Teespring T-Shirt Campaign – Eternal Storms Software & charity:water

A little over a week ago, I started a Teespring campaign

Eternal Storms Software Cloud Logo on T-Shirt

What is Teespring

Teespring lets you “create & sell custom apparel” (more info).
You upload your design, set a goal for the campaign and once that goal is reached the T-Shirts will be printed and shipped. If you sell enough shirts, you can gather a little profit with it.

Because I’m interested only in the shirts, not the profit the campaign makes, I thought I’d do something useful with the money and decided to donate it directly to charity:water.

What is charity:water

charity:water makes it their “mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.”
I first heard about that charity from Steve Scott (@macdevnet on twitter). He launched the “Developers against Poverty” campaign in 2011 on charity:water and raised over $60,000 with it, bringing clean water to a community in Ethiopia and 12 others.

I thought that was a very nice thing, so that’s why I decided to donate the resulting money from the teespring campaign to that charity.

The Apparel

There are four kinds of items you can purchase:

Unisex Shirt

Unisex Shirt; back has small cloud logo with text http://www.eternalstorms.at ($16.99)
Female ShirtFemale Shirt; back has small cloud logo with text http://www.eternalstorms.at ($16.99)
Long Sleeve ShirtLong Sleeve Shirt; back has small cloud logo with text http://www.eternalstorms.at ($17.99)
Hoodie
Hoodie; back has small cloud logo with text http://www.eternalstorms.at ($25.99)

Contributing

If you like the shirts, please consider taking a look at the teespring campaign. All profit created from that campaign will be donated to charity:water.

If the shirts don’t tickle your fancy, perhaps you’d like to donate directly to charity:water – here’s a link to their donate page ;)

Thank you for your time – I hope you enjoy the shirts. They should start shipping early to mid April 2015, depending on where you live!

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My name is Matt, I’m the developer of Eternal Storms Software. If you’d like to comment, you can catch me on twitter here: or by eMail.

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Keeping up with me and my software

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I just wanted to let you know of the different ways you can keep up to date with me and my software and how to get in touch with me (besides eMail, of course).

1. This blog

Obviously, I’ll be using this blog to let you know about stuff that’s going on, coming up or has happened some time ago to keep you up to date on new version of my apps, new apps, and some thoughts of mine on different subjects.

2. Twitter

I use twitter quite a bit and have twitter accounts for my different applications:




Feel free to follow us ;)

3. Facebook

I have a Group on Facebook which you can use to tell us about things you’d like to see, or discuss stuff amongst others!

4. Flickr

Though my flickr stream doesn’t primarily have to do with my software (though I do post preview pics of stuff I’m working on occasionally), you might be interested in what I do besides coding.

5. Last.FM

If you’re like me, you’re having music playing day in, day out. On last.fm, you can see what kind of music I’m into (spoiler: oldies!) ;)

Bottom Line

Please get in touch with me :) I’m looking forward to all your comments, feedback, inquiries and critique! Thank you!

Some things in the movie “Jurassic Park” that bug me enough to write a blog post about them

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Before I rant off, I have to say this: Jurassic Park is probably my 4th favorite movie of all times (the first three being the original Indiana Jones movies, hehe)

It’s got a really breathtaking score by John Williams (he’s a genius, by the way), a great cast and the right combination of humor and suspense. I can’t praise that movie high enough.

That being said, here’s a few things that bug me, in no particular order:
(and I know, they can’t really breed dinosaurs, but let’s assume that they can ;)

#1 – “Even the word “Raptor” means: bird of prey”

Dr. Grant explains why he thinks dinosaurs (in this example, Velociraptors) “learned how to fly” (read: turned into birds). His last argument is, and I quote: “And even the word “Raptor” means: bird of prey”.
That’s no argument at all. If my parents had called me Raptor, would I have been born with wings or would my children be? I don’t think so.

#2 – Dr. Grant has to ask Tim for a dinosaur’s name?

Come on, Dr. Grant has been studying and digging up dinosaurs for years and he has to ask Tim (who as far as I know from the movie has read about two books about dinosaurs or has just learned how to read, for all I know) what the name of the Gallimimus dinosaur is?
If he doesn’t know that, how is he qualified to endorse “Jurassic Park”?

#3 – How come these genius scientists don’t know that some frogs can change sex?

Now, you have those absolute genius scientists who figure out how to create dinosaurs from over 65 million year old DNA. Fine.
But they manage to pick a particular South African frog species that can spontaneously change sex in a “single sex environment” to fix the gaps in the DNA sequence to create the dinosaurs? Couldn’t they have gone with some other frog? Isn’t that something you should consider for security reasons?
Actually, they must have had a discussion about that, because Dr. Wu says “Actually, they can’t breed in the wild. That’s one of our security precautions. There’s no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park”.
So if they had a discussion, at least one of those brilliant scientists certainly must have known that the frog they were going to use could spontaneously change sex.

I guess this is to underline what Dr. Malcolm says when they first arrive on the island. “You took what others had done and before you knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and now you’re gonna sell it” and “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should!”

#4 – The case of the suddenly disappearing earth matter

In the scene where the T-Rex first breaks out, there’s a huge “bug”, to speak in a software developer’s terms.
At first, the ground inside the fence is at the same level as the ground outside the fence, where the cars are. But when the T-Rex pushes the car over the fence down into the tree (with Tim inside), there’s at least a 20m difference in the ground level. How could that happen? The car was turned over by the T-Rex, sure, but in the same place, so it hadn’t been moved to somewhere else.

 

I believe that’s all of them. At least the ones I can remember from the top of my head.
How about you – do you agree? Disagree? Have some other moment you weren’t satisfied with in the movie?