The very last reward, and perhaps the most unusual
With less than two days to go in our current Kickstarter campaign, I'm offering the very last, and possibly the most unusual reward: the Balinese Om table.
Made entirely... Read more
Kickstart or Bust: the Final 72 Hours
We are now coming down to the wire. Worldwide support for the Endangered Alphabets has raised nearly $9,000, but unless I reach $15,000 in pledges by 6 a.m. on Thursday,... Read more
The $2,000 weekend--or bust
I'm sorry to say it, but unless we raise at least $2,000 this weekend, this campaign is probably dead in the water.
We had great support today from Irina Wang,... Read more
The final week
Right. Here we go. A week left, and $8,000 to raise. HERE.
That may sound daunting, but here’s the good news:
• we already have a solid base of... Read more
By popular request, a new reward!
Once again fans of the Endangered Alphabets have spoken, requesting a new reward, and once again....
Here it is: a well-made, sturdy, handsome tote bag featuring the beautiful, sinuous... Read more
New rewards, and a new goal
Okay, everyone. I've given myself (and you!) a break for the morning, following our successful Thousand Dollar Weekend, but now it's time to return to the tiresome process of... Read more
Day Two of the Thousand Dollar Weekend!
So far the Thousand Dollar Weekend is thundering along with more than $500 raised, thanks to Paul Ledak, Candace Uhlmeyer, Bill Schubart, Ned Castle, Bill Everett, Mirjam Vellinga, Joanne Doyle,... Read more
The Thousand-Dollar Weekend
The thousand-dollar weekend has just started. We need to raise at least that much by Sunday night. Seriously.
And even as I typed this, the first $10 came in... Read more
No stopping us now!
Yes! We have finally burst through the $5,000 barrier, thanks to help from Tim B (not me, the other Tim B) and Julia Legas. Over the last three days... Read more
A new reward, a new sense of urgency
Halfway through the current campaign, and already this Kickstarter has seen an outpouring of support unlike anything I’ve done before. Literally every day I get between 10 and 100... Read more
Our first urgent goal: $5,000 by Monday
Friends of the Alphabets, one and all, it's time to get serious. We've been dawdling along until now, but not at a rate that would get us to our... Read more
Independence, and the meaning of the Mother Tongue exhibition
As those of us in the United States head into the long weekend that celebrates the country's independence from colonial authority (yes, as a Brit I have to accept my... Read more
Wow. And another unique carving to add to the rewards
Wow. Yesterday's new reward, the "Om and shanti" carving, was on offer for barely 15 minutes before it was snapped up. Our heartfelt thanks to Mike Chen, and also... Read more
A new reward--one of a kind in many ways
It's rare that I offer one of the classic Endangered Alphabets carvings as a reward, but this chant or blessing in the endangered Balinese script looked me in the eye... Read more
A new reward everyone can afford
A new reward everyone can afford! I recognize that not everyone (myself included) can afford to back all the worthy projects they admire. What's more, many friends of the Alphabets... Read more
The Coolest Kickstarter Reward Ever?
Here it is, everyone: a brand-new Kickstarter reward, and possibly the coolest Kickstarter reward ever! This beautiful instrument, this work of art, is a custom electric guitar, hand-made by Alec... Read more
The Good News, the Bad News
The good news is that I have never received more numerous, more colorful or more multilingual birthday greetings in my life. Rahul Upadhyay created the item above in Malayalam; Naoki... Read more
Your Kickstarter Dollars At Work
Here's an example of one aspect of the Endangered Alphabets work--an aspect funded by you, in fact. This is the font book designed by typographer Tom Sanalitro for the endangered... Read more
The Times That Try Men's Souls
These are the times that try men's souls. Barely any movement all afternoon on our Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/the-right-to-read-the-right-to-write, and I felt like giving up carving endangered alphabets and trying... Read more
The ball is rolling--and, an Endangered Alphabets clock
We're six hours into the new campaign, and thanks to Michael Horlick, Candace Uhlmeyer, Hans de Wolf and Filip Korling we're on track for my goal of $1,000 in the... Read more
The Endangered Alphabets--now going global!
Dear Kickstarter Friend,
Thanks to you and our other Kickstarter backers, the Endangered Alphabets have gone from a back-room obsession to a global campaign to save endangered languages, written and... Read more
And now, a working link!
Oddly, when Facebook truncates a link it still works, but when Kickstarter does the same, it doesn't work. Thanks to Tor for pointing this out--and then going ahead to... Read more
Less than 24 hours left!
Less than 24 hours to go in our Mother Tongues Kickstarter! Please join in the final push to get us to $2,000. The Mother Tongue carving is done and en... Read more
And now, the link!
Sorry to add an extra layer of clutter to your Inbox!
My apologies if you've heard this through another channel, but I wanted to let you know what's happening with my current Kickstarter campaign.
The original goal was for a short,... Read more
Help needed urgently!
Dear Kickstarter friends and allies,
My wonderful students at Champlain College and I could use your help--right now.
We are deep into yet another important and urgent endangered alphabets/languages project.... Read more
A Suggestion, and A Request
The Suggestion: Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy. Just beautiful. Check them out at http://society6.com/product/happy-new-year-cards-in-mongolian-calligraphy_cards#16=71.
The Request: I would love to take the Alphabets to the West Coast, preferably... Read more
Unique holiday gifts!
I'm sorry to join the avalanche of incoming mail trying to get you to buy holiday gifts, but this is one of the most important ways to support the Endangered... Read more
Good News, Thanks, and Two Amazing Photographs
Dear Kickstarter friends,
The good news is that the Kickstarter campaign to fund an interactive Balinese-Indonesian-English wiki-based dictionary was successful, not only meeting but exceeding its goal. Thanks to all... Read more
One last call for Bali!
Hey, Kickstarter friends--
I'm sorry to pester you with these appeals, but all the same I'm urging you to support an interesting, valuable Kickstarter that needs just a small push... Read more
A Second Appeal
I'm back, asking you again to consider supporting the Basabali campaign to create "A free living and evolving Balinese-English-Indonesian dictionary"--a wiki, to be technical, that can be added to and... Read more
Please consider supporting this campaign!
Please, please support this campaign to save the Balinese language and its beautiful script. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese.
I'm happy to do carvings for upper-level rewards, as you'll see.
Here's "Thank you" in... Read more
En Route: Four Sets of Numbers
Phew! Thanks to generous support from several of you and a week of carving, painting, and finishing, eight pieces of maple, 6"x6", are on their way to my friend Maung... Read more
A very, very small appeal. Really.
First of all, I apologize if you're received this update as a result of backing one of my other Kickstarter campaigns. You deserve to be treated better, not to be... Read more
Endangered Alphabets: the expanded and more colorful digital edition!
At last! The expanded digital edition of my Endangered Alphabets book, with more text and probably three times as many photos, is now ready and available for scrutiny and purchase... Read more
A request (not for money), and an incentive
Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets,
I’m writing to ask you not for money but for suggestions.
This has been a great winter for the Alphabets. In the past six... Read more
Thanks to you...
…we've just about reached our goal at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. We are so, so close, and we couldn't have done it without your support. I wish I could send you all vast, beautiful, monumental... Read more
Thanks--but more help needed!
Thanks to all of you who have backed our new Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. You helped us reach $1,500--but we still need to average $200 a day to reach our goal, and... Read more
A valuable boost, please?
After a flying start, our new Kickstarter--a campaign to publish children's books in endangered languages/alphabets--seems to have stalled. Please support us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour!
New Alphabets Initiative! Please Help Us!
Big news! My students at the Champlain College Publishing Initiative are partnering with my Endangered Alphabets Project to publish four children's books in the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill... Read more
What Have We Been Up To?
Check out some of our developments since the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/?p=1479. And we'll have an update on the developing work in Bangladesh shortly.
An Endangered Alphabets Foundation??
Those of you who are following the Endangered Alphabets know very well that the project is growing rapidly, in size, scope and reach. The total number of endangered scripts now... Read more
Less Than 36 Hours To Go! Last Chance for You to Help Us!
This Kickstarter closes at 9:53 on Monday evening, EST. It's been amazing to see how much support is out there for what we're trying to do. It has also been... Read more
Great News, But Not Over Yet
The Kickstarter for Bangladesh has crossed the $10,000 line!
This is wonderful news, and in a moment I'll tell you how grateful we are, and to whom. But first I... Read more
This Is What The Rewards Look Like
This is why the word "Duuuuuuh" was invented.
In the Rewards column I talk about a carving of the character for "Om" in Balinese, and how beautiful it is. I... Read more
Another Blog, Another Circle
The latest language blog to feature the Kickstarter For Bangladesh is Simon Ager's blog at http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=7656. This is a fine thing in itself, because Simon's blog is thoughtful, well informed and... Read more
The Language Log Bump
The latest shout-out goes to Eric Bakovic, author/curator of the Language Log, which anyone with even a passing interest in language and languages can (and should) find HERE. He posted... Read more
Think Ahead: Christmas Shopping!
It's never too early to get that unusual, even unique gift for that hard-to-please relative--and a hand-carved nameplate or monogram in a gorgeous wood is as close to unique as... Read more
The Mother, the Daughter, the Kickstarter: a Circular Story
This is going to be an unusual sort of Update, but it's a story I can't help telling.
One of the students in the writing program I run up here... Read more
New Reward: Personal Carving
Seeing how quickly my previous one-off offer of a personal carving was snapped up, I'm going to add a new reward: a personal carving of your own name, or that... Read more
First Poem Carved
I've finished carving the poem in Chakma, in a wonderful piece of mahogany that when urethaned will gleam like freshly-stirred honey. It occurs to me that you probably have no... Read more
More Support, and a New Reward
One of the most encouraging ways in which people can support a Kickstarter project (especially if they don't happen to have piles of cash lying around the room) is by... Read more
We're hearing from all over the world—literally—that people are watching the Bangladesh project with intense interest. Endangered languages organizations operating across the globe have sent us message of support and... Read more
Special Reward--next 24 hours only!
All right, amid all the serious intent of this project, let's have a little fun.
One of my favorite color-combinations is purple and silver, and a wood I've always wanted... Read more
Introducing our Calligrapher
One of the central figures in this project is our calligrapher, Jamie Kutner, a graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, who at this very moment is working... Read more
What I Do
For the past three years, I've been seeking out alphabets (also called scripts or writing systems) that are falling into disuse and are threatened with extinction. Sometimes this is because... Read more
Endangered Alphabets II Off to a Flying Start
The Bangladesh project went live shortly before midnight last night, and I didn't get to sleep until after 3 a.m., I was so excited. Within minutes, Maarten Broekman had become... Read more