Archive for May, 2010

Happy Birthday Lawn Mower

May 19, 2010

May 18th marks the official birthday of the first lawn mower in 1830.   One of the first machines sold was used in Regent’s Park Zoological Gardens in London.

first lawn mower 1830

The first lawn mower was not much different from reel mowers of today, with a spinning blade powered by the rotation of the wheels, but it had a handle in the front so it could be pulled by a second person.  By 1840 over 1,000 had been sold, and the rest is history.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of lawn mowers visit the British Lawnmower Museum website at:
http://www.lawnmowerworld.co.uk/

Kickstarter says we’re not creative

May 15, 2010

After reading about Disapora, a open-source social networking site similar to Facebook, on Slashdot a few days ago and seeing their donations on Kickstarter swell from $20,000 to nearly $150,000, I decided to join Kickstarter.  Unfortunately they’re not accepting new applicants at this time, you have to contact them and explain why your project is worthy.  So I sent them a message explaining what we do, that we offer a unique service offering jobs to local individuals through an open call and given over 200 people semi-regular income.

Little did I know the huge kick in the teeth I was opening myself up to.  Rather than just a simple “We’re sorry we can not accept your application at this time”, Kickstarter Staff Cindy replied with:

Hi James,

Thanks for taking the time to share your idea. We look for projects that have a well-developed, creative focus. We wish you the best of luck, but this isn’t right for Kickstarter. Thanks again for writing and good luck!

Best,
Cindy

Wow, we don’t have a creative focus?  We’re the first of our kind, no website in the world gives jobs to local lawn mowers over the net, how is that not creative?  We could give thousands of people jobs across the US, and instead of supporting us they give money to four guys making another social networking site that will probably be bought out by Facebook?  Not to knock Diaspora, I’m sure they’re great guys, but Facebook is worth $11 billion dollars, if they knocked on Diaspora’s door tomorrow and said “Here’s $110 million (1% of what we’re worth), we want to buy Diaspora” they might sell.  At least if we sell someday, there’s still thousands of mowers profiting from the website.

Sorry to call you out like this Kickstarter but next time a nice website says “Hey can we join your club?” try not to insult them.

LawnMowingOnline donates to St. Peter’s Parish 2010 Picnic Auction

May 4, 2010

LawnMowingOnline has donated two coupons to receive a free lawn mowing to be auctioned off May 16th at the 2010 St. Peter’s Parish Picnic in St. Charles, Missouri.

Other items featured in the auction is a Free Oil & Filter Change provided by Safeway Tire & Auto Center, a 4′ x 2′ Custom Banner from Fast Signs, free tickets to the Funny Bone, a 1988 Dodge Aries Wagon with 73k miles from Cars Unlimited and many other great items.  Come on out and support a worthy cause!


example of 88 Dodge Aries Wagon to be auctioned off

St. Peter Church has been located in historic downtown St. Charles since 1850 and is a short walking distance from Missouri’s First State Capitol and across the street from St. Joseph’s Health Center.

We’re happy to support our local charitable organizations.  If you are organizing an auction for a charitable organization and in need of donations please contact us.