by Nikolai Shokhirev
|In the age of digital technology traditional scarecrows look archaic.
1. Stack your old CDs. Drill two holes on the opposite sides of the CDs.
|2. Connect the discs with paper clips so that they make a chain.|
|3. Hang the chain near your plants. The discs rotate in the wind, spots of reflected light randomly move and scare birds.|
I collected a lot of CDs (trial software, AOL subscription, etc.). In the first year of my work at TCI I used them as a Christmas decoration. A chain of CDs was hanging over our cubicles. Very soon I was told to remove the decoration because it could scare our valuable customers. Probably this prompted my colleague Walter Ries to use it as a scarecrow in his new garden. I gave him my first chain and quickly collected disks for myself.
My colleague at Ideation Inc. Vladimir Proseanic suggested to make a spiral by bending the clips at the second step.
*) TRIZ is a Russian abbreviation for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving
©ikolai Shokhirev, 2001-2010