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
John Scalzi’s on tour with his new novel, The Collapsing Empire: he’s posted a list of ten things every touring author knows, and very few other people ever get to see.
Steven Boyett writes, “Humble Bundle has released a unicorn-themed Bundle, with proceeds to benefit the World Wide Fund for Nature and Fauna & Flora International. For as little as $1.00, you can get Ariel, by Steven R. Boyett (full disclosure: that’s me); Unicorn Mountain, by Michael Bishop; Homeward Bound, by Bruce Coville; and Unicorn Triangle, […]
With less than a week to go until the debut of Walkaway, my next novel for adults, Portland’s Powell’s Bookstore has run a long Q&A with me about the book, my writing habits, my favorite reads, and many other subjects.
Even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. That’s why music aficionados designed The Basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. Does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? Not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]
They probably just sleep a lot. But still, you can remotely keep an eye on them when you’re at work and missing them deeply with this HD monitor from Kodak.If you have a new puppy that destroys everything in sight, or you just want to be a little more security-conscious, this WiFi camera is a […]
Thinking of a business idea is the easy part. Doesn’t even have to be a “good” idea, you can still get people to throw money at a non-existent venture, but to do that you need to at least have something even resembling a viable business plan. Why doesn’t anyone do it then? Because building that semi-viable […]