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Here's an idea and a half
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Randomly match three half-baked ideas from halfbakery.com, using a server-based application. After all possible combinations of three ideas have been created, the results are run through a grammar-checker, then passed along to low-but-fairly-paid workers in third world countries, and perhaps second and first world countries as well.. These workers would throw out combinations that made no sense whatsoever, and allow the remaining ones to be committed to the database.

Dedicated users could then go through the results: the chances are good that putting together three half-baked ideas will result in an idea and a half at least some of the time.

Revenue from these amazing ideas would be used to provide wages for the dedicated workers doing the sorting.

hubby2debbie, Dec 15 2010

Halfbakery_20Poker [FlyingToaster, Dec 15 2010]


       I think it might be asymptotic. One idea is halfbaked, the second idea would occupy half the distance between the original idea and bakedness and the third cover half of the remaining distance, and so on.
nineteenthly, Dec 15 2010

       Or multiplicatorary, so the first idea is half baked, but incorporating the second reduces the sensibility of the combined ideas to 1/4, etc.
pocmloc, Dec 15 2010

       I think it's multiplicatory too. Imagine every idea exists somewhere on a scale from "completely shit" to "genius!", where "completely shit" is 0 and "genius!" is 1. Then, when two ideas are brought together, you multiply their scores so the resultant idea from the combination of two ideas with scores of 0.4 and 0.9 would be 0.36.
hippo, Dec 15 2010

       It might depend on the idea. Maybe there are different operators influencing how the ideas behave, so one way of combining ideas is akin to multiplication, another to exponentiation and another to addition. In which case, maybe group theory can be applied to the HB.
nineteenthly, Dec 15 2010

       Isn't this how Bee-releasing Jam Banjo was formed?   

       I think the viability of the resultant idea would be a mean average of the 3 ideas. Combining 4 ideas would give you a miserly average.   

       It's similar to Fermat's Theory: "A idea + An idea = Sum idea" has no real solutions.
marklar, Dec 15 2010

       Hmmm... it sounds like we have uncovered the potential for a whole new branch of mathematics. With numbers, there are operation symbols that affect the way the numbers are combined. For example, 36 + 26 + 36, 36 x 26 x 36, and 36-26-36 all have different meanings.   

       Similarly, the way half-baked ideas are combined will affect the outcome. If they are layered on top of one another, with the heaviest on the bottom, it would be different than if they were folded gently together using a large spoon, or beaten with an eggbeater.   

       Perhaps all of the letters could be sorted alphabetically, and then fed into an anagram generator. The result of this would be nonsense at worst, and, perhaps, humor at best.
hubby2debbie, Dec 15 2010

       If you mix too many things together, you just get brown.
zen_tom, Dec 15 2010

       Which could be <euphemism>poop</euphemism> or chocolate.
hubby2debbie, Dec 15 2010

       Works according to the principle that an idea including custard, Pykrete, and orrerys must be three times as good as one involving custard alone.
mouseposture, Dec 16 2010

       Anyone else get a visual of Bigfoot wearing an apron and a hairnet when they read this title?   

       ...just me, aalrighty then.   

       What is poop a euphemism for?
marklar, Dec 16 2010

       [marklar] poop is a euphemism for the back of a boat, maybe.
hubby2debbie, Dec 16 2010

       //Revenue from these amazing ideas would be used to provide wages //

sp: Revenue from these amazing ideas would be nil.
DrBob, Dec 16 2010

       // If you mix too many things together, you just get brown //   

       So you assume that HB ideas are endarkening rather than enlightening? Subtractively, that's what you get but additively you'd get white. That would mean that reading the HB too much would remove intelligence and be the opposite of educational. Hmm...
nineteenthly, Dec 16 2010


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