From: Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:10 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Kickstarting Kittens



Cocktail Talk

June 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Kickstarting Kittens


The March 2015 Cocktail Talk on Crowd-funding ended like this: 


"For a brighter, cheerful, even zany read, try KickstarterKickstarter is crowdfunding too, but for entrepreneurs, inventors, indie filmmakers, photographers, artists, dance troupes, magicians, and makers of Goat Milk Soap.". 


The May 2015 Golf Digest, the one with topless Lexi Thompson wearing a towel on the cover, also writes about Kickstarter. Why? 


It's a real stretch but it seems "Chloe" is using Kickstarter to raise money for her slasher horror movie called "Crazy Golf". Since it has the word Golf in it the title .....


But you were promised brighter, cheerful, and even zany. So let's go down the rabbit hole. 


One Kickstarter hopeful wants to raise $10,000 to put together an AMA (Ask Me Anything) documentary for Social Media whereby people can learn from his selfless experiences at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Yes, it's a whorehouse. He has not been funded. 


What has been funded is a project to "incite some fresh dialogue and critical thought into two of the most defining social issues of our time". Wow! That's heavy. This hopeful wanted $1,000 to print up 100 t-shirts that read "Legalize Gay Marijuana", and guess what? He got over $2,000. 


Neither of those, and none of the "10 Most Stupid Kickstarter Fails" on youtube, and there are a bunch, come close to the absurdity of my favorite, Exploding Kittens


Exploding Kittens is a Russian-roulette style card game. You get a hand of cards, and then you draw from a stack of cards, and if you get an Exploding Kitten card you explode. Brilliant! Unless of course you have a Laser Pointer or Catnip Sandwich card to defuse the situation. There are also cards with magical powers that let you screw with the other players in several ways. Millennials should love it what with Pokemon and Dungeons and Dragons backgrounds.


Hopefuls Elan Lee (Xbox) and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel) and cartoonist Matthew Inman, the mind behind popular web comic The Oatmeal, wanted to raise $1,000. Did they make it? You're probably sitting, except for Mike (not his real name) who stands, but hold on to something solid, we're jumping on the Richter Scale. 


Lee, Small, and Inman were funded. They raised $8,782,571, which leaves them $8,781,571 to buy an island, or spend at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Plan B would require a lot of Chapstick, I bet. 


Topless Golfers, slasher flicks, hookers, exploding kittens, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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