As of today, about 24,300 people have visited the kickstarter page, where about 0.9% of them have left a donation. Not too bad, considering the hit rate for a full-page magazine advert is about 0.1-0.25%. At this hit rate, a mere 326k visitors would fund the project.
The Bay Citizen: http://bit.ly/snJEEl
O'Reilly Media Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/p45WYr
and a *second* Slashdot hit: http://bit.ly/uCw7bk
Meanwhile I am busy scouring the surplus markets for deals. One challenge in building a large project from 'obtainium' is that finding a major bargain can result in substantial design revisions.
Thank you all for being the steadfast minority that appreciates the scientific potential in this project. -Greg
Looks like several groups have picked up the story now, including
Boing Boing: http://bit.ly/tbrsBQ
and Gizmodo: http://gizmo.do/ugHBGa
But perhaps my favorite one so far is: http://bit.ly/rvk8pc
"If the government is not willing to fund the building of two 10-story tall Tesla Coils, then why the hell do I even pay taxes?"
Thanks for the amazing support, and outpouring of referrals! For a non-internet savvy person like myself, getting the word out has been a daunting task... even more than designing the 40,000 volt, 50,000 amp primary drive circuitry. Here's how the 'Kickstarter dashboard' is looking so far:
It's just starting to bend in the right direction, but there's clearly a long way to go. Any help at this early stage that you can provide towards spreading the word, 'likes, RT's, etc.' will make a big difference.
Perhaps the most exciting part for me so far is the emails and comments on the scientific potential of the machine... It's incredibly encouraging to see how many people out there appreciate the scientific aspect, and who have made some great suggestions for additional experiments. I'm already working on design changes to 'stretch' the machine's capabilities, to explore some of these ideas.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 10, 2011.
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