For our New Year's show, we tried something a little different. Producer Jane Farrow put together a special episode chock-full of fresh ideas to inspire your own thinking in 2009.
And yes... I know we're posting this episode well before its airdate. We finished this episode early and couldn't wait to get it onto the web. So download the MP3 and follow along.
27 Ideas in 27 Minutes
- Use the "voice memo" function of your digital camera to record bird calls
- Preserve the colours of autumn leaves by scanning them with a digital scanner
- Turn sunken ships into artificial coral reefs
- Turn minefields into bird sanctuaries
- Attach your digital camera to a telescope to digiscope wildlife
- Sterilize wine barrels with a UV light stick
- Users, not designers, are often the best at figuring out what technology is for
- Turn up the brightness setting, and use your computer screen as light source when taking photos
- No window in your office? Add a webcam widget to your desktop
- Keep copies of your travel documents on a USB stick
- Use your iPod screen as a flashlight
- When running wires through a ceiling, remove a pot light, stick your cell phone in the hole, and take a flash photo to identify obstacles
- WARNING: FIRE HAZARD! Use a server to raise the temperature of your basement for beer brewing
- WARNING: FIRE HAZARD! Roast coffee in your popcorn popper
- WARNING: FIRE HAZARD! Use your computer as a space heater
- WARNING: FIRE HAZARD! Dry wood in the microwave
- WARNING: FIRE HAZARD! Make jewelry from microwaved CDs
- Take the taboo out of "condom" with a ringtone
- Program your cell phone as a "boss alarm"
- Avoid cell phone fees by "flashing"
- Cell phones have taken away our ability to plan anything
- Facebook friends are different than face-to-face friends
- Head lice have the power to bring people together
- Keep a list of movies and books you want to see or read on your iPod
- Use the last 10 seconds of a song on your iPod to take your pulse
- Replace your BIC lighter with a cell phone at concerts.
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