Tag Archives: invention

Motivation In The Gig Economy

Original thoughts are valuable. That’s why patents exist. Many new ideas are new to the person who thought them, but a bit of research shows that someone else thought the same thing some other time and place. (Got an idea? … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Passive Pump Flipped

Take that idea and flip it around. Thomas Edison (an inventor with a great first name) wasn’t the first inventor to find a way to record sounds. He was, however, the first one to find a way to play them … Continue reading

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7 Demons Of 7 Days – a guest post

The following is a guest post from an old friend. Alan Beckley and I started Boeing at almost the same time, had almost the same engineering job, both left Boeing early, and have led completely different lives – except that … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea – Creepy Crawly Barrier

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they already exist. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. As I type this, my neighborhood is experiencing our local version of biblical locusts. Our current scourge? Tent caterpillars. Tent … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Living Picnic Table

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. Skip tablecloths and being careful with the tabletop. Make a picnic table that has a garden of groundcover for a top. Living roofs are … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea For Sale Sign Holder

  Really? I’ve got to be the one to think these things up? I’ve designed a sign holder that is less likely to attract bugs and is less likely to expose the paper inside to rain. My design is very … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Passive Pump

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they already exist. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. The Passive Pump is a one-way valve extended down to the nanometer level. A small flap constrained to only allow … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Dancers Metronome

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. There must be some dance instructor, maybe all of them, that eventually tires of saying the same thing repeatedly whether it is 1-2-3, 1-2-3; … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Electric Woodstove

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. An electric woodstove. This fresh idea is actually from a few years ago, but last night’s threat of snow encouraged me to write it … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Cafe Computer

Welcome to a new feature of my blog: Fresh Ideas. Ideas are powerful. Ideas are free. A frugal guy like me likes powerful and free. Frequently, or at least often enough, ideas come to mind that might be inventions. Maybe … Continue reading

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