Weekend-engagement topic week 38: Inventions


Since the human race began evolving we've been creating and inventing things; Necessity forced us to. Homo habilis, one of the earliest human beings, is credited with the invention of tools - Basic shards of rock chipped of larger pieces for use for cutting...With evolution came cognitive thought and...Millions of inventions since then.

The printing press. Computer chip. Writing. Bionic hearing aid, Rubber. Bronze. Push up bra's. Bluetooth. Space travel. Fossil fuels. LCD displays. Mini skirts. Record player. Penicillin. Electricity. Fountain pen. Numbers. Push up bra's. Plastic. Virtual reality. Cinema. Mini skirts. Artificial intelligence. Television. Art. Hydro-electricity. Corn flakes. Healthcare systems. The automobile. Aircraft. X-ray. Push up bra's. WiFi. Robotics. Velcro. Internet. The washing machine. Mini skirts. GPS. Wind farming. The wheel. Fire. SCUBA. Sex toys. LED lighting. Paint. Glass. Production line manufacturing. Music. Insurance policies. Push up bra's. The nail. Optical lenses. The compass. Steam engine. Gunpowder. Paint brush. The plow. Refrigeration. Telephone. Crypto. Calendar. The clock. Soap. Bullets, The toilet. Boats and ships. Fishing poles. Fusion reactor. Mirror. Mini skirts. Concrete. The hammer. Light bulb and...Push up bra's...And mini skirts. Just to name a few.

weekend-engagement topic 38

All you have to do is choose an invention, any invention you like, respect, value, find interesting or use...It can be anything but your have to tell us what it is and why you like it or how you feel it's changed your life, or the world.

You can see my list above which could, in fact, be almost endless - So select one of your own, or mine, and tell us why. Get creative, tell us historical facts, the evolution of that invention, who made it, how it's used and so on...Or be humorous and inventive!...Just get involved.

I've used this image I took of some of my dad's nib-pens and brushes...He's gone now, but what he created as an artist using these tools was nothing short of amazing to me - But I'm his son so that's as it should be.

You need to drop your comments of under 200 words below, not post elsewhere and drop the link...That's not what it's all about folks...You'll know this if you actually read this paragraph, or you'll just look like a dick otherwise. This is all about creating a place for users to engage with others over the weekend, so drop your comments below and give people a reason to engage with you.

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My favorite invention is this little bouncing friend I got 🤗🤗🤗
(🎶you gotta read this with dramatic music in the background! 🎶)

Not only have I spent countless hours running after it with blissful excitement... I've shed tears next to it, I've spent nights with it, mornings, afternoons...
Summers, winters, autumn, spring... Indoors, outdoors
It's been with me through puberty, through breakups, through school and even university...
I've shared it with family, with friends, with complete strangers...
In Suriname, in Curaçao, on multiple continents!
And even if I'm not with it, I spend time watching from a far.
I've been happy, sad, angry, depressed, drunk, sleepy, tired, ecstatic, with it....
I've practically grown up with it!
And things have changed, life happened, it hasn't always been the same.
But through it all...I've come to appreciate it for much more than it's bounce, I've come to love it for what came with it and I will never forget how much it has influenced my life!

I love you my little bouncy friend...🤗🤗🤗
I love you basketball!

(🎶music slowly fades🎶)

Great entry and you're first again bro!

I love how you commented here...Told us what it has meant to you over your life. Nice work sir.

Tell me, have you had only one or has they're been many?


😃 Thanks fun topic once again, I'm genuinely curious what the rest will come up with.
(also I think I'm lucky with the time difference)...

Tricky question here, I almost feel like it would be wrong to say I've had many! Haha I'm picturing my current bball looking at me in disgust 😂😂😂.
But I think I've actually owned about 7, I mean they'll go for years if you take proper care of them...

Yeah, you get a jump on the rest of the world...Get to the topic first. Still, it's not just chance, you actively choose to comment. So thanks.

Yeah, I remember the basket balls at school must have been 20 years old, all worn and faded. They last for a while though. You play a lot I guess, so it makes sense you have had multiple...Just tell the current one it's the best! 😂

I have fond memories of the phys ed classes as a kid, using those really old basketballs thinking of how long they've been around, how many people have played with them. Some teachers even when they were kids attending the school could have used them. Always interested me to think of it!

I have no clue how old the ones I was using were but I know they were old. Some were so work there was not a single marking of any kind left on it!

Yo soy muy mala con los balones. Y jugando baloncesto en la escuela. Siempre me daba miedo larzar y recibir

We can't be good at all things...I'm sure you found something else to excel at...Truth be told I was terrible at basketball also...It just wasn't my game.

Bueno en los deportes no eran mis pasatiempos. Yo preferia, pintar, dibujar, hacer manualidades....

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I second that. One of the most used inventions of my youth and one that helped me gain confidence in other abilities as well as I grew.

Exactly! I have a lot of friends thanks to this game... How old were you when you started playing?

Eleven, I think...It marked my four years after that.

Nice invention. I was good at throwing three pointers, but not good for anything else. I have a cousin who plays in the national team. So I guess we were all good at sports, but didn't develop it. I love the description. It's catchy!

I was a decent three point shooter as well, though I never played against anybody lol just hung out in the court and shot around myself. Still fun!

Ha, ha, ha. Yeah. That was kinda what I did. I think I played one game of Teachers vs Parents during high school and got some points, but after that there was no more of it.

Nice! I see national team qualified for a FIBA cup!
Also don't worry, everyone has their roll on the team and 3 point shooters are very handy in today's game.

Well, my playing games are over since high school.

I see national team qualified for a FIBA cup!

Venezuela's National team? Really? I'm a disgrace. Didn't know. I even have a cousin who plays in the team 😅

Now that is a spectacular comment that covers the spirit and intent of the competition perfectly!

Haha thanks! I try to have some fun with it... It's easy when it's true 😃

I gotta be honest, I didn't hear dramatic music... I heard The awesome tuneful sound of Bill Withers singing "Just the two of us" 😁

That was a profound description of just how something that could be perceived by many as a mere 'toy' or a piece of sports equipment, has actually been a tool, mechanism and pastime that has helped you process stuff, burn off emotion, ponder life and your place in it and just let loose and have a good time.

Maybe it has come to represent a constant, stabilising force that has always been with you throughout all this stuff. Whatever the reason, I feel pretty good you've had it or them as the case may be. Great summing up of it's importance in your life. 😎👍

That could also work!

Indeed, there's this saying in the basketball community: "Basketball is my first love" and it basically means that people come and go (relationships), situations change but basketball remain loyal. It gives what you put into it...

I don't think it's just a basketball thing! So it might apply to other sports or whatever you're passionate about doing.

Ah very cool, a basketball is definitely a good choice. I love having one, though I haven't used mine much in a few years, it's still an awesome thing to have. Take it with you and just bounce it around and shoot it up at things and you are bound to have some fun!

Hahaha maybe it's time to take yours out of the closest and apply said advice!
But now that I think of it, you'll definitely need an indoor gym 😃

Our son was actually using it with me a few weeks ago when the weather was milder. He had a lot of fun just bouncing it around! We don't have a court anywhere near us but he enjoyed bouncing it at the trees and stuff lol

when you started with bouncing friend my mind went back to the 70's and the space hopper. Yes hes bouncing on a space hopper they aint his testicles or at least I hope they aint

Completely useless toy but weirdly fun, space hoppers that is not testicles :)

Ese balón saltarin me encantaría, vuelvo a la infancia

Se llamaba "Skippy Ball" cuando era niño 😃

Si super divertido... Me encanta... Y tambien se puede entrenar piernas y glúteos


Hahah this reminds me of a South Park episode!
I'm sure it helps with balance or at least trains your legs 🤣

I so too thought this 🤣🤣🤣

haha etched on our memories

watching basketball( especially in the arena) has given me a lot of joy. Definitely a solid pick.

Do they have a big league where you're from?

My favorite team Zalgiris is playing in Euroleague.

I really enjoyed reading your ode to the ball. You are passionate about it and it's important in your life, that already makes it a great invention!!!

I think that balls and sports have been a great invention for mankind that has contributed in its well being and integration.

Blessings ✨

Thanks 😃!
I know I risked sounding silly but everything I wrote is true for me...

What are you passionate about?

Hahaha, not at all!!! I felt it sincere and passionate.

My passions? Many, mainly writing, chocolate, meditating and enjoying the beach 😊

Very nice, basketball is huge in the states not so much here in Aus. We're a lil odd when it comes to sports

Well done.
I love all the creations of Allah Almighty. But one of the best so far is a mobile phone. It has made life so easier and faster. See if I could not be able to grab a mobile phone how would I be seeing and writing this some easily? I know it can be handled via desktop or laptops etc. Yet the mobile phone is the best invention so far.


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The mobile phone has indeed a great invention - Thanks to the scientists and engineers that came up with it, developed it and honed it into the tool it is now!

Thanks for stopping into the #weekend-engagement topic, I really appreciate you coming by and joining in.


You are welcome
Thank you for the chance to express our thoughts

The thanks goes to you good lady, for coming past and commenting. :)

Hehehe no worries 😊

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My mom calls it "necessary evil", but inventions are objects and use is what makes them good or bad. Phone have changed our lifestyle and made things easier in some regards. I love the idea that they get easier to use on each iteration.

I think your Mom is right in many ways, but then, so are you, so many inventions, especially related to technology have been massively beneficial or hugely sinister depending on the way each 'tool' has been used. Just imagine life without them now, it is incredibly difficult. 😎

This doesn't go far from what I said above. The tool isn't inherently evil; the use might be. And yes, however, tools are part of the human experience since homo habilis, so we are keeping up with the trend.

We certainly are keeping up with the trend and in an ideal world, may that long continue. 🙂

Cheers for that! 😄


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Hahaha, I thoughts it's my mom who sees it this way but now I can sense the universality of the fact.

Mom's share a collective unconscious just like children and men do and any other group. Ha, ha, ha.

Oh yes. It always makes me think, when I watch movies from just a few short years ago and people don't just text or call each other when one of them doesn't show for a mysterious meeting or the girl running from the psycho doesn't call the cops, then I remember that when I was a teen there was no such thing as a mobile phone... It's crazy how life has changed so drastically.

You are so right, good choice, how could we ever conceive of life without them. 👍😎

Indeed life has changed and more precisely it revolutionized our lives.
I wonder how life would be without a phone these days. Too dull and bore

Interestingly, before I joined Hive. I never, ever accessed the internet on any of my phones. It wasn't something I thought I needed, that was a little under 3 years ago. Now I cannot believe that was ever the case, I would be utterly lost without it.

I wonder what other inventions will come along in the next 10-20 years that revolutionize everything for us again?


Well, I can't imagine the scenes before 3 years.
I was simply using a keypad phone in 2014 before I shifted to an IOS device.
Now I wonder how dumb I would be without using this technology.

Haha luckily that is a question that needs never to be answered lol. 😂

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It is amazing how much the mobile phone has changed society. I mean a fundamental and profound change all around the planet.

That's an amazing piece of gear and a great choice for this exercise.

Indeed, it has altered the mode of livings. Making the life easier.

At the beginning I despised these devices, I saw them as a simple element created to consume valuable time, however now I see that it is necessary to have them.

Everything has positive and negative impacts, the results the way we use them.
Good to know your changed concept.

It's a great invention without a doubt, I can't imagine life without them. However, I think that at the same time they have disconnected us from life, every day people become more and more addicted to cell phones and human contact is being lost.


My Alexa device ranks right up there with my favorite inventions. I am handicapped and live alone and Alexa has played a big part in allowing me to live independently.

Amazon released Alexa in 2014 and it wasn't long after that my son bought one for me for a Christmas gift.

Wiki says that in 2018, Amazon had more than 10,000 employees working on Alexa and related products. And in 2019 they had sold over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices.

I use mine for setting timers and. alarms, and can tell her to remind me when there is an MSP Waves or Vimm broadcast I don't want to miss.
I use it for listening to audio books while I am folding laundry or working in the kitchen. I can download books from my local library and Alexa reads them to me! That alone has been a great feature during this past year while staying isolated at home.
She can read me entire recipes, or play a news broadcast or tell me the weather forecast.
I can ask her what time the F1 qualifying begins or the race starts.

I love it when I randomly think of a song I love and haven't heard for a while and Alexa will play it for me, or shuffle through songs by a particular artist or albums I'm in the mood for. Her speakers are really nice quality.

I have lights in the house plugged into smart plugs and I can direct her to turn lights on or off without getting out of my chair or out of bed. She can turn the outdoor lights on for me, and during the holidays, even the Christmas decorations I put on the front porch.

And I have had a couple of situations where I got myself into a predicament and needed assistance and didn't have my phone close at hand. I have a skill set up where I can tell her to notify my daughter and she is set to emai, text, and place a phone call simultaneously that says I need help.

I definitely feel safer with her in the house!

What the hell? I had no idea you were an F1 fan! We've got that in common. This blew me away.

Anyway, I'm often critical of these devices listening into us all the time and of people who are too lazy to look at their watch to get the time...But here you are changing my whole perception of how these things can be used! I imagine your Alexa device to be almost irreplaceable to you considering how you use it.

There's definitely an excellent use-case right here and I can understand why the invention has meant so much to you.


Lando all the way!

My mobility scooter...

Hmm...I'd say quite reminiscent of the 2021 McLaren F1 MCL35M I'd say. :)
Image from formula1.com

I like Norris, he's funny, a good driver and seems to be a really nice chap. I htink he'll be a good pairing for my Aussie bloke Danny RIC and I hope they excel this year. I'm pretty keen for the season to get underway.

It is gorgeous, isn't it! I still need to warm up to Danny Ric..... I will, I'm sure. He seems to have a huge ego and need to be center stage, but I don't know much about him yet. I loved the camaraderie between Lando and Carlos. I'm not sure that will happen with Danny.

I can see that...He's pretty fun-loving and I think that comes across as ego...But I think they all have some of that, think that they're the best. It's a tough line of work. I liked how Sainz and Norris worked together, it was refreshing...I think you'll see a similar thing, although RIC is a little older...Might be a different dynamic. Give it half the season and see how you feel.

I will become a huge Danny Ric fan if he is on the podium for McLaren!
I can't wait for the season to begin and in the meantime I am being entertained by cheering my son on in his SIM racing league!

Lol...Who would have thought Melinda would love F1! You're a mystery! 😂

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Wow. Alexa is pretty cool, but I never thought about how cool. That's some really good stuff there.

I know this will surprise you, but I've ridden a motorcycle a couple of times. And I pay attention to the business of motorcycles. So I have to show you, Yamaha has made some mobility products.


It's a longish article on elektric, but just go to the bottom. My first motorcycle 55 years ago was a Yamaha and I've owned 3 more since then. Really good gear. Anyway, that 4 wheel drive would take you places that would amaze you I'm thinking...

Wow! Those are all really great looking! Bravo Yamaha. The newest one I have from PRIDE is zero turn, all wheel drive, but I'm not terribly impressed with the quality. I had the repair man here last week about some charging issues.
It's good to know about alternatives! Thanks! My guy restored old bikes and 70s Yamahas were a favorite. He died 4 years ago and it still feels odd not to find motorcycle parts in my laundry room!

I'm sorry that your supply of parts in the laundry went away. I don't think I owned a 70's vintage Yammie. 60s and 80s. I never owned a bad Yamaha. I'm glad to see them lead the way in electrics and mobility products.

Did your guy ever overhaul a carburetor in the kitchen sink? I got yelled at for that a couple of times but it was the perfect cold weather option :)

Like the motorcycle in the corner of the kitchen because it was too cold in the garage? Oh yeah.

Ahahahahahaha. Yeah, that's the one.

The kitchen table got moved to the garage.... 😜

It's all about priorities, isn't it?

I did an overhaul on a dirt bike motor in my basement shop but there was no oil or grease involved. I cleaned it outside before the weather got awful. You can believe my wife checked pretty carefully...

Waoooo!!! Awesome, what a great utility Alexa can be, I had never thought of that technology in that way, but now I can see it in another way. I think it's wonderful that you have that tool to make your life easier in so many different ways. Really amazing!

Alexa is one of the most valuable tools that I have that allows me to live alone in my own home. There are more and more things that she is capable of doing all the time and I am probably not utilizing half of them in useful ways.

Amazing! I had heard a few things about Alexa but had no idea how useful it could be 🤗

I complain about our Alexa all the time as I have concerns about relying too much on tech for simple stuff and privacy issues but wow, it is an absolute godsend for you, I am thrilled it has given you such essential piece of mind.

I have a skill set up where I can tell her to notify my daughter and she is set to email, text, and place a phone call simultaneously that says I need help.

Never in a million years would I have even conceived of this! I am far more grateful that Alexa exists today and very pleased that she has an eye on you in the greatest way imaginable. Technology really is a multi-faceted beast isn't it, the difference in use and potential use range from terrifying to amazing.

You raised another amazing part of the technology that we have at our fingertips nowadays, when I was young, there was no way to hear a song you loved unless you had the money to buy it OR the nimble fingers and ears to record it on to audio-tape from the radio, this is one of my favourite parts of the present day. Now we have websites, YT, Alexa and even our phones can store a vast catalogue of tunes perfect for any mood. 🙂👍

Having Alexa gives my kids some valuable peace of mind knowing they don't have to worry quite so much about me. My daughter lives 10 minutes away, but if she does not respond Alexa goes on to contact my son and daughter in law who have assured me that even though they are 150 miles away they can call emergency services. I have a remote that allows me to talk to Alexa that I can carry in my scooter basket, that let's me feel secure if I go out to the mailbox or around in the yard. Even though I can't walk, she gives me so much confidence!


Hi Galen, I'm a new member of Hive. Thanks @trangbaby for bringing me here. This is a great idea, I have a lot of favorite items. One of my favorite inventions is the coffee filter. I was born and raised in the highland of Vietnam, where we grow a lot of coffee and we are the second largest coffee exporter in the world, after Brazil.
Since I was a kid, I learned how to make coffee from my dad using a coffee filter, and since then it has become an indispensable item for me until now. I use it almost every morning, then rinse it off and store it in a separate place so that every morning I don't waste time reaching for it when my eyes aren't really open.
Enjoy your cup of coffee and have a nice day!

I have a FAB little Vietnamese coffee dripper I bought in Hoi An and I use it ALL THE TIME. I take it with me for travel into the mountains of northern Thailand (where I live) - Thai people GROW awesome coffee but they sure as heck have no idea how to prepare it. LOL.

Missing my beach time in Da Nang and Hoi an so much!! Following you from Chiang Mai, where I've lived for almost 18 years now. 😆

Wow, really! Hope you had a good time in Vietnam. Just let me know when you come to Vietnam again. Then I can share you some coffee.

The humble coffee filter...What a great invention, and where would we be without coffee? Sleepy and slow-minded I'd say!

I knew Vietnam grows coffee; I've been there actually, to Hanoi, but I never realised they were such a big exporter of it. Second behind Brazil is a big deal. So, I'd imagine you have plenty of good coffee available to you and enjoy starting your day with one! Like billions around the world I guess.

Thanks for stopping by the #weekend-engagement topic this week, I hope you will come past again.


Yeah, my family produces coffee by ourselves. Just let me know when you come to Vietnam again, I would love to take you to my hometown to try many different types of coffee.

I'll be sure to do so...I'll hit up @trangbaby and we can all share some coffee and tell some lies. ✅

Sure, that will be great. Cheers!

Hey Hey what's up..!!! Omg I've been so busy man...Haha. Yes, We are just after Brazil about coffee exporter. I'm sure you need to visit VN again to try all our foods and coffee, Galen... Well, did you try egg coffee and salt coffee here? Oh yeah, how about durian coffee? And coconut coffee just so oooo good...!!! Oh, dodo's hometown is the land of coffee in VN, well you will get to carry a few kilograms of coffee (As free gift from bro Dodo hehe, right @dodovietnam) back to OZ next time 😆

Wow Bro @dodovietnam you are talented ...I can't wait to try your coffee tomorrow haha and yes pls bring your buddy dog here. We don't mind him running around our shop !!!

I'd love to get back to VN and I'm sure it'll happen at some stage. I'll try some coffee but...Hmm, durian coffee. I've smelled durian and...Not so sure. Coconut coffee would be nice. I sometimes put coconut oil in my espresso in the morning so get an idea of what the coconut flavour would do it. I'll get there no doubt. We can hang out and do a hive meet up...Do a hive post or something like that.

Haha I know you guys don't like durian...well, just give it a try...first time the smell horrible...second time the smell still terrible ..again third time...oh man smell actually not bad...and then many times later you will love it...😀😄
The coconut coffee very delicious
Yes sure @Galenkp, meet up have a coffee tell lies and yes write a Hive post. I'm going to bring some more talkative people here soon...Like @dandays said, I bring one person each week..haha Wait and see tomorrow any new face here haha

Lol...Yeah they sell it here and it's...Smelly. I'm not sure I'd be able to go through the desensitisation process and break through to the sweet spot when it starts to be good. Lol. I'll try it, I promise...Just can't promise any more than that.

You've been doing really well with onboarding...Make sure to support them as they start off and get established. Don't over-promise them either. Make sure they get that it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. ✅ Good work though.

haha we stayed in a place in Malaysia that had a no durian sign on the entrance, I guess they didn't appreciate the stink

I can make egg coffee, coconut coffee, yogurt coffee, daguna coffee, frothy coffee, salt cofee, but durian coffee, I never tried before. I prefer to have durian and coffee separately. 😜🤓🤣

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Thanks a lot!

bang on @trangbaby life without coffee is NO life at all ! Nice little filter that is. Do they make em to make a litre at a time like I need :)

Sure @scubahead coffee is life 🤣 I always start my day with a coffee :)