IndieGoGo and KickStarter Campaigns of the Day!

Music Compass

A didactic book which proposes a new way of understanding scales and chords, based on a board and 11 discs. Contains western music’s most used scales and chords

Keep your drink COLD! Amsterdam GlassUSA

If you like to keep your drink cold – I mean, REALLY cold – you need to help us bring Amsterdam Glass to the USA!

HELONE – The Slim Wallet That Has It All

This wallet encapsulates style & practicality with perfect harmony. Features RFID protection + full functionality of bus/building cards from within the wallet.

MONARCHS OF MAYHEM : Words and Images Art Photo Book

A beautiful hardcover book that collects, compiles, expands a series of articles/interviews with some of the most exciting creators of Pulp and Weird Fiction.

The Company Body

An Organizational Model and Work Design Book based on the Human Body’s working principles to Best Performance.

Check out these projects and tell em HT sent ya! 🙂

Intriguing Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or other Crowd Funding Project of the Day!

Crowd Funding or Sourcing sites such as Kickstarter or IndieGoGo are just that, sites where people pitch their project, in various states of readiness or completion, to the masses in the hopes the masses will be excited by their project, as well as enticed by the rewards given, enough to actually want to help fund the project.

Largely most projects I have no interest in. But I do occasionally come across the ones that I think are a good combination of a/ solid idea and b/a reward commensurate with your funding dollars.

Here are the ones that have grabbed me recently:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006

gravitylight

A gravity light project for areas of poverty and conflict in our world. The $50 and $60 reward levels allow you to fund the light for a needy family, as well as get one for yourself.

http://www.indiegogo.com/robotdragonfly

dragonfly

I only recommend Indiegogo projects that have reached or appear they will reach their goal. Because unlike Kickstarter, failed Indiegogo projects get to keep funding even if they don’t meet their goal (ie don’t actually produce anything to give you) which doesn’t sit well with me at all. So for a crowd funded project to get my money I need to have some contractual certainty I’m either going to get the item I’m funding, or my money back.

Going along with that idea, the Robot Dragonfly campaign is an out of the ballpark success. With less than 40 hours let as of this writing, it has already reached its funding amount some ten times over. A drone spy plane, in the size and shape of a dragon-fly; the concept, perhaps unfortunately, feeds right into the heart of modern society’s obsession with gadgety toys and the proliferation of concealed cameras; feeds into this 21st cocktail of a security scared populace and privacy eroding governments and corporations.

http://www.indiegogo.com/euouae

ancientmusic

Ancient Music Resurrected-A World Premiere recording from medieval vocal ensemble Euouae.

The description along with the reward amount of $15 for an Eco-friendly CD makes this a very attractive project for fans of Gregorian chants.

blackwood

This graphic novel project boasts not only great art but some really attractive reward levels.

Well that’s this installment’s selection of the most intriguing Crowd Funded projects. Feel free to suggest some favorites of your own!

DVD Review: THE CAPTAINS written & directed by William Shatner

I just watched William Shatner’s THE CAPTAINS. Oh My God!

It is jaw dropping unbelievable. It’s like a god damn train wreck. Avery Brooks either has dementia or is on a different dimension (and I say that with no joy, being a huge Avery Brooks fan, but yeah his portions are cringe inducing), Shatner is attacking and trying to make Kate Mulgrew and Patrick Stewart cry. He’s openly jealous and arm wrestling Chris Pine. The only one he kinda gets along with is Scott Bakula, and mostly because Bakula feeds into his ego, and the rest of the episode is William Shatner going down memory lane and shamelessly looking for compliments at every turn.

It really is painful to watch at times, and I say that, also being a huge fan of William Shatner. That said, when Shatner’s ego and showmanship gets out of the way, it’s good viewing. The convention riff at the end is a lot of fun. And there is some good moments between Stewart and Shatner. And good revelations between Mulgrew and Shatner.

All in all, train-wreck moments aside, it’s incredibly important what Shatner has written and directed here. The cringe worthy moments accepted, endured, fast forwarded… at the end of the day, we’re all better for Shatner having immortalized these reminisces. In many ways it’s William Shatner’s last word on the iconic character he created.

Shatner a man perhaps feeling distinctly his mortality, making a concrete capper to his career and his life. Much of this is a vanity project, an auto-biography of self, window dressed as an interview with others. William Shatner utilizes the other actors to tell his story.

William Shatner trying to immortalize his place in this enduring mythology called Star trek, to not be lost in this new Christopher Pine age. So on that level, THE CAPTAINS is at heart a very selfish vanity project.

However, that said, Shatner does his homework, and does allow actors to come to terms and discuss arguably the most iconic role of their respective careers. And it does, by weight of just the actors involved, become a bit of cinematic history, as none of the actors are getting any younger and this film is arguably the last time all six of the actors who played the role of Captain will ever share a film together.

And to have William Shatner helm such a meeting, well… all things said… who has more right to do so.

It deserves at least a rental, and for those who count themselves as fans, possibly a purchase. It’s worth a look and has by its very nature become something that will, its relative quality issues aside, stand the test of time. Forty years from now when only Chris Pine, and the captains that follow him remain, people will dig out this film, to find out who Shatner and Stewart and Brooks and Mulgrew and Bakula were.

And if that is Shatner’s gift to himself and his family, at the end of the day, it’s also a gift to us, a gift to posterity. There are worse gifts to get.