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I tend to be notoriously hesitant when it comes to crowdfunding efforts*, but once in awhile something hits my radar that I'll share here on the site. Tertill: The Solar-Powered Weeding Robot for Home Gardens is just such a project, and it's one that sorta breaks two of my barriers - crowdfunding and home robotics. I have no interest in owning a Roomba to vacuum for me, and when it comes to lawn-mowing robots, that's just terrifying (they look like Battlebots, so I figure they'll attack children) and of no interest since I love mowing my lawn. One thing I don't like? Weeding our gardens. In our raised beds here at Rock Father HQ, we have a major weed problem, and the girls and I can't keep it under control. It's a huge pain, and that's where a little guy like Tertill can come in. Check this out, and watch the pitch video below.

Published in Home and Garden

I never knew the feeling prior to becoming a parent, but once you have children, there is nothing more important - nor terrifying - than the health and well-being of your little ones. My wife and I have been fortunate to have had no major issues thus far, but for so many others, the journey has been much harder. You always hear the saying "the struggle is real," and for one family near Boston, indeed - the struggle is not only very real, but a series of battles that started before the birth of their son, Ari "Danger" Schultz. Their little guy was identified as having heart issues while still in the womb, and he soon became the first person to ever undergo two successful heart surgeries before birth. Now four years old, Ari just received a new heart this month (after 211 days on the waiting list) and is going through some harsh "rejection" as his body works to accept his new organ. As if being entrenched in an ongoing war for their son's life wasn't enough (in addition to raising other children), Ari's family was dealt another blow when they recently found that their home is a "tear-down" thanks to extensive water damage, black mold and fungus. Sadly, their insurance will hardly cover it, and because of that, a GoFundMe account has been established to help them on their way. Check out the video below...

Published in James' Journal

With my recent acquisition of both a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox One S, I have finally re-entered the world of video gaming on a regular basis, and it's something that I'd definitely been missing. While my gaming interests have always gone in waves, the late 90s/early 00s were notable thanks to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. As my wife can attest, those games were a huge deal for me back then - a series that I followed for quite awhile, often spending many late-night hours busting out the kind of tricks that I always wished I could do in real-life, but sadly lacked the skill to pull-off. As my life changed, I missed out on some of the later entries, but with talk of the series soon finding a rebirth, it was pretty exciting to learn that a comprehensive documentary about the games and the cultural phenomenon around them is now in-production. Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Game Story is currently seeking funding via Indiegogo, and the pitch trailer is a good one. Check this out...

Published in Movies, TV and More

You've probably seen it - maybe even several times (as I have). Back on August 24th, Hammered Dulcimer National Champion Ted Yoder went into his backyard orchard in Goshen, Indiana to hammer out (feeling punny today) a cover of Tears For Fears'  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." Broadcast on Facebook Live for his Songs From The Orchard web series, the song went viral - garnering over 80 million plays, almost double the count for the original Tears For Fears video. Now comes word that Ted is prepping for his next album, Songs From the Orchard: Volume 1.

Published in Music News

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Is it newsworthy that 5-Minute Dungeon has already raised over $155K against a $30K goal and still has 16 days left to fund? Perhaps, since a lot of people love card games, including many readers of this site. In recent days, I've had people continue to tell me about this game (peers and all), but it's just not my bag, despite the fact that the makers of the game are currently pitching 5-Minute Dungeon as a "Family Game Night" option. Take a look and see what you think...

Alt-rockers The Nearly Deads have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund their forthcoming EP, scheduled for release in January 2017. Running from through 1/15/17, the campaign will provide fans with one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences, including exclusive opportunities to interact with the band. Starting at $10 for a download of the new EP and an “Access Pass” to all Pledge-only updates, offers include signed merchandise (CDs, vinyl, posters, drum sticks), a “Zombie” bundle (a knowing nod to their fans, who are referred to as “zombies"), Skype hangouts, “Band" hangouts, personal “birthday" wishes, acknowledgement in the credits, song collaborations, an elaborate “Nearly Deads Scrapbook” (only two are being produced) and custom lyric art by singer Theresa Jeane. One lucky fan can even pledge to “Name the EP.”

Published in Music News
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