S2E01 – We’re baaack! This episode: lifehacks

After a well-deserved — if slightly longer than anticipated — vacation, the Backers return to the microphones for the first episode of Season 2. Eschewing the format of Season 1, slaves to a particular category come hell or high water, the Backers explore new and exciting formats, eventually settling on a theme per episode. This week: lifehacks! In this episode, the Backers take to Kickstarter to back projects that will make a task in their lives more efficient. Chris surprises Brian and himself, going all in and finding excitement in a surprising place while Brian solves a truly first world problem in an elegant way.

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Chris’s Backed Project

Xpand Quick Release Lacing System by Charles Harris

Brian’s Backed Project

MSTR LINX™ – Titanium Carabiner & Quick-Release Key System by MSTRMND Collective

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Yes, these are all the keys for Brian’s RV.
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The mesmerizing link design of the MSTR LINX

S1E15 – Theater… it’s too late, we’ve covered everything

The Backers finish off Season 1 a little punch drunk, belting out show tunes and classic funk. They discuss ultimately disappointing aspects of some performing arts categories in crowdfunding sites but still find the power in themselves to keep the faith with their listeners and complete the mission. Unkar Plutt makes a triumphant return, Chris reminisces about the pure joy of a particular DS game, and Brian workshops his drunken half-orc character voice for the inevitable D&D podcast they do in what may be the most meandering (yet strangely endearing!) episode yet. Join us as we finish up Backers, Season 1 with style.

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S1E14 – Technology… ain’t no better synth than a mouth synth

In the penultimate episode of Season 1 the Backers are excited to explore the various landscapes of a seemingly perfect category, Technology, rife with fresh takes on nascent technologies and novel rehashes of mature ones. Join us this week as Chris conjugates verbs creatively, Brian makes catchy mouth sounds, and a common theme arises as they recount their adventures navigating the rather surprisingly expensive campaigns that catch their eyes and finally find success in ways neither of them expects.

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S1E13 – Publishing… pens, drones, travel, and Happy Meals

With only 3 episodes left in season 1, the Backers are cruising and Chris isn’t going to let the pathogens multiplying in his sinus cavities keep him from gushing and fanboy-squeeing over a campaign seemingly tailor-made for him. Brian’s still daydreaming about flying the cutest drone ever constructed yet still has the wherewithal to complete the mission and explore a campaign based on a topic dear to his heart.

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S1E10 – Journalism… we’re doing this for the people

The Journalism category feels suspiciously like a rehash of the painful early days of the podcast, when the Backers struggled to find the precious nuggets of quality among a smattering of “lifestyle” campaigns and ill-conceived attempts to extract money from the virtual cash machine that is — in some eyes, clearly — Kickstarter. We’ll hear of Chris’s  love of cycling related items and Brian’s naked yearning for drones and, just maybe, two worthy campaigns that allow them to complete the mission.

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S1E09 – Games… unicorn farts and fiddly bits

The Backers finally reach nirvana after a fortnight of meditation on the Games category. Chris considers backing gamer flair in the face of certain derision from Brian. As they explore the Games projects, they’re delighted by an abundance of creative ideas that promise to entertain in analog and digital mediums. Come with us to the worlds of supernatural plushies, exotic landscapes, social deduction, ambitious puzzles, mysteries, unicorn farts and fiddly bits.

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S1E08 – Food… you can’t speak whale, Rumpfy!

This week finds the Backers ruminating on Kickstarter’s new site redesign and feasting on the offerings in the Food category. They’ll learn vital information about the depletion of atmospheric oxygen and prepare to capitalize on the nascent animal comfort-based hospitality industry. Brian is delighted by new serving technology for ethnic cuisines and Chris goes vegan, paleo, keto, whole-30, and kosher.

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S1E05 – Design… a morass of good intentions

The Backers find a new, seemingly welcome issue in the Design category with literally hundreds of campaigns to choose from, including several that aren’t even enamel pins. Will the sheer number of choices produce catatonia or rapture? Jump into the world of wallets, watches, fussy coffee mechanisms and, yes, enamel pins in this episode.

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S1E04 – Dance… why did it have to be dance?

The Dance category has been a source of worry and angst to the Backers since the podcast’s inception. Does it live up to their disquieted expectations? Can our intrepid duo overcome their creeping dread and find something that appeals to them? Find out the answer to these burning questions and learn everything you ever wanted to know about headless robotic animals in this week’s episode.

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Brian received his Solar Orbits Mug from the Solar System at a Date campaign from the Arts category!

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S1E03 – Crafts… wherein hope is lost

The Crafts category throws the Backers into disarray, somehow affecting even their internet connections in a fit of pique. They soldier on, finish the task at hand, and come away chastened and humbled wondering what furries, craft breweries, and boutique hotels have to do with crafts.

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