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More Crowdfunding Projects I’m Backing

It’s time for another blog post about crowdfunding. What am I backing this time? Here’s a look:


Fidget Cube

Fidget Cube: A Vinyl Desk Toy -- Kicktraq Mini

Fidget Cube is pretty much what the name makes it sound like: a little cube-shaped desk toy that encourages you to fidget. I like fidgeting with things. My current fidget toy is a flashlight with an interesting-to-feel shape and texture. I look forward to seeing how the Fidget Cube compares.


ZeMarmot

(No graph, sorry!)

ZeMarmot is an open movie, made with free-as-in-freedom software, currently being funded through Patreon.

Marmot likes to sleep, eat, and sleep again. One day, an old migratory bird tells him of the wonders of the world. Marmot decides to leave his home for the trip of his life and find the ultimate napping spot.
From Iran flying carpets to Paradise pacific island, Marmot will wander all over the world and be the first marmot explorer. Will he find what he is looking for?
(quoted from the Patreon page)

Software freedom means no lock-in.

Couldn’t decide on one quote for this post, so I’m going with two. Read them both.

The 4 Software Freedoms: -The freedom to run it for any purpose -The freedom to study and change how it works -The freedom to distribute copies and help your neighbor -The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions (Paraphrased from the Free Software Definition @ www.gnu.org) "You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy: 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged." -Jean-Luc Picard
The 4 Software Freedoms:
-The freedom to run it for any purpose
-The freedom to study and change how it works
-The freedom to distribute copies and help your neighbor
-The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions
(Paraphrased from the Free Software Definition @ www.gnu.org)
“You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: ‘With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.’ Those words were uttered by Judge Aron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.” -Jean-Luc Picard

Free Culture

This is why I support the idea of Free Culture. Obviously Thomas Jefferson was not writing with culture in mind, but I do think he deliberately chose wording that could be applied in a wide variety of situations. The Free Culture idea is all about liberty and the pursuit of happiness: the liberty to take and reuse the culture that has been forced upon us. Disney did not ask my permission to inject Mickey Mouse images into my mind. Nor did Warner Brothers, Bad Robot, or the Blender Foundation (gotta include some good guys in this list!). If they force their culture on me, it becomes my culture. I will use it as such.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.