This week in Kickstarter we experienced the Vernal Equinox. Cherry Blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and Morgan Freeman (along with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fischer) were all filming a movie outside of our office.
While all this mayhem was going on outside, we had a bit of chaos inside as Double Fine creator Tim Schafer popped by to meet the team and chat. For many of us at Kickstarter, meeting Tim Schafer was a wayyyy bigger deal than seeing Morgan Freeman. This, however, did not stop Tim and Yancey from peering out the window in hopes of spotting Jesse Eisenberg.
While we were goofing off with Mr. Double Fine, a certain project creator decided to go out of his way to honor one of our staff members. This so happened to be Ms. Aurora Thornhill, who was named Kickstarter Monster Staff of the Week for March 18th - March 24th. Not entirely sure what this means, but we couldn't help but share with you, and, in turn, honor Aurora among the masses. Congrats girl! Who will be the next Monster Staff of the Week?! Only time will tell.
All kidding aside, one of the coolest things that happened in the Kickstarter universe this week is the latest version of Protei, the Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot, sailing in Long Beach, California. This is the 8th Protei to be tested, and shows significant advances over previous models. It also finds the team behind Protei even closer to being able to deliver a truly revolutionary robot to the world. Big ups(!) and keep up the good work.
And lastly, couldn't send you off into the weekend without pointing to this recent video produced by PBS on "Art in the Era of the Internet." it features Creative Commons guru Lawrence Lessig, the ladies behind the Creators Project and our very own Yancey Strickler who chatted about the evolution of art in a world where democratized production tools and distribution outlets are making it easier for people to create and disseminate their works the way they want to. It's a choice piece, if I do say so myself.