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Like Pulling Teeth March 12, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Multiplication, Subtraction.
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Though we wouldn’t necessarily trust the care of our pearly whites to a dentist who advertises on a telephone pole, we are willing to acknowledge a creative take on the traditional format;

What’s bit disconcerting about this instance of Multiplication though, is that the mouth looks decidedly worse for the wear as more people extract (Subtract?) teeth.  Usually its just sad when there are no takers for free firewood, or the services of a tri-lingual nanny.

An Inventive Calling Plan February 14, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Multiplication.
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A SIM card “street hack” popular in Accra, Ghana demonstrates the power of Multiplication.  To reduce communication costs, many residents have adopted the practice of switching SIM cards, based on the operator of the person on the other end.  By combining two SIM cards into one, users can minimize cost, while maximizing convenience as the hack eliminates the need to reboot the phone after switching cards.  Talk about saving minutes.
Jan Chipchase of Future Blog also points out that

“in countries with a high proportion of pre-paid phones, a significant number of highly price sensitive consumers and an evolved mobile phone repair culture…enabling a regular phone to support multiple phone numbers on one phone. Imagine having AT&T + T-Mobile on one device.

In many parts of the world the mobile phone number functions as an increasing important form of identity, a single device may be shared amongst a family, friends or even village and the device is the enabler for activities ranging from banking and money transfers to capturing and sharing experiences.”

Not even Verizon’s family share plan can beat that.

U.S. Currency is Cool Again December 10, 2007

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency, Multiplication.
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Here’s a money idea; origami with bills.  We’ve all been privvy to the parlor trick where a dollar bill becomes a bow tie, but here’s a more sophisticated take on the ancient art form;

“Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is Japanese, literally meaning to fold (oru) paper (kami) and comes in many styles and varieties. Moneygami is origami made from currency; the subtle genius lies in the way the artist incorporates the prints on the dollar bills into the facial characteristics of the finished figures.” (via Fun Fever)

Moneygami relies on Attribute Dependency and Multiplication to generate different looks for esteemed historical figures.  The result is the most useful paper doll ever (not to mention paper money that’s literally convertible). We’d love to buy a round of drinks with this jaunty looking Alexander Hamilton. 

Moneygami

Genuine Nalgene August 23, 2007

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency, Multiplication, Task Unification.
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We’re not quite sure if this is an instance of Attribute Dependency, Task Unification, or Multiplication, but its definately a good idea.  The ubiquitous Nalgene bottles commonly used to contain the beverages of outdoorsmen and underage concert-goers, are now used to contain survival kits for every scenario, in every hue of the rainbow.  You’ve got your car, first aid, preparedness, heat stress, dog and kid all covered, each in a “signature” colored bottle for branding. 

It’s even more amazing when you consider that Nalgene was originally a manufacturer and distributor of plastic laboratory containers.  We can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next. 

(via NOTCOT)