Smarter Every Day Shows Us How We Can Learn Riding A Backwards Bike


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One of the things most kids learn to do is to ride a bike.  I mean, I learned how to ride a bike when I was younger, and I am sure you did too.  But, what if you were presented with a different type of bike, where the handlebars turn the opposite way the wheel turns.  You think you can learn to ride it, but nope, it’s not as easy as you think!  On this episode of Smarter Every Day, Destin Sandlin shows us how you can learn to ride a backwards bicycle.  Yes, it took him weeks, but he learned to ride the backwards bike, enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: SolarPuff


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The SolarPuff is the ideal product. It’s a patent pending solar lantern that packs flat and easily pops open into a charming cube of light. Beautifully designed with Origami technology to appeal to everyone from the most discerning design conscious hipster to a hermit living in the hills.It’s perfect for emergencies, camping, hiking, boating, around the pool, in the pool, as a night light, in your car… You get the picture, its uses are endless, and it makes for a fabulous house gift.  Simply Put:

  • Designed with sustainable and high-performance fabric specifically engineered for durability, flexibility and water resistance, and structured for adaptability and recyclability.
  • It’s light weight, just 2.5 ounces.
  • It floats and can withstand complete immersion under water.
  • For as many hours as you charge it in the sun, it will provide light for just as long.
  • For example, 5 hours of charging in the sun will provide illumination to light up a 10 X
  • 10 room for 5-8 hours. Charge it for 8 hours and it will light for 8-12 hours.
  • It has a shelf life of over three years.

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As of April 27th, this project has raised around $40,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 26 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $20, you will get one SolarHelix.  For a pledge of $25, you will get one SolarPuff.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/solightdesign/solarpuff-a-unique-little-solar-light

The Evening Post: What’s the Deal With Amiibos


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Tonight, I am sharing the latest weekly video from the PBS Idea Channel YouTube channel.  The insane popularity of Nintendo’s Amiibos, Amiibo Hunting, and Amiibo Hunters proves that people can’t keep their hands off of them, but are they simply be the next big thing in a long line of product/game crossovers? The world was previously infatuated with Skylanders, followed by the Disney Infinity characters, but something about Amiibos feels… different? They’re interactive in a way that gives them value outside of the object itself, blurring the line between consumer and an ardent collector. And how does the existence of Amiibos challenge our idea of what play is?  Find out in this week’s episode of Idea Channel!

Crowdsourcing Weekends: Couchlet USB Port, Heritage Radio Network, Rim City Miniseries


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Couchlet USB Port

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People frequently use their phone or tablet while they are charging it. The electrical outlet is hardly ever in a convenient position, and you probably know what it’s like to sit in an awkward position because your cord isn’t long enough.  Presenting the USB Couchlet, the USB port that is exactly where you need it.  Sitting on the couch while your phone is charging? The Couchlet nests between cushions.  Having trouble reaching your charger from the bed? The Couchlet has a folding arm that wedges under your mattress.

The Couchlet’s wedge-shaped design means that it fits between or under cushions and mattresses so that you can barely even see it. The fold out leg gives you extra stability and the ability to slide the Couchlet onto the outside of your furniture.   Each Couchlet comes with a detachable 6-foot USB cable that uses your current wall charger for power. The Couchlet is low voltage, so it’s just as safe as the charging cord that comes with your phone.

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As of April 26th, this project has raised around $38,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 42 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $16, you will get one Couchlet device.  For a pledge of $24, you will get two Couchlet devices.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/couchlet-power-up-your-sofa

Heritage Radio Network: Website Rebuild Project

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Heritage Radio Network is a network of food thought leaders and industry experts, from brewers and bartenders to pastry chefs and policy makers. They’re a media platform of 40+ hosts and their guests having conversations about food that go far beyond the boundaries of traditional media.  And they need your help. The coding language their current site is written in will expire at the end of 2015. With 7,000+ episodes of archived content with visionaries and tastemakers, the live stream of HRN’s 39+ weekly shows, and station-produced food news, the HeritageRadioNetwork.org site is the planet for food radio programming. And soon, it will cease to exist.

Unless they have your support.  They have a web team in place, a plan and a timeline to save Heritage Radio Network’s site.  Their objective in this rebuild is to involve their listeners in creating a better platform than ever. All that’s missing is your backing.  They’re an independent, member-supported, not-for-profit.  They thrive on finding solutions, and are united in the idea that a small group of dedicated people can change the world one bite (or sound bite) at a time.  Their DIY philosophy taps into the roots of this forward-thinking scene and creative energy around food. And with 39+ live shows a week, life on the air is never boring or predictable.

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As of April 26th, this project has raised around $23,000 of their $35,000 goal. This project only has 16 days left to raise the $35,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will be a part of the Heritage Radio Network Wall of Fame.  For a pledge of $25, you will get an HRN bottle opener and sticker set.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heritageradionetwork/heritage-radio-network-website-rebuild-project

Rim City Miniseries

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Rim City is the first miniseries of the brand-new comic label ATOMICO. It’s a spectacular 80-page adventure written by Alessandro “DocManhattan” Apreda and drawn by Daniele Orlandini, with the amazing cover art of Francesco Mattina.  Rim City is a place unlike any other.  In a far future, as the human race stands on the brink of extinction, Rim City may be the final chance of survival for mankind. When everything seems lost, a fragile hope suddenly presents itself. Something can be done, but the only way to find out if it’s true, is to risk everything humanity has left. An impossible mission awaits Captain Kendra and a handful of soldiers of the Trident Corps.

A journey into the unknown that will take them from the depths where they are confined to where no man has gone before.  You can help them in many different ways.  They want the Rim City project to happen thanks to many, small contributions. Therefore, the best you could to lend a hand, is talk about their and this project on your social media while the campaign is ongoing. Share their updates and point them to the friends you think may be interested in this ATOMICO Project.

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As of April 26th, this project has raised around €25,000 of their €40,000 goal. This project only has 7 days left to raise the €40,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of €5, you will get four issues of the Rim City series in digital format.  For a pledge of €22, you will get the four digital issues and one Rim City paperback.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rim-city

Sunday Discussion: GE Fallonventions: Paper Airplane Launcher, Wildfire Warning System, Tissue Time 3000


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This week on Sunday Discussion, let’s talk about three more cool inventions from kids featured on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  This time, the kids showed off their inventions which consists of a paper airplane launcher, a device to detect wildfires in a forest, and a device to make reaching for tissues much easier.  These kids are very bright, enjoy!