About this project
RoShamBizzers are scissors made out of rock and paper.
But you could just as accurately call them rock made out of scissors and paper. Or paper built of rock and scissors.
Do they cut things?
Not really, no. That ability would disturb the rock/paper/scissors balance by making them more scissors than they are rock or paper.
Are they really made of rock?
Yes, one side of the RoShamBizzers is covered with a layer of stone veneer - a very thin sheet of manufactured sandstone.
RoShamBark is a block of wood, taken from an actual tree that fell in the forest with nobody around to hear it.
The block is engraved with a QR code linking you to the sound of your specific tree falling. Did it make a sound? Your RoShamBark will tell you.
Is this really made from a tree that fell in a forest that nobody heard?
Yep! We rigged up a system that let us fell a tree without actually being in the vicinity.
How did you get the tree to fall over?
A timer. A winch. A battery. A switch. Some vice grips. A lot of wire. And some professional audio recording equipment (a Sennheiser MKH416 recording at 96kHz/24bit and a Sound Devices field recording rig).
Put whatever you want on a RoShamBamwich. It’s already been inside.
When you buy a RoShamBamwich, you’re buying two slices of bread that have been on perfectly opposite (antipodal) sides of the globe. And we mean perfectly.
Wait, did you really go to opposite sides of the world to make this?
Yes! On December 21st, 2013, at exactly the same moment, we placed early versions of the RoShamBamwich on the ground in perfectly antipodal locations. We plan to do the same thing after this Kickstarter is successfully funded.
Is it edible?
Not in the way that people usually mean edible, no. Sorry.
Take what you’re about to read with a RoShamGrain(ofSalt), but this is the greatest product of all time.
Do you disagree? That’s fine - no harm done - as I cleverly prefaced that hard-to-believe statement with a suggestion to use the product itself.
Which in turn would implore you to keep an open mind. Because of the salt. Because that's how it works.
A new reward! For an $11 pledge, you'll receive an 8"x10" mini-poster of our official elevator pitch.
OK, let's get serious.
Objects don't make us happy. Not really, anyways. We all know that. But we still forget sometimes.
The RoShamBusiness is about taking ideas that have real meaning - paradoxes and contradictions, especially - and cramming them into things we recognize as consumer products.
Why? The meaning behind the ideas gets messed up in weird ways. Funny ways. Thought-provoking ways. Hopefully ways that make us question why we want to own things in the first place.
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The RoShamBusiness is clearly solving some of the worlds most intractable problems. Here's what's next on our list:
The RoShamHatchet: A hatchet that we bury on behalf of two people in a tiff. We provide 24 hour video monitoring of the status of said hatchet, and will dig it up if you ever start fighting again.
The RoShamBackOfYourHand: A semi-functional watch that takes pictures of the back of your hand and posts them to Facebook so everyone can know the back of your hand like the back of your hand.
The RoShamBandwagon: A music-playing wagon that's impossibly hard to get on to and only has room for one person.
Risks and challenges
First of all, we plan to ship all products in time for Christmas.
Each product has its own set of risks and challenges.
The RoShamBizzers are fairly straightforward to produce, and we have a small inventory built up. Barring an Act of God, they should be delivered on time.
The RoShamBamwich will require another pair of trips to opposite sides of the world. This time, we're thinking China and Argentina. China may present some visa issues. Travel dates may be tricky to time correctly, pushing the overall delivery date back. But we are still confident the trip and post-trip product work can be completed by early December.
The RoShamBark requires us to fell another tree in the forest without actually being there to hear it. This is a tricky procedure, but doable. Even trickier, we have to dry out the wood for a few weeks after it's been cut down and before we start processing it into cubes. This is probably the diciest part of the project to complete by Christmas, but it will also be the first action we take once the Kickstarter has been successfully funded.
The RoShamGrain are very easy to produce.
Overall, this is not an electronics or hardware project. There are no technical difficulties to be overcome. Just logistical ones.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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