Three quick updates:
(1) Thank you all so much for your forbearance. I'm very happy to report that the first whale staplers just need some final touching up and will be ready to ship! The first batch will be going out in the mail next weekend, with the remainder soon thereafter.
Here's the current status: Out of a total of approximately 205 stapler orders to fulfill, 56 North Atlantic Greys are ready to pack, 24 Killer Orcas just need the final painting, another 50 Orcas need eyes and final painting, and 8 Sargasso Pinks also just need final painting. The remaining staplers need to be rebuilt to improve staplerability, and that is the next task on the docket.
(2) After receiving responses ranging from the tepid to the aghast, I've decided to forego the numbering system. However, if you would like your stapler numbered, just let me know and I will number yours.
(3) Instead, each whale stapler will come with a whale joke or a stapler joke! My crack team of comics has been working hard developing the jokes, but I could use your help. If you think of a joke relating to either whales or staplers, please send it to me. If it's either extremely good or extremely bad, I'll include it!
Here is one terrible example someone came up with at dinner last night, just so you won't feel like your joke isn't funny enough:
Q: What did the sailor say after the other sailors mistook his killer whale for an island?
A: That's majorca.
Thanks again and here are some photos of the first batch!
I can't believe there is nearly only a week left of The Pop-Up Pinhole Project on Kickstarter! It's gone incredibly fast and it has exceeded all of my expectations.
We've all done it together, so thank-you so much for all your support! It's been great having such a brilliant community behind the project.
I know a lot of you have been sharing the project with friends, collueges, lovers and everyone in-between- it's ace to know you are spreading the word. Let's give it one last push for the final week! Here is a shortlink you can share to make life easy > http://kck.st/12eykuY
The project has had some brilliant UK based press this week. If you are a commuter in one of the UK's major cities you may have seen the feature the project had in The Metro. The Metro is a free distribution paper given out on public transport throughout the country and 1.3 million are given out every day.There was a half page feature on page three this Tuesday - check out the picture below! It's amazing to think how many new people this may have introduced to The Pop-Up Pinhole Project and pinhole photography. You also read the article online here - http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/06/its-flat-pack-photography-pop-up-camera-beats-instagram-for-retro-pictures-3714481/
The project was also featured on The Daily Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2321333/Art-graduate-designs-flat-pack-cardboard-camera-make-cereal-box.html a UK tabloid known for it's vicious online commentators! I think the best one on the article has got to be - "I'm beginning to think I can accurately predict when something has been invented by dirty hipsters."
Can't win 'em all!
And last, but not least, some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I gave a talk at Thought Menu in Brixton, London. The video of the talk has just been put up online and if you would like to see it you can find it here. Unfortunately a couple of minutes at the end have been cut off, but hopefully you get the gist!
Last week- let's do it!
Well, this it folks. We have less than 72 hours to get to $12,000 - and the way Kickstarter works is that we won't receive any of your generous donations unless we get there before 1:40PM on Sunday.
So we wanted to share with you all the amazing things we plan to do, expand, create and bake when we reach our goal. You can share this post with your friends and family - or just anyone you know who loves to snack!
SNACK CATERING + EVENTS
Kinderhook has catered dozens of events in the past year, starting with our dear friends' wedding favors last spring. We love being able to create custom snacks based on the bride and grooms' favorite flavors, such as a chocolate peanut butter shortbread cookie or a Spekuloos Belgian Spice Cookie stamped with "Allie loves Todd." We've also catered baby + bridal showers, holiday parties, First Friday events at retail locations, and hosted the Urban Farm Alliance Farm Feast fundraiser. We participated in several amazing events in the past year from Pile O' Craft and Holiday Heap to the Maryland Film Fest. We even created some special Dog Snacks for Hampdenfest in the fall (see photo below - that's our favorite pup Owen wearing a top hat).
By reaching our goal on Sunday, we'll be able to expand our catering services to a wider geographical area and say "Yes" to more customers! Where we were previously limited by space + time constraints, our new kitchen and equipment will allow us to spend more time crafting delicious customized snacks for your events.
This is something we are incredibly excited about over here at Kinderhook Snacks. Because, don't you know, we started baking snacks of all kinds when both of us were working desk jobs. Everyone sitting in front of a computer right now knows how snacking can help you push through a project or even provide you with the perfect opportunity to take a break.
We plan to launch an official Corporate Snacking service to deliver snacks on a monthly basis to businesses in the Baltimore metro area. Just imagine - a beautiful package full of incredible sweet and salty snacks arriving at your desk. AMAZING.
We started selling packaged snacks to stores in the Baltimore area in July of 2012, dropping off the first Caramelized Shallot Crackers and Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies to Green Onion in Hamilton. Now, only 10 months later, we deliver hundreds of snacks to twelve different retail locations in Baltimore every week. WHAAAAT! It's true.
We haven't been able to reach out to any new locations this year due to time and space constraints at our previous kitchen - there simply wasn't any time or room for more ingredient storage to add new stores to our weekly delivery schedule. In fact, all twelve locations we currently sell to found us! When we reach (and hopefully exceed!) our goal by Sunday at 1:40PM, we will be able to launch our sales outreach program to new locations throughout the Baltimore / DC metro area. WE CAN'T WAIT!
We hope this update has sufficiently explained how big our plans are for the coming year. But if words aren't enough, we've included a ton of photos to show you how far our creativity and hard work has taken us so far.
Sometimes you never know what's in your fridge - or who put it there and when. Fortunately, I don't have that problem. My collection of 35mm film recans, new stock and short ends has been quietly growing under adult supervision for a couple of years. If we reach our stretch goal I can finally use these poor orphaned children for the task intended - making movies. These cans anxiously await that day. So does Lorrie, my wife.
What's in your fridge?
After almost exactly a year since we began our Kickstarter campaign, Sea Blues has finally arrived in physical form. We printed the book with Conveyor in Jersey City and we have to say, it's beautiful!
We can't wait to get these books out to everyone. We will be sending them within the next few weeks, so get excited!
Thank you all so much for your continued support. We can't express how much we appreciate it.
Below is a sneak peak of the book! For those of you in New York, please join us at the book launch, next Friday, May 17 at Molasses Books (it's also Cait's birthday! So come celebrate that too!). Here is the Facebook invite:
Hope to those of you in New York there!
<3 Yael & Cait
We can officially announce this evening that the SILO ART PROJECT has reached it's funding target today!!! It is an amazing feeling to know that you all believe and support this project so much.
A very special thank you to Downtown OKC, Inc. who contributed $10,000 today and made it possible for us to reach our goal in just a matter of days. We still have 22 days remaining on the Kickstarter campaign!
That said, there's still all these Rewards for those who wish to participate to this ongoing campaign. We even have one more massive mural for anyone else out there who might be interested in the $10K reward level!
We thank each and everyone one of you - from the $2 donation all the way up to the highest level - you all have made this project possible. There's more updates to come...we'll keep you posted.
Photo: Artist Rick Sinnett (center) and fellow painter Thomas Surratt with the Downtown OKC, Inc. staff shortly after receiving their Kickstarter contribution.
The new Giuseppi Logan CD of the June 2012 NYC session is in! Since many of you supported both Kickstarter projects forgive us if you are receiving duplicate updates. We have received limited quantities for sale of the new Giuseppi Logan CD from our partner label in France. See the store at www.edpettersen.com to order This is the brilliant follow up to the Kickstarter project The Giuseppi Logan project which many of you graciously supported.
And They Were Cool recaptures the compositional genius of Logan's sixties heyday. As you know Giuseppi Logan was a contemporary of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders and an accomplished sax player, as well as clarinet, flute and piano player. This pure free jazz album pairs Logan with young sax talent Jessica Lurie, an accomplished artist in her own right and the dualing saxes add tension and push Giuseppi to his full potential. With improving health and a sound supporting cast, Larry Roland on bass and Ed Pettersen on guitar and effects, Logan's playing rivals the previous works for which he is reknown. Recorded at the highest fidelity and mastered by one of the great mastering engineers, And They Were Cool delivers on performance, fidelity and composition to create a rare gem for improv lovers to add to their collection. Label: Improvising Beings in partnership with the Mad King Edmund Collective. CD only.
This is the record that I dreamed of making when I first went in search of Giuseppi Logan and I can't wait to share it with my fellow jazz lovers and Giuseppi supporters.
1 Taking a walk in the park
2 with my dog Sam
3 singing the blues
4 trying to decide
5 which path to choose
6 and which to avoid
Mad King Edmund
PS For high fidelity folks, if you purchase the CD online we can make available high res download for you as an alternate option. Just message us and we'll provide details.
Hello Dear Backers,
Time sure does fly, it's Friday again! Friday means it's time for an update regarding our production progress. We want to keep everyone in the loop as we work towards locking down a reliable delivery date and bringing you an incredible lifelogging experience. You can take a look back at previous updates here.
So, what's been happening this week at Memoto?
- we're still waiting for the pre-series production. 200 PCBs will be done next Monday and half of them mounted with components during the week. As mentioned before, these will be run through a couple of standard environmental tests before we let them continue with the rest of the production. It is difficult to estimate the risk that any of those tests will hold up anything; some of them are for regulatory compliance and some are simply to make sure the quality is good enough for a ship worthy product, but of course our hope is that it will be a quick procedure.
- We have concluded the design of the Memoto USB cable. The port on the camera is a Micro-USB connector. We are ordering 5000 of these next week or so and the production time for this is just a couple weeks.
- Our packaging manufacturer in Taiwan has made the samples of the packaging and are shipping them to us with DHL today. They will arrive on Monday or Tuesday next week.
- As we said last week, the focus here is continuing to improve the upload handling and building of moments. We have more work to do before we can accommodate production loads.
- We've made the process handling on the servers better. Issues with deployments and software updates because daemons were terminated improperly have been fixed.
The design for the web-view of a shared moment is complete and we began working on how the LEDs will display different states like: power on, battery status.
We've also been continuing to:
- develop factory tests for the camera
- build the windows client
See you next week!
Just wanted to post a quick video showing the new engine in action. I hope to wrap up a lot of tasks with the game this week, so hopefully this weekend I can post another video as a sort of before-and-after comparison.
This isn't a high quality trailer (no sound or anything), just a quick 40 second peek to show off the new graphics. I might try to post some more small updates during the week, but I like to try to focus on development work as much as possible. You can also follow @dimwitdonuts on Twitter for more news.
Have a great day!
Dear friends of I USED TO BE DARKER,
First, my apologies for the radio silence. I think an update is overdue!
The first few months of 2013 have been quite a ride for our little film. In January we premiered at Sundance, and in February we returned to the Berlinale to play the International Forum of New Cinema.
In April, we played festivals in Atlanta, Nashville, Sarasota, Wisconsin, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Buenos Aires. In Atlanta, the film won "Best Narrative Feature", in Nashville "Best Original Song" (for Ned Oldham's "One That Got Away"), and in Buenos Aires I was awarded "Best Director" in the International Competition.
The festival announcement I'm most excited about is our regional premiere at the Maryland Film Festival on May 11th at the Charles Theatre (with a matinee on May 12). Following our 8PM screening on the 11th, we’re hosting a party across the street at the Metro Gallery featuring musical performances by our lead actors Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham. Ned will be joined by Anomoanon bandmates Jack Carneal, Aram Stith, Dave Heumann and Walker Teret, for their first show in Baltimore in almost 8 years!
Finally, we're excited to announce that Strand Releasing will distribute our film throughout the US in the fall of 2013. I've been a fan of their catalog for over 20 years, so I'm very honored that I USED TO BE DARKER will be a part of it. Plus, with the announcement this week that Toronto-based distributor Films We Like will handle Canada, we’ve got North America covered!
Please check out our blog or follow us on F#$%B00k to learn details of our release and future festival screenings. We can't wait to share I USED TO BE DARKER with you! In these days of Zach Braff and Veronica Mars, your continued support of real indie filmmaking means more than ever.