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Posts Tagged ‘idea’

Homemade anti-SOPA PSAs

We Forgot Our Name! is so worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act that he's created four short PSAs to help explain what's wrong with the idea to your friends and family: "The Stop Online Piracy Act will be going back to the House for a vote this WEDNESDAY December 21st. The House tried to make people think they would not reconvene to vote on [...]

Today, porn sites set to go .XXX

Today, porn sites set to go .XXX

It's either a new, safer era for adult content on the Web or the first step in creating a digital porn ghetto, depending upon who you ask. On Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET, more than 100,000 websites are expected to go live with the new .xxx domain. The suffix was approved as a "top-level domain" address last year by ICANN, the international [...]

The Seven Deadly Online Sins

The Seven Deadly Online Sins

6 extremely well known websites, and then Seamless... Viral ad campaign maybe? I can see it now... "Hey boss, I have this idea for a new viral campaign! This is going to be huge! By the way, how do you feel about associating your brand and customers with blatant gluttony?" "Sounds good to me. Just make sure you don't use our name or reveal [...]

Tesla coil hat: “a really bad idea”

MIT student Tyler Christensen created a musical Tesla coil hat for his Halloween costume (it played the Mortal Kombat theme and the Harry Potter theme while discharging semi-tam lightning). While freely stipulating that this is "a really bad idea," Tyler is still generous enough to document his project for others who might follow in his bad [...]

Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero, he’s supposed to have replied: “It was involuntary. They sank my boat.” That’s how I became a self-published novelist: A large number of New York publishers rejected Thanks for Killing Me, my spiky little crime novel about the aftermath of a con gone wrong. They did so for an [...]

Ultraminimalist business card

Ultraminimalist business card

Boris Smus' idea for a minimalist business card is brilliant—so long as you're old enough to have your own name's domain, but young enough have its Twitter handle! If I actually did this, it would have to have a watermark that said "Oh my God, it even has a watermark."

How Did Greek Yogurt Get So Popular?

How Did Greek Yogurt Get So Popular?

American tastes are too complex to diagnose conclusively, but analysts think the ascendance of Greek yogurt is a case of conspicuous consumption (literally) led by women in the workplace. One theory holds that rich old women in affluent coastal cities are leading the trend that's making Greek yogurt an aspirational product -- So foreign! So [...]

Bitcoin explained by the Economist

Bitcoin explained by the Economist

Let me get this straight. A clever programmer/mathematician has, effectively, created a peer-to-peer, decentralized, self-policing, self-regulating, tamper-proof digital currency based on open source software? This reads like something out of a science fiction novel. The idea has always been around, but to figure out a workable [...]

Police play doctor to test citizens’ gullibility

Police play doctor to test citizens’ gullibility

A gang of thieves in Istanbul, Turkey have reportedly been dressing like doctors and distributing sedatives door to door, telling residents the medicine was related to a test for high blood pressure. Once the victims dosed, the thieves would rob them. As part of the police investigation, officers attempted the same trick but used placebos. [...]

Hotel peephole doctored for easy removal and spying

Last week, as Kent Brewster was leaving his hotel room in the morning, he found a small piece of crumpled paper on the floor of his room; he realized that this had been used to plug up the peephole in the door, which had been doctored to allow people in the hallway to spy on the goings-on in the room. Says Kent: " The hotel manager took care [...]

Cleverly designed camera bag keeps you stealthish

Cleverly designed camera bag keeps you stealthish

This is such a great idea I can't believe the design isn't more common! Over at Cloakbags, someone was really thinking and designed a camera bag that conceals the fact you even have a camera. First of all, by not looking like the usual flag announcing to the world around you that you have valuable gear in tow, it keeps you a little more low-key [...]

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

I had no idea this was even possible with projector technology... From Prague, a video-mapping show projected on the medieval Astronomical Clock in the city's Old Town Square. Part of a celebration for the 600th anniversary of the clock's construction. The dazzling visual show goes on for a full ten minutes. (more…)

A Taxpayer Receipt

A Taxpayer Receipt

This sounds like a great idea: An electorate unschooled in basic budget facts is a major obstacle to controlling the nation’s deficit, not to mention addressing a host of economic and social problems. We suggest that everyone who files a tax return receive a “taxpayer receipt.” This receipt would tell them to the penny what their taxes paid [...]

SUPERDAD: Moving and infuriating memoir of fatherhood and crack

SUPERDAD: Moving and infuriating memoir of fatherhood and crack

Christopher Shulgan's Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood is an infuriating, moving, and terrifying memoir of self-destructive hypermasculinty and a journey to a kind of uneasy truce between the idea of "father" and "real man." Shulgan, an accomplished Toronto magazine writer, was raised in a small Ontario town, and [...]

Gibson’s ZERO HISTORY: exciting adventure that wakes you to the present-day’s futurism

Gibson’s ZERO HISTORY: exciting adventure that wakes you to the present-day’s futurism

William Gibson's latest novel, Zero History, is his best yet, a triumph of science fiction as social criticism and adventure. Continuing on from 2007's Spook Country, Zero History features a reformed, dried out version of Milgrim, the junkie anti-hero from Spook Country. He's been rehabilitated at the expense of Hubertus Bigend, the shadowy [...]

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

A new proposed federal journalist shield law is under debate in the USA, which sounds like a great idea, except that the traditional press have agreed to amendments that would exempt Wikileaks from any protection for its confidential sources, on the grounds that Wikileaks isn't journalism... ORLY? More generally, Lucy Dalglish, executive [...]