Category Archives: big idea

a battery-operated village elder

Celestron SkyScout Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the “target” button. The SkyScout will tell you what object you are looking at. A lot like what I wanted in this post, only without having … Continue reading

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Jury nullification

Jury nullification – Wikipedia Jury nullification is a de facto power of the jury, and is not normally disclosed to jurors by the system when they are instructed as to rights and duties. This totally changes how I’ll behave if … Continue reading

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the candy man Lincoln triad

I enjoy how grand and metronomic the stars are, and I enjoy how chaotic the clouds are. And I enjoy how they inhabit the same bit of real estate, as far as I’m concerned. I can imagine what it would … Continue reading

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Cast off this taint, and become taintless

I think my best bet is to chuck it all and become a wise elder in a jungle tribe in Sumatra. I could totally do it. I’m probably older than 90% of wise Sumatran elders, and I’ve noticed several things … Continue reading

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%*?@?!!!

“comic strip” cursing symbols – Google Search I think this is the first comics cursing that I’ve ever seen to use “pi” in its symbology. Which is blog-worthy enough for me. But then I wondered if comics cursing symbols had … Continue reading

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Get out of my head

Loc8tor Ltd I thought of it first. If my computer hadn’t exploded last month, I’d have proof. The major difference between this product and the product in my head is that the product in my head is much cheaper.

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Million Dollar Idea #3: McNeely’s Amazing Toad Ramp

Do you tire of fishing dead toads out of your pool day after day? Do you fear that your pet might fall in one day while you are busy elsewhere and drown? Your pet, I mean? Perhaps neighborhood toddlers climb … Continue reading

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Pain

What if the world was constructed in such a way that, at some point, you were required to make a decision about how you would experience pain? I mean, you have a certain individual allotment of pain you are ordained … Continue reading

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SAT

Orgasm is to Little Death as 1. Pain is to Little Sphincter 2. Love is to Little Crime 3. Thought is to Little Sphincter 4. Sleep is to Little Oblivion Answer 4. Sleep is to Little Oblivion, because the other … Continue reading

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Periphapalianism

I’m reading a top “worst tech products of all time” thing on pcworld.com…it’s not important why…and it reminds me, again, of how out-of-touch with peripheral crap I can get. Which is of course a good thing, I like to think, … Continue reading

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The Top X of All Time, Less One Fifth X

Rolling Stone : The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time I linked through to RS from somewhere else for some reason; doesn’t matter. What matters is the awful, awful things they’ve put in their top 500 albums chart. Everyone … Continue reading

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more on eye-mation

I’ve been thinking a lot about David’s eye-thing (see the comments on this). I’m pretty sure that it will happen eventually, at least for people with a lot of disposable income. It’ll be another marker setting apart the Haves and … Continue reading

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Million dollar idea #2: co-locating the lens and the monitor

Sooner or later, televisions and monitors, big ones, will be so cheap that everyone, even the holdouts like me, will have one. Right now, webcams and monitors are fairly primitive. When engineers solve the problem of framerate at a high-enough … Continue reading

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thirteen grades

I propose another year of middle school for kids. I propose that kids go to school 13 years before they graduate. When I was a kid, we didn’t have homework in elementary school. Nothing except the odd project or reading. … Continue reading

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crime and sanctuary*

I live in a very safe neighborhood. Nobody leaves their backyard lights on at night. I think I can make a case that the safety of a neighborhood varies inversely with the number of houses that leave their backyard lights … Continue reading

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the greatest performance art idea ever conceived

Bowing to popular pressure, I have decided to describe my performance art idea in the blog. Everyone I’ve described it to agrees that it surpasses all other performance art ideas they have ever encountered. Almost everyone. Okay, the only person … Continue reading

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blizzard’s a comin’

There are so many splendors in the world, but it’s not enough for most people. In a way it’s sad, but in another way it’s offensive that most people feel the need to make shit up. The world isn’t wide … Continue reading

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social statement alpha

I want a country that doesn’t tell its citizens not to talk about something. Our country and its government empower themselves to tell the citizens what is and what is not valid to discuss: These things you can hold an … Continue reading

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my neighbor and the wealth of nations, or ‘That Shit Crocks Profoundly’

I was talking to my next-door neighbor yesterday, for three or four minutes. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. The subject happened to be the air travel industry. My neighbor said that he thought it might be a good idea to re-regulate the … Continue reading

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the curmudgeon manifesto

A curmudgeon is one who does something for himself, and be damned the response of society. A curmudgeon mows his lawn naked. He makes a roost out of netting and twine in the backyard to view the stars more easily, … Continue reading

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