This project's funding goal was not reached on August 1, 2013.
About this project
This project is a 50% CDPaw Disc Holder & 48% Book & 2% understated 20th anniversary item covered subject of book combo, it is integral they presented together & the CDPaw is also stuck to the cover of the book. CDPAW is a PATENTED slotted foam pad that sticks anywhere & hold vertically any disc; CDPaw is also a new art platform & our current design is a colorful paw. There are plenty of DVD’s, game discs, and Uncle Ricos’ around still using CD’s – and what’s their main problem – scratches! If not for CDPaw, mankind would have to settle with Game Discs laying around and getting scratched due to the superhuman effort required to put a disc in a case. The book is a true story, complete with FBI agents, deadheads & other unique project encounters detailing how CDPaw came from the ashes of older, dark projects such as "the Head" - the illustrious chia growing ceramic pottery project 20 years ago that was both sublime & obscure. Additionally the book delves into project planning and scheduling concepts similar to Project Management Institute concepts but brought to kickstarter scalability, inventing misconceptions, personality flaws, & DIY projects gone awry. A story and helpful project concept book in one.
$ 2,184 - Why that amount, the great Robert K. Bowfinger has stated after all the bs, all projects cost $2184 & we listen to the experts. This money will be going toward printing and shipping costs for the book. ISBNs will cost $184. Editor will cost $450. Book will cost $700. Clay $100. Shipping and CDPaws will cost $750. The initial short run of CDPaws have rolled out but have NEVER been made available, I have an ample sample run of CDPaw prototypes for rewards. But the main reward is the CDPaw & book combo, additionally for variety we are also rewarding with a valuable 20th Anniversary Kickstarter Only Limited Edition of my Head, which involves kickstarting and is delineated in the book. Production plan: produce book, then stick a CDPaw on it, then send it to you.
This is an elegant disc solution because it addresses the hidden cause of why discs don’t make it back to cases.It is also the shortest mental cut to the answer.Given the low tech solution to the problem it defies the imagination how humanity progressed thousands of years but yet this problem wasn’t solved until now.This solution uses thousands of years of neoro-scientific programming of carbon based life forms sticking their thing in a crack. You cannot resist sticking it in even if you wanted to, you cannot deny evolution bro. It sits there like a project half done, waiting for completion by disc insertion. The CDPaw is just the latest skin of the ancient project snake descended from my “The Dude Head”. Names like Uncle John’s Head, Grateful Head, Chia Garcia whispered through wind or through ancient Indian folk lore. They did exist, I am the creator, we do not sell these any longer, the book explains why. The true story explains how a tiny pottery project called Grateful Head eventually involved the FBI, IRS, various shysters, and enthusiasts of the Halfling’s leaf - deadheads. The book will be of particular interest to people that have mulled project based solo self-employment that have a sense of humor. It is a true account of a fellow compadre on the grinding wheel of trying to mash project development aspirations in after working, commuting, socializing, and the necessities such as eating & sleeping.Throw-in a decent amount of sales stories & idiotic axioms such as “never illustrate your personal diary & here’s why…”, & it’s a soupy enough mess to write a book about.We stuck a CDPaw on the cover because it works and is part of the story.The book delves into common misconceptions about risk & business failure, of even a micro-solo business, such as that it is mainly quantitative. And how it’s not always how much money, time, & opportunity cost you lose but it’s also what it does to your brain, straw, or general skull inerds. Obviously, nobody is going to get rich from a CDPaw or this book.The reason this project combination has come to life is just good old fashioned internet advertised creative expression like grandma used to make and the need to successfully complete a difficult puzzle and bring it to conclusion. It’s about the process, the process meaning: licking the cover (*special ink, no not really) and then tripping through the shaman's dream to go on to explore your own dreams and eventually discover your pusillanimous. At the very least it will allow you to indulge in some good old fashioned American schadenfreude, and its a decent enough story to provide bones for the young designers to sharpen their teeth on – bona petit.The video: Listen dog, as Jabberwocky would concur its simply about just popping & locking – your discs that is. That doesn’t make for entertaining video so we expanded the video to be fun and to cover the other more obscure subjects covered in the book.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges - The book portion of this project partially covers kickstarted projects (before & after Kickstarter) that got off the tracks. And it may seem this section is for the backer, but the risks and challenges will affect the life to the project creator(s) more so than the backers, and thusly this text addresses a little bit of both aspects. I, the Grey Wizard Dude, have quantified the risk and results of schedule delays & cost overruns professionally for 25 years so aspects delineated here are less the obvious & boring resource issues, but the little oddball aspects but nonetheless real. A risk unique to this project is that the comparatively silly & embarrassing video will annoy and alienate the companies and clients the creator works with on more corporate type projects. Also, because of the use of humor, backers may not know there are already patented aspects of the project scope and from the video mistakenly feel the project is not the serious effort that it is. There is a serious marketing reason that the video may not appear serious, a reason omitted for brevity. A further element of that same risk is the Grey Wizard Dude would gladly double down on ridiculousness; the video is a restrained version of commonly unintelligible version preferred by the G.W.Dude. A parallel risk applies to this risk and challenges section itself, it is serious but may not be deemed so. An additional risk is that there will be a temptation for the Grey Wizard Dude to do everything himself. Kickstarter projects are unique which creates a high number of small unscripted tasks which are difficult to assign to others and most kickstarter projects don’t have others to distribute the work to. Basically the tasks requirements outstrip the resources available. Whether it is because of burn-out, attempting to save money, or ensure quality, it will be imperative to give up some control of sub-contractable tasks to gain time to deliver in a reasonable period. Grey Wizard Dude is not a control freak, Grey Wizard Dude is not a perfectionist, good is good enough, must let My Precious go – Grey Wizard Dude needs to keep telling himself that. An additional risk are the collective legal elements, but being that the main elements are ALREADY patented and/or copyrighted the risk is reduced, but there are unmentionable legal risks that most backers overlook which shall not be mentioned here. There are darker things than Orcs in the legal system, is there a way out from the mines, or once were in are we in for good? Let’s ignore this risk together.
An additional risk is that Grey Wizard Dude has mentioned that the book will contain details of a kickstarted project and its dealings with felons, the FBI, and other folks that may not appreciate such an effort and take action, again. Take note though, this is a reason for the procurement of kickstarter funds and Grey Wizard Dude has always delivered. On a related note, Grey Wizard Dude could die or disappear, - he has decread that this project be fulfilled by his prodigy if he is unable to complete due to death. There is additional risk that elements of the video such as the Wizard’s staff guitar will compel that a Rock N Roll tour will be thrust upon Grey Wizard Dude and will slow the true scope of the project. There is a risk that Grey Wizard Dude will express his noticing of the lack of support to other projects by those posting projects for support, and because of that appear to be an over-precious tool. Additional risk is that the existing resources of G.W.Dude’s time maybe be insufficient to complete this project in a timely manner. This is evidenced by the fact that elements of this project scope have been progressing over 20 years. Evidently it is part of what the book is about. For example, look at the kid in the video with the rabbits and the CDPaw banner, you see the same person much older in the video. Paws existed at that time, but no paws were attempted to be sold inbetween, why? Risk? And the 20th Anniversary reward: where has it been for 20 years?, what happened to it?, what is it used for?, and why do the originals sell for so much at auctions or ebay? The answers to these questions are the answers to ancient questions about the type of risk referenced on this web site and that still exist on this project. The CDPaw scope of the product about kickstarting at some reward levels, is stuck on a book about the heart of this risk associated with this and other projects. There is a whole book worth of risk on projects. From the video, it is evident some of the phases of the project are ready to ship. The projects on this site have a scope of work with a clearly defined beginning and end, the progress of the scope of this project have milestones addressed later in this text. It is a possibility of you suffering loss, in this case the money at your reward level. Risk on a kickstarter project is also the variability of reward in return from an investment. The risk can be total non-fullfillment of the reward or severe degredation of the final scope from the initial expectations, or the possible increase of the amount of time span necessary to fulfill the reward. A challenge on kickstarter is the test of the creator’s abilities or resources in a demanding undertaking and the justification to the supporters of the time and rewards. An additional risk and challenge is overcoming the personality traits that are excellent for project creativity but hamper project completion, and visa versa. Another risk is resisting the lure of printing the book in German since German is the crème de la crème of langues, the book will be printed in English, but still there are weird risks like this with these odd, artsy Grey Wizard Dude types.
Positive assets and elements to the challenge of this project are that the first run of the cdpaw reward has been completed. The rough draft of the book has been discovered and translation has started. The 20th Anniversary item has been completed in volume in the past by current project participants. Both of the items in this project are projected to be manufactured by the same companies as those who already have complete the work in the past. The project creator has successfully completed hundreds of projects for hundreds of companies and these where projects that had no personal connection, the fact that this G.Wiz.D’s own project can only bode very well for the likely successful completion. Kickstarter has recommended under-promising and over delivering, so Grey Wizard Dude shall promise nothing even though fulfillment and the reward value and quality look very promising. Every manufacturing project has risk in shifting from prototype to production, we are already in short run production. Our project is to the point where our limited resources can complete this project within the deadline. The most time consuming part is complete. The paw and book are Made in the US will eliminate risk of delay. Our communication platform is kickstarter and our value is obviously apparent. I think they make very clear. Please remember kickstarter is not a store. 1. Our milestones: product short run CD Paws – 100%, Ship %, write book – 63%, Bind book – 0%. Send out Book – 0%. Produce 20th Anniv. Special reward: 80%. Send out 20th Annivesary Special reward – 0%. 2. The product features already exist: foam, a slot, adhesive backing, interesting story, and paper. Re-product the 20th Anniv. Reward being that it is a subject of the book. The technical feasibility of this project is 100%. This created has risked a huge risk of his time and money and is willing to let others in on it for a small amount of money and a small reward. The sample you saw in the video prove we can deliver, but unforeseen circumstances are always a risk. We take pride in knowing the unknown knowns. Obviously we cannot know the unknown unknowns, but this isn’t war so the risks are limited. Being that the G.W.Dude makes schedules for a living, there is 50% chance that the he will create and post and maintain an estimated schedule. Do not confuse the term Pledge, with Invest, Back or whatever. The plan to mitigate the risk is to create a list of resources that can complete each of the unfinished portions of this project. This includes using editors and fulfillment companies. A common remedy on large projects is to reduce the scope of scope of work, in this case, create a shorter or less edited book. I've not sunk money I can't afford to lose. A risk will be if there will be time enough to establish Facebook or Twitter networks. There is a risk that we have added too many non-essential elements in the form of alternate funding rewards. Which adds a burden on to the creator that should probably be avoided so that they focus on the product advertised. There is a risk that the book will never be reprinted, become extremely valuable and the backers will be hunted and robbed for such a valueable treasure – you just never know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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