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I’m Merlin, and I make my living at sea, catching wild dolphin fish and tracking the elusive “Savant Crabs of the Farallones.” My ship, “The Mrs. Olsen” is based out of Panama and runs on diesel and unconditional positive regard.

I’m just shy of seven feet tall, and I eat pert near my own weight in baitfish by 10 each morning. My teeth are made of fool’s gold but my eye patch was sewn from General Tito’s baby blanket. Legend is I once killed a man—just because I needed a really good cry.

I do know I’m pretty good at Robotron, french kissing, and skimming ladies’ fashion magazines. I drink scotch whiskey, and I shit scotch tape. I’m an excellent driver and I just finished the rest of your cheeseburger while you were fucking around with your cellphone.

This land is my land from California to the New York island, but you’re welcome to stay as long as you pitch in for gas and never call me “Copernicus.” But you knew that.

Let’s do this thing.

There are two people in merlinmann’s collective.

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  1. Book Shambles - Episode 1 - Stewart Lee

    Book Shambles - A brand new podcast series hosted by Robin Ince & Josie Long

    Episode 1 - Stewart Lee joins Robin and Josie for a chat about Grayson Perry, Ray Bradbury, Alan Bennet and dog muck.

    Support the podcast on Patreon at - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2306511&ty=h

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    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/cosmicgenome/stewart-lee
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  2. Ep 37 – “Stay True to Your Art”: How Max Temkin Raised $10 Million on Kickstarter with NO Paid Advertising, Rejecting “Marketing Tricks”, and Ignoring “Guru Advice” (Like Mine!) | Entrepreneur: Uncut

    [ Direct Download ] [ iTunes ]

    “The smartest thing we did [making Secret Hitler] was reject old fashion, old media, old world advice of how to trick people into giving you their money” – Max Temkin

    If you are becoming frustrated, depressed, and disillusioned learning about how to raise money to fund your project, then then this podcast will inspire you.

    Max Temkin has directly raised, or advised in a number of projects that have raised over $10 million total on Kickstarter.

    You MAY have heard of them…

    In December, 2015, Max raised $1,479,046 for “Secret Hitler”, a social deduction table game based in pre World War 2 Germany. Players, representing either liberal or fascist German politicians, have to help or hinder the beautifully illustrated Junta-Komodo-Dragon-Adolf-Hitler from being elected Chancellor and starting World War 2. His goal was $54,450 and he raised over $100,000 in the first 24 hours.

    But that is not where he started.

    His first project was Cards Against Humanity, one of the first games in the early days of Kickstarter, raised “only” $15,540 but since exploded and has been #1 Best Seller on Amazon for Toys and Games for as long as we can remember.

    (…and is a staple at every games night I host with friends!)

    In fact, Cards Against Humanity, as of publishing, occupies 3 – WOW! –  of the top 20 spots on the Amazon.com Best Seller List including the TOP 2, besting classics like Jenga and Connect 4.

    Max also helped advise his friends who made the Most Backed Game in Kickstarter history,  Exploding Kittens, which raised $8,782,571.

    Max understands Kickstarter, the Kickstarter Community, and his audience, probably better than anyone on the planet.

    But Max is not a “marketer”. He hates “gimmicks” and “tricks” and “gurus who don’t know what they are talking about”.

    Max is an Artist.

    If you are feeling jaded by the Kickstarter Marketing World, and think that in order to fund your project you need to sacrifice your vision, then listen now. It will be the best 38 minutes of your day, guaranteed!

    You will discover

    The number #1 Trend in Kickstarter Today

    Why Max still has the “fear to launch” and it never goes away, even after millions of dollars raised

    Why it is important to ignore the temptation to look for “tricks” and “gimmicks” to hit your goal and “focus on the art”

    Why no one knows really knows what the future of your project, or any project, holds

    What it means to “front load” your project, and why it is absolutely critical to the success of your project (…and also when it isn’t!)

    Why “failing a project is a gift”…and how to embrace failure so “you are not on the hook to build something nobody wants”

    Why you should never take the money if you don’t reach your funding goal on Indiegogo

    Why you should “Show don’t tell” to sell your project

    The importance of “user testing” and “iteration” to produce the best product possible before you launch your campaign (Max took a year and over a hundred iterations to get Secret Hitler just right

    The importance of knowing your market better than they know themselves

    The difference between “a good project and a good life”

    Why your story is so important and why you need to be crystal clear communicating what it is about

    Your page should clearly explain why a backer should not fund your project

    How crushing his funding goal on Cards Against Humanity set the project delivery back

    Famous last words:

    “Finally, I am not the funniest guy in the room”

    -Del Close

    Resources Mentioned:

    Connect with Max on TwitterCheck out his website at Maxistentialism.com

    Secret Hitler

    Secret Hitler Website

    Secret Hitler Kickstarter Campaign

    Secret Hitler on Forbes

    Cards Against Humanity

    Cards Against Humanity Website

    Cards Against Humanity Kickstarter Page

    Cards Against Humanity Review

    Kickstarter CASE STUDY: Cards Against Humanity

    Buy Cards Against Humanity on Amazon

    Max’s Other Projects

    Humans vs Zombies – Help develop the software that powers games of Humans vs. Zombies at over 350 locations and universities all over the world.

    Philosophy Posters – Ten giant philosophy posters with big ideas presented simply.

    Wearwolf – A simple game about deceiving your friends.

    Maxistentialism Zine – A monthly zine about philosophy, design, humor, and social insects, delivered to your door for one year.

    Spelunky Dance – An interpretive dance for Andy Baio.

    Exploding Kittens

    Exploding Kittens Website

    Exploding Kittens Kickstarter Page

    Exploding Kittens on Forbes

    Buy Exploding Kittens on Amazon

    CONNECT WITH KHIERSTYN: K(at)crowdfundinguncut(dot)com

    http://entrepreneuruncut.com/podcast/stay-true-to-your-art-how-max-temkin-raised-or-helped-raise-10-million-on-kickstarter-with-no-paid-advertising-rejecting-marketing-tricks-and-ignoring-guru-advice-like-mine/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  3. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ricky Jay & G. Bruce Boyer | Maximum Fun

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  4. Unjustly Maligned | “R.E.M., early” with Merlin Mann (Episode 48)

    On a day that shouldn’t exist comes a podcast equally paradoxical. Merlin Mann joins Antony to sit still, garden at night, and talk about the passion of rock band R.E.M.’s early work.

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  5. Jobbo | You Look Nice Today

    Jamón y jabón, computerized career counseling, nicaragua@nicaragua.nicaragua, Sandwich does the Boogie Oogie, skating to college, Checkin’ Out!, Angus Young-brand smelling salts.

    http://youlooknicetoday.com/episode/jobbo

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  6. 5by5 | Home Work #197: Season 2: Episode 4 - Email with Merlin Mann

    Home Work

    A weekly advice podcast for people who work from home, whether freelancer or telecommuter. We address listener-submitted questions, comments and concerns about all aspects of working from home. Hosted by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo.

    You can submit your questions here.

    Hosted by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo.

    RSS  • 

    iTunes  • 

    Sponsor  • 

    http://5by5.tv/homework/197

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  7. 5by5 | After Dark #44: After Back to Work #33

    Includes the origin of Blue Toot.

    http://5by5.tv/afterdark/44

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  8. YANSS 068 – The Strawman Fallacy

    When confronted with dogma-threatening, worldview-menacing ideas, your knee-jerk response is usually to lash out and try to bat them away, but thanks to a nearly unavoidable mistake in reasoning, you often end up doing battle with arguments of your own creation. Your lazy brain is always trying to make sense of the world on ever-simpler terms.…

    http://youarenotsosmart.com/2016/02/06/yanss-068-the-strawman-fallacy/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  9. 43: Collaborative and Non-Compliant

    Kelly Sue DeConnick has a massive, loyal, and deeply passionate following

    for a very good reason: she makes comics that mean something to people. In

    this Creator Spotlight episode, we discuss her body of work, and the

    distinct humanity of her voice as a writer.

    This episode features excerpts from a previously recorded interview with

    DeConnick. Kelly Sue portrait art by the amazing Christian Ward.

    Brought to you by

    • Comic Bento: The original graphic novel subscription box service. Get

    $5 off your first month by using GIANTSIZE at checkout.

    http://www.esn.fm/giantsize/43

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

  10. Comedian Jon Benjamin’s Jazz Album Is Full Of ‘Real, Untapped Un-Talent’ : NPR

    Best known as the lead voice on Bob’s Burgers and Archer, Benjamin has no expertise in jazz music. "It’s a real insult to people who try," he says of Well, I Should Have … Learned How To Play Piano.

    http://www.npr.org/2016/01/19/463589100/comedian-jon-benjamins-jazz-album-is-full-of-real-untapped-un-talent

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann

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