The B-Google Challenge

Seek and ye shall find… Border margaritas.

Name My Robot! June 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — seekmaster @ 5:40 pm

microme2Okay, this is going to be short and sweet, because it’s an emergency. I need a clever name for a summer project. Here’s the gist of it:

  • It’s a robot. The robot is an R/C car.
  • The controller is an iPhone.
  • The controller can perform the regular R/C functions, like telling the car to go, stop, turn, etc.
  • The controller can also be used as a “leading” device. In this mode, the robot follows the path of the controller, but keeps a distance chosen by the user (ex, it follows 3 feet behind you).
  • This project has potential buyers. While the project name probably won’t be used as a product name, it would help to have it be something catchy. Currently, the interested parties only care about the R/C (not the “follow”) technology.
  • Applications for the “follow” technology that have been considered include a grocery cart that follows an elderly person, a child-carrier that follows a parent, a tool rack that follows a carpenter/artist/electrician.
  • We also thought of “Micro Me,” after Mini Me from Austin Powers, but I cannot say the name without thinking of an angry midget. I thought of the iFollow, but my partner thinks it’s stupid. I think (buyers aside) an ideal name would convey companionship, loyalty, etc, like a puppy that follows a kid around, because the “follow” mode is really the novelty of the technology. I’m open to other suggestions.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments of this post. This challenge ends at 11pm. Any name I select or consider drink-worthy will earn a margarita.

Happy hunting!

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Gifts For Mom April 15, 2009

Filed under: Challenges,Uncategorized — seekmaster @ 1:44 pm
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Tax Preparer Personale Extrodinaire!

Tax Preparer Personale Extrodinaire!

Mother’s day is coming up for the rest of America, but for me and my family, Mom deserves a ton of additional recognition on Tax Day. As an accounting wiz and tax guru, she busts her chops every March to make sure we have our returns locked and loaded by April 1st, so they can sit idly under a stack of books for two weeks when we frantically realize we should really get those signed and drop them in the mail. And every Tax Day, that 5 minutes–opening to her convenient stickies, signing on the line, enclosing the check she’s already written, and sealing the carefully attached, addressed, and stamped manila envelopes–is all we ever have to do. Mom prepares our taxes in addition to her painfully taxing (hah! Pun! Marg for me 😛 ) career as a municipality accountant, and no amount of credit is ever sufficient to thank her.

This year, instead of my normal “thank-you” card, I want to send her something special. Hopefully, this post will come in handy to people who stumble upon it near Mother’s Day next month. Here’s the B-Google Challenge: One margarita for the 3 best gift submitters. (Submitters meaning one marg max per submitter.) Submissions need to be made by Friday, April 17th by noon. If you come up with something after that, post it anyway to help Mother’s Day shoppers! “Best” will be determined by meeting as many of the following criteria as possible:

1) Uniqueness. This isn’t a Macy’s ad: I’m not gonna get my mom a necklace or picture frame. Something hand-made or a little different is the best way to go. These margs ain’t free 😉

2) Monies. Mom’s getting me about $600 net from Uncle Sam. I need it to pay off margarita debts. I’d like to get her something ~$50; the cheaper the better without it turning into something stupid.

3) MY Mom’s Likes: Mom likes margaritas (are you surprised?), wine (she has a property she’s building in Napa), the color turquoise, Stanford University sports, and Walk for a Cure. For the latter, my own top idea is donating $50 in her name, so that won’t award you a marg. Otherwise, anything goes.

4) ALL Moms’ Likes: I’d love to get some unique ideas other people could use for Mother’s Day. Ex: things involving showing off kids and/or personal relaxation.

5) Mailability: Something that can be sent home from college or can be directly delivered with a thank-you message.

Happy hunting!