Alaska Robotics

News Project Update

Thursday, June 5th 2014 by Pat


Important announcement! Alaskan legislators will give you free walrus pins. Free!

Also, while we’re chatting, remember how we promised six episodes of our series but only produced five? The official line has been that we’re working on it. I don’t think that’s true anymore, we’re not working on it, we’re putting it off.

The original plan was to deliver our final episode right after session ended but the session not-ended. Then it not-ended some more. Then the fanged beast of “real work” decided to bite into our tender haunch.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that the fanged beast of “real work” loves haunch.

Now, the reality we’re up against is one of timing. The political excitement in Alaska has been drowned out by the thundering hooves of tourists and it just doesn’t seem like the right time to deliver our final punch.

We’ve decided it will be best to wait and roll out our final episode a little closer to election time, when stakes are higher and more people are paying attention.

I hope you’re ok with this decision, it wasn’t one we made lightly. We want to do good work on this show and didn’t feel like it would be responsible to rush something out between other projects. We have some fun sketches written and even a musical number we’re working on.

This is *quite* the election coming up: Oil Tax Repeals, Marijuana, Minimum Wage and more Dan Sullivans than you can shake a stick at. Plus, a Gubernatorial Three-way!

At any rate, I don’t think this will be the last-last episode. We’re looking into ways to continue producing Alaska Robotics News next session. We’re talking to several media organizations about potential partnerships and we’re trying to decide if it makes more sense to raise funds through another Kickstarter effort, seek funding more directly through sponsors or just go pull an elaborate Tanzanite heist. Probably the latter.

Thank you again for all your support. We’ve had a lot of success with the show and we’re really hoping it’s something people want to see happen again next year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

2 Responses to “News Project Update”

  1. SC says:

    I don’t know when the walrus pins originated, but my aunt gave me one that she had from…Hammond’s campaign, maybe? Are they still a thing?