"But what makes it really fascinating is that it’s the democracy of the Internet in action. In an industry like comics, where the mainstream print publishers are losing readers, here’s a webcomic that’s directed at about as much of a niche audience as humanly possible — a parody of D&D done with stick figures — that’s not only found an audience, but has mobilized them into a fundraising effort that’s raised $264,000 in eight days, just to get collections of it back in print. And if those readers are big enough fans that they’re willing to do that much for the strip, odds are pretty good that they’ve got the books already, and are doing it so that the strip will be there for newer fans to enjoy."
Exciting things are happening for Protei, an amazing open hardware oil spill cleaning Sailing Robot Drone by Cesar Harada, which was funded through Kickstarter. The team in Rotterdam are nearing completion on their prototype build and getting ready for test.
The project is amazing and, from working with Cesar and the team, I know that those involved in this effort are top notch. The technology they are working on will always be open source and available for other uses (one of which I am working with them on - a side project of mine) with no interest in profiting off environmental remediation.
You can learn more here and here, or this Q&A w/ Cesar.
This is very cool. A few of us donated to the project, and it’s fantastic to see it coming together.