The Evening Post: Last Week Tonight Slams American Infrastructure


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Sorry for the lack of posts, I have plenty of great posts coming on Tuesday!  Tonight, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver slams our crumbling American infrastructure.  If you need a reality check on how much our infrastructure is failing our country, watch this video below!  And yes, Alabama is made fun of again this week.

Smarter Every Day Showcases The World’s Most Amazing Archer In Slow Motion


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The YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay put out a video showcasing one amazing archer in slow motion!  Byron Ferguson travels the world doing live exhibition.  So Destin Sandlin did a video with Byron, and you see him shooting objects while a slow motion camera captures everything!  Enjoy some science behind archery and some cool slow motion stuff below!  Learn more about Byron Ferguson at: http://www.byronferguson.com/

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Connective Pillow


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The Connective Pillow is a new way to share and improve your sleeping time. There is nothing special about one Connective Pillow, it’s simply soft and comfortable. But the fun starts when there are more than one. Connect several pillows to make a big one and sleep together with your dear or friends. Don’t like flat pillows? Do a roll! Now you have a roll pillow. As an additional option you can put your arm into the roll, so somebody may lay on it cozily for both.

It was developed by Ukrainian students. Firstly, they were working on a pillow you can put arm into (like a sleeve). But after several rounds of prototyping, they have decided to make it more optional.  It’s a project they’re very excited about, but it can’t be started without additional funds. Therefore, they have taken their idea to Kickstarter.com in an attempt to raise $2,000 in 30 days. Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Connective Pillow project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then it might be years before you’ll see it on the market. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life.

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As of March 2nd, this project has raised around $100 of their $2,000 goal. This project only has 25 days left to raise the $2,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get the Connective Pillow pair.  For a pledge of $40, you will get three Connective Pillows.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/586060582/connective-pillow-connecting-and-transforming

The Evening Post: Bored Americans Using Teleporters


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This week, the PBS Idea Channel YouTube channel has three short ideas for you to think about!  One, what’s so bad about being bored? Two, why are Americans so sensitive? And three, is that really you on the other side of the teleporter?  Watch the episode and discuss it all with your fellow bored, overly-sensitive, teleportation-obsessed Americans!  Enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Weekends: Prong Case, Riveter Magazine, Icy RPG Game


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Prong iPhone Case

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The first all-in-one charging solution that you can fit in your pocket.  It’s a protective case with a detachable backup battery that has built-in plugs. Your phone can remain with you, in the inner protective case, while the backup battery is recharged.  There are two main problems with current charging solutions on the market today: (1) they require that you be tethered to the power source with a cord when you recharge; and (2) unless you carry a wall charger and cord everywhere, you can find yourself in situations where your phone is dead and you have no way to charge up until you get home. The PWR Case solves both of these problems.

The case includes an LED battery indicator that shows you exactly how much battery remains in the backup battery. When the backup battery gets low you can always plug it directly into any power outlet to recharge.  The case also has an detachable battery and prongs that can be plugged directly into an outlet to recharge while the phone remains safe in the inner protective bumper and, most importantly, with you.  The case includes retractable A/C prongs and a Micro USB port.

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As of March 1st, this project has raised around $58,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 27 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $70, you will get one PWR case for iPhone 6.  For a pledge of $130, you will get one PWR case for iPhone 6 with an extra backup battery.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/prong-iphone-case-never-use-another-cord-again

The Riveter Magazine

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The Riveter is a women’s longform lifestyle magazine in print and online, dedicated to exposing the power of women as longform journalists. It is an effort to fill the void that exists in women’s media and to diversify the narrative surrounding women in publishing. The Riveter publishes stories that can’t be summed up in a sell line, because women, as writers and readers, deserve more from a women’s magazine.  As readers, they noticed a gap in the media. To borrow Gloria Steinem’s words, “Most women’s magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.” Why isn’t there more intellectual, thought-provoking content out there targeted toward women?

This Kickstarter campaign marks the first time you can get The Riveter on a subscription basis, and they’re SO excited to have you. Before now, they were in a bit of a financial catch-22.  They wouldn’t be able to offer a subscription model until they had money to print regularly, but it’d be difficult to get enough money at once to promise a regular print schedule unless enough people actually subscribed… Enter Kickstarter.  Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing model is the perfect remedy (and litmus test) for their dilemma. If they get enough subscribers, they can give the people what they want. If, heaven forbid, they don’t get enough subscribers, well, no one is charged any money, and it’s back to the drawing board for them. But they’ve grown so much and fielded so many questions about how to subscribe that they think they can do it, with your help!

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As of March 1st, this project has raised around $18,000 of their $33,000 goal. This project only has 14 days left to raise the $33,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital download of one issue.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a print copy of issue 3.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/75282118/the-riveter-magazine-longform-storytelling-by-wome

Icy RPG Game

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Icy is an RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world witnessing a new Ice Age. The player will create his/her own character and live an adventure across the White Wasteland, struggling each day to survive, without losing hope to find a better place where to thrive. Icy mixes role-play and survival dynamics, allowing the player to lead a nomad family in their fight for survival, and to take care of all the responsibilities a leader has, such as keeping the group together and planning how to face a hostile world.

Icy will be a narrative experience which will put the player in the role of a nomad family leader, traveling for survival in a hostile post-apocalyptic world. The player will be the one who will set the course, manage the supplies and, most of all, take the important decisions.  In terms of gameplay the player will manage most practical things on a 2D map with a complete interface that will allow he/she to travel around the world, hunt in the woods, scavenge old cities searching for something useful, manage the inventory and the party.  What caused the world to turn into a White Wasteland? No one knows exactly what happened, though the legends are countless. Some say it was war, others say there was a cataclysm, and all stories differ. What is certain is the cloud of dust still in the atmosphere, and the forgotten color of the sky. Will the player have the chance to uncover the truth behind those legends?

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As of March 1st, this project has raised around $4,000 of their $2,500 goal. This project only has 26 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $6, you will get the Digital Game, Digital Manual, Digital Wallpaper, Digital Map, Easter Egg, and Backer Credits.  For a pledge of $10, you will get the soundtrack to the game plus everything in the $6 pledge level.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/icy-a-post-apocalyptic-rpg