The mini-penny.

I would like to buy one gallon of gas but it costs two dollars, eight seven cents, and nine – well… it’s nine tenths of a penny.

So, as a result I’ve invented the mini-penny.

I’m working on the prototype now.

Also a short story about a magician who just can’t stop shoplifting.

Sticky Floors

This is our house.

Our room is here (a) – downstairs Jamie did the COOLEST thing to our floors. At first it looked like cement but she is an artist so she kept layering and texturing until it started to look like a leather marble painting. She put a glaze over it (b) so the floors were drying.

I couldn’t go downstairs so I slipped out window

and laid in the hammock just below. Peter even showed up!

I looked up at the full moon, partially hidden by the trees, surrounded by a giant halo as if through a fog

Question

Is there a bluetooth headset out there with a little camera on the top?

I did some searching but couldn’t find anything.

If there is, people who wear those things could be recording their day – their meetings, phone calls, everything. Then in 20 years they could look back through all the moments they were awake.

It would at least give them a reason to wear it all day

State of the Human Address

A blog is an easy way to catch up on someone’s life without having to talk to them. But there are so many posts that you have to piece it all together to figure out what is really going on.

I’ll make it easy with this… The First Annual State of the Human Address

Sonipa
I have lost touch with a lot of old friends. This is not because I’m married – or because I don’t like you! It’s because I’ve used almost every drop of free-time to build a company called Sonipa. Most of you may have heard me say the word “sonipa” but you may not have realized it is a real, profitable corporation.

About six months ago, I released the first product. It is a subscription based service which creates websites instantly. Two months ago, I got enough subscribers to pay for all operating costs. People have been signing up like crazy! Finally, my two years of work (with no apparent rewards) are beginning to pay off. There have been only two cancellations (and almost no support requests) since the launch.

This means two things: One, people like it. Two, since there are no major problems, I have my free time back!

Various Projects
With my free time back, I started working on various creative projects. One of these, a children’s book, I finished recently. You can read a rough version I posted earlier this month. There are many more secret projects in the works. I won’t mention them until they are complete.

Day Job
During the day, my title is “creative director.” What do I actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Here’s how it works:

1. An executive comes up with an idea for something (anything, from a cartoon to a website)

2. I fill in any missing information and create a rough draft

3. I assemble a team for the project and manage it to completion – quickly

In the old days, I had to create teams of up to 12 people – these days the projects are much smaller in scale and I can keep the teams extremely small – which I like.

Although each prototype may or may not get sold, they all get done. My day job’s greatest gift is I have been able to learn how to finish things; which is the hardest part of any project (in my opinion)

And the building sort of looks like a spaceship.

Jamie
Jamie and I have been married for over five years! We have spent five years figuring out this marriage thing – and we are now closer and happier than ever before.

Jamie and I are different in just the right ways. This creates a passionate and exciting relationship. Plus, she gets hotter every year.

We have live in a house with a unique floorplan and foliage all around.

Even though some people bet on us having kids within a year of our wedding, those people lost their bets. Natural family planning does work if you educate yourself and work at it, regardless of what the court of public opinion believes. And no: natural family planning has nothing to do with the rhythm method; I am not Catholic; I don’t think birth control is evil. And yes: we could have kids, we just choose not to.

Family
My parents moved to Colorado quite some time ago. Both of them got jobs here in Arizona right after moving so I see them every few months. My brother Thomas and his wife moved back to Canada. He is now a youth pastor for a small church. As a result, only my brother John and I remain here in the desert. But, now that both John and I are mature, intelligent adults we can actually hang out!

Friends
Even with all that is going on, we have managed to maintain a great group of friends who are supportive, fun and truly doing great with the life they have been given. Many of these I met through Zack, who is a cool guy who I met through Jamie. I don’t put enough time into my friendships however, and I am trying to get to a place where I can really get to know all of these wonderful people.

So… if you thought that I’ve been sitting on my couch playing video games, dreaming of the life I would like to have – you would be wrong. I have been working my ass off to make my dreams real – and many of them are real already!

The Most Dangerous Thing.

Have you ever laid there and thought about what your three wishes would be? Have you imagined the possible outcomes of each idea? Imagined the consequences as you form the perfect three wishes.

Each wish would have to be leprechaun proof. You wouldn’t wish for all the money in the world because a leprechaun would physically dump all the money in the world on top of you. Rather, you would wish for a debit card with an unlimited balance.

Each wish would have to be scalable. Wishing for a magic search engine, for example, would allow you to find the answers to questions that have never been answered. Why ask for a search engine? Why not just ask to know everything?

One word: leprechauns. If you wished to know “everything” you would instantly die. Watch out for their tricks.

Have an Out. For example, if you wish to live forever, add that the wish can be canceled if you stand at the top of a volcano and yell out “CANCEL THIS WISHY WISH!” seven times. The Out should be difficult enough that you would really have be serious before it becomes active.

So that brings us to what I just saw.

I saw a vision of the terrifying reality of the “Spaz-Wish.” A Spaz-Wish is a non-wish outburst interpreted as a proper wish. It could be a joke, a test, or a question. Maybe even a movie quote.

Regardless of the reason, the Spaz-Wish is quite possibly one of the most terrifying unexplored topics I can think of.

You can find stories that tell of wishes gone bad or crafty leprechauns playing tricks on their mark. But you just don’t see stories about the Spaz-Wish. You never see someone blurt out something they don’t mean and live with the possible results.

Here are some example Spaz-Wishes I wrote down during my daily Spaz-Wish-Brainstorming session.

I wish nothing existed. I wish nobody had a heart. I wish peanuts were seven thousand times larger. I wish the ocean was filled with billions of dolphins. I wish everyone had a chicken egg as a foot. I wish we could see out of our nipples.

Imagine the outcome of each wish. And for some, there wouldn’t be time to say “Just kidding! That’s not a wish!”

The most dangerous way to ask for a Spaz-Wish is to end it with “no take backs.”

Once you’ve done that, you’ve doomed us all.

sonipazero

My watch got me thinking about a better way to make the Sonipa line of clocks I’ve been working on. Using thin lit panels cut to a specific size (which would have two settings – on and off) mixed with a simple circular frame a tiny bit of logic to cycle the panels it would be possible – and it would ship successfully – which is the problem I have with the crystal versions of my clocks (link, link, link)

The outer ring indicates the completion of your current day (hours) – note the entire day is on the clock (which makes much more sense then the traditional “half-day” clocks most people have)

The middle ring is the completion of your current hour.

The inside ring is the completion of your current minute.

And the best part? To set the time, push the button in the middle. The “day ring” begins to blink. Turn the knob to the correct hour then push again. The minutes blinks, turn the knob. Push again to edit seconds. That’s it! No other settings needed!

One button.
Inexpensive parts.
Ships well.
Looks cool.
Better way of telling time I dare say!
What what!
Harumph.

M&Ms

I saw a commercial which told me I can write anything I want on M&Ms. I went to the website and they have a little tool which lets you type in a message on an M&M, preview it, then buy the candies.

You can have a maximum of two short messages. You can: