Posts tagged "kickstarter"

The “Bartesian” Is Like A Keurig, But For Booze

I started out making fun of the Bartesian. Surprise! I ended up Kickstarting it.

By: Jenn Frank / June 19, 2015

Manly Man Totally Secure In His Masculinity Wants You To Use His Dude Stick

The only lip balm that won’t emsaculate you, guaranteed. …

By: Megan Reynolds / June 11, 2015

Morons Can’t Stop Paying Hundreds For This Adult Tricycle

Back in the days when I hoped to be a trendsetter, I used to scour the homepage of Kickstarter looking for projects to fund, like some kind of low-income bracket Miss Havisham. This is how my home has ended up littered with a game that promised to be the next Cards Against Humanity (it wa…

By: Beejoli Shah / April 13, 2015

Why You Should Give Sara Benincasa Money To “Focus Group” Her Own Body

The comedian’s short film concept is so revelatory that after just one week, the film has raised two-thirds (as of publication) of its $9,000 dollar budget on Kickstarter.

By: Leah Prinzivalli / March 25, 2015

This Kickass Girls’ Clothing Line Breaks Down Gender Stereotypes

A few years ago, Seattle mom Jennifer Muhm’s then-4-year-old daughter told her she wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween. Muhm and her daughter discovered quickly that the only astronaut costumes they could find were marketed to boys. Muhm’s discouraged daughter told her mom that only boys could go to space and that she wanted…

By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2015

This Hurricane Katrina Documentary Is About More Than Just A Storm

When Hurricane Katrina hit, director/producer and former New Orleans resident Rennik Soholt watched the footage of the flooding in horror with the rest of America. Close friends were still trapped there, and he worried if he’d ever see them again. He arrived in the city with his camera, struggling to grasp the enormity of the…

By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2015

We Live In A World In Which You Can Crowdfund $30,000 For A Mannequin

Welcome to 2015, in which you too can donate your hard-earned cash to help a mannequin travel across the ocean to be reunited with his (plastic) lover. What a world. Meet Léo, a mannequin for French underwear brand Le Slip Français, who fell in love with an American mannequin during Paris Fashion Week, only for her to be whisked back…

By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015

I Was Blessed By LeVar Burton

Remember when, a few months ago, LeVar Burton — best known as an actor for his roles in “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the iconic PBS children’s show, “Reading Rainbow”? The goal was to raise $1 million over the course of 30 days, but the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 11, 2015

For $10, This L.A. Artist Will Tattoo Any Two Words Of Your Choice On Her Body

Los Angeles muralist Ilma Gore will trade you ad space on her skin for the insanely low cost of a $10 Kickstarter pledge. She’s trying to cover her entire body with tattoos for her next exhibition, meaning, to be clear, that the process of getting tattooed from head to toe is the exhibition itself.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015

Compassionate Fashion: Help This Ethically Made Line Of Pashminas Support Kashmir Artisans

As many of us have learned the hard way, ethically made clothing can be really, really hard to find. Shawl Wallah is a refreshing alternative to sweatshop-made scarves — the brand creates Pashminas by employing a cooperative of families in Kashmir, Northern India, where Pashmina originated. To make the beautiful scarves Shawl Wallah sells, super fine Pashmina…

By: Claire Hannum / September 24, 2014

I Have Been Waiting My Whole Life For This Butter Knife

I love toast. I love butter. I especially love toast slathered in butter. And nothing ruins a perfectly good piece of toast like cold, hard butter that refuses to spread, breaks the bread and nestles into little chunks that refuse to melt. And then when you bite into it? Dry toast with chunk…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 18, 2014

“Dream, Girl” Documentary Raising Kickstarter Funds For Film About Women Who Lead

Looking for something to do with a little bit of cash in your pocket? Consider contributing to the Kickstarter fundraiser for “Dream, Girl,” a documentary about boss-ladies. “Dream, Girl,” directed by Erin Bagwell, will focus on female entrepreneurs and their startups, showing to the younger generation that CEO can be your favorite position, too. They…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2014

Cat Hamster Wheels Are A Thing Now

So many people love the bizarre idea of watching their cat run manically on a hamster wheel that a Kickstarter campaign for exactly that has raised over 18 times its goal. Over $189,000 has been raised for the “One Fast Cat” exercise wheel. Indoor cats who don’t need to hunt to survive struggle with a…

By: Claire Hannum / July 31, 2014

Help Turn One Of Dear Sugar’s Best Advice Columns Into An Animated Short

Hands down, my favorite advice columnist ever is Dear Sugar over at The Rumpus, best known as Wild memoirist Cheryl Strayed. Her collection of advice columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, sits on my nightstand and is a regular resource when I need a little inspiration, motivation or just a reminder that I can find resilience within. That’s why I’m so psyched to…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 2, 2014

LeVar Burton Weeps With Gratitude Over “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter Donations

It’s been only one day since LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource funds to reboot iconic children’s show “Reading Rainbow” and he’s already hit over $2 million, twice his original goal. In the video above, watch LeVar — aka Geordi LaForge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — tearfully react to hitting $1 million:…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2014

Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodie…

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

Would You Feed And Talk To Your Pets Via Remote Control?

Another addition to the “high-tech kitty feeder” canon has come onto the scene, and it allows you to watch, listen to and chat with your pets long-distance via wifi. When inventor Ken Powers couldn’t find a reliable product online to feed his two cats while he was away, he decided to create his own. Enter…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

The Jane Austen Video Game Was Made For The Wicked

Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austena video game prototype currently crowdsourcing funding on Kickstarter, offers us the worst of real life without any of the escape. A world in which ulterior motives run rampant and gossip destroys lives sounds like celebrating the worst aspects of human behavior. Although the gossip and deceit of the Jane…

By: Sophie Leon / November 6, 2013

The Future Is Here & It’s The NFC Ring

NFC stands for Near Field Communication, a type of data transfer that allows information to be passed between people and devices at short distance. British developer John McLear’s been working on the ring technology, which he says will allow wearers to do stuff like wirelessly lock doors, unlock their phones and transmit information between devices.

By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2013

Kickstarter Apologizes For Not Removing Fundraiser For Book Of Rape Tips

Earlier this week we learned about a Kickstarter fundraiser to publish Above The Game: A Guide For Getting Awesome With Women. The book by a Connecticut “pickup artist” named Ken Hoinsky originated as “seduction” advice  posted on Reddit; he used the fundraising site to ask for a few thousand bucks to publish his wisdom to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013
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