It’s going to take more than money to do that.
You may recall a couple of weeks ago there was much todo about a “dating advice book” called “Above the Game“. I won’t rehash it here, but very briefly, there was a very skeazy dating advice book on Kickstarter. There was a huge backlash against it on Twitter and elsewhere. Kickstarter allowed the project, but afterwards hid the names of everyone who purchased it, and then finally added a rule against future dating advice book projects.
So that must be why this project is on IndieGoGo :
Perhaps wisely, this project, which I think we can safely call a “Copy-cat project”, doesn’t go into much detail about what will be in the 800-page three-book set, but it does give chapter titles, including :
Book-2 Chapter-1: Jerk versus the Nice Guy
Ten bucks says he tells you to be the jerk!
Book-3 Chapter-2. Disrespect
I can’t imagine why this would be a problem!
And my personal favorite :
Book-1 Chapter-1: Educational Knowledge
You know, as opposed to all that knowledge you can’t learn from.
But here’s what really caught my eye :
This is the only reward level in the project.
Maybe this guy isn’t as dumb as I thought.
At no point does he promise to send a book to any contributors.
Found art in a tiny, easy-to-carry package.
Before found art is found, it’s trash.
Basically, This is a pocket-sized magazine made of trash.
Despite the name, these things went for a mere $6, including shipping. So why not? I can afford six bucks.
To be honest, I’d forgotten I ordered this, it’s been sitting on my desk in a brown wrapper with strange writing on it for months. I finally remembered what it was, and opened it up to take a look.
And you know what? I actually kind-of like it.
You know what? I think this is delightful.
I love the randomness of this. I feel like I’m some kind of future-archeologist trying to understand a civilization through its trash.
I would honestly buy one of these every month if they were available.
So, if this project succeded, and I liked it, why am I calling it a KickFailure?
Well, for one thing, it’s funny to resell trash.
But more importantly … he doesn’t seem to have actually sent everybody their magazine!
There is an update to this article!
A college professor named Amy Laptad really wants to publish a book of her photographs, this is the second time she’s run this exact kickstarter after the first one tanked with zero pledges.
In fact, I do remember it!
Amy Laptad didn’t take that photo at all! She totally stole that from some random lady on Flickr!
Ok, so she stole one photograph, but what about that stunning image of a Ferris wheel completely overtaken by kudzu?
The cover photo is the most important image in a Kickstarter campaign! It’s what shows up in searches and links! It’s what entices kickstarters to learn about your project!
Surely that image must belong to Amy! It would be super dishonest to steal your lead image.
Stolen again! This time from Kyle Telechan (aka “City Eyes”).
There are two other example photos in the project, and as far as I can tell they’re both original. However, they both suck. The exposure is wrong on both of them; one is too dark and the other is too bright! (And one of them is just an ordinary parking lot anyway!)
I guess when she says “my travels” she means “my browsing of Flickr”
The cover image of the infamous Carnival Triumph is blatantly scanned from a book. I’m pretty sure it’s a tourists’ pamphlet for Halifax.
Up next is this lovely shot of the Disney Dream stolen from Christian Lambert Photography
And finally a photo of three more cruise ships ripped from the blog of Aaron Saunders.
Not one photo in this project page is hers!
How much you want to bet she didn’t ask for permission either?
This man wants to sell you a jar of air.
99 jars of air one from each of Iowa’s counties. I know he’s got some kind of artistic statement he’s supposedly making, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is trying to sell jars of air!
He was also going to make an “Ultimate” jar of air by opening the jar in each county. Personally, I don’t think he’s thought that through. Doesn’t it just become the jar for whatever county he visits last? It’s not like these jars didn’t all have air in them before he opened them. How is opening it in 99 different places any different than opening it once at the last place?
Maybe it’s a mistake to try applying rational thought to this project.
Look, just because “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was a best-seller, doesn’t mean that everyone should go around adding zombies to old books!
In fact, I think nobody should do that since it’s probably the least creative or intelligent way to write a book I can possibly imagine.
I’m an athiest, and this is already starting to offend me.
A lot of these don’t even seem like a big deal. Besides a few fundamentalists, would any Christians be shocked at the suggestion that the first plague of Egypt was a red algae bloom instead of literal blood? Who cares? The point is that their water supply became smelly and undrinkable, not that you could bag it and use it for transfusions!
But you know what he barely mentions at all? That’s right : Zombies.
It’s almost like the zombie on the cover was just a trick to get us to buy his preachy book!
Now I am offended!
These two went up within a week of each-other.
Basically, a “Unified Theory” is a single theory that would link all forms of physics. Apparently, this is very difficult to do. Albert Einstein spent many years attempting it. So has Stephan Hawking and many other great minds. So far : nothing.
But that didn’t stop these guys!
I wonder how that even works. If light is staying still and we’re moving, how does light works in both directions? I guess I’d need to pledge $25 to find out.
“Hi, Kickstarters! My name is Andrew Macauley and I am The Scholar of the Brightest Star.”
Hi Jackass, I’m The Blogger of Perpetual Contempt!
That’s already got a name. It’s called “Philosophy”. Seriously, that’s pretty much the textbook definition of philosophy. Not that he’d know. I’m not convinced Mr Macauley has ever opened a textbook.
Here’s a final thought from The Scholar of the Brightest Star :
Violet light leads to ethereal highs within the infinite darkness of the great divide that connects you to your higher mind.
— andrew macauley (@andrewmacauley) February 26, 2013
Why are there two of these projects running at the same time?
Besides the obvious irony of two Theories of One, it seems like too much of a coincidence for both of these to have popped up within a week of each-other.
If anyone has any theories or explanations please leave them in the comments, because I’d love to hear them.