Friday, May 31, 2013

SIXTY-ONE: telescopes, crowds

It is time for me to blog this. It's been two days since the Kickstarter campaign for the Arkyd started. It is an excellent opportunity to measure the crowd. We get to see general numbers that stand behind the project, but also will see how the support is distributed between different levels of commitment.

If you haven't yet contributed I urge you to do so. Maybe join up with friends and put a couple of dollars together to do a group selfie, or buy a higher level perk like some time on the telescope. There is no reason you have to cough up the money by yourself, this is a community project after all.

I asked my friends/family on facebook to see if anybody wants to join me for a photo shoot. Hopefully it will get some people interested so we can get a cool picture of the moon or some nebula and a group selfie.

I can't believe this, it's been only a year since I ranted about crowd funding a space program, and here we are doing the baby steps and I didn't have to move a finger. I got really excited and motivated to work more on my game.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SIXTY: more networking, more excuses

First off I have been in charge of a whole revegetation crew for the past three weeks so my time online has been slashed drastically again. I am a bit more tired by the end of a 10 hour workday so I spend less time reading things, and I haven't been programming again for a while now.

So I am being the usual lame.

I really wanted to go to the Melbourne Hardware Startup meeting and also the new Footscray Hackerspace meeting, but getting home in time to go into the city by 6 or 6:30 is pretty hard.

Yep, got plenty of excuses and whining. 


I joined some groups online in the meantime trying to connect and contact other people with similar interests. Check out Opennautics and moonmars. I found these places while frequenting other groups like the spaceGAMBIT one on facebook.

They are both similar projects like mine, except their level of lame is way lower than here at freespaceships. Way ahead of me in every sense. It was still nice to see that there is a lot more attempts out there to reach the same goal I set out to reach. It is a good sign.

Then there is another networking attempt of mine. A couple of weeks ago planetary resources reached out through their email updates to people who follow them to sign up to become an advocate of their efforts. I applied thinking it would be a good opportunity for me to meet others like myself. I also wanted to see the inner workings of an online collaboration of a large number of people. I got accepted to my surprise so I am also trying to keep up with the happenings within that community and I am trying to put down my 2cents worth of work.

That group is extremely hyped up at the moment because of this:

The group is "in charge" of trying to contact all sorts of media outlets or organisations that would be interested around the world. There are other tasks possibly which I am unsure of because I couldn't attend the webinar where it was all explained.

I thought I should share this since blogs are kind of like a media outlet. Though I doubt anyone apart from some bots will actually visit these links I post here. :)

I also made some observations and notes regarding my game, but those notes are extremely raw and lame. Too lame even for this blog.

That should be all for now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

fifty nine: updates, crawlers

Ahoy There!

Thanks to the new connections, I have found some new links. Check out the end of the list on the top for anything new.

I also looked back in my blog and there seems to be some links in my old blog posts that I haven't put up top.

I was looking for my first poll about a "freespaceships" like project. I am doing a course about Startups and at the end of the first "lecture" the "homework" is to talk to potential customers to learn about the "market".

I already did something like that last year during my spamming spree. I had some description of what I am doing or what the general idea of this project was, and just had a poll up on the blog:


How much do you want to get involved?
Fuck off, this is the stupidest idea ever.
 3 (8%)
I am curious about how it will turn out, but i don't want part of it.
 4 (11%)
I am willing to help occasionally but I don't want to put money towards this.
 12 (35%)
I want to help with anything I have, including money. Sign me up!
 15 (44%)

Votes so far: 34

Now these votes came in after around 800 or so views. It shows some distribution amongst the people who bothered to answer the question, but if we put the rest of the people who visited the site but didn't answer the poll in their own category "I am not even going to bother to answer this stupid question." then the market looks pretty tough. :)

Though I should probably use a better way to sample the spacecrazies out there, and possibly write up a better questionnaire to learn more about these people. This is on my current agenda.

Another thing on my agenda is writing my own web crawler to build a database and try map the network of spacecrazies out there. All the blogs, websites, groups, forums, projects etc...
The reason for this is twofold. Still studying programming and the Udacity course I am taking is about building a web crawler, the other one is simply my curiosity and also exploring the "market" itself. If I ever hope to "sell" or make something useful to us all, I need to know who we are. I know what I want, but I have not much idea about what other people want.

That should be all for now. I hope you enjoyed the consistent quality of lame here at my blog, and will come back for another dose later on. I am adding new links as I find them, I won't bother with boring you with comments about them. 

If you find or know about a site just shove the link in a comment and I will put it on the top. Once my crawler is done I will try and let it lose on this blog and see what happens. Thanks for the help.