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Burning Man: The Musical

Here are the first 5 minutes of a full-length musical about Burning Man and life in Silicon Valley that these people are hoping you'll want to pitch in and fund.

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Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, 100 artists' tribute to Jazz Age comic legend

Locust Moon Press's Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is a kickstarted tribute to Winsor McKay's seminal Jazz Age comic strip, with contributions from Peter Bagge, Paul Pope, Charles Vess, Carla Speed McNeil, Bill Sienkiewicz and many others.

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WATCH: scorching guitar riff with ACPAD MIDI controller prototype

ACPAD is a touch-activated MIDI controller that can be overlaid on an acoustic guitar face, allowing a range of effects and rhythms while playing.

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WATCH: 1000 rockers cover Foo Fighters' Learn to Fly to bring band to town

Fans wanted the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, Italy, so they made this amazing cover of 1000 musicians rocking out to "Learn to Fly."

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Kickstarting an omnibus of seminal punk zine BLT


It's been 25 years since the zine BLT started, the early intersection of punk and and desktop publishing.

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Kickstarting a volume of feminist bicycle zombie science fiction


Elly writes, "We're running a Kickstarter to try to give the feminist-bicycle-scifi-about-zombies genre a big leg up."

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Kickstarting new music from Sassafrass, who created the insanely great Icelandic saga opera

I wrote about sf writer and historian Ada Palmer's music before -- heart-stoppingly beautiful music about space and Icelandic gods -- and now's your chance to help bring more of it to life.

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What happens when wells run dry in California's drought?

Filmmaker Katherine Espejo has been documenting how the increasingly grim drought is affecting her home town in Central California, focusing on parts of East Porterville, where some wells have begun running dry.

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Kickstarting Keyboard.io, the scratch-built keyboard

Jesse Vincent has productized the scratch-built split keyboard he built and is kickstarting a production run.

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Kickstarting custom cellular automata scarves


Noah writes, "Fabienne Serriere, a hacker and machine knitting enthusiast, is running a Kickstarter currently for provably unique mathematical scarves modeled off of cellular automaton and made of Merino wool.

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Snopes scopes the $43K "Relentlessly Gay" GoFundMe

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Baltimore resident Julie Baker raised $43K on GoFundMe to make her yard more gay after posting a letter she says she got from a neighbor complaining about her "relentlessly gay" yard decor. Snopes investigator Kim LaCapria did a little digging and found the story got curiouser and curiouser.

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Kickstarting a 6-lens spherical 60fps VR camera


Jeffrey Martin writes, "I have been working for the last couple of years on this camera, and we have launched today on Kickstarter. It is a beautiful, small device (the size of a tennis ball) with six cameras that make a 4K-resolution, 60fps, spherical video."

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Crowdfunding patent invalidated

crowdfundingA New York judge has nailed a 2011 patent on giving people money: "Even the addition of an element of computer use is insufficient to render it valid"

The ruling came down in a case that was brought by Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding startup. But the patent wasn’t Kickstarter’s: instead, it belonged to a 2000-era startup called ArtistShare, which operates on a similar model that lets fans fund their favorite artists in exchange for perks.

ArtistShare had been trying to get Kickstarter to license its patent, which describes what we now know as “rewards-based crowdfunding.” It’s basically a website that lets fans donate money to an artist in exchange for an “entitlement” (also known as a perk, or reward).

Crowdfunding Mayday.US developer's tuition for code camp

As a volunteer, Brian Boyko developed the Mayday.US site that helped Lawrence Lessig's Mayday.US anti-PAC raise $11M to fight campaign finance corruption, and now he wants to go to code camp.

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Owner of "Relentlessly Gay" yard raising money to make yard MOAR GHEY



When Baltimore's Julie Baker hung some rainbow-colored solar lights in her yard, a helpful neighbor slipped a charming note through her door chastising her for her "Relentlessly Gay" yard, threatening to call the police unless it came into compliance with the "Christian" neighborhood ethic.

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Etsy launches a crowdfunding platform

It's a natural idea for the company, which has a long history of bringing together makers and artists with the audiences for their handiwork.

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White Supremacist wants to build Aryan enclave with Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign

Craig Cobb supporting the planned White Nationalist “Pioneer Little Europe”  communities on Facebook.


Craig Cobb supporting the planned White Nationalist “Pioneer Little Europe” communities on Facebook.

A man who describes himself as a white supremacist and last year abandoned plans to transform a North Dakota town into an Aryan enclave says he wants to pursue the plan again--this time with crowdfunding.

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