brilliant innovations

The Cup That Tells You What’s in It

The Cup That Tells You What's in It

Today I read about a really interesting innovation. It’s a clever invention that feels like something from the future…yet I can’t decide if anyone will ever use it for anything. It’s called the Vessyl, and as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s a cup that tells you exactly which liquid is inside of […]


A Toast to Hibernation

A Toast to Hibernation

I love it when scientists look to the natural world to inspire things that can make life better for humans. Medicine and industrial design are the fields most impacted by this. Today I read a fascinating article about grizzly bears. Here’s the thing about bears–and yes, we learned this in school, but I don’t think […]


Trunk Club Unboxing

Finally, another video blog! This one is a little longer than the time travel vlog and the ladder golf vlog, but I can promise that I edited it quite a bit, so every moment matters. Also, the cats make numerous appearances. There’s even a special “director’s cut scene” at the end, just like the bonus […]


The Mad Man of 2012

The Mad Man of 2012

I tried to create a video blog this past weekend, but the two ideas I tried didn’t work out so well. The first involved me doing as many pullups in a row as possible. This was a terrible, terrible idea. Not only did it make for a really boring video, but I’m pretty sure I […]


The Future of the Phone

The Future of the Phone

Over 4 years ago on this blog, I wrote the following about receiving a phone call when you’re already on the phone: Nine times out of ten, all I want to say to that person is, “I’m on the phone—I’ll call you back in a few minutest.” So why is there not a button on […]


The Story of ManCans

The Story of ManCans

This is the story of how a brilliant business model convinced me, a person who does not care about scented candles in the slightest, to buy two candles on the spot. This is the story of ManCans. Last week I got my weekly digest of Springwise’s Top 10 Business Ideas & Opportunities (definitely worth a free […]


Can Democracy Make Americans Like Soccer?

Can Democracy Make Americans Like Soccer?

Today I read about the most innovative sports team since the I read about the high school football team that doesn’t ever punt. The team in question? You guessed it: Murcielagos FC, a second-tier soccer team in Mexico. The Bats (their team mascot), are currently third in their league. In many ways, they’re like any […]


Letters from Netflix and Solutions by Jameyflix

Letters from Netflix and Solutions by Jameyflix

A few months ago, all 25 million Netflix subscribers got a notice saying that in the near future, Netflix would be raising its DVD + streaming video service by 60%. Users could avoid the price hike by choosing to receive only DVDs or only streaming video, but if they wanted both (as they had become […]


The Costanza Wallet Solution

The Costanza Wallet Solution

I have a friend–we’ll call him “Mark” to give away his real name–who used to have a Costanza wallet. That is, a wallet so full of coupons, receipts, cards, and cash, that you’ll get scoliosis for sitting on it for too long. If you’re not familiar with the original Costanza wallet, watch the clip here. […]


Everyone Looks Like a Model in Black and White

Everyone Looks Like a Model in Black and White

I’ve noticed a number of ads in magazines where someone who is really not all that good looking is photographed in black and white, and because of that, they look like a model. Usually these photographs are “caught in the moment” shots of the celebrity casting a wayward glance while walking past hoards of photographers. The […]


How to Make $10,501 Off a Single iPad

How to Make $10,501 Off a Single iPad

I have to say, I’m smitten with BigDeal.com (and similar site QuiBids.com). I haven’t even placed a bid there yet, and yet I’m entranced by the homepage, the concept, the copy, everything. And I’m a little jealous I didn’t think of it. BigDeal is an auction site along the same lines of the controversial Swoopo.com. […]


The Great Flying Machine of 1989

The Great Flying Machine of 1989

As a birthday treat, I asked my brother and sister (to be pictured tomorrow with my brother’s post) to roast me on this blog. I knew their words would make me laugh, but I didn’t expect they’d move me the way they did. Thanks, Emily and Andrew. You’re the best. Jamey has always had a […]


Google Goggles

I am one to openly laud Google. Most recently I’ve praised the company for Chrome, their new web browser. I’m also loving Google Reader—it’s by far the best way to read blogs, RSS feeds, and websites that you check or refresh on a daily basis. It’s often the smaller touches that make Google memorable. Just […]


I Own That Guy’s Arm

This entry could be called “The Future of Investing,” since I seem to be on a “future” theme lately, but the above title is catchier. I had an idea the other day while reading this article. The article discusses a minor league baseball player named Randy Newsom who is selling shares of himself. More specifically, […]


The Future of Electronic Conversations: The Solution

The vase majority of blogs have comments at the end of the entry, making them seem like an afterthought. They’re not an afterthought—they’re just as important as the entry! Thankfully, someone realized this. That someone is an organization called the Institute for the Future of the Book. The Institute invented a new blog format, a […]


The Future of Telephonic Communication

I’m going to write a longer segment on the future of electronic conversations in a day or so, but today I want to talk about some interesting advances in cell phones that I read about recently. These are all innovations created by companies who are thinking about their audience, which is really important. The first […]


The Future Webeconomy: Part 3

The Future Webeconomy: Part 3

In the end, are people ever going to stop putting ads on the internet? Nope. They’re irresistible. If someone told me that I could get 1,000 more pageviews a day on this blog if I paid 5 bucks a month for a banner ad, I might consider it. It’s just so easy. But I know […]


The Future Webeconomy: Part 2

Back to ads…last week when I wrote about the Kindle, I mentioned how the Kindle could provide an open, up-to-the-minute forum for any book. (“Currently with the Kindle, if you see a word you don’t know, you can highlight it to immediately see what it means. Imagine if you could highlight a word and immediately […]


Redefining Electronic Communication

I have a few entries to write on this topic, but this first one will focus on a specific form (and soon to be forum) of communication, books. Originally, I was going to begin this entry with a line about how I’ve never actually used an Amazon Kindle, but it seems like a cool concept […]