Best of Kickstarter, 11/14

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.


“Plaster of Paradise”: One of my all-time favorite books, “I’m With the Band,” a groupie memoir authored by the legendary Pamela Desbarres, contains frequent mention of Cynthia Plaster-Caster. Cynthia, a fellow groupie, infamously cast rock stars’ private parts in plaster to be immortalized for all time. Now, she’s taken to Kickstarter to fund her memoir. The only bummer is that book stores will have to close forever after this thing hits shelves, because no book will ever be as awesome.


DNA Molecule Plush Doll: Give your geeky third grader a leg-up on future chemistry classes with these funky DNA molecule plushie dolls. Cutest of all, the dolls magnetically attach to each other wherever there’s a natural hydrogen bond.

The Lightning Foundry: An organization of self-described “lightning enthusiasts” wants to build two ten-story Tesla coil towers within the area of a football field in order to reproduce discharge effects previously only found in nature. Why that’s important to do I can’t really say, but it would sure be nifty to see (and they promise public demonstrations).


Living Little: According to directors Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, the average home size in America has nearly doubled in the last forty years. Their film, TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL, documents the “tiny house movement,” which, as you might have guessed, consists of people living happily in extraordinarily small spaces.


Soul Food 2 Go: Southern chef Derreck Williams wants to package his scrumptious, locally-farmed soul food concoctions and deliver them to throughout Minneapolis area to inspire interest in the grow-your-own movement. Macaroni and cheese (a prominent feature of his proposal) inspires my interest in just about anything, so I’m pretty sure he’ll be successful.