The internet has given us some interesting new words. One of them is "crowdsourcing." Wikipedia defines it as follows: "Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call". It may be a new word, but the AAVSO has been doing this long before the internet was even science fiction. The Citizen Sky project has done much to renew the AAVSO, putting more of its original modus operandi on the internet's track of zero-friction.
In accomplishing the funding of the DVD release of Mystery in the Sky, the community of variable star observers has passed another milestone in showing what it is capable of as a group. Or, to put it in simpler terms: Yeaaaahhhhh!. We did it!!!
Many years ago citizen scientist Benjamin Franklin laid the foundation for the understanding of electricity. Not even he could have foreseen that someday what he started would result in a technology that allows today's citizen scientists to band together as we are doing here.
I am grateful to all who were so helpful in producing this documentary and I am equally grateful to all of you who pledged to make the DVD a reality. I tremendously enjoyed this process and dare I say that Kickstarter puts the fun back in funding?
The DVD will include the film produced for the Citizen Sky project by the California Academy of Sciences as a bonus feature. It will also contain an insert to further promote the AAVSO. I will do everything I can to get the DVD out as soon as possible and if it all goes as normal you will have yours in the mail mid-November.
Kickstarter is still a good place to order the DVD, should you know of anyone who wishes to do so because it won't be until early December that it will be available on Amazon. There are still a few days left for anyone or group who wishes to get 25 DVDs at wholesale and their name on the credits.
Thank you all so much, you made it happen!