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2017 Hobel Prize Finalists Updated

Here is an update to yesterday’s Hobel Prize Finalist post. I have included two more finalists and updated the past nominees category. Please use the comments section below (that is now working) to vote for your choice to win the coveted 2017 Hobel Prize. [click to continue…]

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2017 Hobel Prize Nominations

The first four finalists for the 2017 Hobel Prize are:

Spiral Cut Ham

Two bit drill

Christmas light projector

Pop Top Water Bottle

Nominations are still pouring in. The deadline is Monday January 1 at 4:00pm ish. And to be completely transparent the judges can be influenced by your comments.

The Judges for this year are:

  • Simon Burrow
  • Gene Brogdon
  • anonymous
  • anonymous

Weekly Maxim December 18, 2017

Perspective: We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.


Motivation December 16, 2017

Write down three attainable goals that get you going in the direction you want to go. Take a step toward each goal every day. Revise as necessary.



The most important journeys come without a map



A Jigsaw Puzzle

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”
Her neighbor asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”
The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”
Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
“First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”
He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh ………… [click to continue…]


Hobel Prize Explained

Every year the Nobel Prizes are awarded in Physics, Medicine, something else and Peace. They reward great scientific achievements and great peace efforts. But really these advances don’t affect most of us very much in the near term. The Hobel Prize is different. It is awarded annually to the new product that most improves peoples lives at the immediate organic level.

For instance the wheelie suitcase would have been a winner of the Hobel Prize. Travel is easier with wheels on suitcases. The people who created them need to be recognized.

Another obvious winner is the retractable dog leash. What a great idea. It made walking dogs easier, safer and more fun.

Click on the read more button to read a list of past nominees and come back next Tuesday for a look at this years nominees and the names of the distinguished committee that will be deciding this years winner. [click to continue…]


Phoenix’s Phabulous Phountains #23

Scottsdale is the more affluent eastern neighbor of Phoenix and it is full of resorts, high end shopping and rich people. All fertile ground for Phountain hunting. This one is in the public space south of the Scottsdale Waterfront Condominiums. Bordering the Arizona Canal.

The main fountain is beautiful and it has four small single heads as outliers.

See the video here. [click to continue…]


Weekly Maxim December 11, 2017

Treating people with respect is the soul of good manners.


Motivation December 9, 2017

Make a to-do list every day.

It will be your road map to success.

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