Tom Geisler's Inventions

Guestblogger Paul Spinrad is a freelance writer/editor, and is Projects Editor for MAKE magazine. He is the author of The VJ Book and The Re/Search Guide to Bodily Fluids, and was an early contributor to bOING bOING when it was an online zine. He lives in San Francisco.

geisler-clip I love Tom Geisler's art illustrations, which combine the life-improving spirit of chindogu with the obsessive precision of antique technical drawings (he's also a technical illustrator). Tom is working on a book, "Reduce. Reuse. Reinvent: Free Patents That Will Save Our Galaxy," and here's some material from it, including an hilarious series of pages that illustrate the inventor's personal history.

Reduce. Reuse. Reinvent.


  1. As designed, the diaper bowl would empty all over the caretaker’s hands and the floor, if the caretaker were to try to remove the cap, and screw the baby onto the toilet tube. A number of options could solve this problem. For example, if the toilet tube is flexible, then the caretaker can hold the baby head-down, screw the baby onto the toilet tube, and then turn the baby head-up.

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