We’re off to annotate the Wizard.

The Annotated Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Student literacy rates in Northern Minnesota are troubling. Help bring a timeless classic to a new audience. Encourage reading today!

I kicked in a few dollars to this one, but I don’t think this one is going to make it. People are probably reluctant to kick in money without knowing what kind of “annotations” the book will have, and what will make it better than the many existing annotated versions. (Like this excellent version.)

However, even if they get the money and make the books, they will still fail.

Here’s the problem right here :
At Daventry Press, we focus on two things: bringing great stories to people everywhere, and instilling a love of reading to children, especially those having trouble in school.
So, you’ve got a bunch of kids who don’t like reading, and aren’t very good at it. The solution to this problem is absolutely not to give the kids a book written in 1899 that they already know how it ends!

“Hey there. I know you think that reading is boring and old-fashioned, but check out this Victorian-era book about a farm girl and a scarecrow.” (When was the last time you even saw a real scarecrow?)

“You already know the story, so there won’t be any suspense at all!”

You might as well give them a copy of the Wall Street Journal for all the good it would do.


Guns 2 Uranus

Guns to Uranus - time to tell the gun fanatics what they can do with their guns...

Yes! It’s time for another project from my all-time favorite kickstarter : Major Tom!

You may remember him from the projects Girls on Planet Nubia and Buwwets.

He’s in classic form here. The video is an unrelated clip of himself in a motorcycle helmet saying things like “Switch Auto-Pilot On!“. He’s maintaining his persona as an alien (in a helmet) that has arrived at Earth and was shocked by the gun violence in the “Earth Americas”.

be it neighbor or family or friend, here is a nice tongue-in-cheek manner to let them know that you are not in favor or happy with their guns and the proliferation of guns and gun usage in americas

Why does he always say “americas”, plural. Is he referring to both American continents? Or just the USA, but he’s saying it wrong because he’s an alien? (Aliens always talk funny.)

Coming from anyone else, I’d say this was an attempt at a joke, but from Major Tom, I think he means it.

(To be honest, this is Major Tom’s least crazy project so far, and the goal is a reasonable $2,000(only 80 sales), so he might make it this time. I’m cheering for him.)

Also from Major Tom :


Doppelganger : Universal Game piece.

The Doppelganger, universal game piece is a customizable board and role playing game piece. Now you can upload your pictures and personalize your gameplay!

For $25 these people will sell you a board-game piece with two built-in computer screens.

Even though the gamers I played with had hundreds of figures, we would often lack the just the right ones.
Sounds like quite a problem.

My first idea was a transformable figure, or a Transfomer-like figure that could become multiple characters or game pieces.
Really? That was your first idea? Your first idea was to build a transformer? And your second idea was to build a game piece with a built-in LCD screen?

Let me tell you what my first idea was :

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That’s right card holders! They’re specifically designed for this work. They’re small enough to work with D&D minis. They work with any picture you can draw or print out. And, (sorry to sound like an old man) they don’t need to be recharged!

And best of all? They cost $0.13 each!

Don’t have thirteen cents? (because you spent all your money on dubious Kickstarter gadgets?) No problem, you can go scavenge one from that Candyland game you haven’t played since you were six.

Or you could pay $25 for this silly gadget.


Little Boy, a short story.

I plan to offer my short story "Little Boy" in digital format with master resell rights.
A number of people have used kickstarter to sell books, to my knowledge, this is the first attempt to use it to sell a short story.

This person wants a total of $500 for his 1,300-word short story. It’s my understanding that this is about three times the current going rate for first-time authors. So what’s his angle? Why is this story worth so much money?

I plan to publish the short story in digital format with resell rights as a fundraiser for the Kim W Cobb Memorial Fund, which was created to help families who face foreclosure. "Resell rights" means buyers can copy and resell the story as much as they want.
So, we’re not just buying this story because we want to read it, we’re buying it as an investment so we can sell it!

Of course! I’ll pay $100, to purchase re-sell rights (time limited to four months) so that I can sell the story. But to who?

If I call up a science fiction magazine, and tell them that I want to sell them a story, they’re going to insist on exclusive rights. So I guess I’d be stuck selling it direct to readers? How much would you pay for a story that’s only five pages long?

Maybe it’s a really fantastic story. Let’s see the sample.

Hiroshima Nagasaki twirled his gray toy airplane before the picture, pretending to fly across Manhattan's skies. The Twin Towers were still there. So were the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.  "Neeeaarl!" the little boy mimicked an airplane noise. He was 11, born in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 6, 2045. The Americans called him "Little Boy."  He bounced on his old spring bed, swinging his Laggin' Dragon airplane in a motion symbolic of infinity.

Ugh. This is not clever. This is cutesie and tedious.

To Recap : For $100 this person will sell you “resell writes” to a amateur short story five pages long.


Sparks “Original” T-Shirts

Sparks Originals is releasing a range of fashionable T-shirts, and you lucky Kickstarters could be the first ones wearing them!

These aspiring fashion designers need £1,000 (about $1,600) to kick off their new fashion line of fashionable T-shirts!

We decided not to pretend we're your standard people because we're not, Uh oh, This is never a good sign. If someone has to tell you that they’re interesting, they’re probably not.

Sparks original is a new brand looking to bring quirky and contemporary designs to the fashion industry.

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Ok, so … they’ve taken off-the-rack T-shirts (or undershirts?) and added a patch to them. (Is that a functional pocket? Or just a patch? Who knows?!?)

Sparks_06 Pledge £15 for a single t-shirt

(£15 is about $25)