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Innovate This – Bacon Themed Edition

Sometimes it is important to recognize those that will change the world. Those that possess a genius beyond our imagination. Those that invent an alarm clock/bacon cooker.

Waking up is hard to do. But the smell of bacon makes you hungry. If bacon won’t get you out of bed, I’m not sure what will. Here’s how it works:

HOW: A frozen strip of bacon is placed in Wake n’ Bacon the night before. Because there is a 10 minute cooking time, the clock is set to go off 10 minutes before the desired waking time. Once the alarm goes off, the clock it sends a signal to a small speaker to generate the alarm sound. We hacked the clock so that the signal is re-routed by a microchip that in responds by sending a signal to a relay that throws the switch to power two halogen lamps that slow-cook the bacon in about 10 minutes.

I don’t think I’d ever snooze again.

Engineering my head

During the summer I got fed up with my barber and decided to just start buzzing my hair myself. Take the clippers, but the #2 on there, and shave it all off. It’s quick and easy and cheap. My hair is dry instantly and I haven’t touched a hairbrush since the beginning of August. I’m taking this approach another step further and I’m growing a beard.

You see, I figure that if I can get everything from the neck up a uniform length it will streamline things.  Plus I save on razors. Yes, in both cases I’ve sacrificed personal appearance, but at this point in my life that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

Now I find myself with an extra 6-8 minutes in the morning and all I had to give up was a little personal grooming. If only I could put that to good instead of, of, well, I’m not sure what I’m doing with that time.

Of course Mrs. Billfer probably should and will have a say in this. Given that the beard (or at least the developing beard) may be gone before you even read this.

That’s Bad…That’s Good

Why not…

I don’t know what I’m doing

I recently came to the conclusion I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Throughout the entirety of my professional career I have been an engineer (okay, so it’s industrial engineering), and then about three months ago I changed directions and became a PR person. The things is, I didn’t know I was changing directions. I didn’t even realize I was becoming a PR person. I thought I was just taking a fork in the road.

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I forgot exactly how it started, but 5 Halloweens ago I got inspired to do a fancy pumpkin carving. Now for the last 3 years I’ve let the kids pick out their own theme and I’ll do my best to find something that works for them.

This year it was High School Musical for Katy. With the movie coming out in October, and Disney promoting the way only Disney can, I was half expecting them to make some patterns available. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one so I found an image of the East High Wildcat logo and made my own pattern. The result:
HSM Wildcat
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I’m back

I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m resurrecting the Billfer Blog. I’ve wanted to riff on different topics for a little while now and haven’t had a place to do so. If you’re reading, leave a comment or drop me a note so I know I’m not just talking to myself. Though if I do I suppose that’s okay too.

Real Life Simpsons

Awesome, simply awesome.

Simpsons or Freedoms

Maybe the Bill of Rights should go into syndication…

A new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum survey finds that only about one in four Americans (28 percent) are able to name more than one of the five fundamental freedoms granted to them by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet when it comes to knowledge of popular culture, Americans are considerably more tuned in. For example, almost twice as many Americans (52 percent) can name at least two members of “The Simpsons” cartoon family. And while more than one in five (22 percent) Americans can name all five of the fictional Simpsons family members — Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie — just one in 1,000 people surveyed (.1 percent) were able to name all five freedoms granted under the First Amendment.

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Greatest TV day ever?!

It is almost hard to believe that on the same day Saved by the Bell becomes available on iTunes, that Charles in Charge is available on DVD. It’s got to just be a matter of time until Small Wonder is available on DVD.

Not so XL economic impact

A new study pegs the economic impact of Super Bowl XL at just under $50 million. That figure is just a shade, or 83% to be more precise, below what was initially forecast.

Whether it is $50 million or $300 million in total, I just wish I had the foresight to get into the portable heater rental business 4 years ago.