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August 30 at 10:50am

Petitinvention


Petitinvention is the blog of Mac Funamizu .  He’s got lots of good ideas.  These are his personalized paper cups so that you never mistake which cup is yours again.

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August 29 at 10:30am

We Need A Privacy Czar

The EU has a whole team of privacy guys.  Where’s someone like that in the US?  We do have someone there to monitor privacy breaches that occur as a result of the Homeland Protection Act, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, and well, if he’s appointed by this administration, how are we supposed to trust him?

With congress finally asking all the Internet companies what they do with the all the info they gather secretly from the consumer, now’s the time to take this further. Ars has a good write-up about it here.
As consumers, we should have to “opt-in” and not “opt-out” regarding what data of ourselves gets automatically collected.  We could this trend of info-grab earlier here.


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August 23 at 10:23am

Stop Travel Abuses

In July, the Department of Homeland Security exceeded 1,000,000 on the Terrorist Watch list, including Ted Kennedy.  Additionally, if you cross the border now, custom agents can copy your hard drive virtually at will; do you really want them to have that photo of your grandmama?  And you thought just going through airport security was bad.  Well, now is the time to complain.  The ACLU have a nifty letter all set to go to your rep in congress.  It will only take a second

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August 22 at 10:19am

Predict The Day You Will Die

Okay, maybe this does not qualify for The Next Good Idea, but there is definitely a pleasure to be had in being told a specific day you will die.  Me, I’ve got over fifty years left, if all goes well.

Check out: The Death Clock


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August 20 at 11:00am

Wine In A Box

America has surpassed Italy, and will soon catch France to become the largest consumer of wine in the world.  All that wine has to move miles to get to your glass, and thus leaves behind quite a carbon footprint.  Pleasure doesn’t need to leave behind such a brutal wake though.  If we could just climb down off our snob-appeal high chair, and embrace such a simple solution, we would be a few steps closer to nirvana.


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August 17 at 10:42am

Global Oneness

The Global Oneness Project is “exploring how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.”  They have a great short film online library covering a series of remarkable projects that are helping to improve our world.  You will recognize them from my prior post on The Greenhouse Project.  Check them out.

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August 16 at 1:57pm

Old School: A Universal Greeting

Yesterday, Wired pointed out one of the more simple inventions of Thomas Edison.  And it occurred yesterday 131 years ago.  Sure, Alexander Grahm Bell invented the telephone, but the wizard of Menlo Park came up with what we needed to really get the conversation started.   

Who gets the credit the for today’s variations (“Yo”, “‘s Up?”)?  Simple good ideas to put people at ease.


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