The Idea Blog

From November 2012 until October 2013, the main purpose of this website was The Idea Blog. For the first 200 ideas, I collected my own thoughts: what I was doing in the studio, what I was teaching, etc.  After that, I started searching for ideas from other people.  If you look through the archives, you'll see that I found some pretty cool stuff.   It wasn't hard, people are always making amazing things. In the end, however, I decided to turn my attention to a new project: What do you make? Although I stopped updating the Idea Blog once I reached Idea No. 250, the project lives on and is here for you to explore.  Who knows, maybe you'll get an idea of your own.
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Idea No. 250: Miranda’s Hearth

Idea No. 250: Miranda’s Hearth

the idea: start a community art hotel called Miranda’s Hearth the ideator: Miranda Aisling Well my friends it’s here, the big one, the one you’ve all been waiting for.  The ultimate Miranda Idea. I’ve been planning it for years.  Four years, in fact, but it’s time that I started the next phase.  The visible phase. You…

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Idea No. 249: The Ink Seed Project

Idea No. 249: The Ink Seed Project

the idea: create a quarterly press full of local art for local readers the ideator: Megan Guidarelli “The Ink Seed Project is a quarterly press dedicated to the empowerment, education, and promotion of creativity within our community. We foster several projects aimed at strengthening creative/critical thinking skills and strive to maintain an open dialogue with our…

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Idea No. 248: MIT’s Meth-Cooking Philosopher

Idea No. 248: MIT’s Meth-Cooking Philosopher

the idea: deck out the MIT Philosopher to look like Heisenberg from Breaking Bad the ideators: procrastinating MIT students I’ve never watched Breaking Bad, but apparently a bunch of people from MIT have.  Not only that, but they felt pretty strong about the recent finale.  Strong enough to create an alter-ego for this landmark.Be Sociable,…

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Idea No. 247: Miranda’s Bookshelf

Idea No. 247: Miranda’s Bookshelf

the idea: compile a list of fantastic books the ideator: Miranda Aisling I love to read.  Ever since I was young and I was writing stories about food that came to life and ferrets that made tunnels across the world, I have loved to disappear into stories.  Both my own and those written by other…

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Idea No. 246: 5 Peeps, One Guitar

Idea No. 246: 5 Peeps, One Guitar

the idea: one song, five people, one guitar the ideator: Walk off the Earth This has only just made it to my attention, sent along from my sister and her friend in Japan thanks to their knowledge of my love for the Piano Guys. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Idea No. 245: “Love” by Tammy Emerson

Idea No. 245: “Love” by Tammy Emerson

the idea: find your piano’s artist and send them your music the ideator: Tammy Emerson Yesterday at lunch time I got an absolutely fabulous email.  It was from Tammy Emerson, a local musician, and this is what she said: “I had the honor of being the first to play your beautiful creation at Dewey Sq…

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Idea No. 244: The Rollercoaster

Idea No. 244: The Rollercoaster

the idea: a DIY Rolling Coaster Rollercoaster the ideator: Viktor Genel I met Viktor a few months ago now and he gave me this absolutely beautiful puzzle box he made, which now has a proud place on my wall-to-wall bookshelf.  Then today I saw a great video he put together while he was on vacation….

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Idea No. 243: #paintedguitarsboston

Idea No. 243: #paintedguitarsboston

the idea: paint my old Washburn guitar to match my piano in Street Pianos Boston the ideator: Miranda Aisling I mean, are you really surprised? I have been meaning to do this for years.  At first I didn’t do it because the guitar was new.  Then because I was afraid the paint would affect the…

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Idea No. 242: How to Recognize the Artists of Paintings

Idea No. 242: How to Recognize the Artists of Paintings

the idea: easy art history flashcards the ideator: The Meta Picture Art history can either be the bane of your existence or the butter on your biscuit, there really is no in between.  As someone who switched camps from the first to the second, I feel like I have a good understanding of both and…

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Idea No. 241: NeverWet Rain Drawing

Idea No. 241: NeverWet Rain Drawing

the idea: use water-resistant spray paint to create weather specific works of art the ideator: Nathan Sharrat I love rain.  I love the smell of it, the sound of it, the way all the colors calm down for a little while only to explode again afterwards.  But even I can get overcome by the monotonous…

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