Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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I'm totally with you, Amba. That's why I can't get into "Idol," either, which I know is bucking the tide. I wrote about that once and got some of the most negative e-mail responses I've ever gotten, which struck me as odd. I couldn't imagine anybody caring enough to object to my, well, objections.

Oh, well, you know what they say about "different strokes." No one's a captive audience when it comes to TV, thank goodness.


"My bad."

No. Your good.


Sickening show ... have to wonder how many of the "inventors" are shills at the public ratings auction.


I'm an American Idol addict. But I never start watching until the real competition begins. I just hate watching poor untalented kids (and most ARE kids) be insulted by the judges. While I think some of these kids are just pretending to be horrible (for their 15 minutes) others sincerely think they're good and are devestated when they are rejected. It's painful to watch and can't be a good comment on our society that so many people enjoy laughing at such poor souls.


I tend to agree that what we're seeing is accurate... but an accurate depiction of that slice of America interested in this particular venue (includes inventors and pretend inventors).

Out of curiousity, last night I went looking for other blog posts discussing the show. One entry was by someone who isn't an inventor but simply wanting to be on television. This was their third reality show effort.

To be honest, I can't imagine too many real inventors interested in participating; fear of disclosure is a huge issue. And the whole patent process/patent service scam feeds this fear. American innovation is increasingly coming from small businesses and average people, but the system is still mostly intended for large corporate efforts which used to rule research and development.

So I'd venture 9 in 10 of the people showing up for casting calls is like that reality-groupie blogger; just looking for their 15 minutes. That leaves one person who's serious. Of those, how many are dreamers, how many are desperate, how many are in over their heads, and how many are any good? Probably not very many.


On one of my favorite episodes of Nightline, they follow a team of designers at IDEO as they tackle the problem of reinventing the grocery cart.

That was good television.

I was disappointed with American Inventor. Too much harshness. And I think we were supposed to enjoy the smackdowns. I didn't.

I might warm to the show if, in future episodes, they focus on bringing the best ideas to fruition. I want to see the invention process. I want to see the inventors work with people or firms that can help develop their ideas through prototyping, testing, refining, and so forth.


Me too, Peter, I just don't know if I can hold out through all the fake meanness. How do we know when to start watching? What's the "Idol" formula -- when does it start getting serious?


What's worse: "fake" or "real" meanness?

Is one supposed to better than the other?

What does it say that it now makes sense to have to seriously contemplate that?


And what does it say that you can't tell for sure which is which? It says that we find cruelty funny, for one thing.

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