Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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The Unfunded Video Game About Shooting Light Waves Through The Galaxy

Sometimes, Kickstarter campaigns don’t meet their funding goals—but it’s not the end of the world! In this series we explore what happens next.

Canadian video-game programmer and designer Ryan Vandendyck came up with the idea of creating a video game centered on a wave of light about three years ago. He spent months coming home from his job as a programmer for a mainstream video-game company to work on his pet project on nights and weekends. Last November, his game nearly ready to launch for PCs, he launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to make the game playable from other platforms and tidy up its presentation. After 60 [...]

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The Zombie Cookbook That Lacked Enough Live Backers

Sometimes, Kickstarter campaigns don’t meet their funding goals—but it’s not the end of the world! In this series we explore what happens next.

Freelance illustrator Gary Simpson began writing a zombie-themed cookbook called Dead Eats in 2009. In the summer of 2010, he took his idea to Kickstarter, hoping to raise enough money to create a few prototypes of the book to send to literary agents and publishers. After 60 days, Gary had received pledges for only $745 of his $1000 goal. Here he talks about the experience and shares a recipe from the book.

L.V. Anderson: How did you get the idea for a zombie cookbook?

Gary Simpson: [...]

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The Unfunded Art Project Inspired By Victorian Human Skulls

Sometimes, Kickstarter campaigns don’t meet their funding goals—but it’s not the end of the world! In this series, we explore what happens next.

Last spring, Jeanne Kelly, a visual artist with a background in forensic art, was finishing up her MFA at Parsons in New York. She found inspiration for her thesis among the 138 human skulls that make up the Hyrtl Collection at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum. Jeanne wanted to find out what the former owners of those skulls, collected in the late 1800s, looked like. She selected eight individuals—including a tightrope walker who died of a broken neck, a famous Viennese prostitute who died of meningitis and [...]

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The Connie Converse Double Album That Never Got Crowd-Funded

Sometimes, Kickstarter campaigns don’t meet their funding goals—but it’s not the end of the world! In this series we explore what happens next. Up first are Dan Dzula and David Herman, the founders of Squirrel Thing Recordings. The label's first album, How Sad, How Lovely, was a collection of songs by an obscure and enigmatic singer-songwriter named Connie Converse, who recorded in New York in the 1950s without ever finding an audience for her music. After giving up songwriting and working as an editor for several years, Connie packed up her belongings, said goodbye to her friends and family and disappeared. No one ever heard from [...]

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21 Blasters, Ranked In Order Of Apparent Usefulness

21. Batter Blaster, ready-to-cook pancake and waffle batter

20. 2003's Blaster computer worm

19. Commie Blaster, a Communist-exposing website

18. Search Engine Blaster, an Internet marketing service

17. Ass Blaster Hot Sauce

16. Star Wars Jango Fett Blaster, a toy weapon

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How to Upstage Your Friends at Their Weddings, I Mean, How to Make a Wedding Cake

It's a fact: Everyone is getting married except for you. You are the proverbial always-bridesmaid-never-bride. It just doesn't happen for everyone, you know? Some people don't ever find true love. (You, I mean, in particular. You won't ever find true love.)

But, even though there's no chance of your having a special day of your own, there is a foolproof way for you to upstage all your friends at their weddings: make the wedding cake.

I know what you're thinking: That sounds like wayyy too much effort for a little attention. First of all, there is no such thing as too much effort for a little attention, [...]

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The New Decemberists Album: It Contains 100% Less Raping

The Decemberists' new album, The King Is Dead, takes the band in a new direction: tamer, more pastoral lyrics and a pared-down, bluegrass-tinged sensibility (with guest vocals from the always-excellent Gillian Welch). Critics have taken note, and the reviews have been mostly positive—people seem relieved by the band's turn away from the melodramatic subject matter and overwrought musical stylings that have characterized their last couple albums. But the most notable difference from the band’s older music—and one I've yet to see a critic mention—is that there's not a single rape or abduction to be found on the entire album.

I started listening to The Decemberists eight years ago, when [...]

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