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The Student Stock Market

The Student Stock Market

I’m thinking this is a win-win proposition: Why can’t we invest in individuals in the same way we invest in companies in the stock market? I’ve been toying with this idea for a few days now, and a comment on yesterday’s blog post made me want to write about it today. The comment mentioned a […]


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 […]


A Box That Is Also a Box

A Box That Is Also a Box

Besides grocery shopping, I do almost all of my shopping online. So I receive a lot of boxes. Boxes that often feel way too big for their contents–a waste of cardboard. The other day I checked my mail and discovered that I had received my reward for backing a Kickstarter project for a company called […]


How Do You Like to Be Rejected?

How Do You Like to Be Rejected?

Sites like Match.com and OkCupid thrive on success stories, of which there are plenty. But really, for every couple that meets on Match, there are dozens–if not hundreds–of ignored emails and outright rejections. Online dating way more about rejection than acceptance. Which, in a way, is great. No one likes being rejected, but if you […]


The Lottery Solution

The Lottery Solution

This past weekend, I was in a 7-11 partaking in a Slurpee when I saw a scraggly dude buying a lottery ticket. Now, in terms of return on investment, a Slurpee is a way better choice than a lottery ticket. When you spend a dollar on a Slurpee, you’re guaranteed to win a delicious, refreshing beverage. With […]


The Best Test of a Relationship

The Best Test of a Relationship

I’ve been quoted in many books of quotes as saying, “The best test of a relationship is to take a trip together.” In my experience, it’s completely true. When you’re on a trip, you’re outside of your comfort zone. Your raw, unedited side comes out, and you get to see what your significant others’ raw, […]


A Better Match.com

A Better Match.com

I’ve been playing around with an idea for a better Match.com. Now, truth be told, at this point I don’t think there will be a better Match.com because of the sheer volume of people on the site. There are a few other legitimate competitors, and many people are using great free sites like OkCupid now, […]


Prisoner’s Dilemma Deal of the Day

Prisoner's Dilemma Deal of the Day

I love how games are creeping slowly into our daily lives. Sure, they’ve been around for a while in the form of airline miles and happy hours and coupons. But now we have games like Foursquare, Groupon, and Living Social that many of us play every day, even if for a few seconds when we […]


“We Should Open a Bar” Bar

"We Should Open a Bar" Bar

Here’s a terrible idea. Every once in a while on one of my favorite shows, How I Met Your Mother, the gang blurts out in unison, “We should open a bar!” The running joke is that every fretful 20-something has a moment when they want to do something cool for once, and naturally the answer […]


The Future of Bookstores

The Future of Bookstores

I’m hesitant to admit this, but I’ll just say it: Until recently, it had been a long time since I had been in a bookstore. There are two reasons for this, and they both rhyme with blamazon.com: I do all of my book shopping on Amazon.com If I really want a book NOW, I buy […]


Are You an Expert…on Anything?

Are You an Expert...on Anything?

I recently started a series on this blog where I post infographics of ideas that I’ve conceived but not pursued. Here’s another one: A few days after I created this, my friend Bryce sent me an e-mail about the value of being an expert. “Would you consider yourself an expert…on anything?” he asked. “Is it […]


Leadership Tactic #41: The Infographic Pitch

Leadership Tactic #41: The Infographic Pitch

About a month ago, I read an entry on the 37Signals blog about the very first version of Meetup.com, a website that helps people connect with groups of other people in their area with similar interests. Here’s how the site was originally conceived: That’s it. So simple, right? It may not be a 100% accurate […]


PetConnect

PetConnect

The following is an idea I posted yesterday on Quirky.com. You can check out and vote for the full idea here. Please note that I am not a crazy cat lady. Just a dude who loves his cat (singular). Do you ever sit at work wondering what your cat or dog is doing at home? […]


How to Sell Stock of Yourself

How to Sell Stock of Yourself

Say you want to lose 20 pounds by December 31. You need to declare your goal or you’re not going to stick to it. You need positive support from friends. And perhaps you need some naysayers, some people who don’t think you can do it. You’re going to show them. You go to GoalBet.com (this […]


The Future of the Fridge

The Future of the Fridge

My parents were in town for the wedding this weekend, and they commented on how little food I have in my fridge and pantry. This is by design, of course. I try to only buy what I need for that week. I don’t like to accumulate food that I’m not using. When I temporarily moved […]


Miss Alignment

Miss Alignment

An alert reader sent me the following question today, along with the awesome accompanying drawing below: “There’s got to be some term for the phenomenon when you see someone running with the pony tail, tight shorts, sports bra, and so on, and there is a tree in-between the trail and the road that is in just the wrong place […]


The Solution: The Alternative to Throwing a Punch

The Solution: The Alternative to Throwing a Punch

I was talking the other day to a high school teacher about fights. She said that she’s broken up some fights between boys, but never between two girls. If girls get to the point where they’re hitting each other, they’re not going to stop if you try to intervene. I’ve never gotten in a fight, […]


The High of a New Idea

The High of a New Idea

There are many things that get me high on life: The feeling after I finish writing a short story Cat cuddles Popeye’s chicken A really good hug Replaying my own soccer highlights in my head Watching any commercial with the Arcade Fire song “Wake Up” as the music Today I’m high on a new website […]


The Coolest Movie Theater Ever

The Coolest Movie Theater Ever

I don’t go to movies at AMC theaters in St. Louis. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the theaters. They usually have big, comfortable seats and stadium seating. The biggest issue I have is that their popcorn is terrible, and I’m a popcorn guy. So the independent chains get my money. However, I saw a movie […]


Let’s Get Quirky

Let's Get Quirky

Three ideas. One winner. To the victor go the spoils. I’ll explain the stakes at the end of this post. PlayMaker T-Shirt: The PlayMaker T-Shirt lets you draw up plays for sports on the shirt with your finger (similar to running your finger against the grain on a carpet) and then wipe it clean with […]


What Do You Crave?

What Do You Crave?

Many of my decisions find their origins in cravings, mostly in terms of food. Sometimes my cravings hit me hard and fast–popcorn, cake, Indian food, cucumbers, sushi. But sometimes I find myself sitting at my desk at work in the evening, knowing that I’m craving something, but the craving is just out of my reach. […]


The MarioKart Gym

The MarioKart Gym

Yesterday I was talking to a friend about a spin class she’s in. “What’s a spin class?” I asked. I had heard the term before, but I feel like it’s one of those things you hear a lot as a guy and never really know what it is, like pilates or pap smears. “It’s like, […]


The Strip Club

The Strip Club

I should preface this post by saying that I have neither the interest nor the financing for opening a strip club. However, today I thought of a great name for a strip club: Indulgents Clever, eh? Here’s the catch: I can’t figure out if it’s a good name for a strip club where people watch […]


I Dare You to Read This

I Dare You to Read This

I don’t post business or website ideas on this blog as often as I used to, but I’m in the mood to do that today. Today, for some odd reason, I was thinking about dares. I’m the guy in Truth or Dare who will always accept truth over dare…I’ll tell you anything. Really. But dare […]