Kickstarting a guide to the Portland locations in Cleary's "Ramona" books

animation (1)

Beverly Cleary's Ramona books delighted generations of young readers. Elly from Microcosm Press (previously) writes, "Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary's Portland is the first ever guidebook to the neighborhood and time when Mrs. Cleary grew up and set her Ramona books." Read the rest

Crowdfunding an English translation of the story of activists who kept the Internet on during the Arab Spring

gcz5t2csxvopzaetjrby

Stephan Urbach is part of Telecomix (previously), activists who worked tirelessly to keep the Internet on during the Arab Spring, when endangered despots were killswitching net links in a bid to keep protest from spreading. Read the rest

Kickstarting a season of monthly Relatively Primes, a great math podcast

animation

Samuel writes, "The mathematics podcast Relatively Prime (previously) is currently running a Kickstarter to fund a third season, this time with monthly episode. The episodes will features stories about how network theory can help better understand cancer, how a marijuana dispensary license lottery is designed, and the act of mathematical vandalism which liberated algebra from the shackles of arithmetic. There really aren't any other mathematics podcasts out there like Relatively Prime and if the Kickstarter is not funded there really won't be any at all." Read the rest

Crowdfunding Wooden Shoe, an anti-profit bookstore and infoshop in Philadelphia

4

Philadelphia's Wooden Shoe Bookstore is 40 years old: it's a collectively run, volunteer "anti-profit" bookstore; they're hoping to raise $25,000 for much-needed remodelling and refurbishment. Read the rest

Kickstarting performances and videos about a future where things get better

animation (4)

Alex Steffen writes, "Our culture is full of dire predictions, disaster scenarios and post-apocalyptic tales. It’s astonishing, though, how few stories we tell about futures where humanity succeeds. That’s a problem. I believe it’s literally true that we can’t build what we can’t imagine. The fact that we haven’t compellingly imagined a thriving, dynamic, sustainable world is a major reason we don’t already live in one." Read the rest

Crowdfunding "The Haystack": an independent documentary on surveillance in the UK

animation

Edward Snowden said that Britain's spies have "some of the most extensive surveillance powers in the world," and those powers are about to be dramatically expanded if the Snoopers Charter passes Parliament. Read the rest

Scissors with a right-angle bend

RightShears_cutting_paper2

The Rightshears don't exist yet, but the inventors have promised a crowdfunding campaign to conjure them into reality, soon. (via Oh Gizmo) Read the rest

Kickstarting a new, Gormenghastian comic from Paul Di Filippo

f70dfa0dca4286cf5fb0e539c8f5c4ba_original

The Black Mill is a New Weird comic from Paul Di Filippo, a treasure of science fiction, drawn by Orion Zangara and colored and lettered by Derek Chase. Read the rest

Kickstarting a tool to block robocalls and tie up scammers

jrtlogo-1440x221

Roger Anderson, a telephony expert, developed the Jolly Roger Telephone Company to block and madden robocallers. Read the rest

Kickstarting a set of super-nerdy, pan-dimensional RPG dice

f71f99b53e2f1f49dee335ca58efc06e_original

David sez, "The Tesseract Dice are unique, science themed dice, with shapes ranging from 4-D cubes, to Tesla coils to atomic explosions. Its goal is to bring unique and fun science themed game pieces to the gaming community." Read the rest

Kickstarting "Uprising - A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy"

animation

Ben Hansford writes about his Kickstarter campaign for a short film called "Uprising - A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy,"On the surface it's a comedy - but at its heart it's a story about me (an idiot man-child) becoming a responsible father. It's also a one-man show, with me doing all of the development, production, post, and visual effects on a shoe-string budget. But most importantly, Uprising is my chance to do my film, my way, with my friends and family by my side." Read the rest

Kickstarting an unbelievably cute otter-shaped tea-steeper

animation

The otter perches on your teacup's rim while the tea steeps, staring adorably at you while it goes. Read the rest

Kickstarting more gorgeous Soviet deadstock Nixie Tube clocks

29a7315ac32860601b88932f144ef353_original

Kyle Miller (previously) writes, "I've recently launched my newest Kickstarter, featuring the third model in my crowdfunded series of Steampunk style Soviet-era nixie tube clocks. Each is handmade in black walnut or purpleheart, brass, and steel and has a ton of features. Super easy to use and no soldering or assembly required." Read the rest

Uninsured driver plows through gamer's living-room wall and creams him mid-Fallout 4

7565831_1449889894.2865_funddescription

Ben Rose was in the middle of a game of Fallout 4 when an uninsured driver in the parking lot outside his Irving, TX apartment building hit the accelerator instead of the brakes and crashed straight through another apartment, then through his living room wall, straight into Rose, fracturing one of his vertebra and nearly severing one of his tendons. Read the rest

Kickstarting a stop-motion black-light movie inspired by dark rides

v96fz

Screen Novelties' Witch Doctor kickstarter is looking to raise $60,000 to finish a gorgeous-looking, tiki-themed stop-motion black-light movie inspired by classic dark rides. Read the rest

Kickstarting a new science fiction magazine from the propietors of Singularity & Co

056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8e96df290c5-1020x871

The people behind Brooklyn's brilliant science fiction bookstore Singularity & Co are looking to raise $60,000 to launch a new science fiction quarterly magazine called the Tycho Journal. Read the rest

Watching paint dry: epic crowfunded troll of the UK film censorship board

g4

You can't release a film in the UK without a certificate from the British Board of Film Certification, a censorship authority that's been rating and banning movies since it was established in 1912 to prevent 'indecorous dancing,' 'references to controversial politics' and 'men and women in bed together." Read the rest

More posts