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Ideas for 50 Cents Answered

Spotted on the streets of NYC is this gumball machine that's been converted into an idea dispenser. For just fifty cents you get an idea in a plastic container. No word on how good the ideas are or if anyone's found them valuable. The photographer sadly did not buy any of the ideas for sale.

Are ideas hard to come by? How much would you pay for a good idea?

Idea Machine

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-10

My ideas are worth way more than that! I think the link is broken

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Goodhart (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-12

The Idea Machine - Neetorama link? no, it works for us those of us not using Linux ( light dig ;-)

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Goodhart2008-07-12

does now (actually I mainly use OSx now)

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Goodhart (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-13

Should we now refer to you as OSxH4x0r now ? ;-)

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PKM (author)Goodhart2008-07-13

If you try and say that too fast it sounds like an obscure dirty euphemism for an STD...

Warning: the sentence in small letters in this paragraph is potentially offensive so I suggest if you are easily offended that you refrain from reading it and to make that easier I have written a lot of text around it "oh, a sex sack sore" to hopefully mask it from people reading it accidentally and with a bit of luck they will read this disclaimer first and avert their eyes so as to avoid any potential offense so if you are easily offended don't read those tiny letters.

Let's not call Linux that...

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PKM (author)PKM2008-07-13

Oh, and perhaps "If you didn't constantly tell people where you are, re "You'll find me in the club" maybe they wouldn't shoot you so much"

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PKM (author)Goodhart2008-07-13

The thread title is "Ideas for 50 Cents", I was suggesting that if he doesn't want to be shot a tenth time he should stop telling people where he is (eg. "in da club") all the time.

No, wait... hang on, 50 Cent. Never mind

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Goodhart (author)PKM2008-07-14

Ok, it took me a bit to even understand your explanation, but I finally made the gangsta connection... ;-)

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Goodhart (author)PKM2008-07-13

I wouldn't dream of calling him that.....btw: I am receiving STD payments (in the insurance business, STD = Short Term Disability ;-)

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Kiteman (author)2008-07-11

The whole machine is a brilliant idea - like a self-serve fortune cookie machine. Will somebody please find that machine, buy an idea and let us know what it's like?

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-07-11

OH! Idea! Let's write down a ton of ideas from the forums and ibles, buy a gum dispenser for squid labs, and ship it to San Francisco!

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Rishnai (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-12

That actually sounds brilliant!

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Kiteman (author)Rishnai2008-07-12

I have an idea for a contest!

You can make absolutely anything you want, but it has to fit inside a box the size of a cigarette pack.

OR

You can make absolutely anything you want, but it has to fit inside one of those balls in toy-vending machines.

People could send (or bring) their finished projects to Eric et al, and they could put them all in a reclaimed vending machine they set up at a Maker faire or a Show and Tell, donating any proceeds to a charitable organisation.

Inspirational Link

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-07-12

I really like the second version of that idea :-)

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Big Bwana (author)Goodhart2008-07-12

Third and LED's will work in those candy balls just fine....

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Kiteman (author)Big Bwana2008-07-13

The first version, though, might be easier for Makers, since you'd need the ball for sizing, and it's easier to work with a cuboid template of a box than a nominal diameter.

They'd post to Instructables HQ easier as well.

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conrad2468 (author)Kiteman2008-07-12

by the looks of where the machine is. you might want to pack heat where your going!

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chardster (author)2008-07-11

They're probably like, "Hey, if you drank coffee with a straw, maybe it would'nt stain your teeth!"

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Goodhart (author)chardster2008-07-12

but you'd burn the heck out of the roof of your mouth LOL

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Kiteman (author)chardster2008-07-13

If you rest your case on a higher step, it will be easier to pick up again.

;-)

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NachoMahma (author)2008-07-10

. Wow! Flashback time. Shortly after I got out of HS, I worked at the factory where the two small machines (Super 60 model) are made.

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2008-07-11

Oh, I know that guy. Not just from the avatar, but from... somewhere else.

A comic? Something subversive, drug culture?

Did the cat try and crap in holy desert sand somewhere?

Or have I just had too much coffee again?

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-07-12

funny, he looks very much like a Mad Magazine character also LOL

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2008-07-11

I knew I knew him!

If I'd done any acid I'd be having a flashback now.

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ll.13 (author)NachoMahma2008-07-10
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Keith-Kid (author)2008-07-10

Everyday, you hear about soaring idea prices! Last I heard it was $300 per barrel!

Why, I remember that back in my day the saying was: "A penny for your thoughts". Nowadays, it's "$1.36 plus tax, old man!"

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First it was a penny for your thoughts, and then people started having to give their two cents.

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Well then where does the other penny go, I wonder?

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uglymike (author)2008-07-12

On an art show on PBS I saw a cigarette machine that sold original art. They were placed in cigarette sized boxes and sold for $5. Check them out at www.Artomat.org . Hmmmmm Wonder what else would fit in a cigarette pack????

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thematthatter (author)2008-07-12

That machine looks like its in a nice neighborhood with all that graffiti. The worst thing you could have is the machine comes up missing and someone stole your ideas!

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=SMART= (author)2008-07-11

lol good concept, i could write loads if someone payed me...

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Fish Nerd (author)2008-07-10

My ideas are so bad I need to pay people to hear them...

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bengerszewski (author)Fish Nerd2008-07-11
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dontno (author)2008-07-11

I had a fleeting idea once.....then forgot it.

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4daHALIBUT (author)2008-07-11

anybody have a spare gumball machine that i could do that to? "Idea #1: Buy more ideas."

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Rishnai (author)2008-07-11

Man, talk about inflation! I remember when it used to a be a penny (at most two) per thought/idea!

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Gjdj3 (author)2008-07-10

I wonder how good the ideas are for 50 cents. Lol.

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