IT'S THE T-SHIRT DELIVERY PERSON!
All Kickstarter t-shirts and hoodies that we had addresses for by the deadline have been shipped. If they haven't already arrived, they will be very soon. If you haven't received yours by Wednesday, you can call 801-252-6000 Ext 11 for customer support. (A new, shiny 312 dedicated number is coming this week if you'd prefer to wait for that).
Geek Bar merch is also finally being shipped as well and will be arriving. To grab some great gear with our logo emblazoned on it, go to http://www.geekbarchicago.com/merch/ and order today!
And it's official, the demolition work is underway on the space!! Check out these first look photos from this morning:
It's getting closer, geeks!! Can you feel it? It's kinda tingly like a transporter beam...
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Just a quick note to let you know that we continue to move forward with editing FINDING KUKAN. With more than 90 hours of footage shot, it's a daunting task to find all the right pieces and put them in the right places, but the HUGE STORY is staring to look like a FILM, and that's exciting. As I work to contextualize the story, I'm learning amazing stuff and meeting more fascinating people. Please check the film's blog now and then to see the story behind the scenes http://www.nestedeggproductions.com/blog. Mahalo nui loa for keeping FINDING KUKAN in your thoughts and sharing the story with others. aloha, Robin
As promised a few days ago, here’s the new video in which we tell you how you can invest in Space Command. We also share images and footage of our most recent designs, storyboards, construction, conversations with NASA and JPL scientists, jet fighter pilots and more!
Things are moving at a dizzying pace, getting ready for our March 8th start on shooting our first Space Command feature, “Redemption.” An army of people is busy at work, including set builders, our line producer, visual effects supervisor, production designer and many more.
I find all of this process thoroughly delightful, including drawing my own simplistic storyboards, which I call “Snoopygrams” (because they look like Charles Schultz drawings).
It’s really amazing to me how I can give something like this to my ace storyboard artist Larry Houston (with whom I worked on BLACKSTAR, CAPTAIN POWER and MIGHTY ORBOTS) and he can return with this:
Greg Jein, the brilliant builder of the city from BLADE RUNNER and the mothership for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, has been sketching designs of proposed miniature sets for us that could utilize pieces he’s been giving us. These domes are actually recycled from the V’Ger model he built for STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE. Way cool!
In addition, my dear friend Iain McCaig just sent us this new profile design of Doug Jones’ character Dor Neven. (Iain’s been working with J.J. on the new Star Wars films – I nabbed Iain as our Space Command character designer just between his working with Lucas on the last three Star Wars films and J.J. on the next one.)
As mentioned in the video, last weekend we had a terrific meeting on-set at our studio with our Space Command team and scientists from JPL and NASA, jet fighter pilots and Air Force personnel to advise us as to design and functionality of our hero set, the Paladin flight deck. We shot video of a good deal of that incredible discussion, which we’ll be posting soon.
Beyond this, we’re speaking with many talented prop makers to create iconic Space Command devices. I’ve been in contact with the kids of the late Ed Emshwiller, one of my favorite science fiction artists of the Fifties and Sixties, who drew and painted under the name Emsh, and we’re hoping to utilize his designs for some of our Space Command equipment.
So all in all, it’s a dream come true, and it’s all thanks to you.
More to report very soon… including details on fulfillment of all those Space Command goodies, now that we’re shooting at long last.
All good thoughts your way,
Dear MAI Founders,
If you backed at the $25 level or up, please check your Kickstarter inboxes to find instructions on how to register for the Abramovic Method exercise live stream events. Please register on the Eventbrite page as soon as possible in order to receive information about these events and access to the live stream channels.
All live stream events will take place on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 between 12pm Eastern Standard Time and 4pm Eastern Standard Time. Event times are as follows:
- Water Drinking exercise - 12pm Eastern Standard Time
- Slow Motion Walk exercise - 1:30pm Eastern Standard Time
- Eye Gazing exercise* - 3pm Eastern Standard Time
*Remember, if you backed at the Eye Gazing exercise level, you will need to find a partner to participate with you.
After Marina teaches your exercise, you and other backers will perform it simultaneously. Each exercise will be followed by a virtual Q&A session with Marina. If you cannot make the live stream event that you signed up for, all events will be archived and available for viewing after they air.
Do not hesitate to send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "LIVE STREAM."
We look forward to seeing you there!
As many of you know, we unveiled a statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley on Satruday December 7, 2013!
Some administrative notes: If you do not have your reward, please message us. The names for the www.teslastatue.com project page (which will include the name of every backer unless you indicated you did not want a reward) are being finalized and formatted. The thank you dinner for Creative Circle participants will be in late January.
Thank you Kickstarter backers. It was an amazing project which will provide many stories for years to come. Nikola Tesla got some additional respect, more people learned about Nikola Tesla and there is a permanent source of inspiration to invention, entrepreneurship, creativity and big thinking on important topics like energy and wireless in the Silicon Valley (and a free Wi-Fi hotspot)!
Some people called this a project a bit crazy, and it was! But one of my favorite outcomes will be this text message exchange with my friend about his 8 year old daughter's wish in the time capsule:
What if an outcome of this project is the small part it plays in Kasey changing the world? We will have participated in something truly great.
We've got about two hours left in our Kickstarter Campaign (we know you couldn't be more excited). Here's a few things we added, possibly while you were sleeping! You can pledge for more than one thing by raising your pledge amount to the sum of the rewards you would like "Manage My Pledge" and then message us via the Kickstarter to let us know what items you'd like!
MORE Jaime Hernandez prints! We've got 50 more prints for those of you who have been asking. $200
SIGNED COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS: Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 13 and 15 are available and signed by R. Crumb. $30-35 each.
Vintage artist folios! From the depths of our flat files we have some very beautiful 1970s and 1980s cartoonist portfolios, each containing a series of prints suitable for framing. Here's a few examples (all are listed on the main Kickstarter page). Plenty of time to order one of these for the holiday season!
P. CRAIG RUSSELL FOLIO: "The Curse of the Ring" a black and white six plate folio from 1980 inspired by Wagner's Ring Cycle. Numbered 403/1200. Framable quality. $100
MARIE & JOHN SEVERIN: "Kull II" a black and white folio of 7 plates, signed and numbered 931/1000, 1977.
Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing had me, Dean Putney (an adviser on this project), and Dannel Jurado on his Gweek podcast, and we talked a lot about how to make a book on your own. Mark's deeply involved in Cool Tools, Kevin Kelly's modern Whole Earth Catalog of useful modern stuff, which Kevin just turned into a fantastic self-published book. Dean just received advance, air-shipped copies of the book he made (and funded through Kickstarter) from his German great-grandfather's World War I photos taken in the trenches. Dean raised money in September; finished the book immediately; and backers get their copies in a few weeks!
Both books' stories of being made were inspiring to me while I prepared this Kickstarter, and I received practical advice about how to make it all happen when it's done, too.
We're still hovering in our funding close to 50% (at 47%!), and still have two weeks to get the word out to bring us to 100%. Let's make this happen! Most Kickstarters that fund follow this pattern: a big start, a slow rise in the middle, and a big finish — but you can imagine it's nerve wracking for the project organizer!
The latest issue of The Magazine came out last night, in which we tell our readers (which may include you!) about the passion that drove this project. The issue also included an article about the potential connection between overconsumption of caffeine during long-distance runs and unusual heart-attack deaths at race finish lines. It's the kind of journalism that we think fits neatly in our wheelhouse (the geeky medical aspects) and serves a bigger goal, too: helping people become more informed in a way that could prevent adverse health events, even deaths.
The author, Jen A. Miller, and I recorded a podcast that accompanies the article, and explains her passion for getting this information out, so that more research can be done.
After my last update, I was contacted by a Little Free Library representative regarding our sign. She promptly took care of whatever the issue was and it has finally arrived!
I'll be getting it over to our builders to be attached when ready. The library is being painted right now. Here is the pile of books awaiting its arrival:
We are getting close!
Thanks again everyone!
Well, we worked all weekend long with many friends here at the Forge. They helped stuff envelops with Omnivore salt and got them out to all of you just in time for Thanksgiving and the Holidays. I was busy cooking pasta fasole and pork ribs with balsamic and Omnivore salt. There were great conversations and lot of eating and laughter!
Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving and Holiday!
Happy Monday to all! We’re getting Week 3 started off right with an appearance on Huffington Post Live; in her interview alongside HuffPo business reporter Chris Kirkham, Andy addresses the scale and scope of the prison industry in Florence:
‘Many people liken the private prison to the hotel industry: you’ve gotta fill beds...In Florence, they house prisoners from Hawaii to Vermont...and there’s documented instances of state legislators working in collusion with these prisons to write mock legislation.’
We're also thrilled to be Kickstarter’s ‘Project of the Day’. We're setting big goals for this week: we want to raise $12K in the next 5 days; no contribution is too small in the quest towards this goal. We thank you so much for the support you've already shown us, and are excited to be on this journey with you all.