SA Pacific Custom Keycaps On Kickstarter

  • January 14, 2021
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Looking for custom keycaps? There is a new and exciting Kickstarter by Joel Collins of SA Pacific that may have the product for you. The product is custom key caps suitable for any mechanical style keyboards, (like corsair, razer, etc.). If you are like me you think of computer keyboards as a tool, a means to an end. Custom key caps are not something that I usally think about. I have owned a “customized” keyboard in the past, but it was customized by the manufaturer, not by me. SA Pacific has made me think of computer keyboards in a whole new way. The company featured on Kickstarter allows you to fully customize your keyboard in a pleasing Lockheed Martin inspired color pallete. Boring keyboards will be a thing of the past with this new custom computer keycap set by Joel Collins of SA Pacific.

In order for this project to get funded they need to have more backers in the next few days.

Support Kickstarter Here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ireakhavok/sa-pacific-custom-keycaps-inspired-by-lockheed-martin 

The Keyboard Profile

The keycap set is said to be “soothing, electrifying, and comforting, all at once.” I’d encourage you to at least watch the intro video about the campaign it explains a lot. There is passion behind this campaign. The blue color pallete is inspired by Lockheed Martin. Why Lockheed Martin you ask? Mr. Collins is a Computer Scientist, Physicist, Chemist, and mathematician. Currently, he’s working as a Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin. He has partnered with Signature plastics, Space Cables, and Specter Custom Mousepads to complete this Kickstarter. Signature plastics is well known in the custom keyboard community and has a great reputation. The line of products doesn’t just stop at keyboards, you will be able to purchase a custom cable and desk mat which will be color coordinated. “These two add-on extras will be available as part of the add-on beta program. The Custom cable will feature a USB-c, chrome plated, detachable, and color coordinated mesh sleeve that will help to accent the keycaps set. The large mousepad will be XXL (35″x15″) and 3mm thick. The add-on versions of these items will be 10-15% cheaper than the stand-alone rewards for those items.” In a world where everyone owns and wears the same thing in order to stand out from anyone backing gigs on Kickstarter is a great way to get something you won’t find anywhere else. It will inspire your work for years to come.

Keyboard On Table

This is not just any generic keycap set. The base product features 104-keys, SA profile (1-1-2-3-4-3). It’s made of thick plastic, quality you can feel as you type. The plastic is highly sculpted to further improve the typing experience. For a limited time on Kickstart get the exclusive Pantone coated plastic keys. Once the $15,000 project goal has been reached an exciting add-on kit will be unlocked for $1. This bonus key cap kit will feature 21 Lockheed Martin specific legends (See Picture Below).

Custom Keys

Then, if that wasn’t enough, once the $17,000 threshold goal is reached a $55 add-on for custom cable package will be posted. “This custom cable will be a custom Cerakote color combination, with Dark blue base color, Pacific blue mesh, chrome aviator plug, Coiled, USB-C, 1.5m in length.” But wait there’s more! 🙂 if/when this Kickstarter reaches the $19,000 threshold there is another bonus that will be unlocked. You will be able to purchase a XXL desk mat for $45. These 35×15, 3mm thick desk mats will feature a custom design. There’s even more! At the $20,000 level another colorway version of the Keycap artisans and keycaps will be available as add-on.

Kickstarter Levels Of Support

First level of support is $10 or above. Support at this level just because you believe in the idea and want to help Collins out. The next level of backing is $50, this gets you a thank you note and a XXL watercolor deskmat. $65 gets you a custom space cable and thank you card. Pledge $110 and that gets you a custom XXL mat and custom space cable. Pledge $184 or more and that gets you the keycap set custom version and dark version. These items will ship anywhere in the world. No matter where you are backing from he will ship to you.

Conclusion

I’ve actually been in the market for a new keyboard. I might have to snag one of these custom cool Lockheed Martin inspired keyboard cap sets. Even if you don’t know much about Lockheed Martin these keys are very pleasant to look at from just an aesthetics point of view. Since we are spending more time than ever behind a computer and a screen during the pandemic why not make the entire experience as satisfying as possible. Consider supporting SA Pacific and Joel Collins today on Kickstarter. Who knows may you might write your next novel on his set of keys.

Jazz Meets Electronic Music Mark de Clive-Lowe On Patreon

  • December 11, 2020
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As I mentioned last week in a Cash Sherpa post the one thing I miss the most during this pandemic is live music. In my city just a few weeks ago they shut down bars and restaurants again, and music venues… well music venues haven’t been open for almost a year now. If you are like me and want great music to continue and not devolve into soulless baby shark songs everywhere consider supporting musicans you care about now. There is another interesting artist doing great things listed on Patreon that I’d like to bring to my audiences attention. His name is Mark de Clive-Lowe and Mark creates jazz-meets-electronic genre music heavily incorporating music technology (ableton, native instruments maschine) in his process.

Mark de Clive-Lowe started his Patreon after everything got shut down due to the pandemic. He has been a touring artist for 20 years non stop up until this point. Mark needed to do something, he thought, “since i’m not able to go anywhere, I needed to find an outlet for my creativity.” Patreon seemed like the obvious choice, since it allows artists to produce what they enjoy creating and income to facilitate this process. It is as close as a win-win business model that I’ve ever seen on the Internet, the secret is that it’s self sustaining. Seth Godin talks about art being “a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.” The issue with art only being a “generous act” not paired eventually with some sort of income is it will eventually lead to not enough money in the bank. What happens when there isn’t enough money? Well, you start focusing more on the bills and less on the art. So that’s why I think Patreon is so powerful as a platform. We can have that “generous act” of creating art, but also be supported by a community of fans.

Consider supporting unique artists like Mark de Clive-Lowe on Patreon today visit:

https://www.patreon.com/MdCL

Mark de Clive-Lowe Patreon

Mark says the best thing about Patreon has been “the feeling of community on it – it’s been really special to get it going. even just our monthly community zoom sessions, everyone shares music they’re loving at the moment and we listen together and chat about it. That kind of thing has been building the community vibe there a lot. We just started community creative collaborations too – inviting members to collab with me and each other regardless of skill level or experience.”

Not only you’ll be able to listen to Mark’s newly created tracks you’ll also get a front row seat to his creative process. You’ll get access to a community on Patreon that likes and supports great music. The Patreon community will get new exclusive music every month as well as access to his extensive archive. The archive includes tracks, monthly livestream performances, community zoom chats and behind the scenes livestreams breaking down different projects, tracks and collaborations. For the music-makers, there’s in-studio zoom sessions, video lessons, multitrack stems, sample packs, and more. Mark’s Patreon page also just started community creative collaborations through his Discord server that’s open to everyone. There’s an exclusive Patreon-only vinyl, private access to works-in-progess and monthly mentoring/lessons available too.

What Benefits You’ll Get:

As a Patreon supporter at the $3 get access to the vault archive. Invitation to Community Collaborations. Invitation to Discover Server. Bonus content and first listens. $10 per month gets you the Vault+ exclusive new music monthly, livestream live set, and monthly community Zoom chat. $25 per month (Top Level) gets you the Vault+ Front Row+ which includes monthly studio sessions, behind the sceens livestream, access to WAV remix stems for selected releases, bonus video lessons, and access to sample pack downloads.

Preview Before Supporting

Everything is sounding good to me from a Patreon standpoint, but what about the actual music? Luckily for you Mark de Clive-Lowe has a YouTube page where he is a featured artist. Check out the YouTube “With Love From LA” page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTedQZJLPY “With Love From LA presents this month’s feature artist – jazz-meets-electronica artist Mark de Clive-Lowe. Today he joins us from his home studio with a special WLFLA set.” If there is one thing that stands out to me is the creativity is taken to the next level. “I’ve always been an advocate of integrating technology with music.” He has every piece of DJ equipment, keyboards, software, live drummer, lights, it has to be experienced in video form to appreciate the scale of the production Mark is putting on.  This is not a Mark de Clive-Lowe exclusive YouTube page so you will need to sign up for Patreon in order to continue watching content such as this. Mark started piano when he was 4 and his experience shows. He grew up aspiring to be a jazz musician and fell in love with hip hop and electronic music along the way.

Conclusion

Do you want to continue seeing and hearing great live music? Support artists like Mark de Clive-Lowe on Patreon so it’s still around after the pandemic is over. Become a fan and support Mark’s Patreon today.

Still Not Convinced?

Here are some quotes from the press about Mark de Clive-Lowe’s work…

– “as genuine as breathing… suffused with a rich, warm sound that embraces us from the first note to the last and focuses on the path more than the destination.” – All About Jazz

– “Way before jazz hybridity became a worldwide phenomenon, de Clive-Lowe was busy designing its blueprint.” – Jazziz

“a beautiful marriage of hip-hop, traditional Japanese music, and Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, all with some electronic music flourishes. This is some insanely good stuff that has reverence for all the music that it references.” – Raw Select Music

– “an underground phenom…” – Okayplayer

Singer Songwriter Musician Jordan Ravenhill On Patreon

  • November 30, 2020
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During the pandemic the one thing that I’m missing the most is seeing live music in my city. This used to be one of my favorite things to do before Covid-19 hit and now it’s almost completely gone away. This has got me thinking will these venues and musicians still be around when everything goes back to normal? There is one thing you can do right now when contemplating this thought. Support singers, songwriters, and musicians online or in anyway you can. There is one musician that I’d like to bring to the attention of my readers named Jordan Ravenhill. Ravenhill set up a Patreon and if your like me and missing live music you’ll be glad to hear he regulary has Livestreams through his Patreon.

Lets not leave things to chance, get active now, Patreon is a good start. If you don’t support Jordan Ravenhill’s Patreon page find the artist you do like and support their music.

You can find Ravenhill at:

https://www.patreon.com/JordanRavenhill

I like to support people on Patreon myself. I bought a face mask from an unrealted site for music venues called SaveOurStages.com. “The mission of NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live event venues and promoters.” This is an example of doing anything you can to support music in one’s city.

Jordan Ravenhill

Jordan Ravenhill is a 24 year old full time singer, songwriter, and musician. Support him on Patreon today and you’ll get access to live streams, behind the scenes content, video education, and early access to things like tickets. Check out Jordan perform Loop Pedal Cover of “I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran below:

This is what the world needs right now! More live music like this! Right now Ravenhill has about 20 videos on his YouTube page and almost 200 subscribers.

Support Levels

There are 3 support levels on the Pareon page. Become a Patron first at the $3 level, next $13, then $39. $3 gets you live streams and a custom sticker. $13 gets you live streams, behind-the-scenes content, video turtorials, lessons, and a custom sticker. $39 gets you live streams, behind-the-scenes content, early access to updates, tickets, releases, and a custom sticker. If you are already a member of Patreon it’s really easy to add Jordan to your monthly giving mix. Just search JordanRavenhill and click on the level of support.

Conclusion

Sometimes I think Patreon gets a bad wrap by some people that don’t understand its true purpose. They think it’s like the Internet version of panhandling. Since the creation of the Internet we were trained to think that everything should be free and that information is a commodity. What people produce (Human capital) should be valued at nearly $0.00 and really should be free if possible they said. Lets see… what happened? Well one example is the news. Have you visited a popular “news” site lately? It’s like an episode of Jerry Springer from the mid 1990s. Playing on emotion for readership, to cut through the noise, competing for attention. Patreon allows people to create… create art, whatever, even if what they produce doesn’t naturally cut through the noise. Even if what they produce doesn’t do well with the “engagement algorythm.” It allows people like Jordan Ravenhill to pursue his passion while making a steady monthly income from his true fans. During the Classical Era musicians worked under what is known as the patronage system. “Musicians and/or composers would as servants to powerful noblemen (https://westerncivguides.umwblogs.org/).” Not everything is a commodity, human capital does cost something, not everything should be free unless all you want to hear on the radio is Baby Shark Tooth songs. We have to support the things we love. For me, it’s live music, for you it might be something different. If we don’t support the things we care about they might not stick around. Clearly if there is one thing this pandemic has taught us is that society can not be taken for granted. What seems solid is not. We, us, create the society we want to live in.

SpotMyDot Quantum AI To Combat Skin Cancer On Indiegogo

  • October 14, 2020
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Skin Cancer is one of those things I worry about everytime I go to the beach. Then you hear from people on the Internet that we should be sun gazing daily and that sunscreen is bad due to harsh chemicals. It’s difficult to know who or what to believe. Is the prevention of getting skin cancer ie not going out in the sun, wearing sunscreen, etc. worse that actually getting daily direct sun? What about global warming? What about the ozone layer? Lets say you took a preventative course of action how would you know that your decision was working, that you in fact were preventing skin cancer? There is no objectivity, that is until now. Introducing SpotMyDot by QML HEALTHTECH AB of Stockholm. The SpotMyDot Quantum AI App aims to combat skin cancer and it’s now on Indiegogo.

SpotMyDot Quantum AI on Indiegogo uses AI to assist finding skin cancer that might be missed normally. It’s the first AI apporach to regulary checking one’s body for skin cancer. SpotMyDot will eventually lower costs for governments, insurance companies, and for patients. They have a future vision of no skin cancer deaths, that is their stated long term goal. The entire AI system will run on one convenient, affordable, mobile app.

SpotMyDot AI

Check out and support the Indiegogo SpotMyDot Campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spotmydot-quantum-ai-to-combat-skin-cancer/coming_soon

Or visit their web site:

https://spotmydot.com/

Follow on social media:

Social media accounts:

https://twitter.com/spotmydotai/
https://www.facebook.com/Spotmydot-103808628171167/
https://www.instagram.com/spotmydotai/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDQAAF2JoMKc86Q7ETKqgMg

Not only can you support the company by visiting Indiegogo you can also become a beta tester. Some of the perks include paid partnerships, collaboration, personalized mugs and stickers, hall of fame, and more.

With the SpotMyDot AI you will be able to detect and diagnose skin cancer and precancerous lesions in real time says the company. The benefit is no more guessing. No more worrying. Lets say you are a surfer, you can see in real time if your daily surfing habit is contributing to skin cancer risk. It might sound scary at first, but I think this actually adds peace of mind because you’ll know exactly what’s happening with your body. If SpotMyDot does detect something it will automatically scedule an appointment with a real doctor. You will be able to detect possible skin cancer very early in the process.

SpotMyDot Demo

Conclusion

Will SpotMyDot acheive “Vision Zero” where no one in the future will die from skin cancer? The answer to this question is still unclear, but it will start with supporters like to possibly achieve this goal. Go to Indiegogo and first watch the video, sign up for their newsletter, share on social media, etc. If this is truely something you belive in lets help get SpotMyDot off the ground today. This could be technology that really makes a difference.

The Horrific Crash That Formed The Fallen Heroes Foundation

  • October 6, 2020
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Everyone has those seemingly negative moments in life that lead them down a path they would never expect. One of the goals in everyone’s life should be to transmute trauma into something positive. The following is a true story about a man named Ed Mackey who turned a traumatic event on August 6th, 2017 into something very remarkable. Once you read and understand what he and his non profit is all about please consider giving to the cause at https://fallenheroesfoundation.org. From $1.00 to $1000 anything is appreciated.

The non profit’s goal is to help the families of volunteer fire fighters killed in the line of duty. You might be thinking firefighters have death benefits already so why do I need to help? That’s actually not true for Volunteer Firefighters. The fact that Volunteer Firefighters don’t have these benefits is insane when you stop to think about it. The job is just as dangerous as career firefighters yet if a Volunter Firefighter dies nothing goes to the family. That’s why this charity exists, the Fallen Heroes Foundation helps families get back on their feet if the most unfortunate event does occur.

The following is how it all started…

“On August 6th, 2017, my family and I were involved in a horrific auto accident on Interstate 81 in Bristol, TN at 9:30 pm. We were traveling to visit our son attending Marion Military Institute in Alabama.  That evening, a dump truck that had his bed up ran into a bridge and separated from the chassis. It fell in front of us and we hit is at 72 MPH. I suffered a fractured skull,  2 broken vertebrae, a broken wrist, lacerated spleen, concussion, minor brain bleed, a traumatic brain injury and other bruises/cuts. I now have a plate with 4 screws in my neck. I was the front passenger and I don’t remember the incident or the 1st 10 days post accident. I was in ICU and ended up in a nursing home. The worst part of my rehab was I had double vision for 7 months, major trouble talking and had to learn how to walk again. My family also experienced very serious injuries including our 16 year old daughter who now has 2 bars and 10 screws in her back.

Car Crash 2

In the 10 days of memory lapse, I can only recall 2 images. One of them was the fire department that saved us was lined around my bed in the ICU. The Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department near Bristol, TN are my brothers/sisters and heroes. You see, when they found out I was a volunteer firefighter with the Milton Fire Department in NY, they came to the hospital to check on my family and myself. I love these men and women! They will be in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

There’s more!

You see, I couldn’t work for 7 months let alone walk! My home house, the Milton Fire Department will be forever in our family. Because of me not working, they paid our mortgage for 5 MONTHS! It’s over 2 years and I’m still at a loss for words for this department of angels.

Fast forward to today!

I’ve started a foundation called the Fallen Heroes Foundation. We are a new not for profit organization! Our mission is to help the families of fallen firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Volunteer firefighters volunteer more than their time. It impacts their family, their jobs and sometimes, their lives. As volunteers, their families sometimes are not afforded the benefits others do. These heroes also have full time jobs. I remember not having any income coming in because of my injuries. For the families of fallen volunteer firefighters, it is SO much worse.

Car Crash

I firmly believe that when the accident happened, God tapped me on the shoulder and said: “Mackey, you still have some work to do!”

So I am!

The money we raise will be for the families of the fallen volunteers killed in the line of duty across the United States. Just as my department helped with our mortgage, we are going to do just the same! When we receive a line of duty death, we will be immediately on a plane/train or in the car responding to that family. They will start receiving your generous donation that day! Our immediate goal is to help the family for a year while they try to move on without their loved one! Our ultimate goal, to pay the mortgage of each and every family!

Please spread the word. Tell everyone you know to visit this page and donate. Share it with EVERYONE you know.  We want to start by January 2021. By helping us, you become part of our special family! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Please help us to help others!”

Conclusion

Sometimes bad events can push us forward in life creating something even more positive than before. Sometimes when we are at our lowest we can more easily see the goodness in other people. Mackey saw the goodness in other people and now wants to give back. Mackey has used the car crash as a catalist to now give to the Firefighters that helped him through his crisis. With the holidays coming up consider supporting the Fallen Heroes Foundation today at https://fallenheroesfoundation.org.

First Green 100W GaN Italian Style Power Adapter On Indiegogo

  • June 23, 2020
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Are you tired of those boring power adapters you see everywhere? Introducing Edge a innovative reinterpretation of the classic universal power adapter. The Italian designed Edge was made to be seen, immediately one can see it’s different than other products out there. Edge needs your support on Indiegogo and is estimated to ship December 2020.

El3mentz was founded in 2019 and is the company behind Edge. Edge is the Lamborghini of the power adapter world. It’s one of the world’s first Italian designed power adapters and they need your support on Indiegogo today.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-cover-edge#/

The Edge Adapter

I think sometimes we think of everything as a commodity. Meaning when we go shop on Amazon we forget about the companies behind the product, the design, the thought and effort put into someone. We think of one power cord being the same as another. Or even now with information we view as a commodity, information on Twitter is the same as information published in the New York Times. The classic definition of a commodity is “a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.” There is no difference from one to another, coffee is coffee for example. We need to get away from this thinking and really look at the intentions of the companies we buy from. The Italian designed Edge is different, the intention and mission behind Edge is different.

What is Edge?

– Edge is eco sustainable in that the cover and interior case are made of recycled plastic.

– Edge is powerful using the latest GaN technology. Edge is able to recognize the amound of energy needed to the device it’s connected to saving energy.

– The product is durable using durable materials. For example cords are made of fiber cloth.

– This is one of the features I like the most. Lets say Apple decides to change the style of cord needed to power your phone (As they like to do). All you need to do to keep the power party going is purchase a new cord. Edge has been equipped with detachable and exchangeable cords to give it better resistance and to last longer. Cords that are already available include USB-C, Micro USB, Microsoft Surface, Apple Magsafe, Apple Magsafe 2, Apple Lightning, Lenovo, Dell, and HP. Also, if you get tired of the device color you can purchase new case designs.

Power Cords

– Edge features modular design meaning whatever the device, you can get power to it.

Edge aims to be functional, sustainable, fashionable, and not something you simply buy and will soon throw away.

Any Rewards?

Yes, there are many rewards tiers starting with the $73 level. $73 gives you 1 early bird Edge product. The rewards go all the way up to $243 and that will get you 3 units at 27% off.

Conclusion

Edge is ready to go, their trusted supplier is about to begin production. The goal of the campaign is about $17,000 and they have 41 backers thus far. Even with 41 backers they are less than 50% there. Please consider supporting their Indiegogo campaign today and help make this campaign and new company a success.

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