So why not?
All of you thinking – Why? Why should
Anything in the world have to be what?
Why is it all right
When I have
Pure reason tell me
But a word or a kiss
Can’t stop
What I know
Is just supposed to be here.

About the Author

This poem was written entirely by an AI model called GPT-NeoX 20B

Accessed at goose.ai/playground

Temperature 0.99
Output length 57
Top-K Sampling 76

Art by Stable Diffusion (prompt “A watercolor painting in the style of [poem text]”)

How to Clean and Maintain Your Bread Machine

How to Clean and Maintain Your Bread Machine
by Geoff Peters, Home Baker Extraordinaire

I’ve been making bread for years now, and I love my bread machine. But the most challenging part is when the machine starts squeaking. Bread machines need some lubrication now and then. But despite what you may read online, don’t use sewing machine oil or 3-in-1 oil, as these oils are poisionous. Instead, find a food grade (H1 rated) chain lubrication designed for lubricating chains inside commercial ovens in food plants. These are usually rated to very high temperatures – you should look for a lubricant that has a flash point of around 375 degrees F or higher, as the lubricant needs to remain stable even through multiple baking cycles. I recommend the Food Plant Chain Lube from CRC, which is available in Canada through business supply store websites such as Grainger or Tenaquip.

Apply the lubrication to the underside of the bread pan, on the top of the shaft attachment to the rotator clip. Just a squirt or two, and then rotate the shaft holding the pan upside-down to allow the lubrication to penetrate the shaft. This should hopefully solve any squeaking issues with your machine and keep it baking for many years to come.

Recommended product:

CRC Food Plant Chain Lube, Aerosol Can

Food Plant Chain Lube, Aerosol Can
Format: 340 g
Appearance: Clear/White Liquid
Film Type: Wet
Base Type: Mineral Oil
Flash Point: 188°C
Model: AF201

Manufacturer Model No.: 73056

Food Plant Chain Lube, 340 Grams
Part No. – 73056
Case Order Number – 1006159

The Meaning of Life (A poem by AI)

Beautiful Richmond waterfront

The meaning of life is simply

to find your bliss, and follow it, and do not care too much about what

other people say, what other people do.

It’s all right.

In the end,

what matters, is that you feel fine.

And when you feel fine, you will most definitely find the right


And you will be happy.

– Written by GPT-NeoX 20B

Bitcoin – a poem (written by AI)


Bitcoin – a poem

One day I saw the future
A bitcoin was the middleman
The world would change
Bitcoin made the bank bail
They all saw I saw this
We could not do a thing
Now when they call me
Im not call me
My BTC coins will make me
Oh yeah
In a world were borders were for sissies
Wherever you are
I don’t really need them now, they’re just part of the system anyway
They are all so out of touch
With the new world that we’ve created
We are free in every way and I feel so much like a king. Now!
There’s such a different tune when you don’t have a border line
When you can trade it with people
The world’s a lot better
Without all the bureaucracy and all the money
You only have to ask for it
No currency controls
No more banks
Just people to trade with
And the music man?

How long do we have to wait for the future? And how many people will wait with us?
“Some countries still don’t have the right to print
new money and to do so enriches the state and the few.”