In a first, court fines operator of delayed Kickstarter campaign

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A Washington state court judgment marks the first time the operator of a successful Kickstarter got fined for failing to follow-through.

Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in April of 2014 against a Nashville-based company, Nashville, Altius Management, which had failed to deliver a deck of cards marketed on Kickstarter in Sept. 2012.

The campaign was successfully funded to the tune of $25,146, and the cards were to be designed by Serbian artist Milan C. The decks were supposed to be sent to pledgers by Christmas 2012.

Nothing ever turned up, though, and with no official word from Altius after a blog post in early 2013, Ferguson went after it, and executive Edward J. Polchlopek III, in court.

"Washington state will not tolerate crowdfunding theft," Bob Ferguson wrote in a press release. "If you accept money from consumers, and don’t follow through on your obligations, my office will hold you accountable." Read the rest

Support this programmable smart watch kit developed by 8-year-old

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Developed by an 8-year-old maker named Omkar, the O Watch is a 3D printable, programmable, smart watch kit for kids. Omkar has launched a Kickstarter to scale up the O Watch so other kids can use the platform "to learn programming, 3D printing and crafts." Support it! Read the rest

This smartphone anti-slip solution has the best Kickstarter video ever

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An excellent video for Lil Grit, Nathan Cobb's Kickstarter project to fund the manufacture of a small grippy pad that sticks to the side of your phone so it doesn't slip out of your hand. There are quite a few funny moments in the short promo.

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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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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." Read the rest

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. Read the rest

Kickstarting Keyboard.io, the scratch-built keyboard

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

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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Help send "Book of Love" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Lindsay Benner's "Book of Love" is a fantastic, hilarious parody of 1950s instructional films. Painstakingly arranged, her captivating, silent performance is a must see!

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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." Read the rest

Sony admits backing Shenmue 3, which has $3m pledged on Kickstarter

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Legendary Sega game series Shenmue is to receive a third installment thanks to a $3m-and-rising Kickstarter campaign. But now we find out that Sony is a 'partner' in the game, investing an 'undisclosed budget' despite no mention on the game's pleas for crowdfunding. What gives?

So working on the basis that Sony is paying, why was it deemed acceptable to run the Kickstarter as it was run, and only reveal this partnership after public money had been accrued via some very large personal donations? I could start throwing around a lot of strong terms here, but – if only because I don’t know exactly how the balance of funding will play out - I won’t. I’ll very carefully draw the line at ‘misleading’, and leave it at that.

Seems the most egregious example yet of using Kickstarter to snooker people into thinking they were funding an independent project. Read the rest

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

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

Kickstarting a second Oh Joy Sex Toy collection

The first collection of the smashing, sex-positive webcomic was such a success, they're doing it again! 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

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