What still needs inventing?

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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Oldguy » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:08 pm

iRobot has Roomba, Scooba, and was developing Lawnba; how about iPlayabot: it vacumes up moop and discharges dust. Leveling off and cleaning at once...make it solar powered, so it could work allday.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby stinkyfoot » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:30 am

Well, I mean, all this 3D printing stuff is cool, but I would like some kind of molecular recombinator already.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:33 am

theCryptofishist wrote:A way to cover up my embarrassing mistakes, or better yet make it seem they never happened.


And don't try and tell me "apology" is it, Dick.



They would prolly never accept your apology anyhow, and I was gonna answer "white out" anyhoot.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby CornMan » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:49 am

We need a machine where you throw your dirty laundry in at one end, and it's folded and put in drawers on the other end. We also need a machine with a conveyer belt where dirty dishes go in at one end, and clean plates with cooked food come out the other end.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:13 am

[{(*No way -- ever -- would I post that such a thing has been invented and is called a housewife*)}]









Lord, I'm in sooooooo much trouble! :lol:
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby wh..sh » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:53 am

Reminded me of this fantabulous :roll: book I glanced at once... this particular page is called "Harm in women working"
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:15 pm

"...independence, an enemy to feminine charm."

Well, that was today's history lesson.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Marscrumbs » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:58 pm

I have this fear that when I am eighty they will come up with a longevity/immortality pill and I will be spending the next thousand years hang out with a bunch of twenty years olds.

Put in a serious note, I would like to see practical small scale helium three fusion energy technology developed. It would be a real game changer for civilization and would require that we become a space traveling species. I don't think anything will come out of the Tokamak. I've been following the amateru fusor developers. Also the IEC research from University Wisconson, and the Polywell project by the late Dr. Bussard. Then there is Focus Fusion, though I hope we get the helium three stuff going instead of Boron proton fusion because of the space implications. Some links to get to these topics:

http://fusor.net
http://iec.neep.wisc.edu/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywell
http://www.focusfusion.org/
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Galaxo Magic » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:30 pm

We need to invent a way for the railroads to actually have a run that stops on the playa each day to drop off Burners! Man that would help Exodus and so many other things. Of course, the railroads don't think that way, that is why we have to invent a way to change their minds. :) Could even use the Gerlach station as a stop and have a few extra trucks/buses to transport people. Sure would help with traffic.....
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Galaxo Magic » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:31 pm

Zeke Chaparral wrote:We need a machine where you throw your dirty laundry in at one end, and it's folded and put in drawers on the other end. We also need a machine with a conveyer belt where dirty dishes go in at one end, and clean plates with cooked food come out the other end.

Star Trek has all those, so it will be here soon.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Mojojita » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:41 pm

Need drop dead gorgeous high heels that don't hurt to walk in.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:34 pm

Clockwork_Wizard wrote:They have this. A few of my friends who are professional writers use this daily to keep them from checking email and cruising the internet when they should be pounding out crappy t.v. scripts. I'll see if I can chase down the name of the software and post it for you :-)


If this software is free/cheap and from a reliable source, I'm all over it, and I'd be most grateful for the link. I did Google around a bit after I saw your post, and all I could find were things where I pay $20 per month for the option of being able to temporarily disconnect myself from the internet with a keyboard shortcut ( :shock: I can unplug my own ethernet cable for free!). There also seem to be a few browser-specific apps that let you put your internet access on a timer (e.g. 25 minutes off, 5 minutes on). That might work... but if you know of something really good... well, I'd be grateful for the link :)
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:35 pm

A compost plunger that will tamp down the matter in your office compost bin so that you don't have to touch it (yuck, other people's food!) and it will be below the swinging doors of the bin cover.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby moonrise » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:40 pm

Self cleaning bathroom/porto potty/house/vehicle...

The bathroom could be done similar to a dishwashing machine, add soap, shut door and press the button.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:44 pm

The french have them and a bunch are on the streets of san francisco. Yeah, we need to get Karl Maldin and Michael Douglas out of retirement to do some PSAs.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Mojojita » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:41 pm

moonrise wrote:Self cleaning bathroom/porto potty/house/vehicle...

The bathroom could be done similar to a dishwashing machine, add soap, shut door and press the button.


Yep, saw them in Paris on the street - you close the door and the whole thing is washed down, walls and all. I always thought it would be grand if someone was left inside during the cleaning cycle......
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Drawingablank » Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:49 pm

moonrise wrote:Self cleaning bathroom/porto potty/house/vehicle...

The bathroom could be done similar to a dishwashing machine, add soap, shut door and press the button.

They also have a cheap, fairly limited version of this for home shower enclosures. Press the button and close the door, it sprays tilex or something like it all over.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Rabbi Dali Rick » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:48 pm

What still needs inventing?

eh... Longer Free Video Porn Clips?...



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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby CornMan » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:11 pm

Another thing that is needed is a thermostat controlled hot/cold shower valve. For example, when 88 degrees shows on the LED readout, the water that comes out of the shower head is 88 degrees.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Elliot » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:39 pm

Zeke Chaparral wrote:Another thing that is needed is a thermostat controlled hot/cold shower valve. For example, when 88 degrees shows on the LED readout, the water that comes out of the shower head is 88 degrees.

Something close to this exists. It is primarily intended as an anti-scalding device. It cannot raise the temperature, but it lowers the temperature to a preset point by mixing in cold water. Mine is a Symmons Thermixer Tempering Valve. The maximum output temperature is adjustable from 85F to 160F, but there is no indicator of where it is set. The knob requires deliberate action to turn, so it's a set-it-once-and-forget-it kind'a thing.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby CornMan » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Elliot wrote:
Zeke Chaparral wrote:Another thing that is needed is a thermostat controlled hot/cold shower valve. For example, when 88 degrees shows on the LED readout, the water that comes out of the shower head is 88 degrees.

Something close to this exists. It is primarily intended as an anti-scalding device. It cannot raise the temperature, but it lowers the temperature to a preset point by mixing in cold water. Mine is a Symmons Thermixer Tempering Valve. The maximum output temperature is adjustable from 85F to 160F, but there is no indicator of where it is set. The knob requires deliberate action to turn, so it's a set-it-once-and-forget-it kind'a thing.


I have something a bit different. I don't know the name of it, but a water temperature undulator would be an accurate description of it. I just set the water to a temperature that seems comfortable, and it sporadically lowers or raises the temperature of the water to where I need to step away from the water stream coming out of the shower head.
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby moonrise » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Drawingablank wrote:
moonrise wrote:Self cleaning bathroom/porto potty/house/vehicle...

The bathroom could be done similar to a dishwashing machine, add soap, shut door and press the button.

They also have a cheap, fairly limited version of this for home shower enclosures. Press the button and close the door, it sprays tilex or something like it all over.


Yea, we tried it (didn't work very well).

I hire a house-keeper (sometimes hippie-type) friend and we clean the joint together, usually. 8) 8)

A really big, effective, night time outdoor heater. Oh yea, we have one already ~]'[~
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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby C187 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:03 pm

Galaxo Magic wrote:
Zeke Chaparral wrote:We need a machine where you throw your dirty laundry in at one end, and it's folded and put in drawers on the other end. We also need a machine with a conveyer belt where dirty dishes go in at one end, and clean plates with cooked food come out the other end.

Star Trek has all those, so it will be here soon.


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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 15, 2012 9:04 pm

oneeyeddick wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:A way to cover up my embarrassing mistakes, or better yet make it seem they never happened.


And don't try and tell me "apology" is it, Dick.



They would prolly never accept your apology anyhow, and I was gonna answer "white out" anyhoot.

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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby Clockwork_Wizard » Fri May 25, 2012 2:33 pm

catinthefunnyhat wrote:
Clockwork_Wizard wrote:They have this. A few of my friends who are professional writers use this daily to keep them from checking email and cruising the internet when they should be pounding out crappy t.v. scripts. I'll see if I can chase down the name of the software and post it for you :-)


If this software is free/cheap and from a reliable source, I'm all over it, and I'd be most grateful for the link. I did Google around a bit after I saw your post, and all I could find were things where I pay $20 per month for the option of being able to temporarily disconnect myself from the internet with a keyboard shortcut ( :shock: I can unplug my own ethernet cable for free!). There also seem to be a few browser-specific apps that let you put your internet access on a timer (e.g. 25 minutes off, 5 minutes on). That might work... but if you know of something really good... well, I'd be grateful for the link :)


Sorry to take so long to reply - I lost track of this thread until just now.

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Re: What still needs inventing?

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Fri May 25, 2012 9:10 pm

Clockwork_Wizard wrote:
catinthefunnyhat wrote:
Clockwork_Wizard wrote:They have this. A few of my friends who are professional writers use this daily to keep them from checking email and cruising the internet when they should be pounding out crappy t.v. scripts. I'll see if I can chase down the name of the software and post it for you :-)


If this software is free/cheap and from a reliable source, I'm all over it, and I'd be most grateful for the link. I did Google around a bit after I saw your post, and all I could find were things where I pay $20 per month for the option of being able to temporarily disconnect myself from the internet with a keyboard shortcut ( :shock: I can unplug my own ethernet cable for free!). There also seem to be a few browser-specific apps that let you put your internet access on a timer (e.g. 25 minutes off, 5 minutes on). That might work... but if you know of something really good... well, I'd be grateful for the link :)


Sorry to take so long to reply - I lost track of this thread until just now.

http://macfreedom.com/

This is one that I have used. Very simple. Very cheap. Works for me.


WOW, thanks! I'll install the free trial version on Monday...
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