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508. Quickie Web: Plaything: Morpthing September 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Quickie Web, Website.
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Blend faces of two celebrities (from hundreds of choices) or photos you upload. I tried a couple of combinations in an attempt to make the most beautiful woman ever, but since they don’t have photos of Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, I had to settle for Jessifer (Jessica Alba + Jennifer Lopez). Try it out HERE; via Ursi’sBlog.

(P.S. Honey, I was too lazy to upload a picture of you, my dear wife. A blend of you and your twin would actually be the most beautiful creature of all time. In all the parallel universes out there. Can I buy that XBox 360, now?)

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470. Quickie Web: Music Maker: JamStudio August 28, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Audio, Plaything, Service, Website.
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This amazing website is for the musician and novice alike. Simply and instantly make your own songs, which you can sing or jam along with. Get inspired.

For example, here is the quick ditty I composed in 30 seconds: choose chords D, G, A, then G; pick Guitar1, Drums1, and Bass 11; change tempo to 112; then hit play. Rock on, my fellow composers. Make up your own lyrics, and play along with your guitar, if you have one. Shnickity-shnaps! Please try it out HERE; Via RGS.

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462. Bright Idea: the Bubble Project August 24, 2007

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The Bubble Project is a similar, but more low-tech, version of TXTual Healing. These blank bubble stickers were placed on billboards around NYC, for anyone to fill in. There are many more examples at their website HERE.

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438. Bright Idea: the Idea Generator August 16, 2007

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Need a little help with your own idea sparking? Check out the randomized Idea Generator. Hit the middle button to spin everything like a slot machine. Check it out HERE; via Core77.

Here…let me try: “pre-fab chocolate art.” Um, I guess this would be mass-produced pieces of embossed chocolate paintings, or sculptures, by famous people. Over time, each limited-edition piece will increase in value because their numbers will decrease as certain owners eat them, or allow them to melt.

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406. Quickie Web: Flash: HBOVoyeur July 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Marketing, Quickie Web, Website.
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Here is a little distraction for you: peep on people. You can visually access various sections of this building, sans sound (there is background music). Zoom out (click on the icon at top) to see other rooms in other city buildings (click on the purple highlights). Click on “Learn More” below for a little more info about the voyees.

This website is part of HBO’s new On-Demand series, HBOVoyeur. Check it out HERE; via JoshSpear.

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209. Not So Bright Idea: Fatfingers.com March 9, 2007

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Striving for obsolescence: here is a website service that will become less appealing to visitors the more popular it becomes. Fatfingers.com directs you to items up for sale on eBay that are spelled wrong.  The idea is that because of a mispelling, less people will find, and thus bid, on that particular item, so you can get it really cheap.   Nice Idea.

However, the more people use Fatfingers, the worse the deals become as more people, via Fathfingers, find and bid on the same items.  Bonk.  I guess the # of visitors to Fatfingers will grow until soon reaching some sort of equilibrium, then stay there. That is, until eBay comes up with a simple spell checking and product name recognition program.

via CoolHunting.com.

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188. Quickie Web: Plaything: Viscosity March 1, 2007

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viscocity

Viscosity is a plaything where you create modern art.  I quickly made this one above.  Once you create your piece, name and post it online for others to see, and watch each posted piece morph into the next.  It will take a a few minutes to get the hang of this plaything, as you experiment with all the various settings you can tweak.

Find it HERE (found on windowseat.ca), via michaelgilmore.com.

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186. Quickie Web: Service: Restaurant.com February 28, 2007

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Simple: punch in your zip code, then get $25 dining certificates for $10 at local restaurants.  Some restrictions apply (e.g. while supplies last, on certain nights, minimal purchases).  OK, you may not recognize some, if not most, of the joints listed.  But hey, not only do you get cheap food, you get a little adventure to some place new.  Via Newsweek.

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184. Bright Idea: Looxis 3D Photo Crystals February 25, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Product, Service, Video, Website.
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I took these clips today, at the Tysons Corner Mall. Looxis makes 3D portraits in optical crystal via laser etching. These sculptural images actually seemed reasonably priced (these pieces were under $100) considering the on-site technology (the etching is done there, in a little hi-tech mall kiosk). This video clip is 42 seconds long.

Visit www.Looxis.com.au for more info.

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183. IdeaSpark*: Centralized Medical Info February 25, 2007

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Here is the latest idea from Idea-a-Day: Offer free and discreet medical information tattoos which exhibit a person’s blood group, allergies, willingness to donate organs, etc. by Alex Wilson Smith.

My IdeaSpark* takes this idea a little further: during a routine doctor’s visit, you can register all your personal and medical information on a certain website, as well as your thumb prints. Emergency contact info and your Living Will can also be determined and noted.

So, if you ever arrive at any ER unconscious and with no ID, one of your thumbs can be quickly scanned to instantly access all the needed information.

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163. Quickie Web: Product: Despair Demotivator Prints February 9, 2007

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These hilarious and cheeky demotivational and antinspiriational quotes balance out my posting on the “The Secret.” I just got this link in the email today (thanks, R!). Check them all out HERE.

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150. Bright Idea: Neighborrow.com January 30, 2007

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I had an IdeaSpark* that I was going to post on one day, but it turns out it already exists (this can be quite common for me). It is Neighborrow.com, where residents in a neighborhood or building list the items they own (DVD, books, music, games, etc), making it available for someone else to borrow.

Though this site seems to emphasize anonymity between the transactions, I actually thought that hand-to-hand exchanges would help foster a sense of community as you meet like-minded individuals. This would be great on college-campuses. I hope this site takes off.

Neighborrow.com, via Mashable.com.

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149. Bright Idea: Super Bowl Prop Bets and Savefile January 30, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Idea TV, Service, Website.
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Are you dragging someone to a Super Bowl Party who is more interested in the commercials? Here is a way to make the experience more exciting for all: Super Bowl Prop Bets. Bet on everything, from the coin toss to the number of punts in the game. Unless you are a Colts fan or from Chicago, this could make this American pastime even more engaging for everyone.

Thanks to Scott for introducing me to this, and allowing me to publish the betting list he composed. We are doing $10 per entry, with winner take all.

You can download the list HERE. It is a Word document that I put online via Savefile.com, a free web hosting service (I didn’t even have to register).

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122. Super SparkBugg: Ze Frank January 12, 2007

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Who is he? My current hero, someone I just discovered. He made a little plaything called The Scribbler, which I used to create the image above in 23 seconds. You may also remember String Spin (Post #126). He is clearly a programming and creative genius.

On his website he has many links. I am in the process of exploring them and will post highlights on SparkBugg.

Turns out he has a video podcast, and it also turns out he is a funny bastard, a musician, a spontaneous soul, and an engaging TV personality. This guy needs to have his own show on HBO. Check out the first video clip (3 min) I ever saw, titled “Hindsight“.

128. Bright Idea: Meta Daily Deal Sites January 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Service, Website.
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There are a handful of websites that advertise a ridiculously good deal every day (e.g. Woot!). But even better, there are a few sites that list all these daily deals on one site. Check them out:

  1. DOD Tracker
  2. Zero Day Deals
  3. Bargain Jack

125. HumBugg: Reunion.com January 9, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in HumBugg, Service, Website.
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I recently got a mass email from an estranged old friend, via Reunion.com (apparently, a social networking site), asking me to update my contact info for her. Feeling generous, I quickly did so. I then I wanted to see my friend’s profile to see what she has been up to lately.

But, to do so, I was required to register first, so I did. After filling out my info, I was then asked to pay a registration fee (an entire 1 or 3 year plan; non-refundable; averaging about $4/month). This annoying and audacious technique is known as “foot-in-the-door.” Or, I could get a 3 day trial if I invited 20 of my eligible contacts. This reminded me of pimping. I declined, and was denied access to my friend’s full profile.

Then I get an email from Reunion.com yesterday, letting me know that three people searched for my name on the site that day. I followed a link to see who they were. But, you guessed it, I had to pay first (this is similar to the “bait-and-switch“).

Unless you are satellite radio, don’t charge me for something I am used to getting for free (like refills). What a waste of a solid domain name. Allegedly, 25 million users have signed up so far. I am astonished.

118. Bright Idea: Curriki.org January 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Service, Website.
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Here is the Bright Idea: to provide (online) free and user-created open-source curricula to everyone, especially teachers, students, and parents.

The name “Curriki” is a play on the combination of “curriculum,” and “wiki,” which is the technology they are using to make education universally accessible. (Wiki, as in the great Wikipedia.org … [note that,via hyperlinks, I just utilized the actual idea to provide the definition of itself. An active “metalink”, if you will]).

Curriki.org. Sounds like a great idea. I believe that the educational system (at least in the US) could use all the help it can get in trying to help humans learn.

I tooled around the site a little. Check out this colorful and compact instructional animation (Quicktime, 1 min) about where lots of our TRASH goes.

I came across this in Time Magazine (read the cover story article about education HERE).

115. Bright Idea: BackPack January 1, 2007

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Backpack

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to become more organized, then you must check out BackPack. I use it daily for my work, and personal organization, and for SparkBugg. Check out my own tutorial example HERE (password is “Sparkbugg”). The basic account (which is enough for me) is free.

87. IdeaSpark*: Open House Crawl December 13, 2006

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Food and Drink, IdeaSpark*, Service, Website.
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Sunday, 1-4 pm. Typical open houses, with their lingering agents, are ineffecient and a bore. Imagine an Open House Crawl: a festive, social, and more informative way to check out open houses, with drinks and food.

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85. Quickie Web: Plaything: Phase Toy December 11, 2006

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Since it is a Monday, I thought I would treat you to something extra special.

Discover your inner musician with Phase Toy, a delicately beautiful ditty generator. Click on various blocks, turning them green and into a specific musical note. Click on + and – to adjust the beat length of each of the three sections. You will get the hang of this toy in 5 seconds, and be grinning in 10. Please check it out HERE. I came across this at JayIsGames.com.

(When you are done exploring this delight, try this tiny bonus challenge: see if you can use your memory and recreate the song above.)

72. Bright Idea: Clustrmap December 4, 2006

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Clustrmap allows you to see where all your website visitors are located around the globe. No need to register and log in, as in Frappr. It is free and updates daily, and is based on the IP address of your computer.

I have added the SparkBugg Clustrmap to the right. Let’s start seeing where you readers are located. If you are so inclined, please refer your non-local friends to SparkBugg.com so we can slowly, together, light up the global map. Be the first to refer someone from a certain country or state (and see the corresponding small red dot the following day). Help the SparkBugg virus spread. Thanks!

P.S. Perhaps the last few lines are shameless self-promotion, but this still could be a fun little amusement.  It’s like you’re launching little love Spark ICBMs and watching them explode around the world.

71. Quickie Web: Game: Missile Game 3D December 3, 2006

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Here is a fun little game: Missile Game 3D. Use your mouse to guide your accelerating missle (from its P.O.V) through a tunnel of rotating obstacles. Actually got my heart pounding faster, which is rare in a simple game like this.

I played it a couple of times and so far I can only get pass the initial training round.

From the great site, jayisgames.com. Play the game HERE.

51. Bright Idea: MetaWishlist.com November 20, 2006

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metawishlist

I figure that with the holidays coming up, a few more of you should now about this handy tool: Metawishlist.com. Add books and products from any website to a centralized wishlist. It easily imports your Amazon wishlist, and there is a convenient icon for your bookmark toolbar (to quickly add any item to your wishlist). Though the actual website could use a usability upgrade, it can be very simple to use. I am also not sure if your friend/family can remove an item from the list once they purchase it for you (as in a gift registry).

I mostly use mine to keep track of cool items I come across (and I may not want all of them as gifts, my friends). Feel free to check my metawishlist out here.

47. Bright Idea: Phrase Express November 18, 2006

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I had wondered if something like this existed, and I am happy to say that I just came across Phrase Express, a way to easily paste common phrases into any text you are typing.

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45. Bright Idea: Evolving Vox November 17, 2006

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Evolving Vox

Since I currently work on a college campus, I have been waiting for someone to come up with this Bright Idea: renting out stuff at college. Though the name Evolving Vox is a questionable branding choice, and it is only at Dartmouth for now, this business idea has potential based on the need and market. However, I don’t know how much profit they will make renting out flat screens for $75 a year (with free delivery and removal). Regardless, it makes moving in and out every year at college a whole lot easier.

I came across this idea at Springwise.com.

44. IdeaSpark*: PasswordSharer.com November 15, 2006

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There are many websites where you have to pay a monthly fee to access it, only some of which are (ahem) porn sites. There are service sites, news sites, game sites, etc.

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Hosted by eSnips

This IdeaSpark* and business idea is a website where you timeshare the login and passwords to various sites that you are interested in. This service is for more casual users and test drivers (ie. not daily surfers) of these sites.

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28. IdeaSpark*: More Efficient Google Search for People November 9, 2006

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Google

I am sure each one of us has Googled a person. The following IdeaSpark* may not be a completely original idea, but I haven’t come across it anywhere, yet.

Let’s say you want to Google a doctor you met at a cocktail party. His business card says William Penn Riles, MD. With the new SparkBugged Google, you type in all possible interations in each search field. For example, for the first name, you enter William, Bill, and Billy. You then add the middle name, then the last name, and finally, MD and M.D. Google will then search for all the combinations possible (including hits without the middle name, or with just the middle initial, etc.). This way you can be sure you know everything on Google about this guy prior to allowing him to perform brain surgery on you.

25. Bright Idea: Line Rider November 8, 2006

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Here is a fun little online plaything: Line Rider. Check out the video (75 secs) below to see what can be done with it (make sure you can hear the music).

I came across this on nickbaum.com.

22. Bright Idea: the 1-Second Film November 7, 2006

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Thanks to this bright idea, I am now a film producer, and will get my name listed on IMDB (and all it cost me was $5.23, though the minimum is $1). I had hoped one day to be a writer listed there, but a producer will have to do for now.

Check out the website for the1secondfilm.com for more details. Talk about buzz and viral marketing and making money for a good cause. Good for them.

I came across this website via Don, the Idea Guy’s Brainblog. Check this out as well; he seems like a kindred spirit, a fellow ideator, and his Brainblog is a lot like SparkBugg.com.

20. IdeaSpark*: Social Networking in Hotels November 6, 2006

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After logging onto a hotel wireless network this weekend, I had an IdeaSpark*: A social networking site for hotel guests.

For example, If you (as a hotel guest) were bored and lonely one evening, you could log onto a specific website, and indicate what specific hotel you are currently in. You could then see who else is in your hotel (i.e. other registrants that logged in). Registrants’ online profiles will indicate reasons for travel, demographics, and desired type of contact. For example, you may just want to chat online with someone, or share a beer with a fellow businessman at the hotel bar, or have a one night stand, or have a group dinner with other solo travelers.

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