The MindSponge Kickstarter

Hey, folks. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I love learning about weird facts about all kinds of subjects. So when MindSponge was brought to my attention, it really piqued my interest. Donovan looks into questions that most people don’t think about. I didn’t know why tennis balls are fuzzy until I watched his first video. Or how LEGOs can be applied to advanced mathematics, for that matter. Though the channel doesn’t have many entries at the moment – it was just started a month ago – there are plans to have short fun-fact videos every Friday, and longer videos on Wednesdays. Donovan already has 140 questions in the works, but community feedback would be much appreciated.

Here’s the thing, though. Asking people weird questions might sound easy, but translating it into a web series certainly isn’t. Especially when you’re doing it all on your own. I’m not much of a filmmaker, but I do know that production costs can get ridiculously high. Filming on location, transportation, finding and conducting interviews with experts, hours of editing…there’s a lot that goes into making quality videos. There’s only so much you can do alone before the logistics catch up with you. That’s why Donovan has started the MindSponge Kickstarter. Getting some better equipment and hiring a crew is vital in getting the series further developed. The project will continue either way, but having extra support would be immensely useful for the production. So if you’re interested, give the channel and the Kickstarter a look. You might learn something new.

Stay curious.

Soundtrack Saturdays: World Of Goo – Regurgitation Pumping Station

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Back in 2008, the Nintendo Wii was riding high with its mainstream popularity. However, its online library still left much to be desired; there just weren’t enough great games in its Virtual Console catalog to go around. Hardcore gamers were left wondering whether Nintendo would give its fans something worth downloading…

Like World of Goo.

The premise was simple: use a bunch of sticky goo balls to create complex structures, get over obstacles and chasms, and reach the drainage pipe on the other side of the level. The physics involved are still some of the most accurate and demanding in video gaming. It’s regarded as one of the greatest indie titles of the previous generation. The superb soundtrack definitely played a factor; the entire playlist was composed by Kyle Gabler, who also designed, wrote, and illustrated the game.

If you want more gooey greatness, you can find the OST either on YouTube or free-to-download on Mr. Gabler’s site.

Good gaming, good music.