Jason Scott, here.
While I'm the one posting constantly, please don't take it as an indication the other board members are not doing anything, or don't have a voice, or anything of that sort - it just works out that I'm the one doing the news updates. Jason Aller has been working tirelessly on tracking address changes people have mailed in, cross-referencing documents, and generally keeping the back-end nailed down. Brian Martin has been popping in with suggestions and clarifications and has had a number of people in discussions about potential issues or future plans. And Andrew Gagne has been working with Schuyler locally both in getting the schwag/locks prepped for moving as well as preparing Schuyler himself for his bed-and-books move out of his apartment (which, again, he loses in less a week).
Tomorrow, I head up to Boston to oversee the packaging of the locks and schwag that Schuyler has, and to see it taken down to the post office and mailed out to you. For the last couple of days, Schuyler has been prepping thousands of locks, along with a range of volunteers who have been helping him do so.
Tomorrow, I'll be in Cambridge in the evening to begin the process of sending out these materials to you all, using my own funds and contributed/bought funds from others to pay for it. If you are in the near Boston area and wish to help with the packaging, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be in town Thursday and Friday to work on this.
More details tomorrow. Thanks again for the support and love in messages to the board and to Schuyler, which have been legion.
Hello, Jason Scott again. Good Morning.
Things have been moving fast over the weekend. There's always a danger with "things are going well" entries that they seem to be over-promising, so I will stick to the basics.
Schuyler, inspired by the actions taken so far, has gone to his parents' home and taken the 1,200 cases his mother made for this Kickstarter. He's on his way back to Boston with them. He's also prepping the locks (with assistance from friends) to hand over to my team when I arrive on Thursday.
From Thursday to Friday, I'll be in Boston working along with a team of volunteers to sort, pack, and ship the items out the door. I will take photos/footage of the process for the benefit of the backers.
A lot of people stepped forward with purchases of my documentary as well as direct monetary donations towards the postage. This has severely lessened the load of buying postage. Thank you.
As someone who has done large-scale shipments before (professionally and associated with my own projects), and especially ones where the shipments happen months or years after addresses are first given, let me say the number one priority of you, the backers, is to update your addresses.
IF YOU HAVE MOVED SINCE YOU ANSWERED THE ADDRESS SURVEY FOR THIS KICKSTARTER, PLEASE MAIL ME AT CHANGEDADDRESS@TEXTFILES.COM SO WE CAN SHIP ANY ITEMS TO THE RIGHT PLACE.
I am fully expectant we will have some bounces, some issues, and the rest - that's what working with the mail is like. But it'd be great to minimize that, and some of you might have forgotten that you actually moved since the survey (it has been a while, after all).
Sorry we have no ready footage or photos right now, but I wanted you to be updated. We have the cases, the locks, the shirts, the rest you saw in the previous photos. We're moving forward on this phase. Thanks.
In the many letters and correspondence of the last week, one common suggestion was to sell off the current inventory to bring closure, or to fund the locks portion. This action of sending you material is more than just a shipping of goods; it's to allow people who backed this kickstarter to get items they were expecting, as best as can be done, so that Schuyler (and they) can move towards closure. But thanks for the many suggestions that have been coming in on all aspects of this - they are being read.
Jason Scott, head of the board of folks working on this Schuyler Towne Open Locksport kickstarter. I believe straight shooting is the way to go, so first of all, this is what I look like, posing with Schuyler after his DEFCON 19 presentation last year.
If it is not obvious in the look, I am a fan of Schuyler and love his talents and his presentations. As someone who gives dozens of presentations a year on my own subjects, the openness with which he has given his knowledge of locks and lockpicking is breathtaking. The reason I suggested this board and have worked to assemble and then go through the rat's nest of issues and problems is because I think, ultimately, Schuyler is a talented and good person who has made a series of terrible mistakes and the project needs to be resolved in one way or another.
At 26, I started a company that failed within a year, and towards the end, when things were looking really dim but I still held onto the passion that it could work, I borrowed a lot of money from a lot of good people. Thousands and thousands of dollars, thrown into a well, because I didn't have the foresight or experience to know when to cut and when to wind down. In my case, I switched jobs to a more lucrative consulting position and plowed 100% of my income into giving back money to my girlfriend's family, my own family, my close friends, and the weight lifted. I know, in other words, how this sort of thing can spiral down into the murkiness and blackness that Schuyler is in now. I've been there myself. I needed, and he needed, someone to step in and turn excuses into facts, and situations into solutions.
For the past two weeks, we've been going over what was promised, what was delivered, what there is, what there isn't. We've been forging through and cutting past what the situation is, and not what it should be. So here we are.
Throughout this kickstarter's failure, the personal attacks have been breathtaking, the insults fast and strong. A number of folks have wished only the worst for Schuyler. To that, I will make it clear: you have surely gotten your wish.
Schuyler himself is broke. The real broke. The broke where there are no savings, no funds, no cash. He is about to lose his apartment, and is going to move into his parents' home. He has limited amounts of medication for his issues and is working as best he can to get employment and ideally insurance so he can continue to receive medical attention. These are all real things.
The rebuilding of his life where he will be a functioning person with employment, income and the ability to do anything economic by his own choice will take time. That is a different situation from the kickstarter situation.
Assessing the inventory of items bought over the past two years, we have the photos you saw as well as counts of what those boxes have. One of Schuyler's biggest mistakes, if we're doing a post-mortem, is that he took an "all or none" to the rewards, leaving items languishing in several storage locations waiting for the picks portion to be completed. I honestly believe a Split Shipment never occurred to him until the board asked him about it. So we're moving forward on that.
Next week, barring any problems, we will begin shipping out every reward item in Schuyler's possession. As you can see from the photos, this includes a number of schwag items as well as practice locks - nearly everything but the picks themselves.
To do this will cost thousands of dollars in postage to mail them out.
I have offered to pay this postage. I will be using my own savings, and also have dedicated sales of my documentaries for the time being towards this cost. An entry explaining this to my followers is here. I am doing this because I have known the abyss of feeling utterly trapped, with insults and hatred raining down instead of helping hands, and constructive repair of the situation is the real solution, preferably by someone or someones who are willing to endure the bother of just getting the job done.
Andrew Gagne, another board member, is working with Schuyler to finish the picks. He is also putting up funding of his own. I can't speak for the outcome of that at this moment, other than work is being done to concretely finish the project.
That is the straight-up story. It is not the story most people want to hear, but my goal is that within the month you will hold something in your hands for your kickstarter backing. Whether you choose to throw it away in disgust or keep it as a reminder of how a life can take very bad turns is up to you.
More updates will occur as frequently as possible - absolutely within the next 5 days.
Jason Scott, board member, posting again.
A more detailed posting is coming, but the goal under the board is faster turnaround of updates, and informative updates. This week we requested that Schuyler do a full inventory of the kickstarter rewards he has in his possession and he has gone well into that process. He has sent us photos of the items already purchased, and I have uploaded the set of photos into my Flickr account.
As I said, more detailed information is coming, but this photos arrived earlier today and it was thought important you see them.
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