The Pale Blue Die....
Inspired by a photograph taken by Voyager 1 on February 14th 1990 and the subsequent passage from Carl Sagan's book:
"Pale Blue Dot: A vision of the Human Future in space"
"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest.
But for us, it's different.
Consider again that dot.
On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner.
How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
The message and power of the original photograph are only equaled by Carl Sagan's poignant and candid words in the passage from his book.
They've always meant a great deal to me and with this die I wanted to pay tribute to the original photograph and those powerful words, the meaning they have for me and the importance of their overall message to our planet and us as a species.
I chose a D6 die for this project to pay tribute to the record setting distance this photograph was taken from, 6 Billion Kilometers.
Each of the six sides of the die counts out the number of heavenly bodies shown (Sun, earth, moon and other planets) and shows their path through the solar system.
The #1 side depicts the original Voyager 1 photograph only showing the earth as a pale blue dot highlighted by rays of sunlight.
This is a standard opposite 7 die and can be used in place of any standard D6 numbered or pipped 16mm dice.
- Retro Blue
- Vortex Black
- Pulsar White
- Solar Yellow
- Giant Red
- Translucent Pale Blue
- Translucent Pale Red
- Kickstarter Exclusive Green
As listed in this campaign. All levels are designed to allow you to find just the right level of fun, social awareness, and cool factor.
Last minute add-on $35/single $60/set.
(NOT AVAIALBLE AS PART OF ANY PLEDGE LEVEL, THESE ARE ADD-ONS ONLY FOR THE COSTS SHOWN HERE. MAY NOT BE SELECTED AS PART OF ANY PLEDGE LEVEL REWARD.)
Stainless Steel - Brass - Titanium
Custom CNC Engraved
Add-ons are priced as noted in the above price grid.
Glow Dice Add-Ons
Glow Dice add-ons are $7 for Blue or Black plastic dice that glow brightly! The price is higher as my cost is much higher. These are fully engraved dice that are painted three times by hand to achieve the glow effect seen here:
- Plastic: Blue - Black - White - Square Faced
- Plastic: Blue - Black - Glow Dice Square Faced
- Aluminum Laser Engraved Blue - Black - Gold - Orange - Square Faced - Bonus Pale Blue Orb Bundle.
- Plastic Blue - Black - Yellow - Red - Round Faced + Red - Blue Transparent -Square Faced + All colors plastic of Square Faced + Glow Dice Round Faced - BONUS Transparent Glow Dice
Glow dice in any solid color plastic that has white paint.
- Plastic Kickstarter Exclusive Green - Round Faced
- All colors Aluminum Laser Engraved Round Faced
Glow In The Dark Paint - AVAILABLE - These are MUCH more expensive to make, so if you want Black or Blue glow Dice the add-on price will be $7 each. I wish I could get these for less, but they're hand painted three times to get the glow effect seen here. Not cheap or easy to do.
Pale Blue ORB Add-On
This pale blue ORB is made from 100% precision machined aluminum and is blue anodized for durability and beauty. It threads together and features a rubber seal to keep its contents safe and secure. It features a rubber display 0-ring (shown but not seen in the pictures) to keep it in place when on display and it comes foam lined and ready to store and protect whatever you choose to put inside it.
I'm having these custom made for this campaign by Progressive Products so you know these are 100% high-end and quality.
Stretch Goal Bonus for $2000
Risks and challenges
Prototyping is complete.
I have a perfect track record of creating and fulfilling creative and cleanly run projects.
Risks are minimal, rewards are plentiful and fun will be had by all.
All my projects are run so that their fulfillment periods do not conflict.
At times I may have two campaigns running at a time but this has never caused any of them to have one small bit of trouble.
Yea, I'm just that good.
- Hal Zucati
- (30 days)