It's Halloween! We're exploiting the sugar high we got from stuffing our faces with leftover apple-cheddar-crumble and pumpkin whoopie pies to really, really get into new projects. Not surprisingly, our choices are as spastically varied as our attention spans. From the weather predicting app you've always wanted and ruminations on how we could live forever (now that's scary, y'all!), to pop Shakespeare and Yarn Bombs — wait, did we just stop making sense? We swear, it's the sugar. Just read on!
Addicted to checking the weather? New iOS app Dark Sky improves on the old-fashioned weather service by breaking its predictions down to the minute. The app can give you highly accurate forecasts within a half-hour to hour window, making it possible for you to know exactly whether you'll get rained on during your commute to work, or whether you can ditch the umbrella on your way out to dinner. Sounds pretty darn useful for those who don't like taking a chance with Mother Nature. — Cindy A.
I hate to break this to you, but if you are a human, you are going to die. (All you spambots out there can rest easy.) While most of us spend our lives repressing/denying/making light of the ultimate truth of human existence, there is a group of scientists, economists, biologists, and doctors who truly believe that we may one day, in the near future, be able to live indefinitely. The Methuselah Generation explores human life extension — and all its staggering implications — by interviewing the scientists who espouse it. And you know what they say: if you're going to make a documentary about the science and philosophy of human life extension, make it in 3D! — Meaghan O.
I can't tell what I like more, Alexandra Stewart's soothing voice, the candle-lit "Waba" pumpkin, or the lovely world this project draws you into with its video and rewards. "I wanted the rewards to look how the record's going to sound," says Alexandra in her video. Peep the photos of them in her description and it's pretty clear the tone and tempo of this project have been set. By backing this project, I feel like I'm entering the Canadian backwoods of Alexandra's past, and once she's done recording, I'll hear what they sound like, too. — Daniella J.
I was never a patch kid in Middle school. You know, the type of kid who plastered their backpack with retro-patches, usually some mix of the Misfits, Anthrax, Hendrix, Tool, etc. That was not me. BUT, and this is a big but, I could've been one of these kids if the 2012 Mayan Calendar patch was available in the mid-90s. As one whose paid particular attention the hyperbole surrounding the Mayan 2012 calendar and it's "apocalypse," I've always loved the idea that the apocalyptic occurrences scheduled to happen in December 2012 aren't of the mass devastation kind, but rather an awakening that will shift human perception. And that, folks, I support! In turn, I hope to be rocking this patch on my backpack. — Mike M.
OKAY, you caught me. I was a Lit major — well, what I studied was "global literature," but that's not what's important here. I still took classes about Shakespeare, and those classes still instilled in me a love of all things Bard-like, so when a pop band wants to tell me that "the words of Shakespeare rock" and that they, as a band, are going to, quite literally, make them rock by creating an entire album out of them...? I get pretty excited. I suspect you'll be seeing this album on a college syllabus near you, and soon. — Cassie M.
Juanita Canzoneri is really cool. Probably cooler than you, definitely cooler than me. She "Yarn Bombs" things — a mash-up between "the scarf that your Grandmother knitted for you and urban street art" — which means she takes standard, black video tape and knits it into 6" squares, spray paints them, and assembles them into decorations to adorn everything from trees to bike racks to fences. Her work is clever and colorful, and her Kickstarter project is adorably small. I love the $15 reward, where she'll let you select the title of the VHS she'll deconstruct, crochet, color, and Yarn Bomb with. Huzzah! — Cassie M.