If you're the inventor type, you should really enjoy digesting the Bloomberg Business article, at the following link: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-americas-top-inventor-lowell-wood/
With another new approved US patent under his belt, 74 year old Lowell Wood just surpassed Thomas Edison as the most prolific US inventor, now holding an amzaing 1,085 patents in his name! Bloomberg Business writes a very interesting expose on this little known person, complete with great background graphics for mobile or desktop. Since coming out of retirement, Lowell's been working for a think lab (that includes Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold of Microsoft fame) called Intellectual Ventures, where they dream up possible solutions to impossible problems...and get paid for it!
If you're the inventor type, you should really enjoy digesting the Bloomberg Business article, at the following link: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-americas-top-inventor-lowell-wood/
Coming on the heels of its summer debut as the best supporting tractor in the rebooted "Vacation" movie, the Albanian import seems to be making a dent, literally, in the not so crowded mini-van industry. Standard luxury items include the front seat drinking faucet, exterior door handles that double as martini glass holders, front and rear inward facing side view mirrors, a forward tipping headrest, onboard pop-up CB radio and a Swiss Army-like key fob (including button icons for a muffin, rocket, swastika and jumping rabbit?). And with strict Albanian emissions, luckily the Albanian government contracted out everything emission related to the Volkswagen Group out of Germany...
Test drive one out for yourself at a local dealership near you, many are located in self storage units in various inner cities...this is how they are able to keep the lavish import's MSRP to a minimum. The 2016 "Honda of Albania" models should be out in storage unit showrooms near you very soon!
10-1-15 Update: One (now not two) new invention tv offerings of late!
Make Me a Millionaire Inventor - CNBC
Episode 6 airs tonight, 10/9c:
CNBC has a six episode series currently wrapping up called "Make Me a Millionaire Inventor"...The show is dually hosted, by Deanne Bell and George Zaidan, both seasoned hosts of various former shows on various cable channels. The former, Deanne, has a mechanical engineering background and the latter, George, has a chemistry and science background. Each one meets with inventors who have been unable to take their invention to the next level and decide after reviewing the invention if they think they can help them. Once the inventor is given the thumbs up by the host, they are forwarded to the two main engineers at BlueFish Concepts (a product development company in El-Lay, CA) to flesh out a new prototype in a couple weeks (if the two weeks is true, we know that each prototype cost must be heavily subsidized by the show- I'd be happy to get some preliminary designs in that amount of time!). Armed with a working prototype with modern industrial design, the hosts prep and then arrange meetings for their inventor with potential investors..the end of each episode shows how that meeting went, and if the inventor was offered funding to help bring the product to market and how much they had to concede in equity for the funding. The show has borrowed heavily from earlier invention type tv, mainly "Everyday Edison's" but to some degree "The Shark Tank", History Channel's "Invention USA" and Food Network's "Invention Hunters"....maybe even the grand-daddy of them all, "American Inventor"....
Bazillion Dollar Club - SYFY (UPDATE 10-1-15 - CURRENTLY CANCELLED FROM SYFI!)
Series Premiere September 22 at 10/9c:
SYFY, known more for B science fiction movies like "Pirahnadile vs. Croco-dragon" or "Octopussnado" is entering the invention tv ring next week with "Bazillion Dollar Club"...Two silicon valley alpha males, Dave McClure and Brady Forrest, host this Psy Fi Gangnam style offering. Straight from their website, it states: "This is Dave and Brady. They are investors in a ton of tech companies, a few of which we'll follow. They'll guide and mentor these companies through an accelerator program (read: startup boot camp). It's all in preparation for a product demo day in front of potential investors, who are the key to taking the company to the next level...or not.." Sound somewhat familiar? Please re-read the first paragraph above if you suffer from severe short term memory!!
The main difference between the two shows is the word Million and Bazillion, one obviously trying to grandstand and outdo the other...I'm hoping an unnamed search engine company will throw some bucks from their petty cash drawer and come out with their own show "Who Wants to Be in the Googollinaire Club?" For those interested in making the real cash, a googollionaire would be equal to a $1 with 100 zeros after that...try to beat that paltry Millionaires or petty Bazillionaires!
Editor's Note: Merriam-Webster states that a Bazillion is a huge, unspecified number..and others refer to it as a very large exaggerated number....so, if I'm a Dreamer and I have a chance to make an invention that makes me a Googollionaire, which equals $1,000,0000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
or a Bazillionaire which equals a huge, unspecified and exaggerated number ($?)...my accountant tells me I gotta go with Googollionaire!
Editor's Update: Oct. 1, 2015: Although it was obvious that an invention/technolgy type show was not a good fit with SyFi Channel, the viewers of the same said channel cast really their votes by not tuning into the first episode of "Bazillion Dollar Club"...This resulted in an early pulling of the show! So Dave and Brady, the tough ones on the show (who were cracking the whip on hopeful new tech companies seeking venture capital) ironically had the boom lowered on them! Now they are on the end of being at the mercy of another channel picking up this Silicon Valley misfit. REELZ TV, you saved Trump's damsels in distress, the Miss USA pageant, not too long ago. Have any interest in this lost puppy?
One of the supposed invention playa's is having changes at the helm due to probable underlying financial trouble...Read Paul Fiztgerald's rundown on the latest news on the inventor friendly darling, Quirky, in his story on the InventorSpot website.
Click here: "What's Next For Quirky's Future? CEO Resigns"
Only have time to retweet (sounds better than re-blog) the story this week... ;)
Sept. 22, 2015 - Editor's Update: Not even a month later from my original post, today Quirky filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, also selling all Wink related assets to a company called Flextronics...when you burn through cash (as in most of the $170 million venture capital), you gotta pay the piper!
It seems like our advances in technology keep outpacing our current laws. Ever since Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon would be piloting a program to deliver packages via drones, it seems to have spurred people to use them in places never dreamed of.. some of these drones, with cameras attached, catch breathtaking sights only attained remotely via air (the beauty of Machu Piccu or for paparazzi trying to catch Ariana Grande sunbathing topless on a super yacht). However, a new use by a Connecticut teenager seems to be one of the most nefarious...
The young aspiring engineer built and tested a pistol gun mounted to a multi-rotor drone and showed it firing off several rounds on its own, with the trigger being pulled remotely. Although the father claims to have been in supervision mode, the son researched the project beforehand and could not find any laws that he could be breaking, hence, he continued with a live test.
I don't like furthering interest by adding the YouTube video to view, but maybe viewing it will outrage the masses enough to get our politicians and lawmakers involved to enact specific federal laws around drones, before a real live gun (or worse) drone catastrophe happens.
In these chaotic times, it seems like we need more aspiring inventors coming up with game changing ideas that will make our world a better place...and not ones that come up with bad ideas that inspire the troubled, crazy or evil with unlimited nefarious possibilities...
Innospirational Words - Lebron James - Fueling Even More the Warriors Desire For a NBA Championship!
With the NBA finals just about upon us, and my fave West Coast team in the finals for the first time in 40 years (!!!), was feeling the need to do a "Innospirational Words" that was based more on words that fuel inspiration, instead of the actual words that inspire.
Case in point, Lebron James was asked how he can stop Stephen Curry of the Warriors..and he replied "Well, the same way you slow me down," he said, pausing for effect. "You can't."
Mr. James has the arrogance of your true sporting champs in the past, let's just say he is more akin to Barry Bonds than say Willie Mays...
The younger Stephen Curry has been getting all the accolades this year and well deserved. The fans can tell he is a very humble human being, behind all the rainfall of 3's he's made this year, and the double dribbles behind the back to get himself open (remember Chris Paul falling to one hand?)...and the awesome no look passes and the non-complaining to the refs...and the pointing to the sky (thanks again, God!).
But the normally docile off the court Curry made a similar cocky statement...when asked who was better, him or Lebron...and he said "me...gotta be, right? Yeah, I don't know. 'Cause he obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well."
But the difference between Curry and James, is that Curry is more realistic with his cockiness and on court play...he knows he is a big part of the Warriors puzzle with his MVP type play but that distributing the ball and getting everyone on the team involved is absolutely necessary to the teams' consistent winning..Conversely, James believes his team wins only because he is on the court...His attitude is... "Come crunch time, give me the ball...and stand aside or prepare to be knocked down by the mighty beast!"
Obviously, one of these players is a lot more more cavalier than the other...and Lebron James' arrogant words become innospirational words for every player on the Warriors team! Just adding fuel to the Warriors already determined desire to place a NBA Championship Ring on their finger in 2015!
So bring it on Cleveland, we'll see who stops who!
Editors Note: It's been two days since my Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA title! I am very happy that the battle of James's ego and Curry's more humble ego counterpart, landed on the side I predicted!
Yes, James was stopped by the Warriors! At times he could make shots seemingly at will but other times he was frustrated by some very tough Warriors defense. It was most obvious when he was doing his regular bump and grind move down low and needed to pass the ball out to some of his Cavalier cohorts, who promptly missed their shots. Shooting over 40 points a game doesn't always mean a win. Most times it means you're kind of a ball hog and not getting your fellow players in any offensive shooting rhythm...
And a big congrats to series MVP Andre Iguadala! He epitomized the Warriors unselfish play seen all season in their record run for the championship. Every Warrior player seemed more interested in contributing any way they could to help the team every night. No one seemed to care who scored points as long as they won each game...this unselfishness is hard to teach to some veteran high salaried players!
NBA Final Schedules - Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 1: Thursday, June 4 — Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 2: Sunday, June 7 — Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Game 3: Tuesday, June 9 — Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Thursday, June 11 — Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5*: Sunday, June 14 — Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Game 6*: Tuesday, June 16 — Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Game 7*: Friday, June 19 — Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ABC) *If necessary
For those of youze who be like inventing crazy cool tecchy stuff in yo garages but also like to grab miniscule rock edges by yo fingertips and pull yoself up miles of dem granite countertops, da real deal Story House Productions is currently having casting calls for people like youze!
Becuz i awlready had me own successful talk show, I know I'm probably one of them forerunners...so I already tentatively entitled it: Da Ali G: Dem Both: Backyard Inventionist and Ruggedeer..and rumours are that REI already committed themselves for patchin' der own company name on my own wicked wick-dry sweats!
For the real deal on dem current casting calls, be sure to check it...with dem real words written down below!
And don't misremember...if youze don't submit yourself by this May 8th, youze be late!
Da Ali G
Story House Productions
2233 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
CASTING CALLING: MANLY TECH
Are you naturally curious? Are you a trendsetter among your friends?
Would you describe yourself as an engineer and a science aficionado?
Do you have a knack for inventing?
If you have a big personality and love to be on camera, we want to hear from you!
A new television show is looking for a man to host a backyard invention workshop series. The ideal candidate would be a man who enjoys the outdoors as much as he enjoys tinkering with technology.
If you are an inventor that isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, then you might be just what we're looking for!
To be considered, please email us at CastingSHP@gmail.com with the subject line: "Manly Tech." All inquiries MUST include 3-5 photos, a brief bio and any video you might have.
Deadline for submissions is May 8th, so submit your name today!
been a little crunched for time, so just check out the above vid of a cool transporter that rides on concrete or air, you pick! There's a good writeup on Mashable.com already, so no need to duplicate...just read here
Gotta love the sleek video to accompany the sleek auto/plane too!
After a long but productive day at New York Toy Fair a few weeks back, I happened to glance up at a large building on W.34th St..and saw this etched into the building to my left...My phone's camera was not cooperating, so I wasn't able to take my own pic...but upon return to my Boise home, found a picture of the same online:
I had instantly recognized the innospirational* saying inscribed on the stark front of the building, which was words from Teddy Roosevelt's famous "Citizenship in a Republic" speech, circa 1910 (also referenced in my Nov. 20, 2013 blog Teddy and Evel: Two Unlikely Related Souls). If you notice at the end of the building's inscription, the bold but cryptic words "DARE GREATLY" along with the date - February 22, 2015.
Why is this inscribed on a building and what just happened on February 22nd of this year? It all comes from Cadillac, who is going through a major rebranding and restructuring in an attempt to recapture the glory days of the past as the car symbolizing affluence and wealth. And the referenced date is when the new Cadillac "Dare Greatly" ads begin their airing during the televised 87th Academy Awards ceremony.
The ads, created by Cadillac's new ad agency Publicis, are filmed with Oscar worthy dramatic flair..."The Arena: Dare Greatly" spot has a female announcer slowly speaking the words from Roosevelt's speech alongside footage from the Big Apple (watch above video)...and the "The Daring: No Regrets" spot combines the French song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" (Regret Nothing) with images of individuals who have dared greatly, as a major heading in each of their own personal resumes in life: the more recognizable film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater and Steve "Woz" Wozniak from Apple fame, along with the maybe not as recognizable (to the masses) are Jason Wu (New York's own fashion designer), Njeri Rionge (successful Kenyan entrepreneur), and Anne Wojcicki (genome and genetics CEO)...for further information on each greatly daring individual, see Forbes' write up on them here.)
If you go to this website, http://www.dare-greatly.com/?socid=fb_msg_dgquote5_na_0220# you will find a skillfully worded letter addressed as a "MESSAGE TO CADILLAC ENTHUSIASTS AND THE ODD SKEPTICAL OBSERVER" professed with care by Johan de Nysschen , President of Cadillac. He talks about the disruption going on within their company, from the bold move of their global headquarters from car-centric Detroit to non-car centric New York, as well explaining how the new innovative product offering(s) will reflect the bold changes going on... but advises, that this very well may be an "arduous journey".
It takes some cojones for a major company to do what they are doing. But they realized that sometimes, drastic times call for drastic measures..They realized that they had become bloated and slow and not with the times...but have now changed course and are headed in a new, more exciting direction, that of the unknown..and to be patient while they try to get where they're going so we can go for the ride along with them together.
*innospirational (my own Stephen Colbert-like word, for both innovation and inspiration)
Bob Kinoshita, Hollywood draftsman, designer, and art director, passed away early last December at the young age of 100..He is responsible for conceiving two of the most famous and iconic sci-fi robots of all time...the eldest was Robbie the Robot (from the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet" and 1957's "Invisible Boy") along with the younger B9 (a.k.a. the "robot" from Irwin Allen's 60's tv show, "Lost in Space", which ran from 1965-1968).
While coming up with Robbie back in the 50's, he was among five designers slated to work on possible robot designs for the pending movie...and between them had sketched a couple thousand drawings...Out of sheer frustration with working on all the 2D designs, he decided to make a small model, of his vision of the robot, around 8 or 9 inches tall, built of wood and plastic...upon completion, he showed it to the art director for the movie, whom grabbed it from his hands and ran with it into the producer's office...the AD came back just as exuberant 10 minutes later and told him "to draw it up!"...Kinoshita credits that series of events to the birth of Robbie..
Prior to that, lIke many Japanese-Americans, Bob and his wife Lillian spent time in an internment camp in Arizona during WWII...but luckily were released while the war was still going on...At that time, he learned industrial design and plastic fabrication where he designed washing machines for the military...I can see how his early industrial design influences were incorporated into later designs for the movies he worked on, especially the robots and space ships...He has said in interviews that one of his goals in designing the iconic robots was to camouflage the fact that a person would be inside...what better way to camouflage a person inside than to use industrial looking parts, like accordion style dryer vents (retractable arms for Robbie and B9), as well as general industrial looking fabrication using metal, plastic and rubber!
Bob's classic, cool, and timeless designs have inspired many children to dream outside of this ordinary life on planet earth. Those dreams include wild space adventures and exploration, encounters with alien beings and the possibilities of combining computers and working mechanisms and devices to create robots (robotic humans) that are programmed to think, reason, and interact with "us" humans .. I'm one of those many inspired by his creations and proud of it...
Alhough Bob is no longer here, his designs have already stood the test of time for more than half a century.. and will likely inspire many more in the future, probably decades, and more likely centuries, in the future!
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