Brian sez, "At the beginning of the month, Boing Boing reported on Mayday PAC, the super PAC started by Lawrence Lessig which intended to raise $1M in 30 days via a kickstarter-like crowdfunding, to fight for fundamental reform in the way candidates for Congress and members of Congress raised money for their elections.
Day 12 is just starting, and they're just shy of 90% of their goal. What's more interesting, however, is the story of the 'tech heroes.' On the second day of the launch, the architecture behind the site (a basic WordPress installation on a LAMP stack) simply couldn't scale to meet the massive demand. As if that wasn't bad enough, the stress sent the site administrator, literally, to the hospital.
That was when volunteers who had been following @lessig and @MayOneUS on Twitter offered to come together and design a better solution based on Google App Engine. Congregating in #MayOne on the Freenode IRC network, the volunteers, led by Aaron Lifshin, and dubbed the 'Tech First Responders,' solved the performance problems and 'saved' the site.
'There was a groundswell of support and generosity that was overwhelming. It was impossible to coordinate and take in all of the help and advice that so many people offered. So there are many who will be missed out in the mention. Many who came to offer, support, comfort, words of wisdom, who waited to see if a job would be found for them,' said Lifshin.
MayOne.us - Kickstart corruption reform, save our democracy
Chloe from Portland’s Reading Frenzy writes, “Six of our favorite Social Justice Kittens are back in postcard form! Next up: MRA Puppies! Postcards by Sean Tejaratchi/LiarTownUSA (previously) published by Show & Tell Press!”
You’ll know Ben Hatke as author of Boing Boing-beloved illustrated kids’ books like Little Robot and Zita the Space Girl, but as this Children’s Book Week video shows, Hatke is a literal fire-breathing, acrobatic, sword-fighting superhero!
Pocket CHIP is a tiny, $50, ARM-based pocket games console with a full keyboard and a Bluetooth interface.
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]
You may not love Microsoft Word, but you’ve definitely used it. Other than being one of the most ubiquitous programs on the planet, it’s been the go-to word processing system for more than a quarter-century because it’s as basic as it gets. But occasionally, you’ve got assignments that beg for a lot more options than simple […]
Almost everyone has their smartphone in a case of one kind or another. Beyond simple protection, finding a case that can charge your phone on its own, but doesn’t feel like it’s also adding a couple pounds to the phone’s weight is the tricky part. Billed as the world’s thinnest battery case, the ThinCharge iPhone […]