Somewhere in the cosmos a black hole sucks matter from a nearby star so quickly that it cools lower than the background radiation of the cosmos. The background radiation that makes 1% of the static on an old TV set.
There are sections of space with lightning bolts a light-year wide and gas giants so close to their stars that they have burning umbilical chords connecting them.
When Betelgeuse explodes we will have a second sun in the sky, and it will be visible for months.
Neutron stars, are, in essence, individual atoms of such size that they would be visible to the naked eye (15 miles across and more!), That is, until one of the poles swung in your direction and you were disintegrated.
And there’s an estimated 11 billion solar systems with an earth-like planet in the Goldilocks zone.
Thanks to my comments about selling babies on Etsy and my discussion of the Doctor Who 50th, so welcome, new people.
I have two major projects to introduce you all to:
1) The Isle of Rangoon - I’m a puppeteer and puppetsmith, and my pal Greg and I do a series on blip.tv called “the Isle of Rangoon”, featuring movie reviews, riffs and sketches starring Starchibald, a little blue lizardy thing, and Sunny Jim, an optimistic glutenous monster. Enjoy it, won’t we?
2) BMOG: Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts. I’ve wanted to be a toy designer since I was aware that was a thing people did. We are running a kickstarter for my retro-80s building-toy/accessory pack system where action figure weapons combine into robot animals. We’re at 60% with 16 days left. Any and all backers are welcome.
Check out my various works and watch/back as much as you feel the need to.
The 50th and what makes this multi-Doctor story different
The Day of the Doctor has come and gone and obviously feelings are mixed. I am, quite firmly, in the ‘this was very good’ camp, not quite The Three Doctors but a far more enjoyable romp than the Five Doctors or the Two Doctors, and more elegant than Zagreus or the Sirens of Time.
There’s going to be spoilers, so I’m adding a break.
Less than two weeks in and BMOG is now 55% funded. While we put the finishing touches on Featherblight for first the stretch goal, we have some news!
Action figure artist Rob “Cheets” Roberts has generously donated his time to the project to let ten backers have a custom, hand-painted one-of-a-kind Ursenal & Mantax. If you’re not familiar with his work, you can check out his gallery of customs here. There is a new tier for this reward, letting you get all of the Artmaster benefits as well as the custom painted set.
We have also lowered the costs on the “choose a future colorway release for Ursenal/Mantax” and the “co-design a BMOG figure” tiers. Each of these is a one-of-a-kind reward, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.
We still need your help keeping momentum going. Spread the word and lets make BMOG a reality!
As the lead on this project, I want to again, strongly encourage everyone I know to back this project and help me achieve the lifelong dream of independent toy design.
The funding goal is now within reach, and with your help we could even get further, allowing even more figures to reach production.
We’d really appreciate it if folks following us could spread the word on this, even if they can’t pledge to it. This is a pretty big deal for us.
This is my good buddy and longtime creative partner Trent Troop, me, and pal Alex Androski trying to get something going here. We’ve had a good opening push, and will be revealing more stuff to keep it moving.
For those new to this, we’re making a toy line. A manufacturer is lined up and ready to go, as are several online sales outlets. Designs have been prototyped, tested, and made ready for production. It’s all down to funding now.
What is the line? BMOG is part building toy, part accessory pack, part action figure. Robotic animals that can be disassembled into individual accessories that use a 5mm peg/post system, the “standard” peg size for dozens of toy lines, most notably vast numbers of Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, most brands of building blocks, and many, many others. And since every piece uses the same peg/post size, you can mix and match parts and rebuild them into new weapons or creatures.
Over the last two years, Trent and I have been pushing ourselves further in the creator-owned self-business thingamajob, a second-go at a career in stuff we WANT to do. It’s manifested in Isle of Rangoonvideo series, which we’re very proud of, and will keep doing as long as we keep finding the energy and inspiration… and we don’t see that running out any time soon. The biggest obstacle to it though, is time and money, as while that project has gone further than we could have hoped in the year-and-a-half it’s been live (seriously, we’ve come to know some amazing people thanks to it), the financial returns are only just getting to “noteworthy”. Thus, time-sucking day jobs so’s we can live indoors and eat first-run food.
We see a lot of potential in BMOG, and the interest we’ve seen generated on toy forums has been highly encouraging. We want to be able to make both BMOG (and other toy ideas percolating away) and IOR into What We Do For A Living. Somefolks have certainly proven that it’s not too late to get a second start in being successfully self-employed in independent entertainment (we ain’t exactly spring chickens), and we’d like to be another example. The new environment of crowd-funding and self-producing has made some long-held dreams possible.
So toss the word out there. We thank you deeply.
I’ll add to this. Today is my Birthday. I’m turning 36 and things aren’t the way I want them to be. I am good at making these figures, and this is my way out.
I shroud a lot of my day-to-day existence in jokes. I’m being totally serious about my need, and it is a need, for this to succeed.
With your help, we could be launching another small toy company with the aim of producing action figures, with a twist – the robot animal figures are made out of weapons and accessories that work with themselves or with your other toy lines. BMOG Toys just began their…
I’m still longing to do some travelling soon. I have the time. The money … well, yeah, I could spend it. I’m waiting to get taxes settled, not to mention deal with some unexpected repairs to my father’s house. I really wish I didn’t have the amount of rent I do each month; I’d feel a lot more secure if things were $500 or so less every month.
I guess it comes down to a question of saving the money for the long run, or taking on a once-in-a-lifetime shot to see things I’ve been hoping to see since as long as I can remember. When phrased like that, the choice might sound obvious … but we live in uncertain times. Having some security underneath me, that’s important …
It might not be until after I move next year, at this rate. I hate putting it off any more, but I need to be a grownup. On the other hand, the Ireland trip would be just me … considerably cheaper than the Japan trip, which I’m not planning on doing alone. I might do the one, and start working toward the other.