I’m confronted with complicated puzzles everyday at Quicken Loans. I mean, really….I work with Clayton. I might be a nominated for sainthood someday.
But compared to my laborious days with the DIFFmaster, the town of Ravensburg, Germany has taken the cake. Or the puzzle. Whatever, they win.
Last Sunday, 15,000 puzzle enthusiasts took 5 hours to assemble a 1,141,800 piece puzzle in the town square of Ravensburg. Their work spans a staggering 6,500 square feet.
They’ve submitted the hopeful new record to the Guinness Book of World Records, but the entry has not yet been approved. However, the current puzzle record size holder is only 212,323 pieces compared to their 1+ million piece. Sounds like they’ve got in in the bag! Congrats, Ravensburg – what a feat of teamwork!
According to CNN.com today, Google wants to reward those with ideas that can change the world – and reward them well. To the tune of $10 million.
It’s part of Google’s 10 years anniversary celebration (has it really been that long since I used Altavista and Infoseek??? Lordy, times flies).
So if you have a world-changing idea, Google has some money to back you up. One ideas that Google is reported to like: the Hippo Water Roller – a device that allows villagers in rural areas to roll water back to their villages from the water source. Simple, but life changing.
Here’s a little info on the project from CNN:
People are encouraged to submit their ideas, in any of 25 languages, at www.project10tothe100.com
through October 20. Entrants must briefly describe their idea and
answer six questions, including, "If your idea were to become a
reality, who would benefit the most and how?"
with the help of an advisory board, will narrow the submissions to 100
semifinalists by January 27. Between January 27 and February 2, the
public will vote online for their favorite ideas. A panel of
as-yet-unnamed judges will then review the top 20 ideas and announce up
to five winners in mid-February.
Check out the full article on CNN and if you got an idea, send it in. You never know…
Hey Clayton, remember about two weeks ago and we rode into work…and we talked about wind turbines along the highway? Well it can be done.
There is all this talk about oil and gas prices and the cost of energy and yet this small island off the coast of Denmark that stopped just talking about it and actually did it.
Holy moses. Wow. That’s all that came to mind as I read about the island that runs 100% on renewable energy sources. The best part about this entire story is the fact that in 1998 they set out with a 10 year goal and in only 5 years they reached it. Now they not only generate enough energy for their own island, but they also share the energy with the rest of Denmark.
Stories like this really make you think:
* What if we put wind turbines along the entire great lakes? * What if we all installed solar panels on top of our homes? * What if we never had to use oil to power anything again?
But how would we do this? The article does offer a piece of advice, "The crucial point is that we have shown that if you want to change how we generate energy, you have to start at the community level and not impose technology on people…What has happened here is a social not a technological revolution."
So friends, who wants to go in on a wind turbine with me?
It’ s not often that something as big as the Today Show comes to Detroit. Wow, Ann Curry and Al Roker broadcasting from the D.
So I figured it’s worth a mention. If you are one of our Detroit area readers, you probably think this is cool. If you’re not, well, just be happy you have better things to be excited about than we do.
Anyhow, the Today Show came to Detroit as part of NBC’s “Battlegrounds” – a four-state road tour in places that will be key to the presidential election. The program was broadcast each day live from
a different city: Philadelphia, Tampa, Norfolk, and finally
Detroit – one day before the first Presidential debate.
Detroit’s segment featured Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as well as a story about hockey moms and how important they’ll be as voters in the upcoming election.
It’s nice for Detroit to be in the national eye for some reason other than our former mayor.
Stakes are high, and emotions are close to the surface. Pretty much EVERYONE has an opinion about who you should vote for. So what if you are one of the estimated 18% of undecided voters this election season? Where can you turn for unbiased information? We’ve all heard, "You can’t trust the media." So what sources CAN you trust to find facts?
As people eagerly await the debates this week to help them decide how to vote, there are Internet sites that can help you sift through the misinformation. Try these two Web applications – both unaffiliated with any political party. They could help you determine how your concerns line up with the candidate’s platforms.