fighting the lack of good ideas

if i ran the zoo…

…or, more accurately, the apartment complex. I was talking to a couple friends this past weekend, and told them I’d like to offer a per-minute lease on an apartment. It turns out that $0.02 per minute is $864/30-day month. For another penny a minute I’d include all utilities.

Ok, so it’s a little off the wall, but why not?

Also, why don’t apartment complexes let you pay your lease with a PayPal subscription? It would certainly make my life easier if I could just sign-up with my PayPal account, and have the rent automatically show up on the right day.


Yes, the frozen, white, flaky water that falls from the skies and accumulates on the ground.

It’s snowing here in Durham, and I’m psyched.

As a coworker said, “Snow is redneck kryptonite”.

/me loves being from the north 🙂

perfect camoflage!

So, researchers have figured out how make a material that will absorb 99.9% of incoming light. So, does that mean you can only “see” it because you can’t see it? If it’s not reflecting any light, then you only think you see it, because you can’t actually “see” no light, you could only see the fact there is nothing there, and presume there had to be something there.

Or maybe I just need more sugar.

sloshing dessert

So, I was sitting at Cold Stone in Chapel Hill with a buddy of mine Saturday evening, enjoying my mint and peanut butter ice cream with pineapple and coconut mix-ins, when I piped-up with “this would be so much better with rum”.

Then it hit me: I need to open a bar and ice cream joint, and call it an Ice Cream Barlor. Or maybe “Lay you out on the Marble Slab Creamery”, or “Slushy Slosher”.

what if google took the day off?

A few of my co-workers an I were chatting recently, and wondered what kind of economic (and physical) impact Google could have if they chose to just shut down for a day.

There’s no Service Level Agreement between Google and the world that says they’ll be there, at least none that I’ve seen or heard of. Just think, though: all those hundreds of thousands of servers being turned off for 24 hours. Think of the electric bill they wouldn’t have to pay?

And wouldn’t every other search provided be thrilled? Certainly they’ve thought about it, and their datacenters can handle the load if Google suddenly went black, right?

Course, if their datacenters couldn’t handle the load, they could have some major problems, maybe even servers having physical problems: melt-downs, crashed drives, horched switches. It’s an interesting thought.

And Google could then happily turn back on after their day off, collecting all the traffic everyone else had lost.

Maybe I’m sick and twisted, but I think it’d be an interesting social experiment.