April 21st, 2010

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Can we fly safely through volcanic ash?

One would think this question of considerable interest, and relatively straightforward to test.  But no.  Either we don't know for sure, or we know but aren't telling us, and we're making darn sure nobody tests it to find out the truth.

Stupid meat.
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Crowdfunding Short Animation

My partner Doug, who is a serious animation fan, tipped me to an article over on Cartoon Brew.

Joe Murray Wants to Create Crowd-Funded Shorts
Joe Murray</a>, creator of Rocko’s Modern Life and Camp Lazlo, has created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $16,800 to complete 2 three-minute episodes of his new online cartoon series Frog in a Suit. The pilot episode is already complete. This is part of a larger project called KaBoingTV that Murray wants to turn into a “home for quality, cutting edge cartoons and animation on the web, and a ‘free range’ and ethical environment for the artists who make them.”


I think this is an excellent application of crowdfunding and I hope it works.  It's at least the second crowdfunding example I've seen in the animation field, following the memorable Sita Sings the Blues.  Animation is a prime candidate for crowdfunding for many reasons; it's expensive and time-consuming to make, fans are passionate about it, but it often gets messed with and rarely gets the respect it deserves from the wider culture.  So I hope that lots of people will chip in for Joe Murray's project. 

Also, I would like to see more diversity in the coverage of cyberfunded creativity here on LiveJournal.  Most of the stuff I see is speculative fiction, which I like but not everyone does.  Most of the stuff I see is writing, some still art; I know there are many other projects out there, including webcomics.  The crowdfunding community and the wider awareness of crowdfunding would grow faster if we had a more diverse core of offerings that could draw from more audiences.  If anyone else has news about crowdfunding projects, especially outside our usual fields, please share them. 
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Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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Read Verse Wisconsin

This popped up on the Science Fiction Poetry Association newsletter:

Verse Wisconsin 102, Spring 2010 is now  available in two different but compatible versions, online and in print. The  online issue (http://versewisconsin.org/issue102.html) ,  contains a section of poems & visual poetry on "Alternate Realities," as  well as a new interview with Matthea Harvey, author of Modern Life, articles about Genre Poetry,  The Poetry of Social Media, reviews, poetry audio & more.