23 November 2009


Some thoughts typed on the sly while I'm supposed to be working.

++ Kickstarter seems to be making some headway in the all-important quest to help artists find money in ways that aren't soul-sucking. It's a tricky balance, to be sure, but this blog post showcases some of what makes crowdsourcing possible.

It’s a different kind of consumerism. It rewards sincerity, originality, and creativity instead of profit projections and merchandising opportunities (though I would happily back any project that involved a lunchbox). It grants everyone involved the ability to determine the equation — including the unique power to define what’s a commodity and what’s not. And it’s a better feeling, too. I’ll back another 500 music projects on Kickstarter before I’ll buy another CD.

++ That dovetails nicely with a blog post I put up last December about using the money you'd normally spend on Christmas presents at Wal-Mart to give a unique gift. Really, it's the same thing.

++ It's to the point where if you aren't using Kickstarter (or something similar) in your project's early stages, you're hurting yourself. You need to be establishing an engaged audience from Day 1. We didn't do this on Blanc de Blanc, but that's kind of a unique situation.

++ Along that same vein, Ted Hope weighs in with The Twenty New Rules: What we all MUST TRY to do prior to shooting. As with most of Ted's blog posts, this is a must read.

12 November 2009

02 November 2009


I don't tend to get into politics all that much here, even if my political views aren't exactly a secret.

But, because I'm from Maine, there's a sizable number of readers from there. As you may have heard, Maine is voting to overturn a civil rights bill tomorrow. There's quite a lot of support for this referendum (sadly, among my own family), but if you ask me, there isn't a single valid reason to vote for it.

The civil rights bill doesn't require anyone to do anything. No one's going to make you talk to a gay person, much less marry one.

To deny someone a right that you freely hold is not only un-American, it violates the Constitution.

Regardless of what you may have heard, there's no chance the Jesus portrayed in Matthew would ever, for one second, support this type of discrimination. Never. To suggest otherwise, is to misrepresent everything Jesus stands for. It's sickening.

Really, it has nothing to do with you and what you may or may believe. It's about denying the rights of your fellow citizens. Your religious views have nothing to do with what should be the law of the land. Nothing. If you think otherwise, you desperately need to take a civics class.

Do the right thing. Think of someone other than yourself.