Progress so far
As of today, about 24,300 people have visited the kickstarter page, where about 0.9% of them have left a donation. Not too bad, considering the hit rate for a full-page magazine advert is about 0.1-0.25%. At this hit rate, a mere 326k visitors would fund the project.
The Bay Citizen: http://bit.ly/snJEEl
O'Reilly Media Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/p45WYr
and a *second* Slashdot hit: http://bit.ly/uCw7bk
Meanwhile I am busy scouring the surplus markets for deals. One challenge in building a large project from 'obtainium' is that finding a major bargain can result in substantial design revisions.
Thank you all for being the steadfast minority that appreciates the scientific potential in this project. -Greg