Closing in on the edge of the past
Friday night just became Saturday morning.
Here I am, editing video and text at 2:52 am.
ThePresent is on its way to becoming an American artifact.
For me, ThePresent you will receive is the hardcover version of a novel designed to help you write your own.
Partnering with Rux Design in Long Island City just over the Pulaski Bridge was a key move in the complex sea of potential surrounding this concept. Your support has helped me work out the clearest vision of this time piece, thank you - what an adventure.
Most important to me is the reliability, weight and construction quality of ThePresent.
As with every film I've made I expect nothing but the most talented partners and the finest end product. That is the most important reason why I live in NY.
Even though it feels like trying to do trampoline backflips with broken legs to have this clock made in the US, I will make it happen.
For the record:
Bamboo is OUT - It does not grow ANYWHERE in the US, so forget it.
The back will be made of stamped STEEL - and there is a 95% chance there will be protective glass cover that can be removed and replaced at will..
Also for the record, Ceramic is a joke, and well actually - the entire manufacturing industry of America is a bad joke.
I never imagined the embarrassment I've experienced trying make ThePresent happen here in states. I've had about a dozen US base companies that manufacture everything in Asia contact me mixed with about 30 companies from Asia who want to produce ThePresent directly.
Guess how many US manufacturing companies showed an interest in this product.
I have every reason to create ThePresent in Asia.
I could make roughly six (6) times higher profit by having this made in China, even with glass and steel. If I make the entire bloody clock with plastic and acrylic as they suggest I would be pocketing a 60 - 75% outrageous profit.
But I refuse to be a part of the problem.
Maybe the truth is that the future of manufacturing in the US is a myth - maybe what our responsibility is - is simply to create innovative ideas - but I can't sleep without knowing that I'm doing what I can to believe in the proficiency of my own nation to make a new idea real and available.
The nature of this piece is global and therefore ageless and nationless; understandable only to human beings in general. But as an entrepreneur I still want the whole thing to be made at my house and I want to think that my house includes 50 states. Otherwise what is that flag for...?
Unfortunately, no one - no one - no one - not one single company or individual was prepared for the innovation of an annual clock in the entire United States of America.
I’m ready to testify in a court of law that I contacted every single individual and company in the ENTIRE 50 states in a desperate search of an organization that could make 1000+ annual movements in a few months time.
The only company on the Planet Earth that understood the project and jumped on it, has been making clocks since 1899 in the Black Forest of Germany. They were the only ones able to understand what we're trying to do to time. In fact, when I met with them in person they put in bluntly by saying -
"we thought we were going to live the rest of our lives and die making standard clocks."
It has inspired them beyond measure - you will see their faces because I plan on going to Germany to film the production of the worlds first annual movements- this isn't a joke and I havent' wasted a single second doing everything I can to make this entire experience unforgettable for myself and everyone involved.
Outside of the technicality of the annual movement which is an engineering leap that NO US COMPANY CAN HANDLE - I am forcing production in the US against every piece of advice because I believe that the more things we are able to produce in the US, the more reasonable the prices will become for the next US innovator.
I was at an event last night and someone in the audience asked this question...
"what do you do with all the 'extra' money"
In the case of my clock, there is NO extra money and I'm using every penny to engineer and produce the initial batch of time pieces. There is no 'extra money' and everything I fortunately pulled in is being invested in making ThePresent a reality.
This ends my rant on ThePresent and the complexities of US manufacturing.
The following begins my rant on the state of the perceived speed of technology. I've just finished editing the piece you will see on my laptop & If you don't care about the speed of software, I get it - pass - if you do - read on.
At the moment I am profoundly frustrated at the lack of computing speed in my laptop. It's the latest model mac but right now, feels like it was released in 1992.
I'm trying to review the piece attached here and I haven't been able to see it without it chopping and slowing to a crash.
I hope you have a more serene viewing. it would comfort my soul to know that you watched this piece without choppiness.
I can't believe how slow the latest computers are - when I grab them by the shoulders and shove them, they slow to a crawl. Technology, where it stands, is always a disappointment to me - if you could snap a Polaroid of the capabilities of modern computers you'd be left shaking the photo for weeks trying to get it to develop at a rate that matches your expectations.
Our current access to technology is all but prehistoric.
Maybe now, in 2012 we're for the first time slowly leaning into a place where technology might begin catching up but my state of the art laptop feels like a speak and spell tonight.
I just tried to upload the finished version of this update which is 3GB+ but that's too big.
So what that means,
is that I'll need to diminish the image resolution / color~audio quality / dynamic range by a magnitude of 1/18 of the original.
So what you'll see is a dramatically diminished version of what I've been working on.
I’ve just compressed it from 3,438 MegaBytes to 121 MegaBytes so it can be viewed.
When it’s normal to share 3,438 MB files we will be at the first stop on the super highway of the future.
In the meantime,
2:52am EST ~ 03.10.12
pledged of $24,000 goal
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