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Every week, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!

SCI-FLY: A Stop-Motion Space Odyssey, by Joey Shanks

That great auteur Michael Bay may have budgets for effects in the tens of millions, but I think he’s been beat by ordinary food objects. Using a glass plate containing condensed milk, water and oil, Mr. Schenkenberg is creating a journey across an infinite cosmos. I’m always a big fan of art that combines the infinite with the trivial, and there’s something awe-inspiring about how effectively this small project conveys the Mysteries of Space in its own idiosyncratic DIY universe. — Cooper T.

Last year Trouble, the artistic duo of Laura Paris and Sam Hillmer (of Zs fame) put a maze inside the Brooklyn DIY music venue Death By Audio. You'd enter at one point, and, as you made your way through the Maze, random performance elements would swerve into your brain space. In the past Exceptor, Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors and the Thee Oh Sees have all taken to the maze, and this years iteration, which will take place in New York at Secret Project Robot, and in Berlin(!), will feature performances by Laurel Halo, Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Dustin Wong, Lucky Dragons and even everyones favorite DIY video game arcade, and former project creators, Babycastles. Basically, if you like mazes and cool jams, you need to join in You Are Here and make sure they are able to bring this insane annual event to life in North America and Europe. — Mike M.

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games, by Anita Sarkeesian

I cannot begin to describe how happy I am to see this project. As a lady-person who dabbles in the world of video games, you end up eye-rolling a lot when the same stereotypical depictions of women pop up again and again in almost every game out there. Anita Sarkeesian from Feminist Frequency wants to make a video series exploring five recurring tropes for women in gaming: Damsel in Distress, The Fighting F#@k Toy, The Sexy Sidekick, The Sexy Villainess, and Background Decoration. All too familiar, right? It's very exciting and important to have this dialogue for all men and women who play games, and I'm so glad that Anita is making it happen on Kickstarter. Doesn't it just makes you want to go home and play Portal (you know, possibly the most subversive game of all time when it comes to gender roles)? Yes it does. — Nicole H.

Public Summer 2012: Library of Immediacy, by Superfront

True story: I've never been to Governor's Island, and I've lived in New York for going on five years. It's time to go! And the Library of Immediacy is the perfect excuse. The installation will be a temporary home for dynamic, interactive public events — but there's a catch! On June 10th, a selection of designers will have two hours to draft a proposal in response to the surprise summer programming that Superfront (a non-profit organization with their hands in all kinds of  exhibitions, public installations, and  architects-in-residence programs) has thought up. This sounds creative, spontaneous, interactive, amazing, and a great excuse to get out of the door and go somewhere new. So, basically, all of my favorite thing! — Cassie M.

POSTICK: Adhesive labels that convert things into postcards, by Tatjana

In her project video, Tatjana calls postcards "magical little things," and we tend to agree! She wants to bring back the habit of sending postcards in the mail, and to help make that happen, she's made a beautifully simple, magical little thing of her own. Posticks are adhesive labels printed to look just like the back of a postcard. You stick them on the back of almost anything (Well. Almost anything the relative size and weight of a postcard) and whatever it is becomes a postcard! Think drawings, old photos, concert fliers — whatever you can dream up. We love it! — Meaghan O.

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