AT-AT For America 2.0
Friends: When I grew up in Springfield, Missouri, the Green County Courthouse had a small replica of the Statue of Liberty out in front of it. In the course of learning about local history, I found out that the statue was one of many such replicas dedicated around the country by the Boy Scouts in the 1920s and 30s. Kind of makes you wonder, why we can’t even do something like that...
Sorry for the long silence. I will post a revised plan to this site on May 4, the same day I send it to Lucas. Wish me luck!
Friends of AT-AT for America...
For the past couple of days I have had some very heartfelt conversations with Steve Sansweet, the official fan liaison of Lucasfilm. Long story short, I can no longer solicit any kind of support for the AT-AT for America project in its current form. Seeking financial donations to build a piece of Lucasfilm intellectual property goes far beyond what is considered proper. I’ve thinking all...
Waking up, part 2
I think I have an idea. Don’t give up.
Waking up from our dream
Lucasfilm has contacted me and had their say. I’m trying to put my thoughts together. I’m sorry everyone. I will try to post something tonight. Mike
To President Obama, From AT-AT for America
Let’s see if we can take this to another level. Here’s an open letter to President Obama about why he should be supporting the project. Dear President Obama: It’s been said that you are our nation’s first geek president: A fanboy’s love of comic books, Mister Spock’s logical behavior, Superman’s strange alien birthplace. :) You have combined your interest in nerdy things with a...
Great work and great giving!
I overuse the words great and awesome as well as exclamation points so bear with me. It was another exceptional day for our momentum. At one point the AT-AT for America project was the lead story on Gizmodo, io9, Geekdad and Time Magazine’s tech page plus the great story on the Ny Daily News. I’m expecting mainstream TV to pick up next. Fingers crossed that will be Colbert. ...
AT-AT hearts NY
We had a great write-up today in the New York Daily News, so I thought I would go ahead and update the New Yorkers on some important info. To contact the AT-AT for America team email email@example.com
End of a crazy day
Just a quick update before I hit the sack. Had a great meeting today with an uber creative video guy who is going to do some cool stop-motion for our Kickstarter fundraising page. Hopefully that will be up by next week and we can see some big donations. Just got a note from someone at MIT. Looks like they are onboard to some extent. Tons of great engineering volunteers flooding the email. Big...
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far and shown a willingness to help. We are really looking for all sorts of help, so everything is appreciated. Here’s a list of our priorities. * Mechanical engineers and builders: Our first priority is going to be coming up with realistic plans and some cost of cost estimate. * Project managers/general contractors: Each of the build sites is...
Here’s the Attack of the Show mention. Still wowed by this.
Social media (updated)
One of our great volunteers has put together a Facebook and a Twitter. You can follow the effort on Twitter by going to @atatforamerica. The Facebook page can be like’d right here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/At-At-for-America/195917690443973 You can follow me on Twitter at @mkokc Also, if anyone wants to put together a real web page, feel free, but I am planning on our real HQ page to...
Attack of the SHOW!
OK, so I clicked it over to G4 on the off chance that they’d mention something. AND THEY DID! I’ll try to track down a clip soon. Also, news.com.au, one of Australia’s biggest news websites just posted a dandy article stressing the need for anti-ewok AT-AT technology. Thanks so much for all the volunteer support and donations. One step closer to reality!
If you have some technical material or other practical content to share, go ahead and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a quick update for everyone. Thanks for the great support so far! We got a great writeup on TheForce.net with this story. If you want to volunteer, please email me at email@example.com. Be sure to include where you are in the country and if you have any area of expertise. We are working on the kickstarter fundraising page. I would like to launch that in early May and fundraise...
The Dream: We're all clear, kid!
I don’t know how to say this, but this may actually happen. Kickstarter has accepted the pitch for fundraising for AT-AT for America. Some PR friends are going to start spreading the word, as are some Star Wars superfans I know. I will post a link to the Kickstarter page when it’s done. It will have a video, levels of support and all sorts of cool stuff. The only question: How...
The Dream: An AT-AT for America
NERDS OF AMERICA: We were once a country that made things: giantmetal cars, Hoover Dams, non-AutoTuned popular music. But now we are stuck in an economy in limbo, surrounded by our Internets, our hipsters and our arguing politicians. Nerds, I have a great idea to make America great again. We can show our brain power, our manufacturing prowess, our organizational skills and our geek-fueled...