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Kim Boekbinder’s Kickstarter Tour

I’ve written about Kim Boekbinder and her funky music before And it still makes me smile and dance when it comes on in my car.
So imagine my excitement when she posted that she’s going to tour! And she’s stopping by Los Angeles, which I hate driving to, but I really would love to see her live.

But that might not happen. Because she’s pre-selling her tour. Which means that she has to have the initial amount through Kickstarter for each stop before she’ll actually put in the effort to find a venue. And there’s only 5 days left before the LA tour won’t happen, with most of the amount remaining.

So if you’re in the LA area, and you’re like me and interested in new music and like being part of something new, go buy a ticket! They’re only $10! And she has pretty cool merch that you can pre-order as part of your support for her innovative tour!

FFORX: 5 scientists on a mission

I know, I know. An English major interested in engineering and numbers! What crazy parallel universe is this? But, despite the stereotype of English and Math mixing as efficiently, or effectively, as oil and water, I happen to thoroughly enjoy the sciences. So I’ve made sure to have friends who not only love math and scienceĀ  but actually understand it, and have tremendous ambitions.

One of my friends did an internship with NASA last year, which opened the door for him to apply to do with research with them this summer on a micro-gravity flight. In complete aerospace engineering nerdiness, he gathered up a group from his class. The group did extensive research regarding potential experiments they could run under NASA’s strict requirements, and they wrote a research proposal while everyone else was attempting to work off their Christmas love-handles. They created FFORX and explained to anyone who gave them 2 seconds the details surrounding the potential contained within ferrofluid.

And their hard work paid off because this summer, they’re traveling to Houston. They’re going to run an experiment dealing with ferrofluids, energy production, and micro-gravity (their website has a detailed, slightly jargony, explanation). What I understand is they’re taking a fluid made of tiny pieces of iron and putting it into a pump to see if they can turn on a light. (complete disclosure: this is probably an over-simplification of their intricate experiment and should reflect my ability to pay attention – see opening statement). And they’re experimenting on NASA’s micro-gravity flight because, if their hypothesis that ferrofluid energy production is effective in a low-gravity environment, it can potentially be used to power rovers in space and on Mars.

FFORX’s genuine excitement, however, works to their advantage; it brings everyone they interact with on board, which has helped them get as far as they have. Houston is not close to Southern California, and their experiment isn’t cheap. And, by making the most of their enthusiasm, their connections through Fullerton College, and their conversation skills, the team has raised a decent chunk of the necessary funds.

You should check out their site, see more pictures of their experiment, and see how you can connect with them. They’re really fun and quite brilliant, and they deserve each chance they encounter.