"Alternately quirky, insightful and appalling, this is a fascinating
marketplace of ideas and inventions. I'll bet some insinuate themselves into
our lives -- and I hope that others never make it past their description."
--Paul Saffo, Institute for the
Since this site does some new things, I've been having trouble
explaining it quickly to people. My new approach is to say it's like
a blog for ideas, or a lazyweb, but with three additional features that
make it a safer way to publish and sell new ideas:
How's that? Full details are in the FAQ. The
upshot is, ideas posted here enjoy far more protection than ones
posted to sites without all this extra fancy stuff going on. And it's
all free to use.
- A combined legal/technical peer-enforcement scheme that
incentivizes everyone to keep everyone else honest, and assists in the
discovery of those who aren't.
- An archiving scheme that "fingerprints" all ideas accepted and
posted to this site using the MD5 algorithm, then has the keys printed
out and notarized in the physical world by a Notary Public, providing
unfakeable evidence both on- and offline of who came up with what
- Asking prices, so you can make a little money as well as get credit.
Premises, Premises is now online
and seeking submissions! If you've got any wacky or not-so-wacky
schemes kicking around in the back of your head or scribbled in the
margin of some notebook somewhere, this site provides a way you can
share it safely and maybe even make a few bucks in the process (but
not very many). Read the FAQ for details.
I'm in the earliest stage of a "soft launch" for this site, and I'd
love to get any and all criticisms or suggestions you might have (as
well as any idea submissions), and please consider registering for maximum fun. I know the
contracts you must agree to look a bit daunting, but if you read them,
you'll see that they're quite reasonable. They're supposed to be
scary enough to dissuade people from stealing/plagiarizing, but not
discourage people from joining in the first place-- although I'm sure
that for many, they'll unfortunately have that effect as well. Advice
Smartwarm Towel Rack (idea #143)
Heated towel racks are a good idea / bad implementation. Timer-based ones sometimes
shut off before the towels are dry, and the always-on ones simply waste electricity. The
Smartwarm rack knows better. Equipped with an internal scale, timer, and microprocessor,
the device periodically measures the weight of the load it's carrying. If there's a sudden
big change, it means that there's new towels on board, and the heat immediately switches
on. The heat will then stay on for as long as the load slowly inches down, as the towels
dry out and lose their water weight. But once the weight levels off, the towels are dry-- so
the heating element shuts off. Dry towels every time, with no energy wasted!
Secret Seed (idea #142)
Has a generation of Political Correctness eroded fundraising income for your college secret society?
Thankfully, you have other endowments to draw upon. Secret Seed is a private consultancy
dedicated to helping elite secret societies (Skull and Bones, Scroll and Key, etc.) realize their
economic and genetic potential by establishing ancillary operations as exclusive sperm banks.
You'll "do well by doing good" -- gaining a significant new source of revenue, for wild, lavish
parties and other expenses, while benefiting future generations with greater expression of your
society's superior genes.
Getting started is easy! Many aspects of secret society life and architecture migrate naturally to
the sperm bank industry: The all-important screening process, the secret entranceways and
private chambers, the special sense of masculine comraderie and destiny. Members-only occult
rituals may be sexualized with impunity, to exploit their donation value. Meanwhile, Secret Seed
will take care of all the technical details, from constructing a small, state-of-the-art cryogenics
lab in your headquarters building or "tomb," to administering the business and scientific sides of
the operation. College-age men are in the biological prime of their life as potential sperm donors,
so don't waste this opportunity-- it's a moral imperative upon which the fate of humanity may rest!
And who knows what the brave new future of genetic/eugenic commerce will bring? Perhaps
our species will be guided by powerful, multinational gene banks, and the fact that they started
out as college secret societies will simply be a bit of interesting historical trivia.
Klenz-Worx (idea #141)
If you're a needle drug user who's on the road, you may know how to
clean your rig perfectly well, but still lack access to bleach, distilled
water, and sanitary containers. What are you supposed to do, carry a
supply of cups and bottles around everywhere? Klenz-Worx has a better
way for you to treat yourself right. The one-use hypodermic sanitizing
system, available at willing retailers nationwide, gives you the fresh
bleach and water you need in a conveniently portable, foil-sealed plastic
container-- and at just 99 cents, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg! The
compact kit resembles one of those single-serving breakfast cereal
packs, but with multiple mini compartments. Just poke your spike
through the foil on each of the five clearly-numbered spots, then draw,
shake, and squirt out in sequence, and you're ready to go. Compartment
two contains the bleach, while the rest hold distilled water, so you get
the recommended three good rinses after disinfection. Sweet! And, next
time you're sending supplies to the Third World as part of a large-scale
relief effort, throw in some Klenz-Worx kits for general medical use by
the people down there. They'll certainly be appreciated!
Affirmation Mixes Vol. 1 (idea #140)
Daily affirmation audiotapes and CDs can be effective tools for personal growth, but frankly, their dorky-sounding voices
and cheesy background music limit their appeal. Affirmation Mixes Vol. 1 offers the same nourishing words, but
they're recited by people with sexy British accents against an energizing and musically-appealing dance beat. For example,
the beautiful statement "I am powerful and loving" weaves in and out of an irresistible, 140+ bpm techno mix. The tracks
are available on CD, cassette, and vinyl, making them equally suitable for playing in the car on the way to work, or mixing
into a turntable set at a superclub. Affirmation Mixes Vol. 1 has sparked controversy among DJs, which has only
increased their popularity. The alienated, irony-addict elitists in the scene pooh-pooh the recordings as profoundly uncool,
but meanwhile, the music has been enthusiastically embraced by DJs who see dance culture as a celebration of connection,
acceptance, and shared humanity-- perhaps even a form of group therapy. Which side are you on?
Word for Creatives (idea #139)
You're on deadline and you have to produce some ideas, but honestly,
how creative can you be with dull, grey Microsoft Word staring you in the
face? Word for Creatives extends the familiar Word interface to include
the tools you need to get your juices flowing-- not just Thesaurus, but an
entire Creativity Toolbar loaded with brainstorming tips, triggers, exercises,
and other "Whacks on the Side of the Head" from bestselling corporate
creativity guru Roger von Oech. It's guaranteed to keep you on your
toes! Naturally, you can also "skin" the application window with
dazzling custom patterns, for further inspiration. Using Word for
Creatives feels very different from using plain-vanilla Word, and it
promises to make you think differently as well!
Mint Culture Brands (idea #138)
Decades ago, the wide landscape of heavily-advertised cigarette brands offered smokers a way of identifying who they were,
while socially-shared lighting etiquette acted as a springboard for casual interaction. As a social tool, this is a powerful
combination, especially for singles. But today, many once-meaningful brands are in decline, along with the general smoking
Similarly, walking a purebred dog presents a statement of personal values and taste, while offering a pettable, first-contact
excuse and a rich underlying culture that invites discussion. But realistically, you can't bring your dog everywhere you go.
The makers of Altoids have developed an enormous market for pocket mints, but frankly, opening an Altoids tin-- no matter
what flavor-- says absolutely zilch about who you are. The world of mints, such as it is, lacks cultural complexity, and as a
result, it also provides no hooks for initiating casual discourse-- even though the candies are great for sharing.
Mint Culture Brands realizes the social and cultural potential that the generic Altoids brand lacks. Over the course of five
years, the company will roll out over thirty brands of pocket mints, each with its own unique, fully-conceived and
beautifully-executed identity. Interesting taste formulations blended from diverse flavors and perfumes are personality-matched
to tins (or other styles of containers) that boast innovative package design and detailed, statement-making artwork. Every
pocket-sized pack is a conversation piece in its own right (and an industrial design boutique's dream assignment), whether it's
targeted towards Benson & Hedges smokers, Labrador owners, or Porsche drivers. The packages should hold a lot of mints,
but also be expensive enough that it's completely reasonable to want to sample a flavor before actually buying one. "Excuse
me-- may I try one of those Absinthe Pastilles? You know, that's long been my favorite Toulouse-Lautrec painting, on the tin..."
SheepTool - Remote Group Decision Interface (idea #137)
Coming to a decision as a group is like moving together as a flock of sheep, a sophisticated dance of body language; repeatedly-vocalized
concerns; small, tentative steps; and an eventual, shared understanding about where the group has decided to go. The collective mind takes time to
come to its decision as each sheep weighs its own preference, preference-strength, and standing against those of each other sheep in the
group. Through the process, each individual sheep also monitors the dynamic of the discussion as it unfolds, and gauges its accuracy against evidence
it sees from the outside world, drawing upon its personal model of the way the world works: "I swear, I saw a wolf in that direction and Betsy saw it too--
right, Betsy? Since wolves tend to come from one direction, I feel very strongly that we should move the other way."
This tried-and-true decision-making formula works brilliantly across many species, with or without language, allowing the group to think more carefully and
deeply than any one individual would alone. Humans often do it in conference rooms, where everyone can see each other, physically place
where they are relative to everyone else, and discern how people are reacting to one another. But what if the workgroup is all in different places?
Videoconferencing may be a nice idea, but it removes the biologically-hardwired metaphor of shared space and group direction that underlies all successful
consensus-building. Simply seeing faces onscreen is no help when you're missing the subtle, direction-based adjustments in people's posture, attention,
and breathing that follow along with trajectory of the discourse, clueing everyone in to which direction people are leaning, whose arguments are holding sway,
and who is losing ground.
SheepTool offers a better, more natural alternative to videoconferencing. At meeting time, everyone logs onto a shared virtual workspace and opens up a
communal audio connection, the Bleatspace. At the same time, a round field is shown onscreen, and clustered in the middle are icons that represent each
participant, consisting of nothing more than a circle with a name label, and two dots representing a pair of eyes. The matter currently under consideration is listed
at the top, and different possible outcome decisions, defined in advance, are arrayed around the edges of the field, whether it's something as simple as Yes on the
left and No on the right, or a longer list of possibilities-- industries, companies, individuals, budgets, calendar slots, proposals, etc. Initially, the simplified
Sheepicons are arranged in org-chart order, with higher-ranking participants in the middle of the DecisionFlock cluster, and more junior members occupying the
At the sound of the starting bell, participants begin the gradual process of bringing the DecisionFlock group to the edge of the virtual field, where the flock's
position will correspond to one of the possible decision outcomes. In doing this, each participant has two tools at their disposal: their voices, carried and heard
by everyone over the Bleatspace, and their pointing devices, which can nudge their associated Sheepicon bodies and eyes in any chosen direction. The Sheepicons are
programmed to stick together, which automatically lessens the influence of any one participant's strong movements. Meanwhile, each Sheepicon's
body movement exerts a force that nudges and draws neighboring Sheepicons along in their direction, with more power logically held by the icons located
in the center of the flock.
Throughout the process, low-level random noise is generated in order to make the Sheepicon bodies wiggle slightly in all directions. The purpose of this is to
loosen the connection somewhat between a users input and their icon's movement, thereby providing a certain level of anonymity and deniability regarding being
swayed by the arguments and movements of others.
Primary Juice (idea #136)
Simple shapes and primary colors are good for young
children because they constitute the building blocks
of visual perception. Yet, tragically, some
unthinking parents pack their kids' lunches with
profit-maximizing fruit juice blends,
robbing them of their ability to distinguish
individual flavors beyond simply recognizing the muddy slurry
coming up their straw as "juice." Primary Juice
rejects this crippling of our childrens' developing
tastes with a line of pure, elemental fruit juices
such as apple, cranberry, tangerine, and quince. Sweetening and
dilution, where required (as with cranberry) are given
by refined fructose and branch water, neutral
ingredients that don't detract from the original fruit. Dishonest, flavor-marring
sweetening agents like grape juice
concentrate, agave extract, and evaporated cane juice,
need not apply! Older children can graduate to the
Primary Juice Varietals line, which includes Pink Lady
Apple, Cabernet Franc grape, and other wholesome
juices pressed from single-variety fruit, each
carefully selected to further refine your child's
palate-- and by extension, his or her overall sophistication and
future likelihood of success. Turn your Baby Einstein into a
Atmosphere Yoga (idea #135)
A crowded, smelly studio
takes all the "class"
out of yoga class. Atmosphere Yoga has a better way.
Instead of forcing students to scramble for mat space
on an empty, old-fashioned floor, its state-of-the-art
Atmosphere Studio features individually climate-controlled
yoga platforms, giving you the space you need to stretch, in
an environment you can custom-tailor to optimize your
spiritual growth. Each three- by eight-foot
platform is isolated by its own patented Laminar-Flo air curtain,
which runs ceiling-to-floor via a
360-degree ventilation system. A compact, push-button
console that's inset into the suspended floor allows you to
adjust the temperature and humidity of the air
surrounding you, as well as fill it with your choice
of mood-enhancing aromatherapy scents. Meanwhile an
overhead speaker plays ocean sounds at an adjustable
ambient level, to provide a soothing
backdrop to your Atmosphere Yoga Certified Executive
Instructor's expert guiding voice. In short, Atmosphere
Yoga has re-invented the yoga studio to provide
students with a more peaceful yoga practice
experience-- and to offer them the opportunity to fart
freely and anonymously during the pavanmuktasana or
under the plausible-deniability cover of seeking a more
peaceful yoga practice experience.
Public Sector Innovation Institute (idea #134)
Like private businesses, public-sector organizations must constantly raise
revenues, budget, improve program activities, and introduce the public to
new ideas. The business world answers these challenges with effective
strategies for problem-solving, creative thinking, and knowledge management.
The Public Sector Innovation Institute offers the same benefits to
nonprofits and governments around the world, by adapting these proven techniques
to their needs. Through training and consulting, the Institute helps organizations
handle tough challenges and complex projects, such as implementing knowledge
management strategies. The Institute also acts as a one-stop resource
center, offering workshops and classes (live and by Web), and bringing
together publications and individual and organizational expertise that
focuses on narrower aspects of innovation.
Sportsposer (idea #133)
You're meeting some new people on a business trip, and you need to gain their trust, but you don't give a tinker's damn about sports? Sportsposer's Daily Regional Briefings will supply you with the knowledge you need to make a great impression. Each weekday, Sportsposer publishes short, simple reports, geared towards non-sports fans, which provide an overview of the current sports situation in any of one hundred regions in the U.S. and Canada. You'll get timely information carefully selected for its plausibility in light sports banter, drawn from recent games, standings, and trades-- as well as background basics that aren't spelled out on the Sports page, such as who the local teams are, what sports they play, what characterizes them, where they are in the current season, and who are the major figures. And it all fits on one page, guaranteed! Frequent travelers can get unlimited access to the Sportsposer Daily Regional Briefings online for a yearly fee, or you can buy them individually. With Sportsposer, you can make the locals think that you actually care about sports, or their team, or their stupid little city, or them, or whatever.
RoveMail (idea #130)
Insiders know the art of timing their emails and composing Cc: and Bcc: lists, but this simple set of choices is woefully incomplete. RoveMail solves the general problem by making email delivery scriptable and smart, with a detailed personal contacts database. Attach a "RoveScript" to any email message, and the mailer will selectively disclose any rumors or other insider information over time, "roving" about the complex terrain of knowledge, affiliation, and hierarchy.
For example, let's say you have a memo on the subject of "Chalabi" which you wish to reveal in the following way:
This easily translates into the following RoveScript excerpt:
- Immediately email it to Dick and Karen, allowing them to see the message's RoveScript.
- Deliver it early tomorrow to all 100%-trustworthy senior staff at Halliburton and OSP, but not to Paul or anyone who has ties to the University of Chicago.
- Finally, deliver it in one week's time to journalists who write for top-tier publications and cannot think for themselves, and Bcc: everyone at the Trilateral Commission.
(Send (Subject "Chalabi")
(Date (NOW (To Dick Karen) :show-script YES)
(02Apr2004 07:30EST (To (Recipients R where
(AND (= :trust-level 1.0) (= :level "senior") (= :affiliation (OR "Halliburton" "OSP"))
(NOT (OR Paul (includes :ties "U of C")))))))
((+ NOW 7d) (To (Recipients R where
(AND (= :job "journalist") (= (status :affiliation) 1) (> :sheep-level 0.8)))
(Bcc (Recipients R where (= :affiliation "Trilateral Commission"))))))
The recursive nature of the RoveScript language allows you to attach counterfeit headers and RoveScripts, when necessary. You may also include formulas, for example to send a message to recipients one-by-one, spaced apart at intervals and ordered based on quantifiable personal characteristics such as age or income.
Future releases of RoveMail will support voicemail and text messaging in addition to email. Later, a GUI will eliminate the need to write most scripts, and RoveScripts will be applicable to incoming messages as well as outgoing -- for example, "If I get a message from Paul over the next two hours, forward it immediately to my Blackberry; after that, route it to my Recent-Assassinations folder."
Mirror-Time (idea #127)
You're ready to head out to the evening's event, but your spouse is stuck preening in front of the mirror again, making you late, as usual. Establish control with Mirror-Time, the mirror that shuts off when it's time for you to leave. You set the installable dressing-room mirror just like you set an alarm. Then, five minutes before the appointed moment, the inner LCD layer starts flashing opaque black, disabling the mirror intermittently as a warning sign. When the time's up, the mirror goes completely black, rendering it unusable-- and you can only restore its reflectivity by entering a secret code.
Al Qaeda Sneakers (idea #125)
What's the baddest brand in the world? It isn't Nike. Al Qaeda sneakers strike fear and young-rebel admiration wherever they tread, as they stomp into the cultural battleground of leisure footwear on the heels of such leftie, do-gooder labels as No Sweat and Adbusters' Blackspot. But absolutely none of the profits from the aggressively-styled basketball shoes actually goes to the Al Qaeda organization itself-- and anyone claiming to represent Al Qaeda who objects to the "trademark violation" and seeks damages will just have prove it through the court system. Gotcha! It's a trap that uses the terrorist organization's most valuable asset, its reputation, against itself-- while defusing, trivializing, and profiting off of it in the process. Actually, Al Qaeda brand sneakers are assembled in non-exploitative, unionized facilities, with 1% of gross income donated to UNICEF. But with status-symbol pricing, there's ample money left over for the manufacturer. Copycats and knock-offs? Bring 'em on! They'll just dilute, commercialize, and confuse the brand further.
Ayahuasca (Perfume) (idea #124)
cK One? Weak. Today's young adults crave a scent with authenticity, identity, cultural gravitas. Inspired by the ancient but newly-popular hallucinogen of the same name, Ayahuasca perfume recalls visions, high plateaus, the rainforest, shamanic magic, great lost civilizations, spiritual cleansing, and cosmic truth. It shares some of the same forbidden-drug associations as YSL's Opium, but it's young, experiential, and New World-- not old, dusty, withered, and confined. The bottle refers to the starkly geometrical stone pyramids and gold work of the Incas, while the scent itself has an amber base, with herbals/botanicals and a touch of wood smoke.
Chateau Chien Taureau (idea #120)
Many people don't realize that Fresno State University produces some really good wines out of its Viticulture and Enology department. But unfortunately, the "Fresno State Winery" appellation is a turn-off for more closed-minded varietal consumers. Enter Chateau Chien Taureau, Fresno State's new, upscale wine label. They're some of the exact same award-winning wines that are bottled under the Fresno State label-- specifically, their Cabernet, Syrah, Barbera, Muscat, and Orange Muscat (and not their Tailgate Red). But they cost a few dollars more and have a fancier-sounding name, in order to appeal to the insecure wine buyer. It's that simple, and everyone wins: Certain consumers get a whole new set of wines that they can accept and enjoy, and Fresno State University gets another source of income-- which they desperately need these days, just like all public educational institutions in California.
Warhol's Empire on DVD (Flat-panel TV Decor) (idea #115)
You've wall-mounted one of those nice, big, flat LCD or plasma television screens. But what does it do when you're not watching? You can just let it sit blank, play a cheesy fireplace or aquarium video, show some distracting eyecandy. . . or you can display a true landmark of modern art: Andy Warhol's Empire. This 8-plus hour experimental film consists of a motionless shot of the Empire State Building, filmed in 16mm from the 44th floor of the Time-Life building back in 1964 -- perfect for adding that quietly artsy touch to your living room, or even making it look like you have a window that faces midtown Manhattan in a time warp. Despite the film's epic length, Empire compresses easily onto a single DVD because it's black-and-white, it has no sound, and most significantly, it has no movement other than slow changes in lighting and the occasional bird flying. Finally, a way to put this notorious film to good use!
FreewayWriter (idea #112)
A highway's wet-weather traction is improved by grooves in the concrete, now standard in road construction. These channels produce a hum that's audible in any vehicle that travels over them, and varying the grooves' direction, spacing, and depth changes the resulting sound's volume and frequency (see S. Meiarashi et al.). FreewayWriter takes advantage of this effect to make highways sing-- literally. The computer-controlled tining machine etches complex patterns into the pavement that not only improve highway safety, but also play music to motorists-- even in stereo, when the left and right sides of the lane are etched differently. It's a great way to reduce deadly "highway hypnosis" on long, remote stretches of road, or even to deliver commercial messages. You're exhausted, you're still hours from your destination, and suddenly the road sounds like Rhapsody in Blue; that's when you think, "next time, I'm taking United Airlines."
IceWriter (idea #111)
New from the Zamboni Company, IceWriter is an ice-resurfacing vehicle that "prints" semi-permanent color images of any size as it traverses the ice. The robotic vehicle sweeps over the image area line-by-line, while a hot metal print-head underneath melts holes in the ice, one for each pixel. The vehicle then sucks up the water, mixes it with vivid, biodegradable dyes, and re-deposits it into the hole, where it soon re-freezes. The resulting long-lasting color pictures turn rinks or frozen lakes into colorful billboards visible from far away-- even from airplanes!
Astrological Wall Orrery (and Wrist Orrery) (idea #110)
AstroWin, Delphi, and other astrology apps are great for drawing up and analyzing charts for past and future events, but what if you just want to check where the planets are now, without having to consult a computer or handheld? The Astrological Wall Orrery is an attractive and affordable quartz-movement wall clock that doesn't just show the time-- it also displays the current zodiac positions of all the planets, giving you a complete, anytime read on your current astro status. Unlike traditional mechanical orreries, it isn't this ridiculously huge and expensive thing you'd only expect to find in a museum. But it does make a strong decorative statement that's in tune with the universe. For planetary guidance anywhere, strap on the Wrist Orrery, which captures all that great solar-system action in a snazzy-looking wristwatch. Hey babe, would you like to know what's rising right now?
Bensfi Designs (Blog-Enabled No-Sweat Fashions from India) (idea #104)
Enlightened consumers will gladly pay more to have a personal connection to the products they buy, which is gravy for local artisans and farmers' markets, but what about importers? Bensfi Designs (Blog-Enabled No-Sweat Fashions from India) has the answer: Publish the company's org chart online, and give every employee their own blog, which they can update on company time, uncensored, every week. Next time you're out wearing one of the Mumbai-based company's stunning vegetable-dyed Kalamkari or Ikat full-sleeve tops, you can share the lives the seamstresses who made it -- their workdays, their hopes for their families and communities, and any messages they have for the people who wear their clothing in other parts of the world. These online accounts provide more than just a feeling of connection; they also guarantee that the manufacturer's employees are not being exploited, more convincingly than any "No Sweat" logo or other institutional certification. And if you ever travel to Mumbai/Bombay, you can schedule a tour of the Bensfi factory and say hello to some of the team members in person. Wear your Bensfi design, and you'll get in free of charge-- just like all the leftie journalists visiting to cover the company's inspiring success.
Malcolm Gladwell's Project X (idea #102)
Japan's hit television series Project X documents key industrial innovations, one per weekly episode, with topics ranging from the development of the VHS standard to the development of the electric rice-cooker. Featuring frequent interviews with retirees, the detail-rich and optimistic program has inspired a large, devoted following, while spawning companion books, comics, and DVD's. Malcolm Gladwell's Project X translates this successful formula to U.S. audiences, focusing on American innovations. The appealing young New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell hosts the program, further guaranteeing its embrace by the PBS-NPR complex (which seldom backs properties that don't have a highbrow name attached).
Matching Pipe and Cat-Toy Set (idea #101)
Much of the younger generation's best glassblowing and glass-sculpture talent has gone into medicinal herb paraphernalia -- witness the beautiful work coming from Seattle's influential Glassworks Park. Meanwhile, companies like MetPet.com have been raising cat-toy aesthetic standards with handsome interactive rod toys such as SpidersFluff and Comet-on-a-String. The handcrafted Matching Pipe and Cat-Toy Set combines these synergistic tools into one piece of functional art, a colorful tabletop set that holds a variety of rod toys alongside either a conventional pipe, a water-pipe, or an herbal vaporizer. On a cold winter's night, there's no more elegant way to present the evening's entertainment!
GunNut Magazine (idea #94)
A whole generation of video-gamers is coming into legal gun-buying age, and some are realizing that blasting inanimate objects with big guns is just as thrilling in real life as it is in DOOM. But they don't share the cold-dead-fingers paranoia or Bambi-shooting sensibilities of traditional gun enthusiasts. Enter GunNut magazine, tagline: "Shooting Is Fun." Each month, GunNut covers all forms of recreational shooting (except for hunting), emphasizing target practice with real firearms, but also discussing First-Person Shooter videogames, paintball, homemade siege weapons, archery, and other projectile-centered recreations. All topics are presented with a lively, young, video-game sensibility -- think PC Gamer meets Guns and Ammo meets Maxim. The magazine will attract a whole new audience of trigger-happy gamers to the world of gun ownership, inviting lots of advertising revenue. Meanwhile, gun traditionalists will resent the publication's playful, irreverent attitude, and concerned parents will object to the way it blurs the distinction between virtual and real-life shooting, guaranteeing a rebel-cool "underground" status from both sides of the shocked-grownup spectrum.
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