"The Madagascar Institute arts combine ("arts collectives are for hippies," one member tells me) has perfected the pastime of turning salvaged parts into mechanical mischief machines. Its 20 or so members are dot-com veterans, graphic designers and writers who spend their unpaid hours building fire-spewing carnival rides, rocket-powered vehicles and just about anything you can imagine strapping a pulse jet to. These engines serve as a sort of mechanical mascot for the group. They are cheap, loud and capable of spewing flames on command. "A pulse jet is instant awesome," Hackett says. "Take a fat kid on roller skates. Boring. Fat kid on roller skates and you slap a pulse jet on him? Awesome."
Apparently, it already sort of exists:
"day's dating scene is tough to navigate, which is why Intelius developed Date Check, a free mobile app that deciphers fact from fiction in the palm of your hand. Simply enter a name, phone number or email address and instantly get accurate and comprehensive results. With features like Sleaze Detector, Compatibility, $$$, Interests and Living Situation, you can be in the know on the go. "Look up before you hook up.""
"One time, he asked citizens to put their power to use with 350,000 "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" cards that his office distributed to the populace. The cards were meant to approve or disapprove of other citizens' behavior; it was a device that many people actively - and peacefully - used in the streets....Another i...nnovative idea was to use mimes to improve both traffic and citizens' behavior. Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn't follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move. Mimes also poked fun at reckless drivers. The program was so popular that another 400 people were trained as mimes."
TSI has officially doubled all of the Sink or Swim Business Contest prizes. The grand prize is now $5,000 up from $2,500, and the other prizes have gone up proportionately. The total prize pool is now $10,000! Word about this increase is still getting out, so we've also gone and extended the draft deadline by two full weeks! The total number of registered contestants is still low, so high quality entries will be very competitive.
Finally, we've updated the contest website with twelve sample business plans to seed creativity. You can find them here.