Pony request: a place for random answers, or tips, that have no immediate questions, but might be useful to someone, sometime, somewhere.
posted by JHarris to Feature Requests at 2:31 PM (66 comments total)
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A few days ago I was browsing through the shelves of a local Books-A-Million, and I made a discovery. They sell these cases that are intended for Bibles, and for some reason anything having to do with Jesus tends to get discounted at Books-A-Million. Additionally, a particular case had a severe discount because it was on clearance.
I'm not religious, but I noticed that the case was exactly the size of an iPad. In case you don't have one, there is a minimum $10 surcharge for anything made for an iPad, not because of an Apple licensing fee, not because of any particular manufacturing difficulty, just because. Because iPads are popular, and people who sell stuff for them figure owners must be well-to-do, so they increase the price because they can. Even styluses tend to cost upwards of $15. Cases tend to start at $30. (And if that case should happen to have an included Bluetooth keyboard, well, then don't expect to pay less than $100.)
So it was I was able to get a pretty nice iPad case, with little pockets for the power supply and cable and even a nice netted pocket just large enough to hold a Wiimote for jailbreak emulator action, for $8. The lesson: iPad owners should check out Bible accessories for cheap cases.
So pleased am I with my acquisition that I feel compelled to tell the world. I could blog about it I suppose, but then only a few people would come to know about it. I could wait for someone on Ask to ask about cheap iPad accessories, but that may never happen, and by the time they do I might forget all about it.
And it comes to mind that this isn't the first time this has happened to me. It's not a thing big enough to make a Metafilter post about, or to really spend that many words on, but I still think it'd be useful to people. So maybe this could be a useful subsite, just a collection of random things people have found personally useful, and want to pass on to others? Maybe with a length limitation, not really short like Twitter's, but to prevent long screeds or other abuses?
To be really useful it'd have to be searchable of course, and I can see this as something that search would be central enough to that it'd potentially be a more important interface than the traditional scrolling front page.
Well, is just an idea. It might not be a good fit for Metafilter, but I figured I'd offer it in case someone thought it was. Nothing ventured nothing gained, sort of thing.