The other day, the muse and I were sitting around, enjoying some Chinese take-out while watching the sunset. The General Tso's chicken was only tso-tso, but the fortune cookies got me to thinking.
The basic fortune cookie hasn't changed very much. Inside, there's a strip of paper with a fortune. The only upgrade has been to print something on the back of the fortune -- usually it's a one-word lesson in Chinese, or a lottery number. And a good many aren't even fortune cookies. Now they're advice cookies, or state-the-obvious cookies.
Thus was born the Fortune Qwerkie (tm), a fortune cookie for the smartphone generation. Now the printed fortune is replaced with a QR code. You read your fortune using the QR-code reader on your smartphone.
As you can see, the QR code takes up very little space, leaving room for other things, also in the form of QR codes. For instance there could be several backup fortunes in case you didn't like the first one. Or. in the spirit of Google, we could sell advertising space. As QR codes, of course. As a bonus, the QR-based ads could contain a link to take you directly to the advertiser's web site.
The possibilities are endless.
So, while investigating how to produce these Qwerkies, I've started working on some fortunes. Here are a few.
Your smartphone's battery
Will last for an entire dayTo stay alive
Don't text and driveBeware of the next firmware update to your smartphoneNever link to a site
That is more interesting than yoursThe top ten reasons
To stop reading lists of things.
Continued on next fortune.Stop spending so much time watching
Spend more time doing.Sometimes the philosophical decisions
Are more important than the technical ones.This one weird trick
Will get you a more interesting fortuneDoes this font make my web page look fat?Don't worry about the NSA
Your supermarket knows how much toilet paper you use.Never use a typeface
That is more interesting
Than what you have to say.Ignore previous fortune. No one will read
Your next comment
But post it anywayTry to spend less time
Fixing your mistakes
And more time
Learning from themDoctor: I have good news and bad news.
Jones: What's the good news?
Doctor: There's a drug that will cure your fatal disease.
Jones: That's great! What's the bad news?
Doctor: It's a Kickstarter project.They will change Facebook
Not much of a prediction is it?Invest in Qwerkies
There's a fortune in itYou are about to have a great adventure
If this is really your fortune
Please enter your PIN numberCount the day lost
When you don't find something
To put off until tomorrow.Never mistake a geek for a guru.To leave a comment about this fortune
Click hereStop checking your email and
Talk to the other people at the tableBe careful when you make a call
From your iPhone Shuffle.Chance favors the person
Who does not immediately press Control-ZBefore you push the envelope,
Make sure you have enough postageYou will get better fortunes
If you upgrade to our premium version.Google will buy the Fortune Qwerkie company
For $1.2 billion dollars
This is just the start. I'll be posting more as I think them up. (I guess that's a fortune of sorts.)
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