Dresden Codak's kickstarter owns everything (Also: Make That Thing!)

Dresden Codak, possibly my favorite webcomic, put up a kickstarter yesterday to fund the printing of hardcover books, collecting the first 5 years of the comic.  The kickstarter's initial goal was $30,000.  That goal was met in less than an hour.  Within twelve hours, it passed $100,000.  Right now, it's at about $133,000.  There's a thousand-dollar pledge level, and seven (out of a maximum 10) have been sold.

Basically, holy crap.

Also, the kickstarter was organized with the help of TopatoCo's new subsidary, Make That Thing, whose function is to help artists run kickstarters.  It looks pretty cool -- from the Dresden Codak kickstarter:

Make That Thing was conceived as a production and fulfillment agency for crowdfunded projects specifically, which means they help people like me (who live in apartments) print books (which come on pallets) and ship them to you guys (since I am no longer allowed within 100 yards of a mailbox). So you can be confident that if this project is funded, all the rewards will be sourced and produced quickly, be of the highest quality, and ship on time!

The only other kickstarter currently posted on Make That Thing is a card game for Machine of Death, which is a machine that predicts (with perfect, although sometimes ironic, accuracy) the way you will die.  The card game involves players getting a death prediction, and other players using a limited hand of cards to make that death happen.

It has also overwhelmingly passed its funding goal, at $185,000 pledged for a $23,000 goal.  It did not reach that goal quite as quickly, but it's still freaking awesome that it's getting made.

xkcd What-If

(via Boing Boing) xkcd has a cool new feature, called "what if?"  It's linked up at the top of the  main page, under the xkcd logo and right here.

The current one, about SAT guessing, explains, basically, what looks like the one sense in which the SAT is a good test -- it's practically impossible to cheat.

The one before that, though, called "Relativistic Baseball," is awesome.

The question is, "What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?"

And the answer is, basically, everyone dies.

Suppose you’re watching from a hilltop outside the city. The first thing you see is a blinding light, far outshining the sun. This gradually fades over the course of a few seconds, and a growing fireball rises into a mushroom cloud. Then, with a great roar, the blast wave arrives, tearing up trees and shredding houses.