The “information superhighway”: buzzword extraordinaire that promised boundless information and innovation capabilities. Institutions such as “think tanks” gained popularity and the “information economy” sprung up. So is the world better for it? That may be a difficult call, but one result is obvious: everything and everybody is awash with new ideas, some good, many bad. Collecting those ideas, injecting intelligence and sometimes humor into them, is the (cleverly named) Half Bakery.
The Bakery’s a collaborative repository of “ideas” for innovations and inventions, as well as comments on them and more annotations. Some are obviously (or subtly) tinged with humor and satire, including the cellphone trebuchet for unwanted mobiles and ana-graham crackers for scrabble snacking fun. Others are straight-up good ideas for the betterment of, well, something or other. All of them are worth a glance and many a vote or comment.