So it's the halfway point of our kickstarter campaign and it's fair to say we're not upset by how it's going, you might even say we're happy. At the time of writing, over 5,000 backers have pledged over $285,000, which is slightly over our target of $65,000. We're currently debating what to do with the money. I suggested a trip to the Bahamas, but apparently we're giving any spare cash back to the DIY Bio community. Any equipment we buy will be left for the Biocurious crew so maybe they can engineer a way for me to get a tan without having to travel so far.
Yes, like all good ideas this one has already picked up its share of not-so-informed opponents who want to stop the scary science thing from destroying the world. Like Galileo and Darwin before us, we welcome these challenges with a smile, because it's always good to be the guy that the crazy people are against.
More importantly, we have some great media coverage including the New York Times, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal among many others, and even had our first fan video which is when you know you're doing well.
We're really grateful to all our backers, and slightly worried at some of the comments. It's amazing how many people have asked what happens if they feed it to their cat. Is there a shortage of cat food around? Or do people just really want a glowing cat. At least that way they couldn't sneak up on you in the dark…
We can't wait to give out these glowing plants. Unfortunately, we can only distribute them in the US so I apologize to a Mr Jung Il who ordered 100 (that's a reference to North Korea's power cuts…).
Anyway, it's great that people are getting involved and even trying to order Glowing Plants from Genome Compiler (can't be done yet, please stop). Let's hope the rest of the campaign goes just as well!