Julia Winter wrote:So, the new rocket stove that Ernie is lighting - where is that?
You can get this video if you sign up for my patreon account for $1. https://www.patreon.com/paulwheaton
Ellie Strand wrote:I have a neuro-immune disease that results in brain fog when I am fatigued. I tried to figure out how to gift a copy to my brother, but going to the patreon account left me really confused. So I went to PayPal and purchased it for $1, but then couldn't find the gift button someone mentioned. I tried to download the video and send it as a gmail attachment, but ended up on another forum page from a year ago.
Really sorry I messed up. It IS me and my brain, obviously not your doing as many other folks are having fun with this.
Al, lots of good stuff. As to kickstarter content: that was made available at the $1 level. And was provided to the kickstarter supporters over two years ago. The people at the $1 level got a lot of other candy too. Next up came the whole thing about how there are some huge an important points in that video that were sorely missing in the general public. Further still was the stuff in the microdoc where the supporter names are shown. Those are the people that supported the kickstarter at $10 and higher. I thought it would be good to get those lovely names into more eyeballs - especially since a lot of those were mighty clever.
Further, I am pissed that the world has not jumped on rocket mass heaters 50 times more than it currently has. So I think "what's the hold up?" As I ponder and scratch my chin, I think a big part of the hold up is misinformation, combined with a lack of information on some key pieces. So I think that it is possible that making this video public could turn out to play a critical role in this angle.
Next comes the angle of patreon stuff. I kinda didn't think a lot of patreon when folks convinced me to sign up. But in the last couple of months, it became clear that patreon solves some problems in getting content out there. In a few places I made it clear that I was releasing this in the hopes of getting more patreon support. The result was one more supporter at $1. Not a big win. But, as I'm sure you know, my philosophy in this space is "try 100 things. 2 will work out, but you never know in advance which 2."
So, yeah, not a slam dunk. But I did weigh it a long time. In the end, I made the decision to put it out there. It is a roll of the dice on whether it was a smart move. I suppose we will find out in a few years whether it was smart or not. I suspect that if you were in my shoes, you would have done the exact same thing.