Category: Ideas

  • Why take risks?

    Why take risks?

    It’s easy to convince yourself that if you never take risks, you will always be safe. If you don’t move, if you don’t speak up, if you don’t try, you will never fail. But that’s simply not true. Choosing not to explore is choosing ignorance of what would be explored. Choosing not to take a…

  • How to start a business and make your first sale?

    How to start a business and make your first sale?

    I started an entire podcast about this exact question. It’s called the First Customers podcast. I ask entrepreneurs, sales experts, and marketers how they got their very first customers. Every episode teaches me something new. Every business is a little different. But common patterns arise. Using what I’ve learned from the show, here’s how a…

  • Boost Your Sales with These 6 Proven SEO Strategies

    I started my first job in the SEO industry in 2002 as a part-time assistant at an internet marketing company located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama called Evision Marketing that focused on trucker driver recruiting for trucking companies in the USA. Old School Link Building My first job at Evision was to search the internet for any…

  • Growth in chaos.

    Growth in chaos.

    Nothing is guaranteed in business. Starting a company is hard. Running a company successfully is even harder. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the survival rate of new businesses are: Most companies fail before being in business for 10 years. Why is it so hard to stay in business? Simple. Each business owner…

  • Build your own school

    Summary Build your own school by focusing on a better way to teach school-age kids, which can be summarized with the following: Build connections with reality by going deep into one area of curiosity and discussing what you learn with others. – Paris Vega We homeschool our kids. My wife does 99% of the work…

  • The Abundance Diet vs Harmless Eating

    While studying permaculture and tending my own garden years ago, I started to notice that the Earth is capable of producing a surprisingly abundant amount of food on even the smallest patch of land. It struck me as a complete contrast to the poverty and struggle that exists in the world. I got the feeling…

  • Powering the People

    There is a sovereign human drive inside us all that chants these basic desires: Let us be free. Let us speak. Let us learn what we want. Let us trade with whoever we want. Let us live and work where we want. Let us build communities with whoever we want. Let us solve our own…

  • People pay for dopamine.

    There are dopamine makers and takers. Entertainers are dopamine makers. Bad teachers are dopamine takers. Entertainers, artists, athletes create our culture. We pay them for it.

  • Asteroid Mining Self Replicating Robots

    Asteroid Mining Self Replicating Robots

    What if we made an asteroid mining ship/robot that “hauls” the mined materials by using them to build onto itself, or replicating?

  • Permaculture.

    All humans need these three things: Clean air, clean water, and clean food. Everybody wants them. Everybody needs them. Sadly, the concept of a clean “environment” has become politicized and saturated with unnecessary baggage. After a few years of learning and experimenting on my own land, this is the beginning of documenting my exploration into…

  • Explaining Pi

    One day my wife and I noticed our boy, 6 at the time, repeating something to himself while holding a dollar bill. Suddenly, he says, “I got it!” He then quoted back to us the serial number from the dollar bill without looking. That’s a random 10 digit number that muh boy decided to memorize without any instruction from us.…

  • May your art never die.

    May your art never die.

    The Xbox cable brushes against the guitar strings. They mutter a cautious chirp from behind the TV. Frightened, the guitar blasts me with guilt and musical memories. Dazed I stagger back. Hesitant. A deep ache rises from a forgotten place. Sorcery! That old stringed box works strong magic against my soul, begging to be heard…

  • Idea: Pay-as-you-leave shopping experience

    Idea Summary:– swipe card or facial recognition connected to your account as you enter store– put stuff in cart and leave store, items detected by RFID or similar tech– your account is charged with no cashier human interaction needed 🙁 (At the time when I wrote this, these kinds of stores didn’t exist. Amazon came…

  • Floating Simple Robots: Sketch Meditation Day 3 (WIP)

    That feeling when you walk into a room full of floating robots…

  • Sketch Meditation Day 1 (WIP)

    Starting a new sketching habit each day of whatever shapes or imagery feels good to my brain at the moment. This started while drawing with my kids at the kitchen table. I started feeling such a high from drawing simple things with them, that I’ve decided to try and make it a daily habit. Might…

  • Idea: Child Car Monitor

    Product Inspired by the Cooper Harris accident. Features Always on solar powered camera wifi connected camera view in mobile/web app motion & sound sensors other life signs sensors? (co2) alert when life signs detected after moving set distance from sensors installs easily onto a closed window   Related products: http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Solar-or-Battery-Powered-HD-Wildlife_911246942.html?s=p

  • Idea: Data Visualizations from text documents

    Product / Service: Infobot Concept: Data Visualizations from text documents Create data visualizations from idea documents, or any text documents, by using some kind of smart word association / context detector to automatically detect what different chunks are about. Come up with a simple syntax/format that a user could follow while writing that would result…

  • Everyone is Changing Everything

    “You’re not just anyone. One day, you’re gonna have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is gonna change the world.” – Jonathan Kent to young Clark Kent in Man of Steel Inspired by this…

  • Alabama kids

    Chasing fireflies through the summer night Listening to the crickets lullaby Laying on the roof of mommas car Searching for one more shooting star Running through the rain of a thunderstorm Hiding from girls in our pillow fort Shooting potato guns into the trees Swimming in a flooded Creek Sliding in the mud with bare…

  • Dealing with my brother’s murder: Love like it’s your last.

    In December of 2011, a homeless guy killed my brother.  My oldest brother, Jeff, one of my heroes, was murdered. The moment I heard the news all I could say was, “No.” My whole being rejected what I was just told. Denial. From the floor in my bedroom I tried to explain to my 3-year-old…