1. I could honestly fill hundreds of notebook pages just about about why this is so wildly importantly to me, but I think it can best be summed up by echoing the sentiment of the bold abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, when he so beautifully proclaimed…”I have need to be on fire; for I have icebergs to melt!”

    —Our Q&A with Charie C. Umhau of Custer’s Last Waistband is kind of setting us on fire. Read it in full on our blog.

  2. Featured Creator: Renny Braga of the Oki Doki food truck shares some of his favorite Okinawan dishes with us, like Chuka Soba (pictured above):
My Chinese grandmother used to make this for me when I was growing up.  As in many Asian households we had three generations living in our home.  My grandmother did a lot of the cooking for us and I loved to watch her and learn her recipes and techniques. To this day I owe most of my inspiration to her.

    Featured Creator: Renny Braga of the Oki Doki food truck shares some of his favorite Okinawan dishes with us, like Chuka Soba (pictured above):

    My Chinese grandmother used to make this for me when I was growing up. As in many Asian households we had three generations living in our home. My grandmother did a lot of the cooking for us and I loved to watch her and learn her recipes and techniques. To this day I owe most of my inspiration to her.
  3. As an old-school internet guy *and* a massive music nerd, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the future of the music industry (and similar content businesses) over the past 15 years and I’ve come to the conclusion that most traditional publishing models are totally unsustainable at this point, and are just being kept on life support by copyright, DRM and other types of artificially-imposed scarcity. But the overwhelming sense of community and real passion I’ve found in dealing with all the “You Are Listening To” artists in the last year makes me very optimistic that this violent restructuring of the music “industry” is actually the best thing that could possibly have happened to “music” itself, and so it’s a real honor to be a part of that, to whatever extent I’m able to contribute.

    —Eric Eberhardt, creator of You are listening to, a website mixing live police radio feed with ambient music, kind of blew our minds with his Q&A. Read the whole thing on our blog. Check out his project page here.

  4. #4

    Document your product well. Although most of us are accustomed to ordering online, Kickstarter is about supporting creative ideas and not a store with a 30-day return policy. If apparel is a reward, your backers (your greatest source of feedback) are going to want to see clear pictures or video of it in action. Spend a lot of time making this nice, and it’ll come in handy when you need to promote.

    —5 tips for running a fashion project, from We Flashy, who are designers of everything hip + reflective. Check it out on the blog.