I have ideas that people need to pay attention to. In general I
want to make the world a better place. To be honest in sharing these particular ideas I am probably primarily focused on making my world a better place. Admittedly none of these thoughts are going to end poverty or cure cancer, but I think my ideas would make the world a better place for more people than just me. After all a rising tide lifts all boats, or so I am told. I don’t generally hang out places where there are rising tides so I just take this statement to be true without ever having verified it. But I digress.
Most of these ideas are for big companies. I don’t need a percentage of the profits. I would just be happy to see the changes made. Although I wouldn’t turn down any sort of remuneration that would like to send my way for my treasure trove of ideas.
Listen Amazon, I love reading Kindle books, and I like listening to Audible books. There are some things iBooks does better than Kindle, but we can talk about that later. Here are three things that could make things better with Kindle. First, Kindle Matchbook allows me to buy a digital book at a discount rate if I purchased the physical book via Amazon (and the publisher participates in the program). This is a great program, but it needs to flow both ways. There are times that I would like to go back and purchase the physical book after having owned the digital. There probably aren’t many people with this issue, but there is at least one. Second, Audible Matchmaker allows me purchase the audio book version of a book if I own the Kindle. This one is also needs to flow the other way as well. There have been many times I was listening to an audiobook and wanted the digital book copy to highlight and such. Of the first two this is more important and more useful to more people. Third, I would like a way to easily export my Kindle library titles to an Excel spreadsheet. There are a thousand work arounds on the internet, but would it kill you to just set this up and include an “Export to CSV” button? I don’t think so.
Hey Google, after talking with a coworker this week I had a brilliant idea you guys are going to love. You need to give Google Maps the ability to take street view images and show the person a visual image of taking their trip. Here’s how it would work. A person needs to travel to a doctor across town. They’ve never been there before so they pull it up on Google Maps. They plot in their location and destination. They get the directions, but what if along with that they could choose Street View Simulation that would show them all of the turns and navigation so that they could get an idea of what everything looks like before they go. At the very least this would have to cut down on a few accidents of people staring at their phones swerving all over the road. Ok, maybe I am being optimistic about traffic.
Chick-Fil-A, how our family loves you. My daughter chose it for her birthday dinner this week for crying out loud. I also really like the Chick-Fil-A one app. Here’s the thing, the app is really useful if you are going to go inside to pick things up, but with kids in tow we hit the drive thru more often than we eat inside the restaurant. Here is what the app needs, a live view of the drive thru of the selected restaurant. It would help me at least get an idea of what kind of time I am looking at to get my waffle fries. Even if you don’t do the live view, what if when you click on a particular Chick-Fil-A you get an estimate of the drive thru wait time. Admittedly this helps me more than it does you because there are probably times this would mean me not coming to Chick-Fil-A, but I would really appreciate it, and appreciative customers are repeat customers. Just think about it, ok?
Ok Crossway, a while back I tweeted this idea to you guys. You responded back that you loved the idea, but since I don’t see it on bookshelves I feel the need to repeat myself. I really like the Readers ESV Bible. It isn’t cluttered up with verse numbers and footnotes, and it is the best Bible reading experience for me, just me and the text. The problem is that it doesn’t have a lot of room for note-taking. You also produce an ESV journaling Bible, so why don’t you merge the two. An ESV Readers Journaling Bible. I can’t be the only person that would buy this. Anyway, I have seriously tried to figure out if there was a way to do this myself. I want text, and room to write things down, that’s all, that’s the list.
Bible Publishers in General
Ok, so I understand the drawbacks to what I am about to propose make the idea untenable, but hear me out and at least think about it. I am a dad, that would love to hand his kids a study Bible that their mom and I made for them one day when they get older. I would love to take a digital edition of the Bible, add my own study notes, and then get my personal study Bible printed. Would this be a premium cost? Yes. Would I be willing to pay a premium for this? Yes. I know that you couldn’t just let anybody print anything, so maybe this just isn’t possible, but it is at least worth considering before you reject it. Find a way to allow people to make notes in a digital version of the Bible, and then allow them to custom print that version of the Bible.
National Basketball Association
Dear Association, one thing that I really like that you are doing is making a report available that in your words assesses “Officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of last night’s games which were within five points at the two-minute mark (and during overtime, where applicable).” This is great, and frequently you admit when officials get it wrong. The problem is that you shortchange the whole process by only including the last 120 seconds. So, your report says that player A should have been called for a foul on player B with 20 seconds to go. That’s great, but if player B shouldn’t have been in the game because he committed his 6th foul with 5 minutes to go that is an important detail too. I like the accountability, but calls get missed all game. The last two minutes aren’t any different. By only giving us these last two minutes, you increase the number of fans claiming that there is a conspiracy against their team.