Ideas 10

From time to time, I have ideas about things that I'd like to make or see make. Most of the time I don't actually make these things but it feels nice to just get them out of my head!

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Feb 06, 2022

A cloud-based code snippet library with automation

I've been thinking about this for a while but it only really gelled recently. I'd like a way to write and store code snippets that a run against custom formatting and linting. I'd also like to write tests against the code that will run on each change. These snippets could be grouped in whatever way and wrapped with additional code that makes testing simple. The snippets would be available, checked and tested, via API to be imported from anywhere. Groups of snippets could have an index of snippets along with their hash so checking for changes wouldn't require many individual HTTP requests. Maybe also an option to compose Markdown exportable Markdown documents using snippets.

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Nov 01, 2021

Command line financial transaction parser

Somewhat in the vein of plain text accounting, I want a command line tool to take output CSVs from my banks and push them into a central ledger. It needs to figure out what transactions have already been imported, via ID if there is one or date + amount, and then prompt for a category. Similar to YNAB but stripped down and only stores locally.

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Oct 18, 2021

Eleventy to Day One

I want a way to pipe Eleventy posts to a Day One journal. I'd like to keep my posts in Day One so they become part of my personal timeline. It would need to clear out all entries from a specific Journal and then pipe them back in.

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Mar 06, 2021

Central feed for writers of all kinds

An app, mostly automated, for writers to collect their published works from all sources. Allow readers to follow a writer from one source and whatever format they like: RSS, email, etc. Ingests feeds, Twitter, Amazon/GoodReads, author pages on publications, anything. Not a platform for writing like Medium or Ghost, a platform for centralization and discovery. The point would not be to entice writers to write on our platform but to centralize syndication there. Allow lesser-known writers indicate other writers that they are similar to to increase visibility.

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Nov 01, 2020

Cards to Live By

An app to build decks of reminder cards that can be reviewed as part of a morning routine, like these. There is a master deck that can be reviewed in order or shuffled. Cards can be placed into tags/categories for specific decks. Font and color choice, maybe more for premium. Add the ability to tap a card if it resonates particularly well, both for your own cards and others. More context here.

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Nov 23, 2018

Accessible audio device

An audio book device for children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Concentrate on extremely easy navigation and content discovery. Both audio and physical controls.

  • Ebook market connected to Amazon, Audible, podcasts (need to deal with payments)
  • Podcast discovery either linked to an existing directory or curated or direct from producers
  • Setup based on YOB, topics
  • Large, easy to use buttons and
  • Voice commands with setup, voice selection (++)
  • Simple screen for people with better vision or a helper (++)
  • Multiple audio out; either very solid, stable BT or none (++)
  • Very simple, stripped down version for cheap
  • AM/FM radio?

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Aug 29, 2016

A community centered around checklists

Curated and created checklists to prepare for XYZ. Create your own, modify existing, community submissions. Tracking similar to git: changelogs, forks, etc.

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Jul 03, 2015

I’m Stuck: a community to help you find your way out

I find myself in familiar "stuck" places regularly:

  • I have free time but don't know what to do with it
  • I have too much to do and can't figure out what to do first
  • I know what I need to do but I can't start or stay focused
  • I'm having trouble letting go of a thought or emotion

In these times, I imagine a yes-no flowchart that helps me rediscover helpful paths I've used before to get unstuck. Essentially a system of reminders based on how I've become unstuck in the past.

Layer on top of that link aggregation (links to studies or articles that reinforce) and crowd-sourcing (other people can chime in with what helped them, which can be added to your list).

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May 25, 2015

Digital map placards

Leave public notes at specific latitude/longitudes via a mobile app. When you have the app turned to "Discovery," it vibrates when it gets near a placard or groups of placards. You can set the distance around you to pick up more or less. Placards could contain personal memories ("proposed to my partner here") or facts and be attributed to someone or anonymous.

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Oct 16, 2014

Conversation parser

A conversation parsing app that records a conversation for archive and parses out data like websites, names, businesses, etc. Sends a report with everything it found along with possible misses. Audio-only with a focus less on the recorded audio and the text transcript. Can automatically add context like "Hey Parser, look for that Korean place in Edmonds."

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