Independence is hard. Independence is lonely. And it takes a unique kind of bravery to create something and put it out in the world in this unfiltered way that is enabled through technology. Every one of you needs to remember this when you are getting pummeled out there by morons. It’s so easy to be the knee-jerk contrarian, the anonymous internet commenter that tears you down. And it’s so hard to make something new. And that’s a lot of what we’re celebrating here. We just want more people making amazing things and pushing through the noise.
A few years ago I backed an experimental short film project for $5.
That’s not much money but it’s what I could afford at the time. The
film looked cool, but short films are never going to make money. Why
would that artist even bother? Why would anyone pay anything for an
experimental film they’d be able to watch online for free? But back it
I did, and when that film came out about a year later and was amazing
and went viral I was one of the proud few who’d made it all happen.
That film was Solipsist by Andrew Thomas Huang who went on to make a
music video for Björk (NO BIG DEAL) and all of that happened in part
because of my $5.
Over the past year, people pledged over £22 million to Kickstarter projects in the UK. That’s £43 per minute! More stats from Kickstarter’s first year in the UK right here.
Canada is live! Maple syrup partytime.
Kickstarter HQ today, in honor of Canadian launch!
Lately I’ve been looking back at photos taken in previous years…I guess to try and remember where my head or heart was at a given time.
This is a screenshot I took of @AmandaPalmer’s “Theatre Is Evil” @Kickstarter almost a year ago to the minute for some reason or another.*
#AmandaPalmer #AFP #Kickstarter #CrowdFunding #latergram #iPhone #screenshot #Safari
Amazing internet time warp
When Keiji Zhu wanted a good gift for a friend, he didn’t go to the store. He set out on a mission: to create cute, 3D replicas of his buddies from a single sheet of paper.
Foldable.me came to life via a Kickstarter project last April, and the interactive website is now spreading miniature humans through the mail. Here’s what most of Kickstarter HQ looks like in 2-inch-tall form.
Homestuck thanks 24,346 backersView on Kickstarter
This is from my inbox today. I think it’s useful in a lot of ways for people who are looking to launch a Kickstarter project and for people who occasionally complain about the level of funding people ask for because it lends some perspective to just the basic costs of fulfilling the rewards.
Particularly that last sentence:
Howdy, wonderful backers! I know a lot of you are wondering about the status of your backer rewards, so we’re writing to give you all an update about how things are progressing on our end.
Several thousand backer rewards have already been shipped out, and we’re on course to get a couple thousand more shipped out this week. We tripled our regular work staff and more than doubled the size of our shipping facilities a couple months ago, and most of us are working 50-80 hour weeks (whew!). But what it comes down to is we ended the Kickstarter with way more backers (and thus, way more rewards to ship out) than we had expected when we started this thing. So even though we’re working our rumps off to try and get stuff out before Christmas, it’s looking like we’re going to be shipping stuff through the end of the month. The backer blog is also being set up and you’ll be contacted with the details on how to view it shortly.
We know you’re all really looking forward to receiving your goodies, and we don’t want you to worry— you’ll get them very soon! Thanks so much for your patience and understanding, and we wish all of you, your family and friends a very happy holidays!UPS has to rent extra trucks just to take our Kickstarter shipments.
Can’t wait to see some Twine projects in action. Has anybody programmed anything yet? If so, send us your work! We want to see it.
Just got my Twine in the mail. Twine is a really fun piece of technology that allows you to trigger web actions based on real world changes. Think IFTTT but for the physical world. Twines have a built in thermometer and a 6-axis sensor, you can also purchase additional sensors to plug into it such as a magnetic sensor. Imagine being able to set up a Twine to trigger a text message when the dryer was done with your clothes. The possibilites are pretty cool.
It was super simple to setup with little steps along the way that allowed you to see how the device works. I loved flipping the device over to start the update process. More electronics in the world need physical touches like that to make them more human-like. Can’t wait to make my first Twine enabled project, I’ll update the blog when I do.
If you know a thing or two about the Interwebz, you’re probably familiar with the wonderful world of Ze Frank, a video poet, some might say, known for outlandish antics and spot-on observations. He produced a little, but extremely popular show from March 17th 2006 to March 17th 2007. That’s a show everyday from St. Patrick’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day. It’s now March 6th 2012, and Ze Frank’s project to bring back his show ends in 63 hours. Will he bring it back on March 17th 2012?! One can only hope! And so, it is our Project of the Day!