Never trust a crowd funding campaign

I recently backed a campaign on Indiegogo, and well, there has been a delay. Big surprise right? It seems like the delay may be fairly short, but for me it is just another campaign that didn’t go as expected. You think I would have learned after the half-dozen I’ve previously backed.

This one looked pretty interesting, and was fairly inexpensive so I took the risk. It was for a drone racing game and I paid $118. I got in at the Super Early Bird level which was reserved for “the 100 earliest backers.” The estimated shipping date was August 15th and my backing is showing as order 84.

Along with the low price I choose to back because of the following details, which come directly from the campaign page;

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Out running…

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My ongoing Bitcoin experiment

Calling it an “experiment” probably makes it sound grander than it actually it…but I have been experimenting with Bitcoin.

Sometime around mid-2014 (I think) I started paying closer attention to Bitcoin. By that I mean reading articles I stumbled upon while browsing the web. Then in early-2015 I started reading everything I could, and also tracking the daily value of Bitcoin using IFTTT.

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Raspberry Pi 3 over VNC

Geeky fun…today I setup my Raspberry Pi 3 so I could control it through my Mac.

I previously installed Raspbian on the Pi 3 and also had the WiFi setup so it would connect to my home network.

Today I plugged the Pi 3 in to the wall (powering it up) and then, SSH’d to the Pi 3 using Terminal on my Mac. I used SSH to install a VNC client on the Pi 3 and get that configured. Once that was done I installed the VNC Viewer app on my Mac and I can now play with the Pi 3 without needing another keyboard, mouse or monitor.

Overall pretty simple, but still geeky fun.


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Android Basics with Udacity, Lesson 2 Complete!

Android Basics Nanodegree by Google — Lesson 2 complete!


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I joined It Works!

I have recently joined it Works! as a distributor. This company uses a multi-level marketing business structure which often means that people have a strong opinion one way or another. People seem to either love it or hate it. Me personally, I love the potential here.


I also believe the system can work. Well, I guess that much is obvious given I have already signed up as a distributor. But while I am confident the system works, I will admit I am a little skeptical I can make the system work. I say that because if I fail here I think it would be due to a failure on my part, not on the company part.

Anyway, my reasons for joining are simple — I want to have some fun while building something long term. And why not build something that I can earn some money from. The other reasons why I joined and why I trust It Works! are as follows — I recently watched some friends join, some well respected friends that I fully trust. Oh, and I also like and use some of the products offered by It Works!.

If you are curious, about the products, or about the opportunity, you can find more information here:

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Current Lineup: February 2016

Nexus 5X on Project Fi, Nexus 9 LTE on Project Fi, Asus ZenWatch 2, HTC Re, Fitbit One, Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Pal, Evernote Moleskine, and Retro 51 Tornado

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