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IDEA: A Smarter Sports News Ticker

December 25, 2011 1 comment

Sports Highlights & Ticker Shows End Result

Has this ever happened to you? You get home and you want to see the highlights from the game you missed which you also made sure to not find out the score of and you turn on an all sports channel. While you are watching the highlights one of the tickers on the bottom of the screen completely ruins the outcome of the highlights you are watching. If you don’t see exactly what I mean, check out the picture below where I have circled the relevant portion which reveals the ending of the game that has highlights on the main portion of the screen.

Sports Highlights & Ticker Shows End Result with circle

Note: To be clear, the image above is just what happened to be on TV which reminded me of this issue. It is not only SportsNet in Canada which does it but TSN in Canada and as far as I can recall, ESPN in the USA does it too.

My idea to fix this seems to me to be pretty simple. Write a program which knows which highlights are on the screen and skip the part of the ticker which shows the score during the highlight reel. I am not a programmer so I don’t know how simple something like this would be to develop but it doesn’t seem like it is too much to ask.

What do you think? Have you ever noticed this before? Does it perturb you too from time to time? Let me know in the comments below.

Wet Bag For Umbrellas In A Lobby, BRILLIANT!

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw this stand at the Sun Life Financial Tower in downtown Toronto at the corner of King Street West and University Avenue. The building is managed by a company called Bentall Kennedy and I think this stand is one heck of a fantastic idea for its patrons and visitors alike. As an aside, the management also benefits and for doing what appears to be a favor to people in the building. Brilliant!

Not only does it make tenants happy that they don’t have to worry about puddles on their floors in their offices but it means that management doesn’t have to worry about puddling in the lobbies, elevators, hallways, bathrooms and the like. This means that management gets to spend less money on cleaning crews which is beneficial to them. It also means there are less likely to be people slipping on floors and that means happier tenants as well as ones less prone to litigation.

One of the only questions I have is why there isn’t any branding or advertising on the bags or the stand. The stand I can understand because that might seem a little crass but I don’t think anyone would object to there being ads on the bags themselves. OK, maybe not even an ad per se but just the building and/or management company’s name so people know about it.

Funny thing is the first time I saw these stands it was from the outside while waiting for the streetcar while it was raining (and I didn’t have an umbrella). I pointed it out to my friend and this random middle aged man standing with us and the man said he had been working in the building for years and never noticed that stand before. While the stand itself and the bags might be new, I still think that this is something that the gentleman should’ve been made aware of at some point during the spring, summer, and fall months which lay behind us which a number of rainy days. Maybe he used the Wet Bag today though because I pointed this out to him the day I went with Shannon to get her award from the Heart & Stroke Foundation which was a month ago.

I love ideas like this which are so simple yet so brilliant and must be making money for someone hand over fist.

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