13 More Great Kickstarter Projects

For the past two months, we've rounded up flossy projects on Kickstarter, the kind of projects our readers would love. Of the 30 projects we've posted so far, 21 have been successfully funded. This month, we have another 13 flossy projects to share with you, listed in order of how much time remains for each campaign. If any of them strike your fancy, just follow the widgets over to Kickstarter to place a pledge (which can be as low as just $1).

562: A Project Documenting Native America

The Goal: Fund a publication, exhibition, and lecture series documenting all 562 Tribes in the United States

Funds Needed: $30,000

Favorite Reward: For a $10+ pledge, receive a digital copy of the 562 book, optimized for iPads and other devices

Splurge Reward: 5 backers pledging $2500+ will get to join the project creator and photographer, Matika Wilbur, on the road. You'll be able to join her for two days as she travels Indian country in her RV, documenting the Tribes. (Travel expenses not included.) You'll also receive the hardcover book, an original signed 20"x40" print from the exhibition, recognition in the book, and an invitation for two to a private reception with the artist at the exhibition opening at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Lazerman: This Man, This Lazer! Trade Paperback

The Goal: Print the first four issues of the Lazerman comic together as a trade paperback

Funds Needed: $6,500

Favorite Reward: A $5 pledge will get you a PDF copy of the Lazerman: This Man, This Lazer book, which includes issues #1 through #4 and 15 pages of "behind the scenes" materials, pinups, and other extras.

Splurge Reward: "The Angel of Kickstarter" reward is for those who pledge $1000+ and includes all 4 versions of the published book, a digital copy, 3D lithographs by Chris Giarrusso and Billy Tucci, commission sketches by Chris Herbert and D.C. White, a cameo in an upcoming issue of Lazerman, an original page from the book, a Lazerman T-shirt, a copy of every comic HBComics has produced, and a special mention at the top of the "Thank You" page in the book. And a future issue of Lazerman will be dedicated to you (or someone of your choice).

Science Fiction Land: A Stranger Than Fiction Documentary

The Goal: Complete the documentary Science Fiction Land, which tells the true story of the CIA rescue mission that inspired the Ben Affleck movie Argo

Funds Needed: $50,000

Favorite Reward: For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a special digital download of the documentary as soon as it's available, as well as a Science Fiction Land "souvenir" package (postcard, stickers, buttons) and your name in the credits

Splurge Reward: 3 special backers who pledge $10,000+ will get to host pre-release screening parties of the documentary with the filmmakers in attendance. They'll also receive all the other rewards, which include limited edition 3D Jack Kirby artwork, tickets to the film premiere and pre-screening dinner, Jack Kirby-style portraits, T-shirts, DVD/Blu-ray copies of the movie, among others.

The Secret Around-the-World Adventures of Owney the Postal Dog

The Goal: Publish a historical fiction graphic novel for all ages about Owney, the postal dog, and the possible secret adventures he could have had while traveling the world

Funds Needed: $10,000

Favorite Reward: With a $25+ pledge, you'll receive an autographed softcover copy of the book, the e-book version, and a thank you postcard from Owney

Splurge Reward: One lucky backer with a $2,500+ pledge will get a trip for 2 to Washington, DC, to see Owney at the Postal Museum. Includes airfare, 2 nights accommodation, and admission to the Postal Museum, as well as an autographed limited edition Kickstarter-only hardcover copy of the book, the e-book version, an Owney dogtag, a set of Owney postcards, a T-shirt, and a thank you postcard from Owney.

Under-Appreciated Animals: Alphabet Matching Game & Flash Cards

The Goal: Create and produce a 26-piece set of flash cards and a 52-piece matching game featuring under-appreciated animals for each letter of the alphabet

Funds Desired: $350

Favorite Reward: Receive either the flash cards or the matching game for a pledge of $10+

Splurge Reward: 4 backers pledging $150+ will each receive 4 hand-cut 3" stickers featuring animals from the alphabet series, up to 6 of the letters of their choice as 5"x7" prints or up to 10 of the letters as 4"x6" prints, a set of the matching game, a set of the flash cards, and an original mini drawing of the animal of their choice

The Wardenclyffe Horror

The Goal: Publish a graphic novel of "Lovecraftian horror" set at the dawn of the 20th century, starring Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain

Funds Needed: $9,800

Favorite Reward: For pledges of $24+, you'll receive a perfect-bound copy of the 92-page book, as well as a digital copy, and you'll be credited in the book as a supporter

Splurge Reward: With a pledge of $1,000+, you'll receive an autographed copy of the graphic novel, a digital copy, 3 limited edition prints, credit in the book as a supporter, as well as signed copies of any future comic books, graphic novels, or other literary projects released by Caffeineforge


The Goal: Complete development of and release BRIGHTdriver, a hands-free app with interactive audio games to make daily commutes more fun

Funds Needed: $23,500

Favorite Reward: At the $10+ pledge level, receive premier early access to the finished app, the first two games for BRIGHTdriver, and all additional BRIGHTdriver games released within the first year

Splurge Reward: As an "Elite Angel" with a pledge of $5,000+, receive a pre-launch party private dinner for you and a guest with the "inner circle" of game designers, advisers, and developers, in addition to all the other rewards, which include a ticket to the launch party, recording your voice to be used in the BRIGHTdriver game Odyssey, choice of a trivia category for the game Volley, a T-shirt, the app and games themselves, and an iPhone mount, among others

Desktop Gremlins, Vol. 1: Papercraft Art Book

The Goal: Print Desktop Gremlins designs in 92-page high-quality books

Funds Needed: $18,000

Favorite Reward: Receive an autographed copy of the book for your shelf and a copy for cutting, as well as 3 collectible bookmarks and a surprise limited edition bonus Desktop Gremlins construction page, for a pledge of $50+

Splurge Reward: With a pledge of $1,000+, you'll receive a signed copy of the book plus a second copy for cutting, 3 collectible bookmarks, and the surprise limited edition bonus construction page, but you'll also receive a custom Desktop Gremlins-style papercraft as a downloadable PDF to use for promoting your business, as a gift, etc.

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography On Stage

The Goal: Stage a faithful adaptation of Jane Eyre at Vern Riffe Center's Studio One theater in downtown Columbus, then take it on tour in 2014.

Funds Needed: $9,999

Favorite Reward: For a $53 pledge, you'll receive 2 reserved seats for the show; 2 invitations for an exclusive post-show party with the cast, crew, and Board of Directors; an acknowledgement of sponsorship on the website, on the Facebook page, and in the program; access to exclusive online audio and video footage from rehearsals; and a supporter mini-button

Splurge Reward: Just one lucky backer willing to pledge $4,444+ will be an honored guest for life of Available Light Theatre (AVLT). You'll receive admission for you and a guest to every AVLT show, as many times as you'd like, for the rest of your life. You'll also receive all the other rewards, including a pre-show dinner with the director, invitations to the dress rehearsal and post-show party, sponsorship acknowledgement on all marketing materials, a show poster signed by the designer and cast and crew, and more.

The World of Steam

The Goal: Complete post-production on the pilot episode of the new webseries The World of Steam and begin pre-production on the other 5 episodes of the first season

Funds Needed: $75,000

Favorite Reward: An HD digital download of the pilot episode of The World of Steam, "The Clockwork Heart," is available for a pledge of $25+

Splurge Reward: 5 backers pledging $10,000+ will all be credited as Executive Producers in the show's credits and on IMDb.com. You'll also receive the soundtrack CD, a hand-crafted limited edition steampunk flash drive loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, an invitation to attend the costume screening of "The Clockwork Heart" (travel, food, lodging, and costume not included), a T-shirt, themed laptop skins, a signed DVD of the complete first season, and much more.

Moustache Bow Ties from Knot Theory

The Goal: Fund production of a batch of moustache bow ties, or Mo Bows

Funds Needed: $500

Favorite Reward: A $20+ pledge nets you one moustache bow tie

Splurge Reward: Want to outfit a whole wedding party in Mo Bows? Pledge $80+ to receive 5 moustache bow ties.

Put a War Bird on Your Wall

The Goal: Print three 48"x72" matte vinyl prints of War Birds (strange attractor art) to hang in a gallery in Georgetown, TX.

Funds Needed: $600

Favorite Reward: A $35+ pledge provides you with both the complete War Birds portfolio and the complete portfolio of Bob Jansen's previous strange attractors project, Wormholes, for a total of 35 high resolution downloadable images.

Splurge Reward: For $500+, you'll receive a large 4 feet by 6 feet print of any attractor from either the War Birds or the Wormholes project. The image will be printed on matte vinyl, autographed, and personally dedicated, and shipped rolled in a tube to keep it safe in transit.

Dice Rings

The Goal: Produce an initial batch of high quality dice spinner rings

Funds Needed: $23,000

Favorite Reward: For a $15+ pledge, receive the dice ring of your choice from their 11 style options, in one of the colors and sizes available

Splurge Reward: With a pledge of $5,000+, you and up to 3 of your friends will get to hang out and game with the founders of Dice Ring for an entire weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night). Includes lodging, food, drinks, and snacks, plus entertainment, but does not include travel to Washington, DC. You (and each of your accompanying friends) will also receive your pick of any 10 rings (from 11 choices), in any sizes or colors available. Only 3 backers will be able to get this reward, one each for January, March, and April 2013.

7 Brilliantly Useless Websites You Won't Believe Exist

by Jenny Morrill

Bored at work? It's OK—everyone needs to take a break at some point during the day. (Trust us, it's science.) But checking social media or catching up on the latest news may not be the best way to spend your downtime. Perhaps you should try watching an animated taco spin around your browser instead.

Below, we've collected seven useless, whimsical, and just-plain-weird websites to waste your time on. Try not to get addicted.


A hard-shell taco spins on a white background, labeled with the number four.
Screenshot via Taco Spin

This one is even more mindless than you might imagine. It's a taco. It spins. Seriously, that's it. There is, however, a fabulous soundtrack. And it counts the number of spins you've watched, so staring at it for long enough starts to feel like an accomplishment.


A screenshot from The Most Seconds reads 'You have been here for 20 seconds.'
Screenshot via The Most Seconds

How many seconds can you stand the boredom of watching this number increase?


An off-white image reads 'No Spoilers!'

Here's a handy guide to checking whether or not your computer is on. (If you're a fan of this one, we must refer you to that other wonderfully informative site, Is It Christmas?)


An entirely magenta image

Screenshot via Random Colour

The idea behind Random Colour is incredibly simple, but at least you get the element of surprise. Every time you refresh the page, the entire site turns a new color. Warning: Fiddling around with this one for too long will definitely give you a headache.


Blocks of color appear to fall backward off the page.
Screenshot via Falling Falling

This color-themed site is a little more dynamic than Random Colour, but just as pointless. The colors endlessly fall off the page. Totally hypnotic.


A hand-drawn arrow points to a box for the reader to click under a banner that reads 'Useless Site.'
Screenshot via Useless Site

Yes, it's as useless as the name promises, yet somehow, it's not even the most useless site on this list. Go ahead, click that checkbox—you'll keep clicking for way longer than you should.


A series of llama drawings in the shape of letters spells out 'I love llamas!'
Screenshot via Llama Font

Llama Font is a site made for those few people who reside firmly in the middle of the Venn diagram of "typography geeks" and "fans of South American camelids." You can spell out anything using illustrated llamas. And no matter how long your sentences run, these llamas won't lead you on a high-speed chase.

This Website Lets You Watch Every Single 'Stare' Scene from The Office

A facial expression is often worth a thousand words—especially on NBC’s The Office. Characters are prone to breaking the fourth wall by staring directly into the camera, their smiles, grimaces, and stares providing viewers with a glimpse inside their heads. By the time the show’s final episode aired in 2013, audiences could instantly recognize—and interpret—Jim Halpert's ironic stare, Dwight Schrute's self-satisfied smirk, and Michael Scott’s awkward fake smile.

For fans looking to relive these quietly hilarious scenes, Nerdist reports that a website, The Office Stare Machine, has compiled “every single time a character speechlessly breaks the 4th wall and stares at the camera.” Creator Joe Sabia spent a year and a half building an archive of more than 700 clips, and teamed up with developer Aaron Rasmussen to display them online. The site features a search engine, which allows visitors to type in more than 800 different emotions—boredom, sadness, anger, and loneliness, to name a few—and watch a corresponding video snippet.

Aside from its laugh factor, The Office Stare Machine provides viewers with a unique way of getting to know their favorite characters’ personalities. According to the site’s creators, Michael Scott, as played by Steve Carell, has the most “happy” expressions, whereas Dwight Schrute, a.k.a. Rainn Wilson, has the most devious ones. And despite his fun-loving, easygoing nature, Jim, who's played by John Krasinski, is sad the most—presumably because of his long-running struggle to win secretary Pam Beesly’s affections.

Check out a few clips from The Office Stare Machine below, or visit the site to view the full archive. If you need an extra incentive to watch the entire collection, the website is also designed to play “a secret, epic, and beautifully crafted surprise video” once you're done browsing its catalog of emotions.





[h/t Nerdist]


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