Peek’s Picks: Song Exploder Brings You into the Minds of Musicians


Alrighty, let’s make this quick because I totally need to run and get some groceries. Aric just dropped this one on me yesterday. No, it’s not some new technology or something to bring good to mankind, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Song Exploder is a podcast where, in their words, musicians (from many genres) take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. It’s a pretty awesome idea if you’re a music junkie like me. Give it a shot!

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Previously: Hitchwiki Provides Crowd-Sourced Information on Hitchhiking and Cheap Transportation

Peek’s Picks: Hitchwiki Provides Crowd-Sourced Information on Hitchhiking and Cheap Transportation

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Aric sent me an email while I was spending my last week with my fiance until she returns to the US. I finally read it a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised once again.

Hitchwiki is a site that allows for collaboratively compiled information on hitchhiking around the world. As someone who is looking to see the world, I think this is an awesome idea whether you’re traveling or embracing a nomadic lifestyle. There’s awesome information on where to hitchhike, safety tips, and guides for first-timers. It also has articles available in a number of different languages which is pretty cool. All hail Mr. Peek!

witter: @hitchwiki

Previously: SwitchPitch Lets Larger Companies Pitch Ideas to Startups

Peek’s Picks: SwitchPitch Lets Larger Companies Pitch Ideas to Startups

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I’ve been stewing on possible startup ideas recently. Who knows if I’ll ever come up with a home run idea, but a brotha has to give a shot right?

Aric then told me about SwitchPitch, a cool concept that lets companies pitch startups instead of the other way around. This allows companies to avoid the onslaught of startups vying for their attention. These reverse-pitch meetings are also face-to-face, allowing for more personal interaction. This sounds like a pretty awesome way for companies to partner with the right people. Take a look if you’re interested and, as always, thank you, Mr. Peek!


Previously: Hello Hubs Is a Community-Built and Owned Internet Kiosk

Peek’s Picks: Hello Hubs Is a Community-Built and Owned Internet Kiosk

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Aric and I met briefly this Sunday and he tossed this gem my way. Hello Hubs is a community contributed project that builds internet kiosks that also act as an educational resource. Each terminal has access to 24-hour WiFi and up to four people can be seated at once. Additionally, there is a workbench for maintenance and repair of the hub.

This is an awesome idea and shows the power of cooperation. Why can’t we organize like this more often? Think of the greatness we could achieve instead of the pain we create by being adversaries. Support this endeavor!


Previously: Bluemix Is an Open-Source, Cloud-Based Development Platform

Peek’s Picks: Bluemix Is an Open-Source, Cloud-Based Development Platform

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Aric randomly sent me a link to IBM Bluemix the other day. Bluemix is a cloud-based, open-source development platform with pretty awesome services provided by IBM.

For example, do you know Wat-

Wait, before I continue there are no Sherlock Holmes jokes allowed, damn it. We’re better than that.

Ehem, do you know Watson? It’s IBM’s technology that processes information closer to humans than machines by interpreting natural language. Cool, right? Well, there are Watson services for Bluemix that lets developers build cognitive apps. That means possibilities for language identification, on-the-fly relationship extraction, and maybe even some advanced AI in your apps.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial today; no credit card needed.


Previously: Aric’s TED Talk Picks

100 Days/100 Ideas: #10 – HP Sprout, a 3D Scanning PC

3D Scanning PC

Photo Credit: Engadget

Idea: 3D Scanning PC

Synopsis: HP is quietly becoming one of my favorite technology companies. The Sprout is a PC has a second touchscreen that lays flat on desk, and a camera that can scan 3D images. The image can then be exported to CAD programs and 3D printers. They even crop out the backgrounds for the item in focus.

Say what???

There’s another neat trick. The camera has a projector so it can “see” and project simultaneously. This means someone can project an image and interact with it using, say, their hands. If you’re not amazed, you may be suffering from depression.

Just sayin’,

Read about it more at Engadget where I got the above photo:

Props to Chakktor.

Previously: 100 Days/100 Ideas: #9 – Modular Cars

Peek’s Picks: The Internet Wishlist Is a Wall of Inspiration

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The Great Aric Peek does it again. Last week he sent me a link to The Internet Wishlist ( It sounds like such a basic concept, but it’s a bit genius as well. It’s simply a wall where people post ideas for apps and websites. Imagine that, a site where potential entrepreneurs and developers can simply pluck ideas from a source to which people are voluntarily submitting. It’s pretty awesome.

If you want to add an idea to the wishlist, spit it out on Twitter and use #theiwl. But be (hopefully) innovative because they’re selective.

You know, I’ve been slacking on my 100 Days/100 Ideas posts. Mostly because it’s tougher than I thought to constantly come up with (hopefully) innovative (more or less) new ideas. I’ll be using these as backup. All credit is due to the posters as well. I just want to share awesome ideas.

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Twitter: @theiwl

Previously: Purpose Looks to Change the World Socially and Economically

100 Days/100 Ideas: #9 – Modular Cars

Modular Car

Idea: Modular cars

Synopsis: This isn’t a new idea. I think I’m actually going to make these posts a little different by also showcasing pre-existing ideas that may not be getting a ton of love.

I’m all about the idea of modular devices. Modular computers. Modular cellphones. Whatever. I feel the ability to customize in a simple way is part of our future. Your average person can assemble a device while experts fix components. There’s no need to have a new singular device. Just upgrade parts as needed. Sounds awesome, right?

Just take some time to check out the modular movement and see how it can revolutionize products as we know it. Instead of my normal “party people” link, I’m embedding this video in the post so people are more likely to check out a video on this idea.

Previously: 100 Days/100 Ideas: #8 – Crowd Sourced Anonymous Feedback

100 Days/100 Ideas: #8 – Crowd Sourced Anonymous Feedback

Photo Credit: Theresa Thompson

Photo Credit: Theresa Thompson

Idea: Crowd Sourced Anonymous Feedback

Synopsis: I don’t know how well this could actually do alright if people get into it. I’m envisioning a system where people are given a series of choices. This or that. And they could be anything! Need help writing a speech? Have people vote on one opening statement versus another. Deciding between two logos? Have people vote on which they like best. A tiny payout can be made to voters to encourage activity. Also, everything is anonymous in terms of voters and who is asking for the votes. This way everything stays fair and biases take a back seat.

This seems like a simple enough of an idea to execute and it plays on people who like to give opinions. Anyone posting the choice to voters can have a budget for how many people they want to reach and that money goes to voters for each vote. Maybe this could be a cool way to get feed back and create additional income for people.

Or not. It’s just an idea.

Peace out, party people.

Previously: 100 Days/100 Ideas: #7 – Rotation Vocations