Sunday, February 05, 2006

halftime show



I was commissioned to provide an invention as part of the grand prize for Rob Clark's Famous NFL Pool (in previous years, I have provided haiku and a recipe for the same purpose here on JFW). Rob's mother, as it turned out, won the pool this year. You would think with a name like "Grace," a Grace-specific invention would be easy, but I was mostly stymied. I was, however, listening to the Mirah song "Murphy Bed" while commisserating with a friend about how much productive time can be lost to being slow to get out of bed even when one has Important Social Scientific Things To Do, and I had an idea for an invention there. I wrote/drew the invention up on my Tablet PC and uploaded the pages to Flickr (it's four pages, so you can follow the photostream to see the invention in its full splendor).

6 comments:

carly said...

I'd definitely buy an invention like that. See, Rich desperately needs the wake-up function (see: http://mad-scientists.blogspot.com/2006/01/extent-of-richs-sleeping-problems.html , whereas I desperately need the no-nap function.

Lucy said...

I need one of those. It should automatically retract and slide you out of bed, too, because I'm sure I could ignore the vibrations.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy I am very grateful for the invention. Where can I get it?
Amazing Grace

jeremy said...

AG: Rob is supposed to be building it for you, so keep checking for a UPS delivery.

Lucy: That was my original idea, but then I wasn't sure how to really have the motor be powerful enough to hoist a human being out of bed. I didn't include the detailed technical appendices laying out these details.

Carly: Rich seems like a kindred spirit on the trouble-rising front.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

I agree with Lucy. If three STARVING cats don't get me out of bed in the morning, I don't think a merely vibrating bed could do the job.

j autumn said...

Hey, i couldn't connect to Rich's post, but I am so down with that. I'm sleeping like 11 goddamn hours a night recently, what gives? Its an effort to haul my fat ass outta bed after all that too...I could probably do 12-13 on a daily basis without cracking a sweat