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Mankind’s Greatest Inventions: The Porta Potty

Mankind's Greatest Inventions: The Porta Potty

This morning I drove past a construction site. Workers were repairing a large pothole in the road, and it looked like they were going to be there for several days. Amidst the construction was a common sight, a Porta Potty. As I drove by, a thought occurred to me: “How friggin’ brilliant is the concept […]


Two Brilliant Ad Campaigns

Two Brilliant Ad Campaigns

Today I saw some articles about two particularly awesome ad campaigns happening right now. The first is from Geico. So, you know when you’re ready to watch a YouTube video and an ad starts playing, and after 5 seconds you can click the “skip ad” button? You’re not alone–research indicates that 94% of people skip […]


A Tour of Rustic England…for Introverts

A Tour of Rustic England...for Introverts

I love this concept.  There’s a company starting something called a “Sacred Introvert Retreat Tour” in the Somerset/Wessex region of England. In some ways, it’s a typical tour. You visit beautiful, ancient landmarks and soak in the scenery. You eat local food. You learn about the history. But where it deviates from the norm is […]


How Much Is a Butler Worth to You?

How Much Is a Butler Worth to You?

Recently I read an article by Fast Company writer Sarah Kessler about the idea of personal butlers. The idea is completely foreign to me, but I found it quite intriguing. There is a company in New York called Alfred Club that provides a butler service. It’s a little different than the traditional idea of a […]


The Dancing Stoplight

I almost don’t want to spoil anything about this video without you watching it, so I’ll embed it and then write about it below. This social experiment of sorts from Smart.com starts with a problem: Too many people try to cross the road even when the light is red, and it results in accidents. Instead […]


Puncture This: A Fascinating TED Talk

Puncture This: A Fascinating TED Talk

I subscribe to the TED Talk RSS feed, which somehow has daily updates (are there really that many TED talks?!) While I love the talks, I rarely take the time to watch them unless the topic seems interesting to me based on the title. So when I saw the topic of today’s TED Talk, it made […]


Texting and Driving in the Theater

Texting and Driving in the Theater

Every now and then I need a good reminder to not look at my phone while driving. Hence why I write about that subject here every now and then. Fortunately my latest reminder didn’t come on the road, but rather from alert reader and friend Trevor. Trev spotted a really clever PSA that a movie […]


Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

A video that recently went viral on YouTube has me a bit stumped. In the video (which you may have seen months ago–the time stamp is November 2013–but it recently got attention as one of the best commercials of 2013), identical twins sit in front of a random person. The random person wears headphones that asks […]


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 […]


50 Ways to Get a Job

50 Ways to Get a Job

No, this isn’t a how-to post about how to get a job. I’m quite happy with my job, and I’m not really qualified to tell you how to get one for yourself. However, the other day I read about a web app designed to break down the process of getting a job into tiny, manageable, […]


A Table Made for Cats

A Table Made for Cats

“A table made for cats, you say? Isn’t that every table?” Well, yes. Pretty much every table is approved by cats, especially if it has laundry, a laptop, or a really important document on it. I’ve posted some evidence below before I get to the solution. A few alert readers recently alerted me to an elegant solution […]


How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

Okay, this is creepy. Creative, but creepy. Springwise alerted me to a startup that will let people talk with their dead relatives and loved ones. This isn’t some sort of magic, nor is it quite what it seems. Eterni.me compiles information about the recently deceased–social media, text messages, e-mails, etc–to recreate a person’s personality after […]


Traveling to the Tropics? Check Your Coat at the Airport

Traveling to the Tropics? Check Your Coat at the Airport

This is a really small tidbit of information, but I thought it was cool (credit to Springwise): Imagine you’re at the airport in the dead of winter. You’re traveling to the islands for a week on the beach while your workers scrape ice off their cars back at home. You have a suitcase, a carry-on, […]


Turn Off Your Phone, Get a 50% Discount

Turn Off Your Phone, Get a 50% Discount

The other day I was posting on a board game forum about my latest game, and one of the comments evolved into a discussion of player habits at the table. One of the people in the discussion said they have a house rule that bans players from looking at their phones at the table during […]


Better Than Flying Cars

Better Than Flying Cars

Note 1: The subject of this entry is misleading. Flying cars are the best kind of cars. How on earth is it 2013 and we’re still limited by roads?! There’s so much space directly above the read that we aren’t using AT ALL. It doesn’t make sense that we aren’t using all of our resources […]


How to Eat Ice Cream and Stay Healthy at the Same Time

How to Eat Ice Cream and Stay Healthy at the Same Time

As I get older and my metabolism slows, I like to do more things that promote good health in small doses. I always take the stairs, not the elevator. I don’t mind parking far away from the entrance of a store so I have to walk farther. I try not to sit for too long […]


Urinal Cakes Aren’t for Eating

Urinal Cakes Aren't for Eating

In my old age, it’s  been quite some time since I went to a club. However, I would bet that there are quite a few people who drive home after a night of clubbing when there’s no way they should be behind the wheel due to intoxication. Thus a headline recently caught my eye involving […]


Eliminating Colorblindness and Making Keys: Two Brilliant Ideas

Eliminating Colorblindness and Making Keys: Two Brilliant Ideas

Every now and then I like to use a blog post to celebrate a few brilliant ideas. This is one such post. These two ideas aren’t just concepts–rather, they already exist. The first idea is something I read about in NY Times tech writer David Pogue’s weekly column. Basically, it’s a pair of sunglasses that […]


You Smell Like a Memory

You Smell Like a Memory

Have you ever smelled something and were instantly transported back to a moment, day, or period of time from your past? Every now and then I catch a whiff of dew-speckled, freshly-cut grass, and I can’t help but think of early-morning Saturday soccer games in my youth. Sometimes I smell a certain combination of gasoline […]


There’s a New Risk in Town

There's a New Risk in Town

Did you play the board game Risk as a kid? If so, you probably remember it as a game that took a really long time to play…if you survived. If you were eliminated in the first 10 minutes of the game, you had to sit there and watch while everyone else played for next 5 […]


How to Let Strangers Decide If You Should Get a Vasectomy

How to Let Strangers Decide If You Should Get a Vasectomy

Way back in 2008, I wrote a blog entry called, I Own That Guy’s Arm. In it I proposed that I launch an IPO for myself, letting investors purchase shares in me and have a say in the choices I make on a daily basis. The benefit for the investors is that they could make a […]


You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Usually when I watch videos on YouTube, I’m either: ecstatic that there isn’t an ad preceding the video begrudgingly pleased that there is an ad, but I can skip it in 5 seconds hellfire angry that I have to sit though a 15-30 second ad before I get to watch the kitten video I originally […]


Idea Realized: Pave

Idea Realized: Pave

A few years ago, I wrote about an idea I had involving a new form of investment: people. Specifically, young people in need of funds to attend the college of their dreams. You choose a student to support, pay a small percentage of their college tuition, and as soon as they start earning money after […]


Memento Would Have Been Different with Memoto

Memento Would Have Been Different with Memoto

Have you ever been sitting around the break room table with coworkers or out at a restaurant with friends, and this perfect moment happens that you wish you could have captured, but it’s too late? Have you ever wanted to put away your camera on a trip and just experience everything, but still have photos […]