Wow, we knew they did staff picks, but it didn’t seem likely that we’d manage to reach that level.

But we have!  We got email today notifying us, and we show up on the staff picks page.

So send all your friends over to our Kickstarter page to support us!  I really want to do the video of the concert, and we need to hit Tier 3 for that to happen.

Cats Laughing reunion progress

I posted a few days ago about launching the Kickstarter to fund the Cats Laughing reunion.  Things have been moving very fast since then—we’ve already funded the concert, and gone on from there to make our first stretch goal (recording quality upgrade, adding a light show, and adding live-streaming).

Now I’m hoping we can keep going, and fund making the concert video (at least partly because that’s the bit that’s the most fun for me to actually do).

Before launch we were up to all hours completing the video, and preparing the Kickstarter contents.  Today we spent a lot of time working to upgrade the graphic you see at the top of the Kickstarter page. Now that we’re past the basic goal, we wanted something that gave a clearer indication of progress, and emphasized that we weren’t done, we were still moving towards the next goal.  So I designed a progress bar in the neck of a guitar, and Corwin and Dee and I put together a new graphic using many of the same elements, plus the new progress bar, plus we added a still photo.  The first version of that went up on the website just a few minutes ago (and will probably get refined some over the next day or two, as well as being updated to reflect progress towards the goal).

Corwin, Dee, and I spent much of the night doing final polish (and rework) on the Kickstarter page, and launched it last night.  First Kickstarter I’ve been on this side of; should be amusing and educational.

And, if it funds, loads of fun.  Cats Laughing playing a concert at Minicon, and making a good audio recording and publishing it to supporters, and if the funding comes through far enough (our “Tier 3″), even doing a video of the concert.

Also, the Kickstarter video was a blast to work on.

Fund us!

Civic duty accomplished


I was going through a sample pack of paper, printing the same test pictures over and over (being very careful to use the right profile and driver settings for each particular sample sheet of paper).  When I got something like this.

wonky test print

Wonky Test Print

It wasn’t instantly obvious to me what the problem was.  I tried another paper.  I tried a nozzle check.

Bad nozzle check

Bad nozzle check

That wasn’t obviously bad.  The black printing was weirdly faint, but this was maybe the second time ever I’d done a nozzle check on this printer and I didn’t remember the last one that well. (Of course, they look nearly identical to all the other Epson printers, so arguably I should have caught on sooner).

So I resorted to calling service.  They said do a head cleaning anyway, so I did a head cleaning.

And got this nozzle check.

Good Nozzle Check

Good Nozzle Check

Well whaddya know!  I’ve never had an entire color go out 100% suddenly like that.   And the arrangement of check squares was a better layout with the dark black missing.

The actual test print looks much better too.

Good test print

Good test print

So the new Epson 3880 is still my friend.