Musician Evan Ballard’s New Album On Patreon

  • March 11, 2021
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Musician Evan Ballard is creating a new album and needs your help on Patreon in order to see his project through. If there is one group of people that have suffered the most during the Covid lockdowns it’s musicians. Evan Ballard is not only a musician, but also a father and husband. In addition to dealing with all issues of 2020 and continuing into 2021, taking care of his family, he is also dealing with bipolar disorder. Ballard has been creating music all the way back to his teenage years, but due to bipolar disorder has been unable to distribute a music release. Fast forward to today and now there is a platform called Patreon! With your Patronage we can help Ballard get to the $5,000 per month suggested support level.

Consider Supporting Evan Ballard On Patreon Today:

https://www.patreon.com/HBallard?fan_landing=true

Sometimes in life we aren’t consistent and that costs us. With the current state of Internet affairs I’m afraid the algorythm Gods highly favor consistency. That’s why Patreon is so important as a platform leading the way into the future as a sustainable business model. People with issues, like mental illness, that prevent them from being 100% consistent can count on the monthly support from Patreon. When the $5,000 per month goal is reached Ballard’s plan is to cover costs on his very first solo album. Those that join Ballard on this journey will be able to get updates on his progress, some undisclosed goodies, and a free album once it’s released.

Many Patreon pages include a lot of free content, but Ballard’s page is pretty much locked. Meaning you will have to pledge your support to his page at the $5/month level to unlock the content.

Progress So Far

Surprisingly Evan Ballard is already working on his 7th song. That was back at the end of Feb. so it might be more now. To find out if you like Evan’s music or not go to his page and scroll down to the Jan. 10th post titled ‘Shotgun’ that’s a streaming audio post open to the public.

What Are The Rewards?

There is one level of support and that is the $5 level. With $5 per month you will get one raw recording per month. This recording may or may not be on the final album. Right now at the time of this writing he has the support of 11 Patrons. That’s a great start!

Conclusion

I’ve said this countless times on my blog, we need to support the thing we value in culture. The support doesn’t always have to be financial, we could follow and like their content. If you really want to see the proliferation of artists you need to support them on platforms such as Patreon. You could also buy their complete album, buy their merch, or go to their concerts. Whatever you do make it known! If you like something make it known to your community that you value it. Consider supporting Ballard and the other artists I’ve featured on this blog in the past.

Support Talk of the Town Nola (WTOT New Orleans) On Patreon

  • March 6, 2021
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Talk Of The Town if you don’t already know is a media movement based in New Orleans Louisiana. The mission of the media network created out of concern for the future of New Orleans is to bring a voice to those that don’t have one. The impact of canceling Mardi Gras and Carnival alone means the loss of about 1 billion dollars for the economy according to MarketPlace.org. It looks like the economy of New Orlenas won’t recover until next year at the earliest. If this project is supported on Patreon Talk Of The Town will move from just Louisiana to other cities. Also, the organization will scale up to the Bitcaster Network thus reaching more people this way. Talk of the Town Nola (WTOT New Orleans) is on Patreon and needs your support!

Support Talk Of The Town On Patreon Today:

https://www.patreon.com/Talkofthetownnola

Talk Of The Town was started by Philip Begnaud, with the help of Oliver Stokes, also known as DJ Black n Mild(google). This idea began when he was working as the program director of a talk radio station in New Orleans. Oliver died of Covid when the pandemic began so everyone involved has been driven to see this project expand. The current iteration of the organization can be found on Bounce 24/7 on TuneIn, Night Time Fire, www.talkofthetownnola.com with 80’s Babies, and Donald Harrison’s Jazz Collective coming soon. The goal is to transform this project into a terrestrial radio platform by the end of 2021.

NOLA Talk Of The Town

“I felt it was time for a communication platform that is truly for the people. Where honest conversation and commentary surrounds current events, issues, politics, and trending topics relatives to locals and those who love the city of New Orleans. We are trying to build a communication engine that is as true of platform as media can be. We need help.”

Wouldn’t that be refreshing? Honest conversation surrounding current events and other important topics. Sometimes I feel when information is too market driver the message can get skew to a certain degree. The art of conversation is something that I think have made Podcasts extremely popular. May be we need more small radio shows like Talk Of The Town.

How It’s Going To Be Done

It’s really interesting actually how they plan to set up this radio station. The goal is to build a terrestrial radio station (This is difficult). To do this cost effectively they will set up small transmitters that will cover about 2 miles, the more they get the better. This has been done with success in San Francisco, California.

What’s The Goal?

The Patreon goal right now to get things started is $5000/month. There are several membership levels to choose from each with their special reward. At the $10 per month level get thesatisfaction of helping the team with their mission. At the $40 per month level submit a 30 second commercial and they will air it daily. At the $80/month level you can submit a 60 second commercial or announcement that will air daily. At the $100 per month level if you create a show they will air it. Finally at the $300 per month level you will sponsor the team and their purchase of transmitters. These are some really cool promotions especially if you are a small business in New Orleans. It’s a no brainer to take advantage of these offers!

Conclusion

Talk Of The Town is just at the beginning stages of their Patreon and need your help now to make this campaign a success. Please consider donating to their Patreon to help the community of New Orleans and possible expanding to a city new you.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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