Remember when Americans Made Real Products Instead of Financial Products? Makers vs. Fakers

Suddenly, Charles held the piece of rubber up high above his head and shouted, “I found the secret! Now I know the secret!” He looked at the men around him, his eyes burning. He began to dance around the store. Don’t you see? This is the secret!” – William F. Keefe, Rubberman The Charles Goodyear story

When I was a child I loved reading about inventions and scientists. I devoured stories about them found in our Childcraft encyclopedia set. Last month at a library by the ocean I found a complete set someone had abandoned. I opened the box and was assaulted by the smell of mildew–not surprising for this part of San Francisco.

Paging through them I was amazed at how many I remembered. The details came rushing back with a glance at an illustration. Like the creation of the sewing machine needle, “Elias exclaimed, ‘The dream gave me the answer! The hole has to be at the top!’” You won’t be surprised to learn I loved the story of the vulcanization of rubber.

Now, as an adult I admire the skill of the storytellers to pull me in with the imagery and excitement of discovery . . . → Read More: Remember when Americans Made Real Products Instead of Financial Products? Makers vs. Fakers

A Single Coin Leads to a Beautiful Performance

This flashmob plays and sings the Choral from Beethoven’s 9th. At 4:07 when the women start singing the shivers hit me.

This was arranged for the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell in Spain.

I think that more banks should fund flashmob performances like this. It involved 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

Self-sharpening razor maker is seeking crowdfunding

I think this is a pretty cool idea.

The maker in me likes that they used three different types of 3-D printers for prototyping this razor and it has a Arduino-compatible control board for the sharpening system.

The environmentalist in me likes not filling up landfills with disposable blades.

But the consumer in me really loves the idea of a product that can unhook me from the razor manufacturers’ economic model. Of course they wouldn’t make something like this because it doesn’t fit their, “give away the razor, sell the blades” revenue model.

I hope this gets funded, it would be nice to make a dent in the billions of disposable razors filling up the landfills every year.

Here’s the Indiegogo link for funding: BornSharp: Self-Sharpening Razor System.