This Week in Kickstarter
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We hacked Kickstarter. Yep, we hacked our own site, but with good intentions! Yesterday was our semi-annual Hack Day, where everyone in the office stops what they are doing and devotes 24 hours to a cool, perhaps useless, project. While some created songs containing lyrics from famous project videos, others built new tools for finding cool projects, and one of our esteemed engineers (Tieg!) even built a blinking Kickstarter lamp out of LED lights and an Arduino controller that blinks for every color in the category wheel on the profile page.
If that doesn't make any sense to you, you probably haven't seen the new Profile Page, which we shipped this week. Complete all the pies and you win a big pat on the back.
In other news, PAX is currently raging in Seattle and to celebrate all the awesome Kickstarter games that are participating in the event, we crafted a little video containing bits and pieces of some of our favorite game projects. If Tim Schafer gets you excited, you need to hit play asap.
On a more serious note, this week marked the start of Convention season, with the Republican National Convention kicking off on Monday in Tampa. Artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese's Morning in America project, an ice sculpture which spells out "Middle Class," was on temporarily on display in Tampa, where it melted in front of civilians near the convention center. The ice sculpture will be recreated and displayed at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC next week, where it will once again melt in front of convention goers.