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  1. [UPDATED] When Trolls Attack: Feminist Deck’s Kiva Bay and Kickstarter Battle the Dark Forces Of Internet Bullshittery

    We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay's awesome Feminist Deck project - a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists that she admires. We are also honored to have two of our own - Sam Maggs and yours truly - depicted in the deck. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

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  2. Mother-Daughter Duo Raise Over $16K to Create Children’s Superhero Story to Inspire Young Girls of Color

    Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff, from Jacksonville, FL, used to hate her hair and hate reading. Many parents would sigh and not know what to do about sparking a love of reading and raising their child's self-esteem. However, what Natalie's mom, Angela Nixon, did instead was collaborate with her daughter to create a children's book, The Adventures of Moxie Girl.

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  3. Thinking of Crowdfunding? Make Sure You’re Not Doing Anything Illegal!

    Some thoughts from an IRL lawyer.

    We are living in an amazing age for content creators and entrepreneurs. The rise of crowdfunding has revolutionized how artists and fans create new and exciting works, and how entrepreneurs can start entrepreneur-ing. But like any new thing, the kinks are still being worked out. The crowdfunding model is so new that a lot of laws and regulations haven’t caught up with it, and so accessible that users may be diving in without fully realizing the costs or rules they have to follow.

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  4. “Success Kid” Meme Star Helps Crowdfund His Dad’s Kidney Transplant

    There is still good in the Internet. I can feel it.

    In possibly the most Internet story of all time, the now-partially-grown kid known across the Internet as "success kid" has successfully crowdfunded a kidney transplant for his father and managed to inspire us all with hope once again in the process.

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  5. [Updated] Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Raising Funds for New Series: “It’s the Quickest Way to See Us Back on a Spaceship”

    Shut up and take my money!

    Firefly's Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are collaborating on a web series about convention life and sci-fi stars, but that's not relevant to your interests, right? No. Certainly not.

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  6. “Miss Possible” Dolls Teach Young Girls About Historical Role Models

    WTB Ada Lovelace doll PST

    Behold the latest Barbie-challenger to enter the field: Miss Possible, an as-of-yet conceptual line of dolls designed to introduce young'uns to inspiring women in history.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Doctor Doom As an ’80s Pop Sensation

    Nice shades.

    Rocky Davies also did 80s album covers for the Joker, the Xenomoprh, and Shredder. "You know, like Doom tried to do some good PR and produce an upbeat pop album," says the artist. "It has hits like 'Latveria, Why Latveria?' and 'Doom Done Did It Again' and 'Four Coffins' and 'Chrome Dome.'"

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  8. Guys, LeVar Burton Needs Our Help Bringing Reading Rainbow Back [VIDEO]

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    May 28th, 2014: Birds are singing, the sun is shining, and there's a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back. Its new incarnation won't be the same as it was before Satan reached up from Hell and cancelled it in 2009. Instead of a half-hour TV show, it'll be a series of video field trips and interactive kids books better suited to today's digitally connected world. LeVar Burton explains it all in the vid above, but here are some highlights: Part of the money raised will go toward making the new Reading Rainbow free for cash-strapped schools. That Star Trek pun. A completely accurate representation of what it would be like to meet Burton IRL. And the a special cameo at the end. But you don't have to take my word for it. Watch the whole thing yourself. After all, you don't want to disappoint LeVar Burton, do you? Because we know from Community that that's the worst feeling in the world. (via: Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Man Seeks Help Funding $20,000 Luxury Airplane Ticket on Kickstarter

    My new criteria for donating to Kickstarters: is a flying butler involved?

    Is this "the most ridiculous Kickstarter ever?" Creator Ben Schlapping thinks so. The blogger has launched a deeply decadent crowdfunding campaign to get himself a $20,000 one-way ride in a luxury Etihad Airways suite-- but it's totally cool if you don't want to help.

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  10. A Guy Saved His Pet Tortoise With a Crowdfunded Penis Amputation

    What do you think the backer rewards are on something like that? Never mind. I don't want to know.

    A crowdfunded penis amputation might sound like the result of some kind of post-apocalyptic torture voting system, but for Cedric the tortoise, it is his ticket to a long, healthy life. You see, Cedric suffers from a giant penis, and his human owner had no choice but to turn to the Internet to save his dear, too-well-endowed friend's life.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: How to Train Your Mockingjay

    Things We Saw Today

    Katniss' rebellion is looking a little toothless, doncha think? (by Stephanie Jayne Whitcomb on Redubble, via Geek Universe)

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  12. Design a Phone Tailored Perfectly for You with Phone Bloks

    If everyone can build their own ideal cell phone, what will they argue about on the Internet?

    Phone Bloks will solve the problem of smartphones that offer no user upgradeability and quickly become outdated and useless. With interchangeable parts, you can build the phone of your dreams and upgrade it one piece at a time to make it last forever. It's one phone to rule them all.

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  13. The 501st Legion Is Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinder USB Drives, Someone Crowdfund a Rebel Base!

    Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinders? What's next? Someone's going to Kickstart a Death Star?

    When someone tried to fund a Death Star on Kickstarter we may have had some unkind words about it, but this Indiegogo campaign to fund Imperial Code Cylinder USB drives? This we kind of love-- Unless it's the first step in a plan by the 501st Legion to build a Death Star and rule the galaxy.

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  14. These Earrings Are Actually Tiny Working Video Screens

    The Future Is Now!

    Yes, we live in the future, and yes, these earrings are tiny video screens and storage devices that can store and play four to eight hours of video. They can even play sounds, although "constant sound" is not recommended. They're the subject of an ongoing Indiegogo project by MJ Mclaren that still has a long way to go, so there's no guarantee they'll be available at retail. Still, we get closer to Blade Runner-style style every day.

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  15. $122,874 Kickstarter-Funded Board Game Cancelled, What Happens to the Money?

    In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits with all of your money. Good luck getting that back.

    Kickstarter is the go-to crowdfunding site for a lot of people looking to launch ambitious projects, but it takes more than money to get something done, and sometimes Kickstarter campaigns -- even ones that raise more than three times their goal -- fail. That's what happened with the now appropriately named board game The Doom That Came To Atlantic City! It raised $122,874, but now that the creators of the project canceled the game, what happens to all that money?

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  16. Canonical Tests Limits of Crowdfunding With $32M Idiegogo Campaign for Ubuntu Edge Smartphone

    They're trying to cram every cutting-edge bit of tech into one phone, and we're fine with that.

    Canonical is stepping up its efforts on the Ubuntu for Phones front. They've launched one of the most ambitious crowdfunding campaigns in history to offer enthusiastic early adopters the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. The campaign not only pushes the limits of what crowdfunding can do, but it also wants to push what phones can do.

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  17. Kickstarter Apologizes for Seduction Guide, Says It’s Too Late to Stop Funding

    I'm trying to come up with a way to make this funny, but mostly I'm just glad they know they messed up.

    Have you ever wondered what Kickstarter might do if a morally reprehensible project slipped through the cracks and gets funded to completion before anyone noticed? Well, now you know: They can't really do much of anything. So after being alerted to some very gross excerpts from an already funded "seduction guide" project, they decided to apologize profusely and donate a whole lot to charity to make everyone feel better. Of course, this is the Internet, so no one feels better and nothing is ever good enough.

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  18. People Want Female Warrior Gaming Miniatures So Much That They Funded This Kickstarter Campaign In 30 Seconds

    where does he get those wonderful toys

    When French design studio Raging Heroes decided to crowdfund a line of highly detailed female gaming miniatures, they probably thought they'd meet their goal. $12,000 is a pretty modest amount to shoot for, after all, and they clearly put a lot of planning into the campaign. And hey, they know their figures look awesome. They probably didn't think they'd blow past their goal in 30 seconds, though. And yet that's exactly what happened.

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  19. Northlake Library’s Getting a Giant Hulk Statue With or Without Crowdfunding

    Hulk like literacy.

    In May, I wrote about the Northlake Library's Indiegogo campaign to raise money for a nine-foot-tall Incredible Hulk statue. There are still four days left in the campaign, but they're woefully short of their $30,000 goal. At the moment, they're sitting still at $3,710, but don't let that get you down, because the library is getting a Hulk statue. It's not the one they wanted, but they're not going to look a gift Hulk in the mouth.

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  20. Kickstarter’s for Everyone, Including Zach Braff, Penny Arcade, and Veronica Mars

    There's been a lot of talk lately about what, exactly, are Kickstarter's guidelines and how they apply to various bigger fish, as it were, coming into the rather small pond of crowdfunding. Lots of claims have been made, and the grumbling is audible across most forms of social media, but what does Kickstarter the company actually think about all this? Hint: They like projects like the ones Zach Braff, Penny Arcade, and Veronica Mars have run.

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