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My current $1.000.000 idea

Ok…I’m pretty certain we’re all sick of the LiveStrong bracelet fad by now. Yes, I know it’s for a good cause. Yes, I know that Lance Armstrong is cool. Yes, I know everyone is doing it. But fucking Nike started it. It can’t be all good.

But when I see cheap rip-off bands in my local Shell station, I declare the fad over. Especially when shit like these are coming out…nothing is worse than knee jerk patriotism (do not get me started about the freaking yellow magnetic ribbons on everyone’s cars).

Anyway…there are already sites where you can order parody ribbons for your car…I think it’s time for parody bracelets. I’m thinking something like…make up a bunch of them with different labels for everyone:

Political: Liberal, Conservative, Left, Right, Green, Socialist, Communist (would have to be Red, I think)
Sexual: Top, Bottom, Queer, Gay, Straight, Trans, Bi
Religious: you can fill these in

Or how about just random messages:

I hate everyone.
Fuck the world.
Penguins rule the universe.

Whatever you wanted. I’m convinced that if I printed up a couple hundred black bands with something like “Metalheads for killing babies” I could sell them like hotcakes.

I’m telling you…I could make a *pinky finger near mouth* million dollars.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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