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'Quirky' Series Premiere Brings Inventions to Life, Just Like the Website (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:07AM
Ventu strainer bowl, 'Quirky' premiereQuirky.com was founded by Ben Haufman as a conglomerate of idea people that come together online to help develop invention and turn them into reality. The business model sees two inventions come to fruition each week, so Sundance decided it was all ready tailor-made for an uplifting TV series. Enter 'Quirky' (Tue., 10PM ET on Sundance).

Each week, viewers will get to watch as two inventions go from idea to reality, and even get to see how successful the product launches have been for the inventions.

The premiere spotlighted the bendable power strip, Pivot Power, and a new approach to straining food, which was concocted by a middle-class mom.

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Quirky.com Founder Ben Kaufman Talks Making Invention Accessible & His New Show

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 11:00AM
Ben Kaufman, Quirky.comHave you ever had an idea for something so smart and clever, so useful, that you can't believe it hasn't been invented yet?

Well, it's Quirky's mission to make those ideas a reality, thanks to inventor-turned-entrepreneur Ben Kaufman.

After launching a successful product while still in high school (his retractable lanyard headphones, Song Sling, got made and sold thanks to his parents re-mortgaging their home), Kaufman decided to give other people a place to brainstorm ideas and support inventions: Quirky.com.

Now TV viewers will get to see what happens behind-the-scenes on 'Quirky' (premieres Tues., Aug. 30, 10PM ET on Sundance Channel), a six-episode docu-series following Kaufman and his team as they develop two new ideas each episode, from inception through production and marketing.

I caught up with Kaufman to hear about the smart products we'll see on the show and his favorite Quirky success story.

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Naming celebrity babies

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 18th 2006 12:13PM

babyThe New York Times has an interesting piece on the phenomenon of celebrities bestowing weird and unique names upon their children. My stance for the longest time was that giving your child names like "Pilot Inspektor" (Jason Lee's kid) or "Moxie CrimeFighter" (that's magician Penn Jillette's little girl) was essentially like turning your child into a walking billboard to advertise your own fertile imagination. However, I've had to lighten up on that stance recently, since this has become the new rule for baby naming these days, including my own family. Besides, I can't help but admit that "Moxie CrimeFighter" is a pretty awesome name.

Also, perhaps it's jealousy. My name is Adam, which I like just fine, but it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi. That's why I've teamed up with NASA scientists to devise a method of coming up with a suitable "Hollywood" name for yourself or your children, if you have any. Here's what to do:

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