I like to take photos, but I basically suck at it. It's not so much that I don't have a good eye for taking photos (I don't really, but that's not the reason my pics are bad), it's that I just can't hold the camera still enough. I bring a tripod along for driving trips but when flying or going on a backpacking trip, that's too much to lug along. I've toyed with the idea of using a monopod, but then I came across this idea for a dirt cheap stabilizer. I might have to give it a go; if it actually works it would be a great solution for hiking and backpacking and you could keep one right in the camera case, even a tiny one. In a similar vein, I recently made one of these poor man's steadycams designed by Johnny Chung Lee and it worked out pretty well.
p.s. Johnny is also doing some really cool hacking with Wii remotes.