My husband is a genius–really!

I keep waiting for him to invent something cool and life-changing for humanity so I can finally afford that gold-plated mini van from the Donald Trump series.

I believe the current term for what my husband does is “life hacking”. There is even a web site devoted to it,

I’ve always called what he does “mangineering”. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done.

Essential tools of a mangineer are bungee cords, zip ties and, of course, DUCT TAPE!

The best example husbandly mangineering happened about ten years ago. He had a new program on his Palm Pilot–something called GPS. I think you’ve probably heard of it by now.

The problem was that you couldn’t easily see the map on the screen (no voice program back then) from anywhere you could rest the device on the dash.

Enter the mangineer. He formed an old wire coat hanger into a long, narrow U shape and slipped it through the vent of the air system in the car. He secured the stiff wires ends-up with zip ties (as indispensable as duct tape to  MacGyver) and  suspended the Palm Pilot on the end of the wires for easy viewing while driving.

It was a bit like this, but was through the louvers of the vent.

I wish I’d taken a picture, because it was the perfect example of what he does. It may not be pretty, but it works and it’s brilliant. The best part for me was that the dash was unmarred.

Later I thought about starting a web site devoted to the hacking brilliance of all mangineers, but someone else beat me to it. It’s a little more passive-aggressive than what I had envisioned, but it’s still pretty funny. Enjoy There, I Fixed It

Do you have any lifehacking tales? What’s the best feat of mangineering you’ve seen?


Duct tape from here.
Hack from here.

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