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Gift Idea for a Cyclist

Looking for a cheap gift idea/suggestion ($15) for someone who is into cycling (mountain biker). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 5, 2013 - 42 answers

Social Site

I was just wondering if you come up with an idea for a social media type site, how do you go about protecting the idea as your own? Is there some sort of intellectual property or something you can get on it? [more inside]
posted by readygo on Jul 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Fiction help: Name something a math genius could do to improve a bar.

Writing a script, need a few believable, throwaway lines for a character. A guy running a TGI.Friday's-like bar praises his bartender, a math genius, for giving him an idea that saves money and improves the business overall. An example of outside-of-the-box thinking that enforces that our math-genius-in-disguise really is a genius. Bonus points if the idea skirts the line of legality -- something funky with accounting, maybe? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Oh no you didn't

Recently in a social situation I was asked my thoughts on a budgeting item and I gave it along with a solution that I had given thought to and was planning on presenting to the budget chair. (We work in different departments but run things past each other on occasion). One of the people at the gathering was a woman with political ambitions for our small town. A few days later she wrote a letter to the editor that gave my exact idea. What would you do? On the plus side it was very well received, OTH it was mine. I realize I should have said nothing and it was my mistake. I figure people that were there would know it wasn't hers and hopefully someone will point that out. Can I address it or should I leave it?
posted by lasamana on Jan 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs?

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs? I know Google used to or still has a program where in employees work on projects of their choosing for 20% of their time. Any thoughts around steps that can be taken to increase innovation in an IT organization would be helpful.
posted by r2d2 on Dec 29, 2012 - 7 answers

what do you call 2 girls in prom dresses and pumpkin-heads?

halloween question: we're 2 ladies wearing these ridiculous orange sparkly pouffy prom dresses, and we're thinking of putting pumpkins on our heads. what clever thing could we be? how could we make our costumes super awesome? we're thinking "pump-queens" or something. can you be more creative than that? something clever or punny would be fantastic! thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah!

I need costume suggestions for an LMFAO themed Halloween party. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Sep 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Idea for Google! That and 50 cents...

I have a serious project proposal for Google. I don't need to make money on it, but I'd like to get it looked at. I've been poking around their websites, and have found places to submit business and partnership ideas, but I'm really not sure that those are the right way to submit this concept. It's something on the order of Google Art Project, but different from that. What would you recommend or link me to? Thanks!
posted by Miko on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Gotta be a reason, right?

It's easy for people to assume that the usefulness of something to them is the same as its wider purpose for existing. What's the quotation, literary situation, fable, or famous saying that sums up this phenomenon in far pithier or funnier terms than the ones I'm using? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?

What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jul 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I tell my friend that I stole her idea?

I stole my friend's idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 - 51 answers

How do you bring an idea to fruition when you lack the technical skill necessary to do so? And keep credit?

How do you bring an idea to fruition when you lack the technical skill necessary to do so? And keep credit? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Apr 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Encyclopedia of idea generation strategies?

Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
posted by jerwilkins on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Can one man still create a complex website

Hello, brightminded and helpful mefi's. I have an idea for (IMO) an awesome new website that I believe will be huge. Is it still feasible in this day and age for a person to buy a stack of books and learn the coding skills needed for a website with very robust features, to say the least? Or will I have to acquire the funding to hire the people to do this? Funding is non-existent at the point in time.
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

What was that "please invent this" website I saw a few months ago?

What was that "please invent this" website I saw a few months ago? Yeah, that's basically the premise; people would just submit ideas for software or physical products. As I recall, the postings were listed in a grid format, and the layout of the page was quite elegant (simple, clean elegant, not baroque elegant). What was that site?
posted by holterbarbour on Nov 9, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I realize my simple yet amazing software idea?

I need to know the right way to take my groundbreaking software concept from idea to reality. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz on Oct 31, 2011 - 34 answers

Can you patent a business idea/model?

Can you patent a business idea/model? I read that you can't patent something vague like a "cowboy themed pizzeria" but what about things like, Netflix, Zipcar, etc? [more inside]
posted by Jofecopa on Jul 10, 2011 - 11 answers

How to protect a startup idea

A friend wants my advice on a secret project, but has been burnt before for sharing and wants some protection from it happening again. How can he share his idea and be sure I'm not going to run away with it. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Feb 10, 2011 - 13 answers

What's the best way to stack two Ikea Engan dressers?

What are some things I should know about stacking two Engan dressers? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 31, 2011 - 9 answers

AudioMagazine

Is anyone doing audiobooks for magazine and web articles? If not, why not? I wouldn't mind being able to hear a Malcolm Gladwell article read to me while I am on my commute or on a run. Are there any services that offer this? I haven't been able to find any, and I am wondering why. Copyright? No market? If I wanted to start a audiobook company what are my obstacles?
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Creative Help with a blog title

Looking for creative, catchy ideas on what to name a monthly blog post where we feature an artisan or crafts person. [more inside]
posted by Mroz on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

creative design ideas needed for framing a piece of wood carving

creative design ideas needed for framing a piece of wood carving [more inside]
posted by dy on Dec 17, 2010 - 4 answers

˙ǝsɹǝʌǝɹ uı ɯןıɟ puɐ op oʇ sƃuıɥʇ unɟ

Fun things to do and film in reverse. [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Dec 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Internet gift-giving at it's most creative?

How can I creatively and virtually give my travelling sister and brother-in-law their christmas gift of their travel-blog-turned-into-a-book? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Outsourcing My Creativity

Give me your tired, your poor, your... creative tattoo ideas? Details within. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Nov 18, 2010 - 24 answers

Looking for idea feedback website

I have an idea. Is there a website that will let me get feedback on my idea, protect my idea and then help me start building my idea? I've Googled, but I'm looking for personal recommendations.
posted by joshuamcginnis on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Brainstorming for a business to start in Portland, Maine.

I've been living in the south for about 20 years but I am originally from New England and have lots of friends who live in Portland. I'm ready to move and start something new. I am a massage therapist, but find I can't practice at the level that I used to and this makes it difficult to consider making a good living at it for the next 20 years or so. I have managed a successful massage practice but don't really want to do that all over again. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, like a challenge, and am bored by routine... and I'm trying to invent a new business or career for myself. I have a little money to invest, but not a lot. I'm willing to learn a new skill, but not anything I'd need to go to school for more than a few months to learn (I do have a BA already.) I'm hoping for practical real-world ideas, that will work in Portland.
posted by pinkbungalow on Sep 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Cliffnotes 2.0

I was reading my Kindle last night and my entrepreneurial light went on. I am looking for feedback on the idea, but also techniques that I can use to gauge the feasibility, and legality, of this and future ideas. My idea was Cliffnotes 2.0. Book and article summaries for busy people in a world of ever increasing information. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Legal issues for special needs children

As a parent of a special needs child, what are some legal issues you wish someone had told you about before you had to deal with them? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Aug 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Baptism gift for a nine year old boy (from an atheist)?

Baptism gift for a nine-year-old boy (from an atheist)? [more inside]
posted by nuffsaid on Jul 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Bitgrid - brilliant or stupid?

I've had a computer architecture bouncing around in my head since I mis-understood what a bit slice meant in 1981. It turns out it might be just the ticket for doing really fast computing, but I need to be sure the idea really has merit. I've blogged about it. Is it a great idea, or stupid? [more inside]
posted by MikeWarot on Jul 7, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I sell a website idea?

I have an idea for a web-based business. How do I sell it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

How to make sure a business idea has merit before running with it?

How do you make sure a business idea has merit before running with it? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on May 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Are My Ideas Mine Again?

How long do intellectual-property clauses typically last? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Mar 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Help give my third grade son ideas for a fun school project!

My son's third grade class is going to be doing a fun project called "Mini-Society." Each student has to come up with a product that they will market to other students within the society. Help me come up with a fun, easy product for my son to "sell!" [more inside]
posted by meggie78 on Mar 18, 2010 - 21 answers

Put my ideas on fire without Tinderbox (TM)

I'm looking for general, "easy to use" note integration and relational database software like Tinderbox, but for Windows. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Fancy vegan meal ideas?

Fancy vegan meal ideas? [more inside]
posted by jellywerker on Jan 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Is it me, or is there a draft in here?

Other than behind false fireplaces and bookshelves, what are some clever camouflage ideas for a secret passageway? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 11, 2010 - 51 answers

After the peppermint soap buzz wears off..

My roommate is going to be in Tanzania for 6 months to work with a local NGO. I would like to give him something small he can take with him before he leaves in January. What useful item will he be without access to then that I can give to him now? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Dec 25, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I make a Dessert Curry?

I had this idea to make a dessert curry (similar to the idea of a desert pizza) but am not sure if the idea is even possible. My plan so far involves curry spices and a chocolate syrup based curry and perhaps add marshmallows and a substutue for meat or vegtables. Any ideas on how to proceed?
posted by trojanhorse on Dec 22, 2009 - 25 answers

How do I go about securing my idea?

I have an awesome idea for an improvement for a product. What now? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 16, 2009 - 13 answers

home page introductory videos

Do you know of any sites with home page videos introducing new concepts such as the P2 for Wordpress theme? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Dec 9, 2009 - 1 answer

You're wonderful, you're getting married, I got you....??

Another-gift-idea filter: Two wonderful people, getting married. I want to get them something they'll really appreciate. Stuck for ideas. Help? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Oct 7, 2009 - 21 answers

I need to run chkdsk on my brain...

My mind is blown, it's not my own, where did my idea go? I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind! Help? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 20, 2009 - 11 answers

How to best set up/arrange a date with a man on the phone?

How to best set up/arrange a first date with a man on the phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 - 5 answers

WANT TO PRODUCE A FRAGRANCE: HOW?

I want to sell a cologne. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Sep 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Are there any studies showing negative effects of inclusion in the classroom?

I'm not asking anyone to write this paper for me (so nobody's doing my schoolwork), but I need help finding peer-reviewed articles against classroom inclusion. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Aug 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me find a new hobby!

I need a new, productive hobby, please! [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Aug 11, 2009 - 19 answers

3-5 days and good programming skills. I wanna build something cool!

I have 3-5 days (starting tomorrow!) in which I'm off from work, and have really nothing planned. As a developer geek in a crappy economy, I'm looking at looming unemployment and/or the start of a freelance career in the very near future. I want to this time making "something" that I can use in my portfolio to show potential employers/clients. What on earth can I build? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Aug 4, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I protect my iPhone app idea

How do I go about protecting my idea when I approach a developer about coding an iPhone app? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jul 18, 2009 - 17 answers

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