The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter launched yesterday, has already exceeded its goal

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Yeah this probably isn’t squarely within the MB wheelhouse (square wheel? whaaaa?) but…a Veronica Mars movie? Sign me up! I mean, if I had spare cash and was more of a joiner.

I’m a sucker for reunions so the video below featuring the original cast has me really jazzed about a return to Neptune. Apparently I’m not alone because the Kickstarter for this thing beat its $2.5 million goal in LESS THAN 12 HOURS. Nerds! But can you blame them? A movie would finally answer all those nagging questions from season three, like why was season three so awful? Will Logan and Veronica ever get together (again), or will Logan get murdered by the Russian mob? Who the fuck is Piz and was his character introduced to punish us? And what fiendish prankster replaced Weevil’s steroids with pure cooking lard?

Make sure you peep the vid at the Kickstarter page. Yeah, I just said ‘peep the vid’.

Indie Alert – Very Near Mint #3

f235c0ff0d0222d3e58ed248a93167dd_large-1Great News!  My favorite, newly discovered indie comic, Justin Peterson’s Very Near Mint, has a third issue on the way and you can help fund it over on Kickstarter right now! There are a whole slew of cool rewards for the various levels of funding, including a number of stretch goals, two of which have already been reached (trading cards & an 18 X 24 poster). If you want to see what I’m so ecstatic about, pick up the first two issues here and get caught up already. If you’re totally over the whole analog comics thing you can buy them digital download and start reading this very moment. What’s stopping you? Instant gratification is like three clicks away.3fb66ffd8e9f8b4cde779ca60c0d266c_large-1

**UPDATED** What Do You Think about OUYA?

OUYA Kickstarter page

A $99 Android based, hackable video game console.  Is this the future of gaming or is this the next OnLive?  The goal is admirable: to disrupt home console gaming, which let’s face it,  could probably use it.  But, is this just mobile apps blown up for the TV? It initially seems that way but it also seems ridiculous to limit what this device could be to what it will be initially.

Ultimately, this feels like it will be successful.  It’s already beaten it’s funding goal on KickStarter.  The desire to merge the app game creation space with what is still the center of the living room in the television is a tremendous opportunity and with such a low barrier to entry; how could this not take off?  I could see it moving in a similar fashion to the Xbox Kinect hacker movement, but even more so with a $99 price point as the entry.

Speaking of removing barriers to entry, the OUYA has even fewer than just the low price.  Every console is a dev kit! No licenses. No SDKs.  For programmers & developers who have Android experience, they can jump right in.

The interface (shown in the intro video on the Kickstarter page which WordPress will not  let me embed for some reason) looks like a cross between an AppleTV and Netflix, though maybe to you it looks like Roku or Boxee.  It’s tiles that flip around! Everyone uses flippy tiles!

The specs:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android 4.0

So, what do you think? Answer the poll or leave comments!  Maybe this is the future; instead of consoles and cable boxes we just collect sub-$100 set top boxes, stack ’em all up and use which one is applicable to our interest at that moment.

**07/11/2012 Update: Kotaku chimes in to throw a little bit of cold water on OUYA, arguing that “History is littered with the corpses of failed game consoles“. Definitely an interesting read and worth considering.