Richard Kutscher wrote:Start the stretch goal at $20K instead of start at $50K, and mark first few already completed.
Please help me to understand this strategy.
My primary thought behind this was to give some things that are easy (like blank pages in books), or a permaculture card as a bookmark, as low hanging fruit easily done and doesn't cost much, if anything. This way there is some sort of logical path to the stretch goals. If just jump in at first stretch goal being $50K (~6x funding value), then next at $60K, etc., it seems a bit disjointed, almost as if you weren't planning on stretch goals to begin with and included as an afterthought.
paul wheaton wrote:
Richard Kutscher wrote:Blank page(s) at begin / end of chapters / book for notes
People write in books like that?
Ummm, yes, with a reference book of sorts. Creativity, sparks ideas, yada yada yada. I don't but have seen a lot of people do, think back to college text book days... Don't you wish could've written in the book without forgoing the measly trade-in allowance? Maybe a few blank pages at the end is all you need but would say definitely some. Or even 1/2 page at end of each chapter. Something to scribble ideas.
I think the podcast would be an OK stretch goal if added something to it, or maybe a podcast and a short (< 5 minute) video.
Start the stretch goal at $20K instead of start at $50K, and mark first few already completed. Start the ranges being 5-10K then increase to 15-25K as get higher up the more expensive things get.
Suggestions I like (in order) Audio book would be great, don't like Audible but whatever platform works. Google / Apple also has audio books, but again, Google / Apple <=> Audible??? Big corporation bad type of thing?
Like a podcast about the book, or things that went into the book, or behinds the scenes of the book, or things that wanted to include but didn't fit anyplace, but make it for everyone
That book party thing and could record podcast while Shaun is there!!
Coloring book thing added as addendum (see below for New Suggestions)
Bookmarks, maybe throw that in as a gimme if decide it, for physical copies. Could go cheapie extravagant route and have signatures printed on them too...
Draft copies of future books be OK too
Suggestions I dislike: Autographed copies. Maybe add in as a reward, don't include as a stretch goal AND a reward.
New suggestions: Add addendums to the book, maybe not by you but by guest author's (little late for this though idea for next one(s))
Add other e-books covering topics in more depth, like the $50 house one (Mike Oehlor?) by working a deal with the author. Give them a few bucks and include their full book.
Add couple pages of color photographs (in an addendum) to illustrate important topics, such as the Wofati, or Rocket Mass Heater, recycling 4.0, micro-hydro, etc.
A course (weekend?) at Wheaton Labs on some principles contained in this book. Not a PDC but more like a "how can I be a better city dwellar steward" course.
Create YouTube short video series on different chapters that the average person at Wheaton Eco Scale 1 or 2 can do to bump them up a notch or two
Hard cover edition (looks like this is soft cover?)
Blank page(s) at begin / end of chapters / book for notes
Make sure e-book is printable
A meet the author's weekend at Wheaton Labs, with the book stuffing party included (add weekend as a reward?).
On the signed book thing, I would say either offer it or don't. Don't have it as a stretch goal but make sure it costs enough monies to cover all the costs.
I.e. if one physical book is $20, then a signed book is $50, or whatever price you deem fit. That way even one book will cover postage. Time or hassle might not be covered but then YOU can laugh at staff and say FOOLS, I was right and fluff your overalls repeatedly.
I originally voted for #2 but then voted for #3 after reading Paul's comment. Three is more eye catching. I liked two due to hammock but was very busy thumbnail. Didn't want to down vote two so left as is.
paul wheaton wrote:VI007: At 3:06 .... there are office supplies piling up on the desk to show the work that needs to be done. I think it would be funny if a sledge hammer appears on top of the pile! What do you all think?
VI008: How about at the end if there is a message kinda like the vid from last year "printing is expensive! give us monies!" ??
VI007 - Really like this one, followed by swiping it off camera and putting together what you need monies for...
VI008 - Still sounds hollow, I like Dave Burton's thought, but already covered after sledge hammer. Maybe a rhyming thing like this (cheesy/doesn't fit?) "Risk is low as work is done. Back us now and reap what's done."
Don't mean to suggest adding anything, but don't see this included and remember you talking about it. Maybe it's covered in Chapter 13 or 23. info on power sources... Grid, local, solar, generators (not just big noisy ones but also things like Lister engine), wind, micro hydro, no power at all. And energy storage (batteries, ponds, etc). This is a large polluter.
I agree with Paul in that it should be no more than four at the lower levels. Even at four half the people will only redeem one, and likely only 10% would redeem all four. Diminishing returns.
On the other hand people can always back at higher levels with more stuff if they want more things to redeem.
That said, stretch goals add incentives for people to upgrade their pledge, or join the campaign. If, for some miraculous reason, Paul exceeds his funding goal then add stretch goal offering more rewards. This could also get people more redeeming things.
I do think giving too much stuff in the higher tiers, don't know how would change it but seems like giving away the farm, unless that's the point.
It is with deep sadness that won't be able to attend, much as was hoping to. The land whale steed (truck) had an issue with the clutch. Am still awaiting word from the dealer on how much pleasure it will be to fix. Happened as came off the island.
Am stuck at an overpriced land whale yacht club till the trusty steed is fixed. At least pets are warm and happy'ish.
The only thing I would do is swap these two goals.. Doing this would help foster more creativity and spread cheer and joy through the permies world.
So make the 65K goal the private forum, while the 70K goal is naming rights and that type of nice fluff.
paul wheaton wrote:
idea for the $65,000 stretch goal:
Everybody who supports the kickstarter at $60 or higher will have their name (as creative as they wanna be) appear in the credits of the first video for the PDC and the first video of the ATC in a scrolling credits section labeled "this production made possible by our kickstarter supporters". And the people that supported our kickstarter at $150 or higher, will be able to select far more creative options in three categories such as the examples in this clip:
(image coming soon!)
idea for the $70,000 stretch goal:
Everybody who supports the kickstarter at $75 or higher will get access to a private forum on permies with all of the PDC video content. People will then be able to POST THEIR OWN DESIGN and get feedback from all of the other participants! All of the teachers will also have access to this forum, and they might (no guarantees) provide feedback also!
Have already gone through my PDC, but I really like the thought of the $550 reward. Only tip / suggestion for that is a way to validate that the prospective students have watched all the videos. This could be done by having a "secret code word" displayed randomly. Maybe not every segment, maybe not every day, but enough sprinkled throughout to have them watch.
paul wheaton wrote:... You gotta spell it out for me what the IT stuff would be. Software engineering? My philosophies on professionalism? ...
I forget which podcast it was in, but professionalism was already talked about, with the Wheaton professional scale.
Someplace where talked about the political podcast you had eluded there were a couple topics that are generally viewed as "controversial". Religion being one of them and another being something about the IT world, among a few others. Am assuming your IT thoughts would be a combination of software engineering and your vision of what the IT world should be like, with a little professionalism thrown in. Think you've eluded to some thoughts on software engineering in past podcasts, such as a two engineers working together boosts productivity as they share thoughts / best practices / different solutions / etc.
Unsure what else you would have to add to the topic. As I'm involved in IT am quite interested.
EDIT to add: Could also broach some topics that Martin Fowler talks about.
Yes, I "went" there... More to support the empire.
I, for one, do value your thoughts. Am hoping next paid podcast will be in the IT area (hint hint), pretty please with $25.00 on top?!
Here's an interesting story, about people and their thoughts.
I was in Cedar Rapids, IA, at a burger joint, for a burger of course. This was pre-2016 election primaries and I asked random people what good thoughts, about each of the main presidential candidates, they could give me. Had some interesting replies and made sure it stayed on the positive side, but this one lady shared your sentiments. She essentially said "I'm not qualified to give my opinions and thoughts". I lightly pressed and she did share her thoughts. I then thanked her profusely for sharing them and went on my way, happy in the knowledge she gave me.
I'm abnormal I know, but I think everyone's thoughts are valid, if shared in a respectable way between consenting adults.
Now a quote, for no obvious reason.
An entry in Munch’s diary, dated 22 January 1892, recorded the inspiration for The Scream: “I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun went down – I felt a gust of melancholy – suddenly the sky turned a bloody red. I stopped, leaned against the railing, tired to death – as the flaming skies hung like blood and sword over the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends went on – I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I felt a vast infinite scream through nature.”
~I paid, I paid, I paid! Not to listen to Paul's Drivel, but know he's hungry and it was time for me to feed the empire a little, or perform a religious sacrifice of sorts (money is saintly, right?)
I also ponied up the cashola's to see if could find anything, anything at all (other than Java), that I could truly DISLIKE about Paul.... I failed~
~When you reach 40 people who paid money for this, I would also like to vote for another "controversial" one on Software Engineering.
While there were juicy tidbits had expected more about politics, then realized this was recorded in 2013... ~
~Really did enjoy this podcast, wonderful topics
Since do have permission to talk about political things!~!~!~!~!~!~ (boy, could I say a lot)
~Really enjoy what Hippocrates supposedly said. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", which is where Permaculture is a perfect fit! It won't solve all ills but helps with a majority of them. What Americans currently have to deal with is truly a mess and thanks for keeping that part short'ish!
~Thanks Paul for a super podcast, was full of juicy bits and bobs that I think most everyone would agree with~
I hope not to digress so first will recommend getting a few other estimates and go look around at other tiny homes for design ideas, as others suggested. There are more and more tiny homes that I see advertised. A general contractor might be a good first step. They should be able to help you out, good ones at least.
Something that I've always been enamored by are dome homes. They come in smaller sizes and are very versatile if decide to change room layout around, etc., plus they are freakishly insulated, and perfect for a rocket mass heater. I forget which one I wanted to build when was looking around, but this is one of many manufacturers. http://www.naturalspacesdomes.com/
Another idea is to look at Mike Oehler's books for additional ideas to cut costs. I haven't read them but am sure can at least learn some terminology so builders you talk to won't snowball you. He did build a $50 house after all.
Searching out the local chamber of commerce could also be helpful in that you can get names of local builders, then interview them to see of your ideas line up with their ideas.
I'm in a predicament.... And hoping for an answer.
The question: Is there a point person to contact to get custom packages built / designed / implemented? Anyone to email or send cute Purpley Mooseages to? Or is it too early in the SEPPer program to do custom things? Or just send some earnest money to Paul@Richsoil.com and explain what I want / desire / need, and they'll give thumbs up / down?
My predicament lies in that I live in a land whale, aka RV, and my plan is to pass through Montana'ish around June'ish. Would like all the pleasures of the SEPPer program (laziness, one meal with crown duke, tours, etc) with a place to recharge my batteries, electrical and otherwise (i.e. solar panel or access to battery bank). Don't need any lodging though want to embrace laziness for a week or so in the fresh Montana air.
Sure, an RV is not really permaculturey, though it does have several grand benefits (FREEDOM).
I too have donated over 2 gallons of blood to the red cross, then got it rejected one time and haven't been back since..... I started donating during high school and continued a little afterwards, had fun doing it, and was very happy to help out At that time I wasn't overly concerned if they profited as Red Cross does some pretty decent outreach work..
After this I've had my blood tested quite a few times, such as during my motorcycle accident, and everything came up clean and fertile... Who woulda thunk. Nothing bad, nothing horrible, just normal blood.. O pos by the way.
While I haven't followed up with the Red Cross, I share the sentiments of Paul exactly in why do they make things so hard to do... Could fill out a form online, scan copy of doctor's blood results, or give them doctor's information, and submit. Not really all that hard, nor all that expensive.... And it's only one possible solution.
I enjoy backing your kickstarters, it's great to be a small part of the action.
Out of the list you made, and am not sure what your future plans are, really hope videos are made of everything you're doing, from soup to nuts and everything in between. So when thinking about making a podcast of "something X", think, "I should whip out the video camera now".
I, personally, would like to see all of those things on KickStarter's. Everything you will be accomplishing should be on there, to some degree, as more brains will be infected by the littlest of things. The smaller tasks could be included in the larger project as sort of a "bonus".
EX 1: Wofati construction KickStarter could include some bits about the bees and lemon trees.
EX 2: Returning the creek could be a feature presentation with strong highlights on food production, bringing back indigenous trees, and maybe helping people with cancer.
One thing might want to stay away from, unless want focus of the FEDS/FDA, is the word cure. Not that I care but some people really do.
Look forward to seeing the adaptation of this list as you move forward!
Not sure why as don't need another cast iron skillet, but just backed this project 10 minutes ago. Picked up a 12" classic one, with the smooth machined bottom, while in Oregon month or so ago. Went to a small town, that had a little "thrift store mall" type thing and it was sitting there calling my name..
Haven't had chance to use it yet but will soon, at least once before get the Finex.
John Polk wrote:Where would one find any lid that could be used with this pan?
Perhaps, later on he will see this need, and begin producing lids as well.
Farther down in the kickstarter he mentions plans for a lid.
Is a lid being planned?
Yes! A Finex skillet lid is being planned and we announce it sometime after the first of the year.
We are making absolutely SURE that we do a great job of supporting our backers on this skillet before we take on more projects!
However... we are excited about the lid as the Finex 8-sided design allows the lid to out-baste our competition with it’s almost air tight fit and it doesn’t have any air gaps where traditional pour spouts leak steam.
Since I know how much Paul enjoys real cast iron skillets, and keeping everything as local as possible, this person on KickStarter shares some of the same passions.
This Kickstarter project is gearing up to produce 12" skillets produced as local as possible in Portland, OR. The skillet comes with a redesigned outer edge, a stainless steel "spring" handle (to keep it cool), and a machined cooking surface so it's super, ultra flat and smooth, perfect for cooking bacon and eggs without all toxic gook.
Thanks Paul, Really liked idea of adding some type of manual, and now it's in the stretch goal.
Would there be a possibility of adding a shippable core as a reward?? Not sure what their ETA is for release. Just an idea as I have backed some projects where won't get the reward for a year after end of the kickstarter.
Have contacted them so cross our fingers to hear something back (C2C that is).
I would like to plug the idea of adding the ability to purchase RMH plans (Ernie and Erica's to the kickstarter, pending their approval). If sold a measly 200 6 inch plans, that would add $4,000 to the kickstarter, and you would e-mail to the backers, bypassing Scubbly fees. 75% of leftover would probably go to Ernie and Erica and am guessing you would keep the rest (similar to the $4.00 affiliate link idea).
The kickstarter fees are actually less than Scubly for purchasing the 6 inch plans. Scubbly charges $2.17 (according to all fees listed), while Kickstarter would charge between $1.60 and $2.00.
With stretch goals, since already over $50,000, could add intermediate goals at the $75K or $80K level as lower level candy (everyone likes candy). One idea would be to create a box set for people who purchase the 4 DVD's, instead of individual DVD's (understand?). Or could add an interview of some existing RMH owner/builders to show how they have adapted, tweaked, and enjoy their RMH installs. Also be ready to come up with more stretch goals at the $125 and $150K levels.
Keep going after publicity, maybe the radio again or see if other people can publicize it more. This should be nonstop for the last couple days, as that is when the amounts typically balloon up. Generally things happen hot and heavy in last 24 hours, at least in some of the ones I have backed.
One last edit.. Keep your eye on something greater than the $100K goal. Amazing things happen when reach for the stars.
paul wheaton wrote:My current cell phone is nearing the two year mark - so soon it will start to feign death. I am now thinking of exploring getting a phone that might end up being my primary video contraption.
My thought was exactly this.
Have a friend on the island who has a Galaxy S3 as a phone and it actually does a decent job at trying to stabilize the frame when taking a picture. Am assuming it works the same for video, meaning to try and stabilize the video. It also has many more features than your current phone. Don't know anything about the new BlackBerry phone.
Am sure some of those features are present in Android 4.x so other phones will probably have it.
I concur that any Apple products probably won't suit you. Infinitely difficult to do anything outside of their (Apple's) perceived notions of what you should want to do, or even be able to do. Will spend more time "fighting the man" instead of doing actual work. (my own two cents knowing you're an engineer).
At one point in time believe Paul had problems sending out the Daily'ish e-mail to many many people. Believe he was blacklisted from places and was given the tsk tsk tsk, should have known better attitude, when his e-mails were marked as spam/junk/trash/no good/whatever.
Sooo, I know someone who is developing an app to let consumers know (they subscribe to farm(s) and/or product(s)) when new item(s)are available at a specific farm stand.
The software is moving along fine, but the stumbling block they are having is finding a suitable e-mail service.
There are several companies providing a service where the company manages lists themselves and organizations create e-mails to send to the targeted lists. This won't do.
In this case the software actually needs to generate and send e-mails itself to the individuals. Is it simple as putting an address in the bottom (like the daily e-mail has now), or getting put on an exclusion list? The software could potentially generate several e-mails per person / per day depending on their subscriptions and how often notification should occur.
Paul, was just thinking about this, one of the more PG thoughts that went through my mind today.
After watching the video I would assume some people would actually want plans or something in order to put to use what they saw in the video. Until the shippable core is released (probably less than a year) to the masses, they would need some type of "guide".
So, as part of the kickstarter process, would it be possible to include Ernie and Erica's (subject to their blessing and approval of course) plans in one of the rewards, or as an add-on, probably at a slightly discounted "bundled" rate?
Doing this would help boost the numbers and most likely get more people actually DOING something, rather than watching four excellent DVD's. It would also give people all the information needed, and probably motivation, to actually follow through with what they learned.