Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

The Future of Lab Testing

The Future of Lab Testing

I watch Shark Tank every week, and I learn a lot from the questions asked by the investors and the innovative approaches taken by entrepreneurs. But it’s exceptionally rare that I actually buy something I learn about on the show. Today was an exception to that rule. I love products and services that save me […]


How Much Would You Pay for the Best Nap Ever?

How Much Would You Pay for the Best Nap Ever?

Yesterday I went to a movie theater to watch an old Miyazaki film, Spirited Away. I had seen it in Japan years ago and only understood about 30% of it, and now I know why: It’s a pretty weird movie. The theater had the nicest movie theater seats I’ve ever sat in. They were full-extension […]


How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

Back in the my days of online dating, I was never one to ascribe to “rules” about when to text after a date. In fact, I’d usually send a text within an hour after the date to thank the lady for a good time, and then I’d wait to see if/when I found myself compelled […]


Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

This is one of the most brilliant celebrity endorsements I’ve ever seen. I say that as someone who doesn’t care about celebrity endorsements at all. The products a celebrity chooses to use or promote doesn’t impact me at all (at least not consciously). I don’t care which brand of shoe LeBron James wears, what type […]


The Doctor Spa

The Doctor Spa

Today I paid $75 to wait 1 hour to see a doctor for 2 minutes. There must be a better way (at least, for some things), and I have an idea of what it could be. For the last few days, I’ve had an echo in my head due to a piece of earwax that […]


Would You Eat This?

Every now and then I hear about an idea so brilliant that I wonder why it wasn’t executed years ago. So, we all know that 6-pack rings (the kind that hold sodas and beer) are terrible for the environment. A lot of them end up strangling birds and fish in the ocean. Even if you […]


How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

Around 6 years ago, I was in a long-distance relationship. The woman I was dating lived about 700 miles away–much too far for a quick, spontaneous drive. One night she came down with a terrible cold. On the phone I could tell that she was miserable, and I was completely helpless to make her feel […]


Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “binge watching” for years now. I think it started becoming a thing when entire seasons (and series) of shows became available on DVD, and Netflix has taken it up a notch by releasing entire seasons of new shows all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever technically binge-watched […]


What’s Your Favorite Outward-Facing Life Hack?

What's Your Favorite Outward-Facing Life Hack?

There are lots of little “life hacks” for making your life better. Tips on how to get the last drop of toothpaste out of the tube or how to extend the battery life of your smartphone. Those are great, but I recently stumbled upon a different type of life hack: The kind that makes other […]


How Do You Memorize Lists?

I make a lot of lists. In fact, pretty much any aspect of my life can be found in list form somewhere. I have daily checklists, lists of restaurants I like or want to try, lists of ideas for blog entries, games, etc. I didn’t realize until recently that this can be annoying for the […]


Ratings for EVERYTHING

Ratings for EVERYTHING

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by ratings. I remember eagerly opening up the newspaper every week to look at the box office results, a habit I continue to this day (online). I love seeing how much each movie earned and how it compared to the other movies that week. Similarly, […]


How to Pronounce Words Like a YouTube Celebrity

How to Pronounce Words Like a YouTube Celebrity

A few weeks ago I was telling some friends about PewDiePie, a YouTube sensation with over 40 million subscribers. I had never heard of him until watching a Southpark episode last year. When I told my friends what PewDiePie’s videos are about (they’re videos of him playing video games), they were flabbergasted that he could […]


The Skinny Mirror

The Skinny Mirror

There was a really interesting product pitched on Shark Tank this past week that made me wonder if the sharks had it all wrong. I’m curious about what you think. The product is called the Skinny Mirror, designed by Belinda Jasmin. It’s worth reading the story behind the mirror. In short, Belinda lives a healthy, […]


Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

I just spent the last 2 days sitting in a room waiting. This was my third time being called in for jury duty. In case you’ve never gone through the process, or perhaps your process is different than in St. Louis, here’s how it works: A bunch of people (maybe 500? 1000?) are selected a […]


The Marriage Proposal Spy

The Marriage Proposal Spy

I love a good proposal story. I don’t know exactly what it is–perhaps my love of rom coms? Of sweeping romantic gestures? Whenever I hear that a friend got engaged, I want to hear exactly how it happened. I particularly like when someone isn’t expecting the proposal. But when I see engagement photos on Facebook, […]


The Drunken Website Tester

The Drunken Website Tester

A few years ago, I was an avid watcher of a YouTube show called My Drunk Kitchen. I just checked, and it’s still going strong–nearly 2 million subscribers. On the show, Hannah Hart drinks and cooks, with the cooking getting progressively sloppier and funnier the more Hart drinks. Hart is funny without the alcohol, so […]


Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Eight or nine years ago I was really into a show called The Wire. My girlfriend at the time discovered the series through her sister, and we got the DVDs from Netflix, often sending them back to Netflix the next day for more episodes. While my girlfriend and I would simply watch and discuss the […]


Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

I don’t have any strong college sports allegiances, but I follow March Madness and NCAA football. One of my favorite things is when a student-athlete decides to stay in school for another year. I’m not exactly sure why. Part of it is school spirit–I think it’s near when a student-athlete wants to come back and […]


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 […]


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 […]


Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Last week my mom posted a heartwarming video about a 24-year old college student who lives in a retirement community. Her music school brokered a deal with the community to allow a few students to live there rent-free if they performed for the residents once a month. Brief aside about the website that hosts the […]


The Address Search Mishap

The Address Search Mishap

I have a problem and a solution. Have you ever wanted to send someone a message with a friend or colleague’s e-mail address in the body text, and you typed that person’s name into the To or CC section of the e-mail before copying and pasting their contact info into the message? And then you […]


The Price of Loyalty

The Price of Loyalty

I had a random thought today while reviewing my personal budget that I’d like to explore here: Why do subscription prices go up for loyal customers? Shouldn’t they go down? Not as a gimmick or something that a few companies do, but across the board? Here’s the status quo: For the vast majority of things […]


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 […]