Idea: New Year’s resolutions

It’s almost New Year’s eve. As customary, I’m thinking through what I’m going to promise myself to do. I thought I’d add a little twist for 2011. I’m going to … wait for it … actually fullfill those resolutions. Groundbreaking, isn’t it?

Every year people promise to quit smoking, to work out, etc, but some keep it a secret. That in my opinion just makes it even easier to chicken out.

You should select no more than three things, and have it somewhere public where your friends can motivate you to do it (or make fun of you for not doing it, depends on your friends).

Maybe it would work better as a Facebook app, if having your friends helping you is the main feature.

If you’re having trouble coming up with some resolutions, try this generator.

Update: It would be odd if I didn’t write my resolutions here, wouldn’t it?

  1. Learn more. I’ve just started a bookclub at work, but beside that I want to fill my weeks with some learning activity. Primarly it would be taking a few software development certifications but since that is highly dependent on my work, I’ll supplement it with dance classes (starting with salsa).
  2. Eat healthier. I’m not going to fool myself with the typical “get in shape” resolution. I’ve decided to put my extra time on my brain, so the gym will just have to wait a bit more, so that leaves me with something simpler: eat less junk.
  3. Finish the living room. It can take forever for me to find the furniture I like, but I’m really close to finishing the living room and now it’s time to put that last bit of effort to pick the last things.

Idea: Swenglishalizer

In Swedish it’s pretty common to mix in English terms. I guess a lot of languages does this, with mixed results.

I remember an old site called Smurfalizer where you’d enter a webadress and it would take you to the site but replace a bunch of words with “smurf”. It would be funny with a site that’d replace Swedish some words with English, basically turning the site into “Swenglish”. Like saying “email” instead of “epost”.

Update 2011-01-26: It would be fun to do it the other way around too. Translate Swenglish into proper Swedish, like “pipeline” (as in “det ligger i pipelinen”) to “rörledning”.

Idea: What’s your threat level?

I’m probably going to end up on a list somewhere because of this post. Hope they can take a joke…

This would probably work best as a browser plug-in. By analyzing your traffic, text and search keywords, a “potential national threat level” is assessed. Just for fun, what if someone was listening to your traffic – how big of a red alert signal would you be?

Idea: Achievements guides for mobiles

I almost always use this website when I’m playing a Xbox game. (Yeah, I love achievements) Some games have various collectables and sometimes people create interactive maps for them. Such as Dr Mong’s Bioshock 2 guide. It’s great to have on your cell phone because it’s easier to have with you on the sofa while playing console games.

I’m a bit amazed that there isn’t an app for X360A or PS3T. According to their forums it’s most likely due to resource constraints. It would be perfect to track your Achievement progress and have the guide available on the phone.

Idea: Don’t buy it yet

Every time I think of buying something, something better is announced. Like I thought about getting an iPad for Christmas and rumours about iPad 2 appeared. There’s always a reason to wait before buying a tech gadget. So why not make a site just about that? You enter what you want to buy, and get a list of reasons of why you shouldn’t! It would be a great moneysaver. 😉

Not sure how to keep it updated without an editorial staff though.