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…metapost… March 26, 2007

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The following few posts (or preceding few, depending on how you read blogs) contain some content of questionable taste. Partly serendipitous (I came across all three this weekend), and partly deliberate (I chose to post on each, and in succession), it is my hope that they make you laugh, and not repel you from SparkBugg.com forever.

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200. …metapost… March 7, 2007

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Umm…too much pressure to have a special posting for #200, so I decided to do this easy metapost. This reminds me of the pressure I feel on birthdays, anniversaries, and New Years Eve. Oh, well.

It’s over now…on to #201.

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…metapost….Welcome, Washington Post readers. March 4, 2007

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Welcome, Sunday Source readers! I had the great fortune of getting a mention in the Post (article HERE), and I now have the pleasure of welcoming you to my blog.

This is a blog about ideas: mine, others, and maybe even yours. Feel free to read more About SparkBugg.com HERE. Quick Start Guide: IdeaSparks* are my ideas, Bright Ideas are everyone else’s; background reading music to your right (click on the Sonific Songspot play button).

If you are interested in more about the PBS show Everyday Edisons, check out their website HERE. Also, if you are interested in my account of the DC auditions (where I am currently a finalist in consideration for the show), go HERE.

Well, I hope you stick around and, if I am even luckier, join in on the conversation!

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…metapost… March 2, 2007

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Welcome, DC neighbors and Washington Post Express readers! Your curiosity brought you here, and I hope I can keep you coming back with regularly updated content of Bright Ideas.

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174. …metapost… February 18, 2007

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Sorry about the recent relative absence of postings. It has been a very social weekend, and my free time has been devoted to editing my next video (of an artist). I plan to post more tonight and/or tomorrow, as well as uploading the video real soon.

Also, there has been a recent spike in traffic (from an average of 60 hits/day, to 137 today thus far). Whyever and from whereever, I am grateful. Welcome.

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137. …metapost…Everyday Edisons. January 21, 2007

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I have not been posting as much as usual the last few days. This is mostly due to my recent last-minute decision to audition for the PBS inventing show, Everyday Edisons. The DC auditions are over, so I am back to posting more regularly. It was a long, exciting day of auditioning, and one of my IdeaSparks* is being considered for the show!

If interested, you can read more details over at MetaBugg (click HERE).

120. …metapost… January 4, 2007

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(Artwork found at www.intentblog.com )

Posting 119 (Bright Idea: Magnetic Jewelry) was inspired by a video someone just sent me. That event was one part of a very synchronistic 24 hours. Click on if you are curious and willing to read a long posting about 3 recent interesting coincidences

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SO, here is an account of three interesting idea-related coincidences that occurred in the past 24 hours. I thought it was significant enough to post it here, and not MetaBugg.

YESTERDAY: irrelevant background {My wife and drove home from Louisville, KY. It was a 10-hr drive; I listened to some of the 10-Second Internet Manager (that’s what they had at the library), while my wife watched 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls on DVD . We spent a lot of time discussing investing in one of my ideas (“Idea X”) that I have been kicking around my head for about 2 years (Idea X is the only IdeaSpark* I currently have and don’t plan to post on in Sparkbugg).}

We also got a call from our good friend, Rachel, who asked if I had watched a Youtube clip she and her husband, Jason, just sent me via email. I hadn’t, and she didn’t tell me what it was about.

We arrived home to Arlington, VA about 8 pm, greeted by 10 days worth of mail. I eventually read the Williams College Allumni magazine’s class update section to see what all my peers were up to these days. I tore out (exhibit 1a:) a page that mentioned that a guy I happened to remember, Zack Wiseman, and how he just started a company that sells “interactive magnetic jewelry.” I wanted to know what this jewelry thing looked like, but I forgot the laptop in the car and I was too lazy to get it that night. I planned to see if I could Google the product the next day.

THAT NIGHT: I kept myself up until 4 am as I found myself trying think of new parlor games. One game happens to involve (exhibit 2a:) a table-top game, where one iteration involves three players.

THE NEXT DAY: When I got home from my errands, my wife later greeted me when I got back from walking with Barkley (who looks a little like this). Right away, she tells me of an interesting coincidence that happened to her that day: earlier, she turned the tv on and immediately came across (exhibit 3a:) Oprah interviewing the authors of the book, “Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die”). Later that day, she came across the latest issue of Psychology Today, and opened it up right to (exhibit 3b:) an article about the same book. My wife wondered if it was a sign related to our previous day’s discussion about pursuing Idea X.

Later that hour, I opened up an email from my friend, Dave. It was (exhibit 2b:) a link to an article about a man who invented a similar ping pong table-top game. Dave rarely sends me articles. I was nervous, initially, but it looks a little different from my idea.

I also then checked out the Youtube video friend Rachel had called me about. It was (exhibit 1b:) the video of magnetic jewelry. (This is significant because Rachel never sends me video clips or ideas).

In summary: within the past 24 hours, there was seeming synchronicity involving an innovative product (magnetic jewelry), the book Made to Stick, and my ping-pong game idea.

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…metapost… December 29, 2006

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Admittedly, I have been posting less frequently lately, but this is temporary. For more update info, and the Global Shout Out, click HERE

…metapost… December 18, 2006

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I posted # 96 (about a Bright Idea in a Singapore mall) the same day that Singapore became the first international city to reach 10 visitors to SparkBugg (see the clustrmap). Singapore: represent! (For a slang definition of “represent,” click here). (However, upon closer inspection, I am wondering if that large red dot is actually Kuala Lumpur)

Read on for more meta-musings…

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…announcement…my apologies December 11, 2006

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I have corrected some cosmetic issues with this blog. I write the blog on Mozilla, and it looks fine from that browser. MS Explorer looks differently (with some text and pictures cut off). I think I have addressed the problem, and will be sure to check my postings on MSE, as well, before publishing from now on. Thanks for your understanding.

82. Welcome… December 10, 2006

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(According to the clustrmap…) SparkBugg.com welcomes Australia (Brisbane?), Tazmania, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Hawaii, Winnipeg, Toronto, Warsaw, and the additional English and fellow Americans. Thanks for letting your curiousity lead you here.

(Wow. I love how the internet makes this entire planet within reaching distance.)

76. Welcome… December 7, 2006

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I have to love Clustrmap. If it is accurate, then I must say hello to what looks like The Netherlands (perhaps Belgium), Hungary, Venezuela, Great Britain, South Africa, and my fellow United States of Americans.

My good friend Josh is visiting tonight, coming back home from Budapest, but he swears he hadn’t checked my site in some time. But Hungary visited Sparkbugg.com yesterday. Go figure.

I have Yahoo Unlimited Music, To Go for my Creative Vision M. This random song is what happens to be playing as I write this post. It is Regina Spektor (to listen, click on Summer in the City). I like it. Maybe you will, too.

…announcement…1000+ hits November 16, 2006

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We just cracked 1000 hits! Thanks readers. Keep ’em coming.

…announcement…Digging stories. November 14, 2006

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Dear readers: at the end of most IdeaSparks*, you will see this icon:

Digg!

If you choose to click on it, it will send you to the posting of that particular IdeaSpark* on the popular news site, Digg.com. If you choose to register on Digg (one-time only; free, quick, and easy), you can then “Digg” that IdeaSpark*, as well as any other cool stories on Digg.com. “Digging” it means you give it a thumbs up, a vote of support. If certain stories get enough Diggs, they get promoted to the front page of the site. If it doesn’t get enough Diggs, it eventually gets removed from the site.

Now I don’t have any delusions about getting to the front page, but I do hope that the occasional Digg of an IdeaSpark* will keep it alive on Digg.com a little longer, and thus, more people may see it and come check out SparkBugg.com.

I appreciate any support you are willing and able to provide.

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announcement November 8, 2006

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I just realized that my email  (sparkbugg at sparkbugg dot com) was not working, but should be now.  Just in case someone emailed me, that is why I didn’t reply, so please try again.    Thanks.