Hrm, where can I find an idea?
October 30, 2007 5:45 AM   Subscribe

The Ideas Catalogue is a weird and wacky thing. It features ideas of things, and nothing more. They are for sale, and some have been bought.
posted by jonathanstrange (10 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
posted by public at 5:48 AM on October 30, 2007

That white on gray splash page confused me. I thought we'd broken it allready.
posted by Richard Daly at 5:50 AM on October 30, 2007

talk - action = nothing
posted by peeedro at 5:59 AM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]

Front of shirt: I am open to the Ideas Catalogue.
Back of shirt: I don't understand the design of the Ideas Catalogue website.
Inside of shirt: Half-Bakery is good, though.
posted by DU at 6:00 AM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]

...ummmmm half bakery.... man, haven't even thought of that site in a long long time....

/Not Idea-ist
posted by From Bklyn at 6:36 AM on October 30, 2007

I think it's entirely possible to come up with a good idea and not have either the skills or desire to see it through. It's also entirely possible that there are people that have the skills and desire to carry an idea through but don't have the idea.

That's why the world has things like Venture Capitalists. They have the money to help an idea out.
posted by drezdn at 6:52 AM on October 30, 2007

Oh, I have an idea!

posted by Pecinpah at 6:57 AM on October 30, 2007

It really reminds me of the Jostein Gaarder book "The Ringmaster's daughter". The protagonist comes up with ideas for authors with writers block.

I saw this profiled on a television show tonight. The catalogue is specifically for arty / not quite art kinds of ideas. One of the ideas was for a bookless library, where people organise for enough people to go to the library to hire out every single book there, and then use the empty space for a week, before the books get returned.

Another idea was the "I Heart" (love heart) sticker... it suggests a nameless specific object of the love, but also a generic love.
posted by jonathanstrange at 7:48 AM on October 30, 2007

I think this is a great idea. To me, this seems like it would be great for writers. I've read tons of books with excellent premises and crappy presentation, and have often wondered how much better the material would have been in the hands of a more capable/focused author. I think it's pretty great that people are willing to part with their ideas, in the hopes of 1) having them realized and 2) helping out somebody else.
posted by LiliaNic at 11:36 AM on October 30, 2007

Um, but you can't actually see any of the ideas on the site? It only has a list of the ideas that appear in the catalog? This is really the best of that thing which that guy Tim had an idea for where you wire a whole bunch of computer networks together into one, giant, um, uber-net? Meta-net?

Drezdn: See also crowdsourcing, Cambrian House, and the many other, much better MetaFilter threads on the subject.
posted by ChasFile at 11:42 AM on October 30, 2007

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