Tactical Bodies

Tactical Bodies

Melia is an aspiring academic. She has a graduate degree in the history of American dance and she has been invited to make a presentation about Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) at a national academic conference. Now the world of academia is guarded and exclusive, especially among the social sciences. They don’t let just anyone in. You first have to incur a huge debt by going to graduate school, where they teach you the specialized nomenclature to talk like an academic. You learn arcane terms like “idealized commodity” and “opportunity for influence” and “Max Weber.” Melia got an A in Nomenclature…

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The Shoe Truck

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“Converting a box truck into a space that feels like a store will certainly have some unique challenges. Imagine installing flooring, lighting, audio and shelving that can withstand traveling from place to place. ” Imagine luring pedestrians to climb into a stranger’s van and take off their shoes – now there’s  a unique challenge.

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3D Artwork by Jim Britton

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Jim Britton makes 3-D collages from graphic books and maps and he’s looking for help to set up a studio, hire a local art student, and complete a series of pieces for a local exhibit. The one example he provides looks pretty cool, but it’s kind of a dark snapshot. The project has real commercial appeal, Jim, and you might have one of those art students take some high-quality photos for your Kickstarter project page.

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Purchase Tidy Bloods of Poem

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A while back I took an aspiring Kickstarter poet to task for describing how dark and meaningful his poetry was but not providing an example of what he writes. Well as they say, be careful what you ask for. Sean Kilpatrick is another aspiring poet in the angry-young-man/smear-your-face-with-your-own-fluids milieu who is not shy about sharing his work. He is somewhat reticent about asking for the “faux potential assistance” to publish it, if I am translating his precious project description correctly, but as he says, “The idea of funding for poetry is worse enough to try.” If you’re not familiar with…

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Pet Cards

Pet Cards

Taylor Roy is an art student and she loves animals. She has an idea to combine her talent and interest and create pet portraits for Valentine’s Day. Seems pretty straightforward, right? And she’s only asking for $250. Looking at her project, she offers a few “examples of what I can do.” There’s an abstract pair of cats in pastels, a realistic painting of some tropical birds, and a sort of cute, cartoony dog in a batik style. Something about Roy’s artwork puzzled me, though. Most artists, even students, have a certain style you can recognize from piece to piece. These…

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Growing Young

Growing Young

Jason Ellis is excited about newly discovered “secrets to slow and even reverse the aging process” and he wants you to be too. He has shot and edited around 40 minutes of a film with a working title of “Growing Young,” however I think they might consider other options before sending it out to Sundance. I’d suggest “Put your shirt back on, you old fool” or maybe “Nobody wants to see that” or perhaps simply “No Grandpa… Grandpa no!” In his pitch, Ellis hints at “new technologies” that will finally allow men to flex and preen all the way to…

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