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


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. Read the rest

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." Read the rest

Crowdfunding patent invalidated


A 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).

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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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

White Supremacist wants to build Aryan enclave with Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign

Craig Cobb supporting the planned White Nationalist “Pioneer Little Europe”  communities on Facebook.
It's been tough for Craig Cobb since discovering on live TV that his DNA shows he's “14% Black Sub-Saharan African.”

Kickstarting Maker History: a time-travel curriculum for kids

David Hunter (creator of the zombie currciulum units) has a new idea: teaching English, science, history and math through curriculum units that ask kids to pretend to be time-travellers. Read the rest

Crowdfunding toys for zoo-rhinos

Bethany writes, "San Francisco Zoo is partnering with an engineering team and a San Francisco startup to crowdfund the building of novel high-tech enrichments for the zoo's male rhinos." Read the rest

Crowdfunding to send girls from Brooklyn to SF/science camp

Ghost writes, "The Octavia Project, named for Octavia Butler, is a project 98% funded at Indigogo, with only a few days left. Helping them get over the top would be great, and the more they raise, the more girls they help. From their description:" Read the rest

Rudy Rucker's massive volume of journals now out!

Rudy Rucker -- mathematician, cyberpunk, computer scientist, gonzo hoopy frood happy mutant -- has released an 828 page volume of his journals! Read the rest

Back a community makerspace, get a Dinosaur Comics laser-dino

Andy sez, "What could be better than dinosaurs? Dinosaurs made with lasers, of course! STEAMLabs community makerspace has been working with our friend Ryan North, author of Dinosaur Comics to bring you just that! There are 2 new rewards options for our Kickstarter to equip our makerspace." Read the rest

Crowdfunding medical MDMA and magic mushrooms

An activist couple (she's a neurscientist, he's a psychologist who successfully treated his depression with psychedelics) (they fight crime!) are raising $1M on Indiegogo to fund production of medical-grade MDMA and psilocybin. Read the rest

Kickstarting scenes from Star Wars cut from a single sheet of paper

Marc Hagan-Guirey's best known for his Horrorgami paper sculptures that reproduce buildings from horror movies from painstakingly cut, single sheets of paper. Read the rest

Crowdfunding a film of Ellen Klages' "The Scary Ham"

Brilliant SF writer and hilarity merchant Ellen Klages writes, "Last year, I told the story of my father's scary ham. Now it may become a short film. Take a look at the video. If you laugh, please contribute or help spread the word. Read the rest

Crowdfunding a democratic free school in Dallas

Isabel writes, "Makarios Community School is the project of what is already a very successful and enthusiastic learning co-op of twenty homeschooling families in the Dallas Fort Worth area with thirty students ready to enroll." Read the rest

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