In the Menu Above you will find Lists of every Auction and source I have ever attended.

When possible I will give details and images of the places, People and material involved.


Other Menu buttons will give you links to great salvage stores, and the best Auctioneers in the business.


Is Tech Yummy ?

March 2, 2014

Tech for Techs sake is not a valid investment strategy.

Our lives are better when we Make things and create personal services for our fellow humans to use, and enjoy. An app to find a trendy Ice cream shop is nice but if the ice cream is actually good, served well and a fair value then we have something.

            The app is Nothing without the Ice Cream.

Fresh and Raw is better than Stale and Overcooked A wild card in the blogging, question and answer media space?

I have joined almost all of them and eventually stopped, frustrated by over moderation and the tyranny of down voting. Sites like Quora become inbred, stagnant ecosystems filled with like minded individuals. The constant topic deletions, question editing and interference by “Punctuation Nazis” just make it annoying. Imagine if every time you asked a question at a party or gathering some douche stopped every one and made you restate your question with better grammar ! Even worse a person who constantly corrects someone with heavily accented Engrish. The real party killer is when four friends “vote down” your input in a coordinated attack to get you to leave the party, NO THANKS ! I enjoy free flow questions and answers with the uniqueness of the individual asking and answering. Give Me un-polished and stressed-out with the question not some clinical elitist single minded dogma. I hope to see more Startups Anonymous and fewer Quora’s in the future. @kaffegeek

Recycling in Public and Academic Libraries


Increasing the number of bins does not automatically boost the amount of recycling. In addition to increasing the number and type of bins, location and correct signage is needed to be effective. The traffic patterns of people between desks, break areas, restrooms and work/study areas such as receiving, printing/copying and public Internet terminals affect the amount and quality of recycling. Bin location is as important as bin type and informative signage. It is now best practice to have re-use of items as part of good sustainability practice.


The increase in information available on the Internet and through subscription databases increases the demand for printing. To reduce printing many libraries instituted fees. In one study, done at Colorado State University, after a fee-based system was adopted, printing decreased from 35,000 prints in one week to 31,000 in a month. Of those libraries that charge for printing 20% charged five cents or less per page and 66% charged between six and ten cents. This small fee allows cost recovery and an incentive to not print more than necessary, in addition to saving paper and toner, energy is also saved.


United States waste statistics are unpleasant, but one important fact is that paper and paper products such books, periodicals, and cardboard comprise nearly 40% of the solid waste stream in the United States. In a survey, 88% of libraries recycled office paper and newspapers and 92% of libraries recycled white paper at public workstations.

In addition to white paper many libraries provide recycling for other materials as well. Newspaper was recycled in (60%) of public areas by and color paper by 59% of libraries. Other materials recycled included aluminum (47%), plastic (33%) and glass (28%). Reluctance to recycle these non-paper materials is attributed to libraries not allowing food or drink in public areas. Although public areas involve a great deal of paper consumption, many more materials are used in staff areas. White paper recycling was provided in 93% of libraries. Sixty-three percent have provided recycling in staff areas for over five years. 72% recycle newspaper, 69% recycle color paper, 66% recycle aluminum, 39% recycle plastic, and 30% recycle glass. Other materials recycled in staff areas included cardboard (62%), magazines (49%), and books (31%).

Adding bins for beverage containers and accepting tapes, microfilm, styrofoam and unsorted plastics such as cd’s dvd’s and packing materilas are recent innovations in the LibriLoop program.


Fifty-six percent of libraries use paper with recycled content the availability of surplus or “pre-cycled” paper in the LibriLoop program lowers the cost and increases useage. Most libraries that use recycled content paper do so because of environmental concerns (43%) or because of policy (23%). Twenty-two percent also reported switching because it was an administrative decision. Those libraries that do not use recycled paper cited lack of availability, prohibitive costs, or no administrative support (11%) as the reason for not purchasing paper with recycled content. A high percentage of libraries reuse bubble mailers and packaging for Inter-library loan and mailing, and keeping clamshells and jewel cases from discards to re use or repair items still in circulation.

The greatest increase in reuse occurs as libraries recognize that sustainability goals can not be achieved with out treating discarded library materials like any other asset, i.e. monetizing the discards. While libraries are not in the book sales business, simply shredding or discarding a book makes no more sense than crushing a bookmobile or carpool vehicle rather than trading it in or selling it to recover residual value.

Many systems and trusted, reliable vendors are now in place to assist Libraries in recovering residual value from discards or to assist volunteer friends groups in achieving sustainability goals. The Libriloop system is the latest and most innovative of these programs consolidating multiple vendors into one increasing reuse, recycling and reduction in one simple program.



It is difficult to predict what the future holds in regard to paper use and recycling, without a doubt, libraries are sites of enormous consumption and they should be proactive in improving waste management. A paperless world is unlikely to become a reality for a very long time, if ever, but what can libraries do now to discourage waste and encourage recycling? “Libriloop” libraries are taking steps to divert recyclables from the waste stream, monetize discards, and resource share discards between large systems and small rural libraries. Libraries will continue to take steps to control excessive and unnecessary printing and allow the placement of more recycling containers and allocating space to store gathered recyclables for pickup. Paper use and recycling are campus-wide, system-wide concerns and require collaboration among all departments, libraries can become a model by allowing decision-making to be guided by environmental protection principles combined with good sustainability and asset management practices.



simple problems

May 3, 2011

“When you have two solutions to the same problem the simplest is better”. “Unless you are female, then the solution is whichever causes more problems”. Brett Bringardner

OnVentures Acquires Talon New Media Ventures

Business Editors, High Tech WritersCOLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 14, 2000 OnVentures, a company specializing in launching businesses in the Internet infrastructure, broadband and wireless sectors, announced today it has acquired Talon New Media Ventures in a transaction valued at $16 million.

Talon owns several eBusiness and enterprise solutions startups.

Todd Mollenkopf, General Manager of OnVentures, said, “Talon has a portfolio of companies that fit nicely into our technology sweet spot. They also have assembled a talented engineering and web development team that will add significant value to our company.”

Brett Bringardner, President and founder of Talon New Media Ventures, said he is joining the OnVentures management team as `Entrepreneur in Residence.’ “OnVentures has the management experience, relationships and access to capital needed to breathe life into our ideas,” Bringardner said. “I can now focus on my strong suit, which is developing new business concepts.”

OnVentures accelerates the prototyping and commercialization of new business models and infrastructure technologies for emerging sectors of the Internet. The company was established in Columbus, Ohio, late last year and is focused on technology development and investment in the Midwest Innovation Corridor.

“Part of our strategy is to foster a concentration of eBusiness talent in Ohio and the Midwest on developing what are truly global opportunities,” said Mollenkopf, an Ohio native who returned to the U.S. after 11 years of business and market development in Europe and Asia. “One way we do that is through codevelopment partnerships with universities and corporations in the region. Another way is by being an effective conduit of capital and support services to local entrepreneurs. Bringing Talon and its businesses into OnVentures is a step in that direction. We provide the administrative services, business guidance, facilities and equipment they need, and they can focus on product development and marketing.”

Talon New Media Ventures is a two-year-old business, also located in Columbus, that has several media-related startups and an Internet design and consulting practice. Talon also has one established business, Talon Microelectronics Inc., a reseller of recycled computers, that is not part of the acquisition by OnVentures. Brett Bringardner will continue to operate that business separately, while channeling his new concepts to OnVentures.

“Through my experience with Talon Microelectronics, I developed a number of ideas about helping corporations track, manage and dispose of their computer assets,” Bringardner said. One result of those ideas is a web-based application called that Bringardner says can save companies a lot of money.

AuditTrak will be brought to market by OnVentures, along with several other Talon New Media businesses now under development. Included in these are, a back-office application for managing auction sites, and, an audio-over-the-Internet service. “With the support OnVentures can provide, I now have a mechanism to transform those ideas into successful businesses,” Bringardner said.

About OnVentures: Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, OnVentures provides capital, facilities, administrative support and specialized management expertise that accelerates early-stage development of new companies and positions them for success in U.S. and global markets. Most of OnVentures’ startups relate to Internet infrastructure, broadband and wireless content distribution — areas where the company’s key managers have extensive experience in the U.S. and overseas. There are presently eight businesses in OnVentures’ core portfolio, including UpRoute, a solution for broadband content management, DreamStreamer, an infrastructure technology for anonymous transactions over the Internet, and MojoConnect, a wireless proximity networking application. The company recently expanded its facilities in downtown Columbus to 57,000 square feet to accommodate the planned growth of its businesses.

The Social Network

October 3, 2010

As a wanna be Net Entrepreneur, (almost made it a few times and still “fighting the fight”,) I have to say the new Film, about the beginnings of Facebook is…. absolutely  fantastic.  It encompasses the entire mantra of the Hacker ethos and focuses the Watcher to observe what the meaning of “intellectual property” IS.

The undeserved winnings and  theft attempts by the “money men” who try and buy intellectual property as if they  “create” when they “take”.

And the crude Crew Oarsmen who believe they can employ genius and then own the soul of the genius Himself, Boo….

Kudos to Justin Timberlake who effortlessly portrays Sean Parker, the Gadfly creator and leeach who created Napster, I do not mean to deny the pivotal role Sean played in the “sparking” of  Mark Zuckerberg, getting him out of the dull and boorish Harvard, and out to the silicon valley Heaven, I just mean Justin Timberlake made “Seedy opportunist” look easy.

Brett Bringardner

Founder (beta)

I look at the theory of man caused climate change as not the “real’ issue, only a symptom. Looking at life, business, supply chains, planet etc. in the “whole” and streamlining everything. Eliminating steps & costs, saves money and the expenditure of energy, we must first strive to achieve “sustainability” of our enterprises and personal lives, so we have a base from which to stay in the battle.

“Start-Up: A company that has been in business up to 12 months.

Existing Declining: A company that is 12 months or older with even or decreasing sales.

Existing Healthy: A company that is 12 months or older with even or increasing sales.

Nascent (Pre-venture) Entrepreneur: those individuals who have taken one or more active steps to form a business.

According to the Kauffman Foundation (

Brett Bringardner


book recycling

I believe I have mistakenly called my company a “start up” the correct verbiage is closer to “repositioned” or “Restructured”. I took a hard to sustain business model and through vigorous research, product development and new focus, have taken the company down a new path. A path that generates new “green”jobs and cost savings to our clients.

I went so far as to radically downsize a 7 person, two year old company that had stalled and cut it back to just myself in a 1500 sq ft space. Then critically examined each and every (time / motion), (vendor / client), (practice /procedure) literally every detail Down to how many inches of tape used on a package and toner usage settings on a printer, to save every dime.

Now re-launched, sales are climbing rapidly, new clients are lining up and excited, employment is above eight, and space rented is at 10,000 sq ft and could radically increase. Employment projection in two years if we keep on track could easily exceed 100.

So, to re-frame the question, “if an entrepreneur shuts down something that is not effective, spends a year researching and reworking and then re-launches, is that a “start up” ?????

let me know what you think.

Brett Bringardner