Bunch Of Small Ideas

I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I would like the past few months, as other projects have been consuming my time. So in no particular order:

Zelda Candle Holder 2013 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com

1. Zelda Candle Holders. For the romantic geek! This would hold those little disc-shaped candles.

Sent From My iPhone Envelope

2. Gag envelopes that tell the recipient what kind of electronic device you have, because that is important. I tweeted about this a few weeks back, saying it would be a fun way to mess with the recipient. All you have to do is print the text “Sent from my iPhone/Blackberry/Android” onto some envelopes, a fun DIY project. Would be interesting if anyone asked what app was used to make the envelope.

Twitter Retweet Plus Edit

3. A way to retweet and tack on your own text in one step. I think it would be convenient to add your commentary to a retweet. Clicking this option would bring up a tweet dialogue box with the person’s tweet you’d like to retweet already pasted. You can then type in your reply or commentary and post it. If the person’s original tweet is left intact, a RT abbreviation (retweet) is present. If you edit or delete some of their tweet then it automatically changes to MT (modified tweet).

Twitter Can't Miss

4. Can’t-Miss counters for Twitter. Another idea for Twitter: little counters that indicate how many tweets you missed from people since you last logged-on. You click on the counter and all those missed tweets would be expanded below. For this feature it would be best to designate which people are “can’t miss”; you wouldn’t want a counter for everyone I imagine.

5. Milestone funding for Kickstarter/Indiegogo. This is something that happens in the video game industry, usually between a publisher and an external game studio: instead of the publisher paying 100% of the game budget right off the bat, they pay in installments and only when certain milestones in the game are achieved. Once you achieve your milestone, you get another percentage of the budget to keep production going.

Having already made pledges to a few lame-duck Kickstarters, I think the milestone approach would be ideal. The person who landed funding on Kickstarter would have demonstrate progress to unlock further funding. For instance: your Kickstarter is successful for $100,000. You get 20% of the total to get started. Once you demonstrate progress your funders can green-light the next 20% of the funding, and so on. BUT if you are a lame-duck project then the rest of your funding could be pulled, so backers can withdraw support and get back the remaining percentage of their contribution. Backers would vote on green-lighting additional funds or killing support.

This keeps project organizers honest and eliminates some of the risk for backers. This also adds more incentive for project organizers to maintain communication (many go radio silent as things go sour), and above all ensures they carry the project to completion.

The project organizer would have to spell out milestone goals in their pitch (most do anyway), and during key updates would ask their backers to vote on green-lighting more funds.  The milestone percentages could be set by the organizer, so if their Kickstarter needs 100% of funding right away they have to ask for it and say why.

6. Cumulative YouTube ads: I will watch a bunch of ads in a row on YouTube if it will buy me a reprieve for a few months. Stop the madness.

7. FREE Ad-sponsored YouTube movies. If YouTube ran FREE full-length movies with the cost of admission being a bunch of ads, I would be there. We already watch 20+ minutes of ads in movie theaters prior to films starting! I could endure several ads to see The Last Starfighter on YouTube, how about you? UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, there is a section in YouTube that provides this very service called Crackle. The main website for Crackle is here. Thanks to Niraj!

Bonus Idea: The “Barrel-Roller”, a vehicle I’d like to see in Mario Kart 8.

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Posted on July 2, 2013, in Computers, Electronics, Furniture, House, Internet, Video Games and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I, too, would definitely watch Last Starfighter at work…I mean, at my computer!

  2. I’m a big fan of all these ideas! Related to your last idea, Crackle offers some movies for free on YouTube with some longer ads:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Crackle

    • Oh neat! I shall update the post.

      • Yeah, I can’t believe they don’t promote it more…it was amazing the first time I stumbled upon it. Of course they don’t have a huge amount of movies or a lot of newer stuff, but what they have is still surprisingly good for something that’s free.

        And their website actually makes it a lot easier to find stuff, because they offer TV shows too (in fact they have some original content like Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” which have become popular).

      • Oops, I was referring to Crackle’s website and forgot to link it:

        http://www.crackle.com/

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