: In keeping with the community-oriented nature of many Kickstarter projects, PieLab seeks to facilitate good, old-fashioned conversation among the residents of Greensboro, Alabama - over a nice slice of cherry pie, rather than behind computer screens. The brainchild of socially responsible design collective Project M
, PieLab is currently a pop-up project, but the hope is to make it a permanent fixture, complete with a full service kitchen, a community-focused design studio, and a classroom used for youth empowerment programs. With a new sweet space, which we are betting will look like it beamed out of the pages of Dwell, the PieLab pioneers are hoping that more locals will be inspired to share ideas for bettering their economically depressed community over each and every yummy bite.
: While Kickstarter isn't exclusively intended for charitable causes, some resourceful good Samaritans are using it as a way to attract benefactors and spread the word about their missions. Floating Doctors was created when Dr. Benjamin LaBrot went to provide medical care to an African village and realized that his backpack of supplies was insufficient. He decided to create a nautical health center that would visit towns in Africa and Asia. He found a ship, a crew and even enough medical supplies for a year of global doctoring. In the spirit of Kickstarter, those who pledge will receive a photograph of the voyage so that they can frame their generosity.
: Our use of emoticons tends to be limited to an occasional wink to fend off potential email misinterpretations, but communicating in Emoji (a Japanese term for picture icons or emoticons) is common practice in Japan where cell phones are typically preprogrammed with an elaborate range of them. Eager to explore the way our communications and language are influenced by digital culture, technologist Fred Benenson
wants to translate public domain novel Moby Dick into Emoji. [What a slacker! Is War and Peace too long or something? ;-) ] He plans to have each sentence translated three times by different Amazon Mechanical Turk
workers, with a different set of workers then voting on which sentence is best. Those who pledge will either receive a PDF or hardcopy of the book, depending on how generous they are. And while we probably won't be cozying up to the fireplace with Emoji Dick any time soon, it would certainly be a good souvenir of the times to show our grandchildren - who by then will probably be completely literate in Emoji.
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