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The Kickstarter Comedown

Over the last few months, we’ve all heard about the wonder that is Kickstarter. I even blogged about it (because I’m super on-trend always!) Anyway, the Veronica Mars movie is what really catapulted Kickstarter to the household name that it is now. (For those of you that don’t know about the Veronica Mars situation, a. why haven’t you been reading my blog and b. read my older post here). That movie had a $2 million goal, but far surpassed it, making more than $5 million in a few short weeks.

People saw this and wanted to get in on the fun. Zach Braff, star of the ever-funny “Scrubs” as well as indie-cult-classic “Garden State,” saw the success of Veronica Mars and thought he could utilize a similar approach. He had been wanting for years to make a follow-up to “Garden State,” but was concerned that financing it through a typical deal would force unwanted changes to the script, cast, and ultimate direction of the film. By using Kickstarter, Braff would be able to retain all creative control.

He too, was successful in reaching and exceeding his $2 million goal (he’s currently at $2.7 million, roughly). His entire page is dedicated to his ideas and goals for the project, and just how using Kickstarter to fund it will help it to be the best it can be.

Of course, there was some backlash from his use of the Kickstarter platform, as many thought, why couldn’t he use his own money? He’s a rich movie star, afterall. To this he said, yes, he has been a successful actor in the business but that doesn’t mean he has $2 million sitting around gathering dust. He recognized that, if his fans didn’t care enough to fund the project, it wasn’t worth making anyway.

So now, enter Melissa Joan Hart aka Sabrina aka Clarissa Explains It All aka a washed-up has-been (no offense). In an article I read on Mashable, I discovered that she too, had tried to hop on the Kickstarter bandwagon. But boy, did she fail. Basically, the article mentions how she was neither famous enough nor passionate enough about the project for there to be any chance of it succeeding. She gained only $51,605 from just 315 backers for her project entitled “Darci’s Walk of Shame.” awkwarrrrrrd.

This fact leads me to believe that Kickstarter might’ve had its 15 minutes of fame. Sure, it will still work for smaller, much more independent and artistic projects, but it will not continue to work for these huge A-list projects any longer. The newness has worn off. Kudos to Kristen Bell and Zach Braff for being sincere enough and fast enough to delve into the uncharted territory, but everyone else, take a hint from our girl MJH.

If you can bear to watch it knowing the project failed, here is MJH explaining it all (get it?!)

Also note how eerily similar the music in that is to the song in this:

I will say though, that a wise ole pal suggested that I use Kickstarter to fund the kickass bar I have designed. So you can look out for that.

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Netflix For Facebook? No Thank You.

The other day I was reading an article on Mashable about a Netflix and Facebook integration. To sum up the story, apparently people were not allowed to share their Netflix histories on Facebook because of a law passed by Congress and President Reagan in 1988 called the Video Privacy Protection Act. It prohibited  “wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records” and  “similar audio visual materials” which basically meant that sharing your Neflix history was evil.

But that’s all about to change!

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Now Netflix users can share their viewing histories on Facebook to their heart’s content!!!

When I was reading the article I thought to myself “Self, who in the world would want to share their Neflix history on Facebook for all to see?!” I mean, doesn’t everyone get sucked into watching something weird or truly terrible at one point or another on Netflix? Be honest now…

I started thinking about it and a person’s Netflix history can really say a lot about them. This is what mine would look like. I think it says, “Lucy is a cool gal who appreciates spending time outside and hanging with friends”:

Monday: “5PM: Lucy watched episodes 1-22 of How I Met Your Mother-Season 4″

Tuesday: “6PM: Lucy finished Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother and watched episodes 1-13 of Season 5″

Wednesday: “2PM: Lucy watched episodes 14-19 of How I Met Your Mother; 7PM: Lucy watched episodes 20-24 of How I Met Your Mother; 12AM: Lucy is still watching How I Met Your Mother

Thursday: 10PM: “Does everyone know if Lucy is ok? She hasn’t logged any episodes of How I Met Your Mother today”

Friday: 11PM: “Lucy is watching My Life is a Lifetime Movie followed by Preacher’s Daughters

and that’s not including the weekend. Boy do I get crazy with my Netflix on the weekends! Perhaps a romantic comedy here and a “Critically-acclaimed Understated Father-Son Drama” or a “Cerebral British Crime Movie from the 1980’s” there.

(Sidenote: why are the categories SO specific?)

What I’m trying to say is a) that I watch too much How I Met Your Mother (thanks a lot, Elizabeth) and b) that Netflix is a guilty pleasure. No one wants to show just how much time they spend watching it. That, I can assure you, is one application I will not be installing on my Facebook…

Seriously though, who doesn't wanna be this guy's friend?

Seriously though, who doesn’t wanna be this guy’s friend?

That said, Netflix has truly revolutionized television. Cable is all but obsolete these days. Netflix has no ads and has an app for smartphones. The next episode is right at your fingertips. It even has its own shows like House of Cards which is insanely popular.

Plus, for the 95% of people that mooch off of someone else’s account, it’s free!

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