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The T3sk3y Defenestrator

Funny things seen on Gmail

I recently switched the backend hosting for the domain to Google Hosted apps.  This includes the Gmail app to check my e-mail.

Gmail gives you some small 1-liner ads on the side as part of the ‘free service’ deal – but it’s really unobtrusive.  The funny part is that it tries to suggest links that match what you are reading in your e-mail.  My favorite part is when I clean out the Spam folder.  Gmail makes a point of suggesting things related to Spam – in this case, links to Spam recipes.

With no further adieu, here is a list of the scrumptious morsels that Gmail has suggested that I add to my culinary repertoire:

  • Spam Imperial Tortilla Sandwiches
  • Spam Veggie Pita Pockets
  • Vineyard Spam Salad
  • Ginger Spam Salad
  • Spam Confetti Pasta
  • Spam Hashbrown Bake
  • Creamy Spam Broccoli Casserole

Yum.  How long until lunch?

Yet another one of my ideas – stolen.

Apparently, somebody has been granted a patent for a small phone that docks inside a PDA.  It’s a great idea – except that it would have been really useful about five years ago.  Now that Smartphones are out, this is sort of past it’s prime.  Still, it would be really nice to have a very small phone when all I want is a phone – and the entire enchilada when I’m in power user mode.

Here’s the catch.  The reason I think it’s a great idea is that I’m going to throw modesty to the wind and take full credit for this one.  I thought of this in about 2000 and failed to act on it back then.

This isn’t the first.  Let’s recap the list of “million dollar ideas” that later turned out to be real products:

  1. Caffeinated water – Thought of this in ’91 – by ’93, Water Joe was on the shelves
  2. Movie theaters that have double wide ‘cuddle seats’ (also useful for people that enjoy a bit too many jumbo popcorns with extra butter).  Check – most stadium style theaters have some of these.
  3. Docking cell phone / PDAs.  Check!

Ah, I just need to act on some of my ideas.  Here is the link to the full story:  Link

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