Help Fund My Robot Army!


An anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional kickstarter crowdfunding pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. (There is a link to a preview on the Humble page).

I got this bundle recently. This book is original and inspiring (if you have an imaginative mind). Interesting to see how these imaginary kickstarter pitches, with a description, goals and comments, suggest a story. Some titles: The Spirit of Mars: Fund a Sacred Journey to the Red PlanetCatassassins!, A Practical Mechanism for Overcoming the Directionality of Temporal FlowLife-Sized Arena TetrisPrima Nocta Detective Agency Needs You, and many more. Read the rest of this entry »

Cameron Gray: Something Remarkable is Happening in Canada that will Change the Future of News Media

 Don’t Like the News? Crowdsource Your Own


They are crowdfunding cameras, crowdfunding reporters, even crowdfunding Red Bull and pizza for the staff…

[read the full text here, at Ricochet]

Ezra Levant, with a crowdfunding update:

Cameron-Gray-68x68For Ricochet reports: On Feb. 13, Sun News Network went dark, as did the jobs of about 200 employees, including very talented people like Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley, and Faith Goldy. Sun News was often called Canada’s Fox News, featuring reporting and analysis from a conservative point-of-view, and serving as a balance to very liberal Canadian news outlets.

“All of this should scare the heck out of the mainstream media, in any country. Here in America, we are seeing the dinosaur media with record low viewership, while alternative online news sources are thriving…”

The shutdown was not unexpected. Sun’s eventual downfall started in August 2013, just two years after the network debuted. Unlike it had for the CBC and CTV, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied it a spot on basic cable TV packages nationwide.

“…No longer do people have to rely on the traditional gatekeepers of media. And as The Rebel in Canada is showing, people will help pay for quality, accurate journalism. This is a fantastic thing that should, and will, be replicated, a lot.”

This severely limited the amount of viewers Sun could attract. From the Globe and Mail’s Steve Ladurantaye:

The unprofitable (and controversial) channel won’t get any financial help from Canada’s broadcast regulator, throwing its future into doubt just two years after it went to air with a promise of “hard news and straight talk.”

The controversial all-news channel hoped to be forced onto basic digital television subscriptions across the country, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rejected its application….(read more)

The next nail in Sun’s coffin occurred in October 2014. From Huffington Post Canada’s Sunny Freeman:

The struggling Sun News Network suffered another blow this week after Canada’s broadcast regulator ruled against it in a payment dispute with Rogers, the country’s largest cable company….(read more)

After years of uphill battles and unsuccessful negotiations to sell the network, Sun set.

But out of the ashes of Sun News Network, a phoenix is rising.

It all started with a tweet:

And a YouTube video by Ezra Levant called: “Help us crowdfund”

And with that, The Rebel was born.

A true rebel. A rebel not started by a major media conglomerate or Fortune 500 business. Read the rest of this entry »

Archaeologists Launch Crowdfunding Project to Discover Story of London’s Lost Waterways


At least 88 stop-off points follow the River Thames. Originally a kind of bus and tube stop system in the late 16th century, when 2,000 river taxis coasted for hire, the number had increased to 15,000 by 1725.

[Visit the Crowdfunding page to take part]

Aiming to reveal more, a team of archaeologists are aiming to raise at least £3,000 (the maximum is£5,000) for a year-long investigation into these visible reminders of a transport system 300 years ago.v0_master

The Thames stairs© Wikimedia Commons

“One of the projects we’re really interested in is the story of river stairs,” says Gustav Milne, of University College London’s Institute of Archaeology.

“We’d like to mount a major survey on the Thames foreshore looking at the remains of these river stairs, develop a major image gallery of what we’ve got and record the timbers and so forth that still survive.”

“So many of them have been lost to redevelopment, so we’re trying to rediscover them to put London’s ancient waterman’s bus stops back on the map.” Read the rest of this entry »

Help Kickstart World War III!