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What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
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Giving thanks -

Posted by Bruce Shapiro (Creator)
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Nearly a month since last update, I thought it might be a good time to chime in again as  the holiday season comes roaring toward us. First, I want to address the giant art-table-not-yet-in-the-room: We are working to get your tables to you as diligently as we can! Current tally of tables shipped: 350 end-tables and 25 coffee tables. We receive messages daily, and public comments on occasion, saying "it's past Oct. 2017, when is my table coming?" Some are more pointed than others - but we understand. The more tables we get out, the more those of you who haven't received yours yet get both excited and disappointed. We get it. Here are the concrete actions we're taking to improve "output":

  • We've hired two more full-time employees (that brings us to 11 total, including Micah, Bev, and me).
  • We've modified the shipping box for the 3' metal tables (we had to slow down shipping these because the rate of box "trauma" was too high during the first shipments).
  • We are under full production of wood table furniture and their servo-driven Sisbots. We receive the shipping crates this week and are finalizing "white glove" delivery service arrangements.
wood table production
wood table production

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Today is the second Thanksgiving since our launch. And just as stated in our Thanksgiving update last year, we have much to be thankful for now. I closed last month's update by sharing a backer's heart-rending report of evacuating his home during the disastrous fires that ravaged parts of Northern California. Bev and I are out here now near that area, to be with family for the holiday. We made a visit to Coffey Park, one of the areas hardest hit by the fires. We'd seen pictures and video from numerous news reports - but they did not prepare us for seeing it in person. Block after block with essentially nothing remaining of homes but their chimneys; melted remains of car windshields; solidified aluminum puddles from wheel hubs. 

Coffey Park
Coffey Park

At least two people did not get out of Coffey Park that night. But the same thought was in all our minds after seeing it: fire swept through the area so fast, it's a miracle more people didn't perish. Numerous shelters opened in nearby areas immediately. A massive clean up effort is well underway, and rebuilding will start soon.

Witnessing such a scene jolts me into remembering how lucky we are, and how precious and uncertain life can be. I have reason to give thanks for many things, but right now I am thinking of the the first-responders, the organizers of shelters, and providers of clothing, food, and supplies. #SonomaStrong #SonomaFires

I would also like mention how thankful Bev, Micah, and I are to have such a wonderful bunch of people working with us on this project - they feel like family.

Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Sisyphus Industries!
Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Sisyphus Industries!

 

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      Martin on

      yes as keen as I am along with everyone else, better to do once, do correctly......but can I have mine please please please ! hehehehe ! all the best guys from Western Australia !

    2. Robot-mistake McMahon on

      Keep up the good work :)

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      Colleen Ford on

      I got my end table on Saturday, it was easy to set up and connect to my Internet. I love it, even better than I dreamed it would be. I can't wait to have people in for the holidays to show it off! I am also looking forward to the days when new design's will be added and am hoping for some holiday themes!

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      Ernest Wu on

      I appreciate the update and I know you're working hard on trying to manufacture and ship the tables. I can tell how important it is for you and your whole team to get things right. I'm with you. Take the time you need as far as I'm concerned.

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      Macnyc on

      Would rather wait and get the quality promised. I plan on having this as a centerpiece for years to come......good luck with the final 'push'.

    6. Jacob Gunness
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      This keeps being a wonderfully run campaign. I can understand that some people might grow impatient but quality simply takes time. Best wishes to the entire team :)

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      Kimbray von Grosse on

      The table is awesome. Everyone that comes over sits and watches it for a while and marvels at it!!