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Cool ideas for absolutely anything

Postby Zohar » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

I just had an interesting idea for a short story. The hero is a kid who glows slightly. That's it. When he's in school, he glows a bit and everyone notices him. He's never in the dark etc. The story could follow him as he grows old so we find out he glows a bit brighter when having sex or whatever. The point is, he's different from everyone else but in a completely useless way. I think it could be good.

Also, I want a movie that has an incredible magical fight. Not wimpy things like LotR, Harry Potter etc. I mean two wizards throwing mountains at each other. Anyone know where I can find that?

When I was a kid I wanted to have a car with inflatable wheels, so you could inflate them with helium and it would fly. Of course, since the center of gravity is so high it would flip over, so the passenger cabin should be a hollow ball floating in a slightly larger ball (with some water), so that even though the car flips, the passengers stay right way up.

What other ideas did you have? Anything from elaborate Von Neumann machines to story ideas to whatever.
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Postby bbctol » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:58 pm UTC

Someday, someday, I will develop gunchaku.

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Re: Cool ideas for absolutely anything

Postby semicolon » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:05 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Also, I want a movie that has an incredible magical fight. Not wimpy things like LotR, Harry Potter etc. I mean two wizards throwing mountains at each other. Anyone know where I can find that?

Dragon Ball Z.

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Postby ludwig_van » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:49 pm UTC

The glowing hero was already done in the absolutely shitty Disney movie Sky High about a school for superheroes, where there are two tracks, superheroes and sidekicks (superheroes with lame ass-powers). Anyway, the villain ended up incapacitating everyone except for a handful of sidekicks and the protagonist, who discovers he has awesome powers. The sidekicks who saved the school included glow-boy, a girl who turns into a purple guinea pig, a kid who turns into a pile of goop a la Alex Mac, and I think someone else who I can't remember.

The sweet wizard fight hasn't been done yet, though, and it sounds good except it would be hard to build up to it in the span of one movie. Like, for it to be done right the exposition would explain why they're fighting and some of the rules for their powers, but I think the desire to just have the awesome fight sequence would get in the way. What I'm saying is you'd need a good director, is all.

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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:01 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:Someday, someday, I will develop gunchaku.

I take it you're envisioning these as a true ranged weapon, not just a new, cooler way to pistol-whip?
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Re: Cool ideas for absolutely anything

Postby Zohar » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:03 pm UTC

semicolon wrote:
Zohar wrote:Also, I want a movie that has an incredible magical fight. Not wimpy things like LotR, Harry Potter etc. I mean two wizards throwing mountains at each other. Anyone know where I can find that?

Dragon Ball Z.


Well, DBZ isn't really cool in my book. Plus I'd like high-end special effects. Yes, the explode planets, but you don't feel it really matters.

As for the Sky High reference, I heard about the movie but never seen it. My point is that there's absolutely nothing useful in the power, the kid wouldn't get a moment of glory or anything, he'll just be constantly reminded he's different from everyone else (in annoying way, when you got to the movies etc.).
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Postby __Kit » Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

I want to post my ideas, none are copyrighted and I am to paranoid of someone stealing them, either that or I have none.
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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:35 am UTC

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bbctol wrote:Someday, someday, I will develop gunchaku.

I take it you're envisioning these as a true ranged weapon, not just a new, cooler way to pistol-whip?
Simple. The way a gunchaku fires is that the trigger on one part fires the gun for the other part. That way you pull the trigger while whipping the opposite barrel around and blast off a round.

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See what I mean? And how awesome that would be?

__Kit wrote:I want to post my ideas, none are copyrighted and I am to paranoid of someone stealing them, either that or I have none.
Your ideas are copyrighted at the moment you put them onto a tangible media. They're just not registered.

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Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:56 am UTC

Alright, so there's this mat. And it has all sorts of...conclusions that you can jump too! I call it the "Jump to Conclusions Mat".

In all seriousness, erasable ink should have been a much bigger thing than it actually was.
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Postby curious and questioning » Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:08 am UTC

um... What if everyone had wings? Not for actually flying, just some pretty things on our backs that were useless. Maybe evolution went somewhat askew (Don't ask me how much. Probably enough that we'd not be recognizably human like we are now otherwise, I know.) And I don't mean feather wings like birds. I mean bat-like wings or dragon-like wings or butterfly-like wings. About five feet high and three-four long, attaching over two feet in the middle on a six foot human, and scaling down from there until they're about three. Before that, they're developing from little nubs that infants have. No claws on them naturally. You could write a story with that.

I just made this up because I wanted to post a cool idea and realized I didn't have one, and I've been fantasizing about making duct tape wings for myself as part of a costume...
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Postby Rippy » Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:58 am UTC

I always thought it'd be cool if they figured out how to transfer information directly to the brain, eliminating the need for schools as we know them. Schools would have rooms with chairs, each with its own headset thingy that is worn by the students for an hour or so a day to have the information directly fed into their brains. The rest of the school facilities would simply be recreational things, so that the kids can still socialize etc. School would end very early because of the increased efficiency, so the 8-year-old calculus masters would be able to get jobs or go on to university (and get their Ph.D.'s in a year or so).

And, believe it or not, I came up with that at school.

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Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:02 am UTC

I've been thinking about that since...first grade, really. School is such a waste of time. Not in the usual nihilistic sense of the phrase, but I mean it's inefficient. It takes up a lot of time for the small amount of information retained, in addition to being a lot of stress.

We need some sort of well-developed and well-implemented techniques that focus on learning quickly and retaining information. The way schools are set up now it seems like they have the goal of making the student fail, or at least stacking the odds against them and hoping the added homework and studying they need to do will make up for shoddy teaching methods.
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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:17 am UTC

Zohar, why don't you write that short story?

Narsil, the more I think about it the more I think I need to be rich enough that I can retire when I have kids so that I can home school them at whatever pace they take. (I only assume it'd be faster than "normal" school.)

Then they can enter college when they're ready rather than when the school system thinks they're ready.

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Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:31 am UTC

Yeah, being rich is a good idea. I don't see why everyone doesn't just do that.
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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:42 am UTC

I want to direct a movie.

I also want a car with seats in which you would sit perpendicular to the road in the back seat. Like subway car.
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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:47 am UTC

Castaway wrote:I want a car with seats in which you would sit perpendicular to the road in the back seat. Like subway car.
Or a Series 2 Land Rover. No seatbelts either in the back!

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:48 am UTC

Yes. But classier.
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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:55 am UTC

Pfft. Series 2 is classy.

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Postby Khonsu » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:02 am UTC

__Kit wrote:I want to post my ideas, none are copyrighted and I am to paranoid of someone stealing them, either that or I have none.


QFT. But I'm not smart, so I'm going to say it, anyway:

I someday want to open a business. The business would be part hostel, part Planned Parenthood, and part boarding school. It would be for youngsters who want to live on their own, and it would teach them things like elevated reading skills and fine literature, in-depth economics and money-related math, intensive sex (and sexuality) education so they don't have emotional issues with that later, anger and frustration management, creativity seminars, free-topic discussions, chaperoned parties, oration, and sports and such. They can discuss anything. Literally. No one will ever censor them, and they'll be taught how to have good argumentation and discussion skills, which is what I really wish someone had taught me as a kid. They'll learn sciences and history, too, and they'll never be underestimated. There will be no standardized tests--they will have to show me what they know through doing.

It would be a place outside of official schools that would just teach life lessons and pertinent information without being sanitized or censored or age-appropriate worries. If the child isn't ready, they won't be curious about it, and the curriculum would be sort of 'unschool.' Honestly, as a kid I felt I didn't need my parents at all (then they scared that idea out of me and made me really dependent on them), and that I just wasn't learning what I wish someone would. I felt like I was wasting away because I couldn't dictate what I was learning.

I think there should be a place for intelligent, headstrong kids that isn't some hippie or religious shit. It is just a structured, safe, oppressive-guardian-free place where kids of all ages could learn at their own pace, while still getting what education is deemed necessary (literacy, math, physical education, sciences, et al). However, this would be one school where everything would be laid out without any baby babble or censorship. If in Beloved the boys fuck cows, I'm going to tell the kids that they fuck cows. In economics, if they are taught about debt, I'm going to tell them how to not be a dumbass and not get into debt. In history, they will get all sides of the story, not just the side of the winner--all the things I wished I'd learned instead of being issued coloring books for geography or being told to not worry about having shit math skills because 'adults use calculators.' :<
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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:03 am UTC

You should have it on a boat in international waters.
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Postby Khonsu » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:04 am UTC

That would be fucking cool. It could just be called Boat School.

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Postby scowdich » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:05 am UTC

I can see the wings thing as an interesting story...particularly if the main character (or an acquaintance) should figure out how to fly about halfway through. Much trials and social stigma, moral lesson, etc.

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:09 am UTC

Khonsu wrote:That would be fucking cool. It could just be called Boat School.

Fuck the school, lets just have an orgy in international waters.
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Postby arbivark » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:12 am UTC

curious and questioning wrote:um... What if everyone had wings? Not for actually flying, just some pretty things on our backs that were useless. Maybe evolution went somewhat askew (Don't ask me how much. Probably enough that we'd not be recognizably human like we are now otherwise, I know.) And I don't mean feather wings like birds. I mean bat-like wings or dragon-like wings or butterfly-like wings. About five feet high and three-four long, attaching over two feet in the middle on a six foot human, and scaling down from there until they're about three. Before that, they're developing from little nubs that infants have. No claws on them naturally. You could write a story with that.

I just made this up because I wanted to post a cool idea and realized I didn't have one, and I've been fantasizing about making duct tape wings for myself as part of a costume...

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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:13 am UTC

scowdich wrote:I can see the wings thing as an interesting story...particularly if the main character (or an acquaintance) should figure out how to fly about halfway through. Much trials and social stigma, moral lesson, etc.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Not exactly the same but I think it encompasses a similar premise.

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Postby Rippy » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:13 am UTC

Khonsu wrote:That would be fucking cool. It could just be called Boat School.

And you could be sent to the school on JET PLANES. The boat would be a transformed aircraft carrier.

That would make me die of exposure to awesomeness.

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:16 am UTC

Or helicopters!
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Postby Rippy » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Ok everyone, empty out your retirement funds, we're building Boat School.

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Postby Gadren » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Boat School sounds awesome. Sign me up!

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:30 am UTC

I'm in. Can we all be teachers? And if so, can I teach Intermediate Lovin'?
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Postby mjec » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:57 am UTC

Khonsu wrote:That would be fucking cool. It could just be called Boat School.


Let's do it. I have $302 but when I'm rich, I'll look you up. This needs to be done. I'm incredibly serious.

Also, I'm stealing the glowing boy idea. Well, no, but if I can ever be bothered writing, yes, glowing boy. It's a bit like star girl but better

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Postby cephalopod9 » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:59 am UTC

Every now and then I get good ideas, and then find out someone already had it a while ago and made it or used it. Then I'm not really sure if I should be happy or disapointed.

For example, an arm of somesort to hold your laptop, which would atach to a chair. Saw a comercial for fancy armchairs that have that as a possible accessory. Someone should make starving college student floor chairs with that. Maybe just the back of the chair, that could lean against the wall or something and hold up a shelf for a laptop could work.

The other day I was wondering why we don't transport more liquids by pipeline. Maybe we could just have universal pipelines put stuff in rubber holders... like those squishy toys, that turn inside out... and have glitter and stuff inside them... I don't know what they're called.

I'm also waiting for someone to ask me to revolutionize public transportation.
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Postby Hawknc » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:04 am UTC

I vote we incorporate Boat School into xkcdia.

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Postby mjec » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:18 am UTC

Much as I hate to double-post I want to consider this Boat School a bit closer. I went to a school that was trying to be that. Alia College in Melbourne - I was part of the first load of students. It drifted further and further towards a normal school atmosphere. Regulation, expectation, requirement... these all diluted the dream so that by the end of that first year it was just a school where you didn't have to go to class.

I know, I know, this isn't a place for realism but still...

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Postby Hawknc » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:57 am UTC

I've never actually heard of Alia...it's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who's gone there, though.

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Postby bavardage » Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:21 am UTC

Hawknc wrote:I vote we incorporate Boat School into xkcdia.


Bah stealing my idea ^^ We can also host the huge Orgy on xkcdia, would be easier than orgies in seawater.
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Postby JonMW » Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:23 am UTC

What you have to understand is that there's something about society and the way that people behave which will make a school gravitate to the way that they are now.
It's like the unstoppable increase of entropy.

On a different topic, you know Supreme Commander? I watched the progress of it for a long time before it was released. The forums were a hive of crazy fanboy dreams. Ideas were thrown around like unrestrained babies in a car accident.
I happened to take a look (yes, actually READ) their Terms and Conditions. They stated that if you post an idea on their forums, they get to use it, if they want to, without owing you anything.

But anyhoo. Cool ideas?

1. Giant mechas and related things seem to lose a lot of the "physically impossible" problems if you can use a muscle that gets stronger as it gets longer.

2. The really fancy animatronic prosthetic limbs sense muscle impulses and use it to move the robotic limb. From what I've seen, these are imperfect because the wrong impulses are being used for a given movement.
My idea is: Have these mathletes never heard of redefining keys?

3. I want a shoephone.

...that's all I can think of at the moment.

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Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:52 pm UTC

curious and questioning wrote:um... What if everyone had wings?


This reminds me of the winged people in Endymion.

ZeroSum wrote:Zohar, why don't you write that short story?


Just because I'm not a very talented writer... I have cool ideas lots of times but I don't know how to write a plot to go with them.

Which reminds me of a different idea. There's this married couple where the husband is the superhero. He's loved and adored by everyone in the world. However, his powers' strength is completely controlled by his wife's affection for him. And she's not well known or anything. So if the husband upsets the wife somehow, he loses all of his fame but his wife's not getting any appreciation.
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