In Which I Spend Far Too Much On Ethereal Objects

Orthographic view of an Aegis Retaliator, a starship torpedo bomber

I have a sickness: I fund far too many Kickstarter and IndieGoGo projects. But I am trying to change: in the past I’ve funded projects solely because I wanted to see them succeed, whereas now I’m paying money to ventures for products that I actually intend to use. A quick survey:

  • My support for Star Citizen continues: my collection of (currently unflyable) digital spaceships has grown to include an Aegis Retaliator.
  • skylockI have a Skylock on order: a solar powered, iPhone-activated bike lock with theft attempt alerts, and my deposit for a Lily drone camera is still in place.
  • I’ve backed probably the nerdiest thing I’ve ever seen: a reissue of the original 1975 “worm” NASA graphics standards manual.
  • I’ve been a big fan of ScotteVest multifunction garments for a long time, and I’m always looking for more, so it was natural for me to back the blazer cut of “The World’s Best Travel Jacket
  • As part of my web design and development teaching, I’ve funded Richard Rutter’s handbook of Web Typography.
  • Finally, I’ve backed the construction of thDome Lighte Dome Light 2.0, a steampunk-esque LED Edison light.

I’ve been very tempted to buy an Electric Object, but the current
physical limits of the hardware (particularly an ugly, thick colored power cord, making wall hanging unreasonable) and the current exchange rate places it just out of reach at the moment.

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