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Questions for you!

Hello my lovely friends and followers!

My sister and I are taking a trip in March and will be passing through Ireland and France. So I am crowd sourcing for:

  • The best hostels/hotels in Dublin/Ireland and Paris
  • The things we should see! Places we need to go!
  • Food we should eat!
  • Any secrets that would be fun/save us some money

Love you all lots and appreciate any thoughts or suggestions!

Getting me to Ferguson

http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk

The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”

Brown’s killing on Saturday afternoon has sparked protests and rioting in this small, hardscrabble suburb of St. Louis, where tensions continue to rise between the police and the largely black, mostly poor community. Brown’s shooting lifted the lid on a pot that had long been bubbling .

What I Need 
The $800 goal 

Would fund my transportation from NJ to St Louis, my lodging and meals while in St Louis. As well as printed materials to be distributed at rallies/protests.

The Impact
To support the development of mass self-managed organizations in the community that can address the murder of Mike Brown.

To help create a sustainable movement that can address struggles of police brutality, racial profiling,housing,transportation, pollution, welfare rights, and the issues of the day. 

Political ideas and strategies need to be informed by practical experience. This means that the political organization needs to bring together activists who are rooted in working class communities and their mass organizations and struggles. Through our active presence we can learn from others. Through our participation and organizing activity, and the influence of our ideas, we can build a social base to not only have DEMANDS MET but to CREATE REAL CHANGE.

We must defend Ferguson.

Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about this campaign by using the gofundme share tools!

Thank you for your support!

Zellie Imani

twitter/ig @zellieimani

http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk

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Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a benign trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk, are heavy burdens in their own right.

But add to that the moments when sufferers try to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The frustration attendant with being unable to keep food on the fork or spoon becomes another consequence of the disorder.

Now a San Francisco startup called Lift Labs is selling a piece of assistive technology that counters hand tremors and lets users have a meal without embarrassment or annoyance. The device, called Liftware, mounts utensils on an active stabilizing platform that diminishes uncontrollable jerking movements. 

This month, Lift Labs is matching donations to its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to send Liftware to people in economic hardship. The company will send the devices to the International Essential Tremor Foundation for distribution to those in need. Click through to see the campaign video.

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There’s this great website called http://phylopic.org which is a collection of free silhouette images, either public domain or creative commons, depending on the person who submitted it.
Lots of people have been pitching in and we’re at over 2000 images now, but there’s still a whole lot more lifeforms left to do! Think of it as a giant pokédex for real life animals, and you’re helping people too! Anyone can pitch in, if you’ve got some spare animal photos that you have taken yourself, just trace over them as a vector or in a raster format and submit them!
These silhouettes are super useful for all sorts of things, but the main idea is to represent different lifeforms on a phylogenetic tree. Phylopic has some exciting features such as the ability to see the relationship between two organisms in a pictorial fashion.
I really suggest you check it out!

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Akira Project - Live Action Trailer

Fan-made trailer imagines what a live action version of the legendary anime would look like. Keeping true to the source material, and after two years of production …. here it is - video embedded below:

The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.

We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It’d be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries.

After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action.

You can find out more about the Akira Project at it’s website here

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http://www.gofundme.com/g4pxno

This year we are once again hosting our annual Trunk or Treat  event at McDonald’s on 485 Broadway in Paterson.

We will have candy, sweet treats, school supplies and happy meals packed inside of different trunks. We will also have a Halloween fashion show for the kids, a dance contest and more.

We feel that it is important to provide a positive and safe space for children to trick or treat in our city. Because parents want to provide their children with a safe way to enjoy the holiday we are expecting a very large turnout!

Please donate to make this event a success and bring something positive to the community!

Your generous donations will fund the candy, school supplies, happy meals, decorations and DJ. Remember, no ammount is too small! 

Thank you! 
Zellie
Kim

http://www.gofundme.com/g4pxno

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We’ve got a lot of stuff, but comparatively few records are fully digitized and searchable. We want to change that.

We’re looking for digital volunteers to help us transcribe our records & unlock their stories.

You can transcribe historic Civil War-era documents, letters from American artists, field books ore even 100-yr-old botany specimen labels. 

Take a spin through our Digital Transcription Center and join us

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Thanks to the hundreds of people who sent me their photos of the lunar eclipse! I used a lot of the photos (though not all — I’ve received a lot more since I put this together) to make this cross-country 20 fps time lapse. (It’s a big GIF so you might have to wait for it to load…)

The title card comes from Max Corneau (aka AstroDad) who camped out in Rockwall, TX and managed to get this terrific shot at totality before the clouds closed in.

Ron Pope in Abilene, TX caught a very spooky shot of the October moon rising from the mist.

I love the “moon bounce" images that Brittney Maehl sent me from Beloit, WI. She told me: “Trying to capture the Blood Moon as an amateur WITHOUT a tripod was like making the ultimate sniper shot!” Luckily she was Navy-trained, so she got some great steady shots as well that I included in the time lapse.

The last shot is from flickr user slworking2. He says, “I used the tracking mount from an old telescope to follow the moon - and this allowed for a sharply-focused exposure.”

It was wonderful to get your photos (there were so many cool ones I couldn’t highlight specifically) and to hear your stories of blood moon hunting. Thanks again!

ICYMI: Why are blood moons red, anyway?

vimeo

The Star Wars Uncut saga continues…

We’ve got galactic-sized news for all of our fans, new and old. Today marks the official launch of the next chapter in the Star Wars Uncut story: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.

We created Star Wars Uncut in 2009 with just some blood, sweat, and pipe cleaners. It took time and a lot of trial and error to figure out how to bring this new concept to life—we learned a lot alongside our thousands of contributors. With one fan-made film under our belt and plenty of inspiration, we can’t wait to get fans together to recreate the next episode in the galactic saga. Past contributors, new friends, and future Jedis of the world: we know you have a lot more up your sleeves for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.

This past weekend, we went to Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando to screen A New Hope Uncut and announce the new project. We saw Muppet Stormtroopers, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing Wookies, trashcan R2D2s and all kinds of homemade Star Wars fun. Passionate fans reimagining Star Wars is precisely why we love Uncut, which is why we shot this trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. It stars all of Celebration VI, an 80s-style voiceover tribute to the original, and a bunch of characters we hope show up in this next installment.

Now is your chance to be a part of the largest fan remake ever. The Force is with us. All of us.

So here is the story.  I ran a crowdsource fund to move a friend and their two kids out of an abusive home to come live with me. Thanks to the MASSIVE generosity of Tumblr, we were able to accomplish this goal and Mom and babies are safe with me.

Unfortunately, we still need help. I live in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment with two cats, a large dog, two kids and another adult.  Mom and the kids all have to share one bed currently.  I’m free to leave the lease I’m in at any time but saving up on one paycheck covering four people is hard.

I have managed to scrape together $900 towards moving but according to my calculations, we’re going to need anywhere from $1500 to $3000 to move. To top everything else off, we’re not able to sign up for food stamps (which we sorely need) or reduced day care (which we REALLY REALLY need) until we have a place where Mom is on the lease and where we are currently wouldn’t agree to add them.

Mom just got a new job and once we get moved into a new place, we’ll be able to cover all expenses without much issue but the cost of the initial move needs to be obtained quickly so we can sign up for sorely needed benefits.

To raise money, I’m going to attempt to do as many commissions between now and September 1st as I possibly can creatively and emotionally handle.  Which means you will be getting awesome commissions as fast as I can churn them out which means little to no waiting.

Here is what I’m offering:

(Color option 2  and full body options not offered due to time constraints.  Prices are applied PER CHARACTER)

Send all commission requests to maggie.amber.davidson@gmail.com and I’ll be here all day on the weekends working and after 6PM on the weekdays to help you and discuss the wills and won’ts of your requests. 

If you’d like to help but don’t want a commission, you can donate to me here.  I don’t expect donations but would certainly appreciate any help we can get!

If you have nothing to spare (believe me, I understand) please just signal boost!

Signal Boost for Gabrielle for Miss North Carolina USA, who is just $300 short of her goal!

Hello family, friends and potential sponsors! 

My name is Gabrielle Dominique Hunter and I am representing the beautiful city of Greensboro as Miss Greensboro USA 2015 in this years Miss North Carolina USA 2015 pageant! 

To become Miss North Carolina USA would not just be a small victory for me personally, but more importantly I want to be Miss North Carolina USA because I want to be a role model for not only young girls in this state but all children aspiring to be something bigger than themselves. Competing in such an elite competition as Miss North Carolina will not only challenge me mentally, but physically and emotionally. I want to be an example that ” hard work is rewarded”, a message I want to send to the young students of North Carolina. 

Through this website I am kindly asking for your monetary support in becoming the next Miss North Carolina USA; no matter how big or small the donation I am forever thankful for all of the love and support on my journey!

http://www.gofundme.com/MissGreensboroUSA

All it takes is a donation of $2 and a reblog. Everyone needs a chance to succeed!

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This Time, Humans Out-Perform Computers

Computers are terrible at mapping the brain.  Given a cross-section of a retina for example, computers have trouble distinguishing neurons from other cells and empty space.  Humans, on the other hand, can perform this task with ease.

Still, mapping the brain would be a monumental task for one human.  So MIT neuroscientist Sebastien Seung recruited more than 120,000 online gamers to help him - via a game called EyeWire.

Players help color in neurons, and a computer later compiles their data into a complex map. Already, their work is helping scientists understand how the brain sees movement.

You can hear all about it in this story from Joe Palca.

Good books and good coffee. Have better weekend plans ever been made? No way, Jose(s). The first weekend of 2014 is looking like it’s going to be: snowy, full of chapters, and heavily caffeinated. 

What have the cast (authors) & crew (their books) been up to?

Other good stuff:

Happy weekend and happy 2014! How are those resolutions sticking?

[photo source: BryanPatrickTodd]

We nearly Kickstarted the budget back in November, but now I’m feeling like that’s not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help. Unlike back when I made Clerks in ‘91, I’ve got access to money now — so I should use that money and not suck any loot out of the crowd-funding marketplace that might otherwise go to some first-timer who can really use it.
— 

Kevin Smith

The filmmaker is not going to fund Clerks III through Kickstarter.