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

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Help Turn One Of Dear Sugar's Best Advice Columns Into An Animated Short
"The fuck is your life. Answer it."

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 see that Strayed, along with producer Lisa Bellomo, animator David Polonsky, and writers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, have launched a Kickstarter project to turn one of Sugar’s most beloved columns into an animated short. In 2010′s “The Baby Bird,” Sugar was asked by letter-writer “WTF” a simple, but difficult question to answer: “WTF, WTF, WTF? I’m asking this question as it applies to everything every day.” To many, this vague inquiry would have seemed like a throwaway, but Sugar’s advice was anything but. If you haven’t read the column, you must, and then if you’d like to see a “kick-ass manifestation of Sugar’s punk rock spirit” and “authentic, unconventional, raw and heartfelt” advice in the form of animation, donate donate donate! [Kickstarter]

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

LeVar Burton Weeps With Gratitude Over "Reading Rainbow" Kickstarter Donations
"Take a look, it's in a book, it's a reading rainbowwwww!

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:

“I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much. This is going to enable us to really, really do a lot of good. I am so proud that this community has come together to support this effort and it’s a people’s thing. It’s the $5, it’s the $10, it’s the $25, it’s the $1 pledges and it’s unbelievable. Or actually, it’s very believable. Thank you do much. We are literally changing the world, one children’s book at a time.”

So so so awesome. I am not embarrassed to say that if “Reading Rainbow” does indeed hit our television screens again, I’ll be watching from time to time too. [YouTube]

Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

On Loving Your "After"

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 bodies as much as she loves hers — because like many others, the shift to self-acceptance wasn’t easy for Brumfitt. This trailer really strikes a cord, especially because Brumfitt’s honesty about her tough road to loving herself is much more relatable than the simplistic “everyone is beautiful!” rhetoric that puts responsibility on us to somehow magically ignore the constant barrage of advertising and entertainment that tells us otherwise. Keep reading »

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

It's Like Skype, But For Puppies

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 the PetPal, which feeds your dog, cat, rabbit, or other cute critter on command with the help of an app. He wants the very best for his cats, so he put the feeder together with his trusty 40-year-old toaster in mind — built to last rather than be replaced every few years like a smartphone. Keep reading »

The Future Is Here & It’s The NFC Ring

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The Future Is Here & It's The NFC Ring
A Ring That Locks Your Doors?

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. With the NFC ring, hypothetically, you could store a bunch of data — photos, emails, or documents — that you’d like to share, but also have other information that remains private. So basically, it’s wearable technology that will make your life even more ridiculously easy. The project’s already met its Kickstarter funding goal, but it’s still worth checking out the video so you can be in the know when our future tech overlords take over. [Kickstarter]

Kickstarter Apologizes For Not Removing Fundraiser For Book Of Rape Tips

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kickstarter pulls above the game rape book

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 the masses. You know, innocent little tips like:

Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.

Shockingly, Hoinsky’s book raised over $16,000 — far, far more than it originally sought for publication. Rightfully so, people were outraged by the content and the fact he would get all that money via Kickstarter. As of Wednesday night, a petition from DoSomething.org had garnered over 50,000 signatures asking Kickstarter to remove and on Thursday morning, representatives from Do Something went to Kickstarter headquarters to deliver the petition. The petition asked the company to take down the project, refuse to issue Hoinsky the funds, and publicly apologize for posting it in the first place.

Guess what? They finally did.

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Kickstarter Project Raising Money For A Book Filled With Rape Tips

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above the game

People use Kickstarter to raise money for all sorts of dubious projects. Celebs funding movies. Celebs funding albums. Tips on how to rape women.

Wait, what?

Oh yes. Behold, Above The Game: A Guide To Getting Awesome With Women, by Ken Hoinsky of Connecticut, a new book that conflates advice on how to date rape women with tips on seduction. Keep reading »

Guys, Meet The Shirt You Can Wear For 3 Months Without Washing Or Ironing

Guys, are you tired of washing, drying, ironing, and/or dry-cleaning your button-up shirts after only a wear or two? A new company called Wool & Prince has an exciting proposition for you: how about a shirt that doesn’t wrinkle or smell–even after 90 days of consecutive wear? It sounds too good to be true, but their extensive testing (including one of their team members wearing the shirt for 90 days straight) and enthusiastic Kickstarter following (they’ve raised more than triple their $30,000 goal in just one week) support their claims. Apparently the secret is in the fabric; Wool & Prince shirts are made with a wrinkle-resistant fine wool that absorbs moisture without retaining odor. The best part? These non-smelly shirts are also seriously stylish. Check out the Kickstarter page for more info, and to pre-order a super low-maintenance shirt of your own, if you’re so inclined. [Gizmodo]

Finally, A Fashion Line Exclusively For Tomboys!

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Why isn't there a go-to brand for tomboys?

If you lean toward a more masculine aesthetic but are sick of shopping in the men’s section, you’ll definitely want to check out TomboyX, a new clothing company that plans to cater exclusively to self-described tomboys. Currently over halfway to meeting their fundraising goal on Kickstarter, the TomboyX collection will feature button-up shirts, polos, blazers, and other classic men’s styles designed to fit a woman’s body (I’m pretty obsessed with the knit blazer). According to the website, TomboyX’s mission is “to provide clothing options for a demographic that the fashion industry typically ignores – women who want unique, comfortable clothing that celebrates their tomboy spirit.”

All TomboyX clothing will be manufactured in the USA, and little details like hidden buttons, contrast stitching, and plaid linings ensure the streamlined pieces will be anything but boring. Watch the video above to find out more, and if you believe in what they’re doing, donate a few bucks and spread the word to help these awesome women get their business rolling. [Kickstarter]

RIP Society: “Lifeblogging Camera” Documents Every Moment Of Your Day

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Do your arms get tired from lifting your DSLR to take artfully staged photos of every meal? Do you live in fear that you’ll miss the chance to capture a perfectly picturesque moment while brushing your teeth? Does Instagram not feel quite instant enough? No need to fear: the Memoto “lifeblogging camera” is here to save (and obsessively document) the day! What is a lifeblogging camera? Well, it’s a tiny, weatherproof device that clips onto your shirt, automatically snapping a photo every 30 seconds, for a total of 1,440 pictures in a 12-hour day, that are then streamed to a separate website where you can view them in a timeline… Keep reading »

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