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Latest in an ongoing series of creative ideas.

Where's George?

Okay, this was so long ago, and this website has existed for long enough that maybe I was influenced by this site, but I thought it would be interesting to track money to see how far it can travel in how long. Put a stamp on the dollar, and use the serial number on a website to track it's progress around the country.

I'm thinking of another simliar project now, that I don't think anyone else is doing. This one doesn't involve money.

Community Photo Project

I wanted to release a bunch of disposable cameras all over NYC with the instructions to take 1 or 2 photos, and leave it in a public place. If you were the last person to have the camera, then mail it back to me (the camera would be addressed & stamped). A few months after thinking of this, I learned about another project that did this, not in NYC but around the country. I forget where the site is, though, but Google should reveal something if you go looking for it.

Give Yourself Advice 10 Years Ago

A website where you can drop off advice for someone 10 years younger than you, and get advice from someone 10 years older than you.

I thought of this during the summer when everyone from my friends to Slashdot were talking about "what advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?" So I thought "well, why not create a tool that people could use to actually give themselves advice?"

Radiator Humidifier

I, as well as a lot of people I know, put bowls of water on top of the radiator to humidify the room in the winter. So I thought of this. By strapping it to the radiator with some sort of flame-retardant material, you could create a basin much larger than the bowls or pots you currently use to keep water on top of the radiator without any fear of it spilling. It unhooks easily for cleaning, and could be made of a bacteria-resistant material. All you need to do to fill it is water it like a plant, and it requires less attention than several small bowls.

Once upon a time I used a humidifier, but I kept having to replace the wicking pad or it would become encrusted with bacteria, making it less sanitary than this method, which could be put in a dishwasher or cleaned with soap and water. Plus, this whole contraption could cost as much as one of the wicking pads.

An advanced version could be contoured to the top of the radiator so you have a greater surface-area contact, so the water heats faster, and you can create a deeper resevoire of water without making it any more top-heavy, but would probably be much more expensive to make, and because of the custom shape, would work on fewer radiators.

MP3 Analyzer / Playlist Generator

An MP3 player/plugin for WinAmp that would read the MP3 files and attempt to analyze them according to some rules and come up with playlists automatically that correlate to various moods. I've come to think of various kinds of music as having different moods, so modern electronic & rock and roll share a similar mood, especially compared to jazz & blues from the 1930's. Even recording technoligies have changed so while a symphony may be just as passionate and loud as a modern rock song, the dynamic range presented and frequency content would be very different, lending itself to different moods.

Measurements would be made on:

And could generate playlists based on several criteria, such as:

for a mellow evening at home, or

for a party mix.

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