Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
How should I handle a potential contractual situation where I want to protect my own previous ideas and work? [more inside]
New Years Eve @ home Filter: Lets say you and your partner decide to stay at home for new years and you have pooled your money together to have $400 to blow on the whole evening (food, alcohol, general supplies/decorations/presents/whatever). How would YOU spend that budget? Describe your fantasy new years eve under that budget. Best suggestion wins a cookie. Additional requirements within.... [more inside]
How do I figure out what I want to be when I grow up? I've been very lucky in my life so far—just a little bit of work has yielded me amazing opportunities that have more or less fallen into my lap. But I'm starting to realize that I have no idea how to set, develop, and follow through on goals on my own. [more inside]
What do you give your very conservative, 40-something older sister for Christmas? [more inside]
How likely is it that writer A contacts an agent with a writing idea, which the agent rejects from writer A but then encourages writer B, who agent knows, to write it? [more inside]
Obtain a commercial license to use GPS? [more inside]
I get a box of fruit & veggies delivered to my house every two weeks. Let me tell you something. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. However, I rarely finish all of the apples and pears and bananas. I stuff them into the freezer when I don't eat them, but... my freezer is overflowing with frozen apples and bananas, and I think a few pears. What can I do with them? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
Gift ideas. Want to send about 50 small gifts to a software dev team that has done an excellent job. Ideally, there's something for everyone, rather than a few things that have to be shared. I don't have much money -- maybe $50-$100 total to spend. Ideas?
Idea(s) for a tattoo: Stories, myths, folklore, symbols/icons, quotes, lyrics, that deal with blindness or feature blind characters. In the case of a quote, it doesn't necessarily have to be by an actual blind person. [more inside]
Give me your great ideas for promoting winter cycling in frigid Wisconsin! [more inside]
I have an all cedar 3 seasons porch and now that the weather is turning fallish I'm looking for interesting and creative ways to utilize the room...it's 10' x 12'. I also have a finished=eque basement that is being used for my office/sitting/extra room for guests that could use some low cost sprucing and more efficient space usage.
What would be a good topic for a 5-6-minute demonstration speech in a college speech class? Caveat: It must involve the use of a tangible, 3D object, but I have absolutely no ability with crafts, cooking, or sports. [more inside]
How do I stop this crazy, ridiculous attraction I have towards a professor? [more inside]
What makes for a good elementary school newspaper? What makes a great one? I'd like to know what parents appreciate (and what they'll actually read). I'd like to know what you liked best when you were a student, either from a contributing or reading standpoint. I'd like to know from school employees/authorities what one needs to be mindful of. And I'd be very glad to know of what I can do to avoid any problems. I'd like to know from teachers about what school newspapers can do for students; and what one could reasonably ask for from the various grades to allow for students to make contributions and so the content is balanced for all ages. I'd love to see links to anything inspiring, and to ideas for content and design and such. So, I'd like a lot of information about stuff I have an idea about, but not much practice with yet. And that's a lot to do with three double-sided pages, I know. [more inside]
Help me name my social entrepreneur ideas network? I want to create an online idea-exchange for social entrepreneurs. They'd share their problems and help each other find solutions. I'm really struggling to find a good name for the website... [more inside]
Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste? [more inside]
Need business name ideas! Asking for a friend who is starting a new small business and is struggling to find a name she likes. The business will carry specialty development products for high needs individuals such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Full business explanation below. [more inside]
Need ideas for websites I could build. I am going to be in between jobs in the next few months. That gap could be a week or it could be a year depending on how long it takes to find my next gig. During that gap I would like to stay productive. I am a project manager, but I can write decent python/js/css/html. I need ideas for websites I could build that 1) I would have fun doing, 2) Would be something I could talk about in interviews, and 3) Could maybe produce a community, traffic, or a few dollars. [more inside]
Please name my little group and suggest items that should be provided. [more inside]
Birthday gift for dad to turn his focus to other non-work parts of his life? [more inside]
What are some good creative exercises? [more inside]
Question for men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings? [more inside]
Good trip ideas for a 30-something guy traveling solo for 1-2 weeks in Sept, prefer somewhere where it's easy to meet other people [more inside]
I work at a school whose mascot is the Longhorn. We are setting up a text messaging service and I'm looking for a catchy name for the new service. Difficulty: there's already a "cattle call" newsletter, and I'd like to set the new service apart as something new and unique. Any ideas?
After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
I just got a smartphone. What are some great ways you've found to use your phone? I've got a good array of basic apps, so I'm not so much looking for recommendations, but instead for your ideas about how to integrate the phone and its combinations of apps into a productive and creative way of life. [more inside]
How do you stay with and build upon those "moments of realization/inspiration?" [more inside]
What are some things to do and places to go for a Valentine's day in Detroit? Art or science related a big plus! [more inside]
Valentine's Day gift ideas for my pregnant wife. [more inside]
In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
I'm helping a friend with an undergraduate film school remake of The Avengers. I've been cast as Miss Peel, and I'm searching for the perfect costume to fit the character. Unfortunately, my school is in the middle of nowhere - shopping in person isn't really an option. Any thoughts for how I can assemble or where I might find a hip 1960s-looking catsuit on the internet? Thanks!
Looking for budget honeymoon ideas. [more inside]
I've got software engineering expertise and a solid understanding of business fundamentals. I'm looking to drive the project & team(s) - not build the idea myself (assuming its software-based). Any thoughts on how to find the best idea and wisely invest these funds?
What creative, fun and affordable things could I fill 2" capsule vending machine with designed specifically for my girlfriend? [more inside]
I've got a big idea that I think could go far, extending social networking in a useful (and Meta-) sort of way. I've brought it to a few people who are well-versed in the internet and social media and all of them think it is an awesome concept. [more inside]
Help me find examples of people who are trying to change the world by pursuing Big IdeasTM. [more inside]
I live in Washington, DC, and I'd like to get together with people and talk about interesting ideas, preferably somewhere where networking bullshit is kept to a bare minimum. I don't care what they do for a living or what big ideas they're fluent in, just want them to be interesting. Does this thing exist and, if not, how do I create it? [more inside]
I want to create a web page that colleagues can use to create short improvement ideas and then have those ideas voted up or down by other users. Is there a free software package that I can install on a server that would enable us to do this? Bonus points for open source.
How to get newspapers from all over the world. [more inside]
My husband is a over the road truck driver, need birthday gift ideas. He has a laptop and I have already gotten him a Yahtzee software game for it. Any suggestions for life on the road?
What do you get your best friend and his wife on the occasion of their first child being born? [more inside]
WritingFilter: Writers, what are some tips and tricks for coming up with awesome, totally original concepts? Or, conversely, what can I do to make sure my derivative stuff is top-notch derivative? [more inside]
Are there documented, effective methods for stimulating and managing an innovation (idea) pipeline? [more inside]
I'm a web developer with enough proven abilities to develop good stuff that end users like. I'm employed, but want to start a business with a couple of friends with complementary skill sets in the technical side of things. We'd like to create one or more web-based products used by small-to-mid-size businesses and/or individual consumers, paid for on a monthly basis using a "software as a service" model. We've got more than enough combined development and graphical/UX design abilities, but we have no solid product ideas that we feel confident enough about to start doing the enormous amount of work involved in any of them. The main problem with any idea we get is this question: how on Earth do you convince anybody to pay you money for the product? [more inside]
Looking for work in Nashville [more inside]
I need a domain name idea for an online donation service. The shorter the better! [more inside]
Ideas for supper for me, my sister, and her husband? [more inside]
Where do the über-smart people collaborate and hold dialogue online? [more inside]