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Help The Men Dilemmas Web Series Become Reality! #Kickstarter

Men Dilemmas: Custard Sisters Production

by Alicia Custard

A Web Series on how men cope with life experiences. See how men handle issues ranging from relationships to finance.

What is Men Dilemmas?

Genre: Action/Comedy

Men Dilemmas is web series that explores the experiences of various men and their unique stories.

As a writer with a large network of friends and colleagues, Lauren Renee decides to launch a successful magazine with her best friend, Tony Banks. As an Attorney, Tony has quite the exciting social life. They decide to create a magazine called “Men Dilemmas” to reveal the true intricacies of men. Each magazine feature story comes to life through our web series, where viewers can enjoy an entertaining collection of stories, humorous encounters and lots of action. These episodes explore everything from dating, workplace challenges, competitiveness among men and other topics.

Why Men Dilemmas was created?

We’re creating Men Dilemmas in response to the question: “Why do women tend to live longer than men?” We answer that query with a combination of humor, action packed drama, insight and conversation.

The concept for the series has its roots in an event involving Alicia Custard, the co-producer of Men Dilemmas, and her infant nephew: she pampers the boy, admiring his cute and beautiful face, while some stranger suddenly yells, “Stop babying him! He will be a man one day!” The comment stuns Alicia, making her think about the differences between men and women.

The hyper competitive nature of men – a world filled with machismo, stress, fear and anxiety – can be extremely unhealthy. Alicia and her sister Vicki, who is also a co-producer of the series, know that men should have an outlet for their emotions — a chance to share their stories, express their feelings and give viewers a snapshot of daily life.


Why are the funds needed?

The funds are needed to cover the cost of production and post-production of the web series.

How much money do you need?

We want to raise a minimum of $10,000.

How can I help?

By donating to this project for an exchange of valuable rewards.

For rewards that require travel, are they included in the packages?

Unfortunately, travel, hotel accommodations and transportation are not included in any of the packages.



Crystal Guard Zero! Ahhhh! INDIEGOGO! GO NOW!


Crystal Guard Zero – Chemical that cleans & turns surfaces into crystal glass

Crystal Guard Zero is a revolutionary chemical invented in Japan that cleans and turns any surfaces into crystal glass. Ideal for cars, bikes, gadgets, and etc.

Crystal Guard -It's Real Liquid Crystal Glass

Our new product “Crystal Guard Zero” is a very unique chemical that cleans & turns any surfaces into real crystal glass.

Before we go into the details of our new chemical, I would like you to know about its base ingredient “Crystal Guard”. Its performance is amazing:

1. Cleanability - Water sheeting effect 2. Glossiness - Gloss retention 100% 3. Durability - Mohs hardness scale 6

Crystal Guard is primarily formulated for automobiles but its use can be extended for motorcycles, bikes, boats, air planes, sinks, furniture, luggages, smart phones, gadgets, watches, cameras and all your accessories.

You don’t need to worry about errors or smudges, anyone can use with confidence and ease.

You car will look like this. Or even your smart phone will look like this.

That was our original Crystal Guard and we had to transcend our own limit. After experimenting and refining Crystal Guard for 10 years, we came up with a new formula that merges the sealant and cleaning ingredients into one powerful and harm free chemical.

We now need your support to launch this revolutionary product “Crystal Guard Zero” into the global market and to realize the ultimate dream of the late inventor.

Wether you have a car or not, we believe you’ll love it.

What is Crystal Guard?

Our original Crystal Guard is a revolutionary chemical product that was invented by a Japanese chemist. The power of Crystal Guard lies in its ability to create a micro-thin crystal glass layer bonded on any non-absorbent surfaces in normal temperature.

20-30% more gloss and 800% more durability

Crystal Guard doesn’t oxidize or deteriorate unlike wax, oil or, silicon-based products. It adds 20 – 30% more gloss to clear coated auto bodies. Besides that, it enhances surface durability by800% (more than all teflon-based polymer sealants) and makes the surfaces resistant to acide and heat (up to 1,500F).

That’s not all. Crystal Guard also fills micro disperities and reduces friction making your surface as smooth as this:

Crystal glass makes any surfaces this smooth

To understand Crystal Guard, let’s delve into more details.

3 Big Advantages of Crystal Guard

Let’s look at the 3 major and proven advantages of Crystal Guard.

1. High Cleanability – Water sheeting effect

Crystal Guard is not “repellent”; it is “hydrophobic” in nature like crystal glass.

Crystal Guard is Hydrophobic instead of repellent.

Here’s the difference between Crystal Guard and other normal sealants.

A repellent sealant or wax beads the water, which means it keeps water on the surface and attracts more dust & dirt. It causes stains on the paint and possibly accelerates oxidation in the worst scenario.

On the other hand, Crystal Guard creates a hydrophobic layer that sheets water off your car surface. It makes it super easy to clean your car with tap water only. Plus, Crystal Guard reduces static charges on surfaces, thus, making them attract less dirt.

To demonstrate the cleanability of Crystal Guard, we simulated dirt deposits with a white board marker on a test plate. Repellent sealant and wax applied on the left side and Crystal Guard applied on the right side. We only soaked and shook the plate several times in water. Watch this:

Repellent sealant and wax on the left, and hydrophobic Crystal Guard on the right.

I think you already know that glass cups are easier to clean compared to ceramic cups. If you want to see that in action, watch video on the top.

2. Glossiness –100% Gloss retention

Crystal Guard adds and prolongs the gloss on the bodies of old and brand new cars alike.

Crystal Guard has gloss retention 100%

Crystal Guard contains NO oil or wax based ingredients. The Japanese National Standard anti-weathering test (JIS K 2396) has proven that Crystal Guard layers don’t deteriorate and as matter of fact, they retain 100% gloss unless physically damaged.

Every subsequent application leaves you with super clear mirror-like reflection like the one below:

mirror-looking reflection of Crystal Guard

3. Durability – Mohs hardness scale 6

The Japanese national standard anti-weathering test (JIS K 2396) further proved that the surface of Crystal Guard layer has a hardness of 6 in the Mohs scale. This is equivalent to the hardness of a 9H pencil in the Japanese standard or the hardness of 11H in the USA. When you seal your paint with Crystal Guard, you will effectually protect the surfaces from swirls in the future.

Crystal Guard's hardness is 6 in Mohs scale.

The Crystal Guard layer is also acid resistant and heat registant up to 1,500 F. No stain is left even after bird droppings.

Evolving to much better chemical

We are not entirely new in the automotive chemical industry. Over the last 10 years, our products have relieved hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens from the tiresome process of wax-on & wax-off karate-kid duties.

To deliver greater value to our customers, we continually improve the performance of our Crystal Guard line of products. Our products keep evolving and we now want to usher a new revolutionary chemical into the global market.

Let me introduce our new product, Crystal Guard Zero.

Crystal Guard Zero - Compatible solution between cleansing and durability capabilities

Crystal Guard Zero

We have optimized the new Crystal Guard Zero by combining two powerful yet contradictory properties “durability” and “detergency”.

Every time you buy some “wax & shampoo” products, you have to trade-off either of the two properties to avoid a conflict. Do you know why? The reason is simple; a detergent’s work is to remove wax and dirt deposits.

Though Crystal Guard contains no wax or oil, it has the ability of removing dirt or oil off surfaces and creating a crystal glass layer on any surface.

We have tested over 1,000 patterns of Crystal Guard Zero prototype for the last 10 years and we want to assure that there was no compromise in safety and performance at all.

1,000 experiments for Crystal Guard Zero

After a decade of reseach and experimentation, we completed the new formula.

Clean, Shine, and Protect in One Step!

The new Crystal Guard Zero is easy to use. You only need to spray and wipe it like any window or bathroom cleaneing agent in your home. That is all.

Crystal Guard Zero is easy. Just spray and wipe.

You don’t need to apply any pressure when wiping a surface. The chemical creates a crystal layer bonded on paint once it touches the surface.

This new product will relieve you off regular headaches and the burden of washing your car. The beauty of it all is that it cleans, polishes, and protects your car without the need of water, even in the middle of desert.

That’s not all.

Crystal Guard Zero will save you hundreds of dollars that you would have otherwise spent in detailing and waxing your car week-in and week-out. Just grab s bottle of Crystal Guard Zero and spray & wipe with ease.

Crystal Guard is a multi-purpose product that has been optimized for automobiles, motorcycles, glasses, watches, sinks, luggages, counters, and several other accessories.

Saves your energy and time while you enjoy polishing your gadgets with it 🙂

10 Detailed advantages of Crystal Guard

1. Cleanability – Water sheeting effect
2. Glossiness – Gloss retention 100%
3. Durability – Mohs hardness scale 6

We have already mentioned the 3 major benefits in fair details above. Now, let’s look at 7 more that you need to know.

4. ZERO minute for application

“Zero” is for “zero minute for application.” The best thing about Crystal Guard Zero is that you do not even need to worry about the sealant application process. All you have to do is to spray & wipe. That’s all.

car wax versus Crystal Guard Zero

If you apply it to your car severally, it will create a crystal layer equivalent to our primary product Crystal Guard One, which is the base ingredient of Zero.

(One and Pro also need only 5 minutes for each application.)

5. Expert results and affordable price

Crystal Guard Zero is a cost-effective cleaning product. Each 270ml (9.13oz.) bottle will retail for $27.95 which is more than enough to cater for multiple cleaning and polishing needs. Multiple applications guarantee professional results and a durable crystal glass layer which would cost you over $100 or more at car detailers.

When it comes to performance, there is no alternative or replica of Crystal Guard. All other products sold at major retail stores like Amazon for $15 to $60 are based on wax or silicone. Unlike Crystal Guard, their gloss retention and cleanability are not proven which means they oxidize upon application.

6. Real crystal glass

As we have mentioned, Crystal Guard turns into a smooth and genuine micro thin crystal glass layer just like your watch. Once you apply it, the chemical will remove micro disparities on your surface leaving it smooth and flat.

Do you want a genuine proof of crystal glass? Just burn the chemical at a temperature of 5,500F (3,000C) as shown below, and it will turn into real crystal glass.

7. Build up your crystal glass layer yourself

All wax or sealant starts oxidizing and deteriorating right from the first application. Worse still, wax needs to be removed before a subsequent application and this increases the possibility of damages surfaces.

On the other hand, application of fixative sealant creates stacked-up smudgy layers which cause garish reflection on any surface. The situation doesn’t improve when you hire detailer because they won’t let you maintain the automobile surface yourself.

Unlike wax or sealant, Crystal Guard never oxidizes or deteriorates with time. In fact, the more you apply the thicker the crystal glass layer you’ll get. Every layers bonds with preceding layer create super clear reflections on your surfaces.

Crystal Guard layer build up as 1 layer.

You can now see why Crystal Guard is the only one product that gets better with multiple applications.

Unlike wax, multiple applications of Crystal Guard will fill swirls creating smooth and durable surfaces. In fact, it keeps filling swirls unless you physically rub or damage the surfaces.

Crystal Guard fills swirls

8. Greater versatility

Crystal Guard can create a crystal glass layer on any surfaces so long as it’s not absorbent. You can apply it on plastics, carbon fiber, chrome plates, or wood panels. Interestingly, some people apply crystal Guard on gadgets such as smartphones.

I got inspired to apply it on my Galaxy Note II a couple of time and it’s now super slippery to carry without a cover.

Crystal Guard reflection on smart phone.

9. Environmentally safe and ecological

Crystal Guard contains no compounds or solvents. It’s a biodegradable chemical whose ecological safety has been tested & proven already in the USA at Bureau Veritas (ex. MTL-ACTS). Crystal Guard has no known harm at all and thus, it’s EPA & TSCA compliant.

10. No need for car wax anymore

You wanna be a life-time Karate Kid?

If you have been struggling with car wax then you will be glad to know that Crystal Guard eliminates the need for car wax, once and for all. You don’t have to struggle wax-on and wax-off your car week in week out or worry about smudges in your surfaces. The improved Crystal Guard is easy to apply and wipe.

Just say good-bye to car wax today. Spray & wipe Crystal Guard Zero while humming your favorite song.

By the way, this is not our 1st. challenge

I know you are wondering what Crystal Guard is and how it came into being. Well, the idea of Crystal Guard was conceived and implemented in Japan almost a decade ago. Soon after, it was introduced in California in the year 2002.

Crystal Guard in 2002

The original Crystal Guard was a bit expensive for most consumers, and to be honest it was not successful. We agonized over the decision to scale down operations and move our core business operation back to Japan in 2003.

Fortunately, Crystal Guard was well accepted by Japanese consumers. Crystal Guard One & Pro are well known in the Japanese automotive market and are currently available at nation-wide retail stores.

Our 2nd. challenge to the world

We’ve never given up on our desire for global distribution. After 10 years of experimentation, we successfully invented a new formula for our first global product.

Unfortunately, the original inventor/chemist passed on after we moved our operations to Japan. This was a difficult time because were struggling to satisfy the needs of our overseas customers overseas. Though we regret the decade long withdrawal of our products, we are excited to re-launch the next generation Crystal Guard products in the United States and launch it in the global market.

Crystal Guard Now in 2013

Crystal Guard has now evolved. We have been working with the inventor’s son to re-launch it again with much more powerful chemical. That’s why we need YOU TODAY!

Summary of rewards

reward comparison

Chris Talguard Maid Sticker – “000 the Spray That Sold Me”

Chris Talguard, our iconic maid, featured in the introduction video. We have made a special sticker of her with James Bond spy style.

It’s a very high quality sticker that you can stick on your car after Crystal Guard application.

Chris Talguard 000 - Spray that sold me

Crystal Guard ZeroCrystal Guard Zero

With the retail version of Crystal Guard Zero, you can clean, shine, and protect any surface in a single application.

Every subsequent application increases the gloss and durability of your surface. Our earnest supporters around the world will be first people to try this new amazing chemical.

9.13 oz. (270 ml) bottle. + 10% more FREE only for supporters!

Prototype of Crystal Guard Zero Pro

Since Crystal Guard Zero is based on Crystal Guard One, we have decided to produce 300 bottles of a powerful prototype based on Crystal Guard Pro.

Though we have not tested this prototype, we have every reason to believe that it will be 5x more powerful than Crystal Guard Zero! We don’t intend to make a retail version of it now, but we will create a few 9.13 oz. (270 ml) bottles of Crystal Guard Zero Pro for individuals who want to test-pilot this powerful prototype mobile-suit. Oops, I meant prototype chemical.

9.13 oz. (270 ml) bottle.

Note: All the products below are currently sold in Japan only. Though they have no English labeling or manuals, you can still try them ahead of the official global distribution. Don’t worry; we will include a temporary English manual in your order.

Crystal Guard OneCrystal Guard One

Crystal Guard One is actually the base ingredient of Crystal Guard Zero. It brings all the benefits described above with only one application. To get the best from Crystal Guard chemical, you need to try our primary product Crystal Guard One. When your car is still wet after car wash. Just spray and wipe, and the application will be done in less than 5 minutes.

3.88 oz. (100 ml) bottle is enough for 5 cars.

Crystal Guard Wheel ProCrystal Guard Pro

Crystal Guard Pro is 5X more powerful than Crystal Guard One. In other words, 1 application of Pro is equivalent to 5 applications of One. Think about a warp 5 engine on NX-01 compared to a warp 1 engine on Phoenix.

3.88 oz. (100 ml) bottle is enough for 5 cars.

Crystal Guard Wheel ArmorCrystal Guard Wheel Armor (Rim Armor)

We have optimized Crystal Guard chemical to maximize its durability and protection. As part of our global distribution strategy, we may change the name from “Wheel”, as it is called in Japan, to “Rim Armor”.

Once you apply it, you can clean your rims easily with tap water without worrying about stains. Crystal Guard prevents aluminum rims from staining.

Just look at how easy it is to clean your car rims with Crystal Guard.

Your rims will be super easy to clean with Crystal Guard.

1 oz. (30 ml) bottle treats 40 rims.

Crystal Guard Wash OneCrystal Guard Wash One

One wash is a powerful car shampoo with a special Crystal Guard accelerator included. You can use it as a primer to maximize the results when cleaning or maintaining a surface.

Get the 6.76 oz. (200 ml) bottle (serves 10 cars) and be the first one to experiment it outside Japan!

Why do we need you?

We need your earnest support so that we can launch Crystal Guard in the global market. If we can do this, then we will make the dream of our dear departed inventor come true at last.

Our goal covers a minimum initial cost to produce and launch Crystal Guard Zero.

To keep the retail price under $30, we need to produce at least 2 barrels for EACH primary ingredient at the factory. The total cost will exceed tens of thousand dollars.

We’ve already completed label design and the only thing that remains is to get a minimum order of 10,000 bottles and 50,000 film labels.

Label design is completed already, but we also need to order a minimum lot of 10,000 bottles and 50,000 film labels.

$25,000 covers:

  • Meeting initial cost of chemical production
  • Printing labels
  • Securing bottles
  • US fulfillment capabilities
  • US UPC code registration at GS1 for barcodes
  • Support our unpaid maid girl, Chris Talguard

We work with a special and iconic maid girl, Chris Talguard, who voluntarily posed for the introduction video that you have seen. Unfortunately, we have not been able to reward her for her adorable performance because we operate on an extremely limited budget. It’s our earnest desire to reward her with a portion of the pledges that we receive as a token of appreciation for her outstanding performance.

By the way, without her help, our other maid would have looked like this in the cover!

male maid

The contribution of Chris and our earnest supporters has been savior of our corporate image.

The Loki Clan Wolf Indiegogo Press Release



Jill Sullivan Grueter
Team Leader, Project Pawsitive
Toll-free: (888)-318-5830

Most Choose the Beach to Say Goodbye to Summer. A Select Few Choose 25 Packs of Wolves in the Deep Woods of New Hampshire.

August 8, 2013 – Conway, NH/Hampton, NH – While many happily choose the soft sand, warm sun, and ocean breezes to spend the last precious weeks of summer, a group of friends dubbed the “Extreme Makeover Team for the Animal World ” say their perfect way to wave goodbye to summer is spending it with 90 wolves in the desolate and deep woods of New Hampshire.

The Project Pawsitive Foundation (, a small, non-profit organization that started renovating animal rescues on the verge of collapse and closure back in 2009, will be building 15 enclosed shelters at the end of the month for the nearly 90 wolves and wolf-hybrid dogs living on the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge ( The refuge is a sanctuary devoted to the protection of wolves and wolf-dogs. Each pack is given an acre of land to run free because these animals are often condemned by law and would otherwise have no home or protection.

The Project Pawsitive team will also be camping right on the refuge surrounded by the animals they are helping. “I can’t say I’m not nervous about being awoken by the howling of wolves feet from my tent,” said Jill Sullivan Grueter, Team Leader and Creator of The Project Pawsitive Foundation. “But, this project is taking us all way out of our comfort zones and that’s when we learn the biggest life lessons.”

The team of close friends is made up of a master carpenter, master electrician, designer, jack of all trades, and project organizer. They have traveled nationally, but mostly perform their renovations for animal rescues in desperate need in New England due to donation struggles. Sullivan Grueter acknowledges tight budgets and low donations keep their work boots sitting idly-by much more than they want. “We could be doing renovations every single day for the rest of our lives and that’s what we want to be doing,” she said. “Maybe we should have bought a Powerball ticket?”

“We raise the money to perform free-of-charge renovations, round up volunteers, and get the job done in a matter of days,” said Sullivan Grueter, who started the organization after the death of her dad and rescue dog. She left her successful business career and never looked back even when not taking a salary for years. “If we can help the lives of animals and people by keeping shelters open and able to adopt – then we’ve made a difference.”

The Loki Clan Refuge project is just one of three rehab projects the team is taking on over the next few months. In September, they are renovating a cat shelter at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua ( to enhance the lives of animals who may spend the rest of their days at the shelter and the Center for Wildlife ( in York, Maine in the fall to add a new roof to a cabin that rehabilitates falcons and rehab a cabin that nurses injured squirrels and hedgehogs back to health before releasing them back to their natural habitats.

The organization is asking for volunteer help and donations for their upcoming projects. To learn more, please visit their website at and click How to Help.

About The Project Pawsitive Foundation:
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What do a Harley Davidson builder; former English bloke who brews his own beer; ex-military, extreme skier; a designer, and a 3rd degree black belt in karate have in common? They are friends from New Hampshire who give free-of-charge extreme makeovers to animal rescues in need across New England and beyond. They find the money, they find the manpower, and they find the means to do it. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.

It all started in 2009, when this group came together to renovate a barn in Epping, New Hampshire that saves horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect. The barn was in rough shape. The roof was leaking and on the verge of collapse, there were no signs of running water or electricity out to the paddocks, the fencing was in shambles, and the volunteers were losing sleep over the amount of work that needed to be done on the facility with dwindling donations due to a down economy.

So, what did Project Pawsitive do? They used their tenured experience in carpentry, construction, electrical work, and project management to gain attention and rope in the help of one of the largest home supply stores in the country along with over 80 local volunteers and they got the job done. The result? Any awesome renovation, restored hope, and renewed faith. All in the matter of a week and to the tune of about $30,000.

Project Pawsitive is a 501c3, non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. Support the upcoming projects today at and click on How to Help.



“Rapp it Up” Cell Phone Security Kickstarter

“Rapp it Up” Cell Phone Security for All.

by Ceo RappitupWireless

The Rapp It Up stops cell phone location tracking in seconds.

The Rapp It Up provides a new and innovative device that protects against identity theft and enables personal data security for all.

The Rapp It Up Wireless Security Company’s innovative way to secure your cell phone and your life’s data.

  • Launched June 14, 2013
  • Funding ends August 14, 2013
  • 60 days

Have you already seen the video?

What is a Rapp It Up?

The Rapp It Up is an RF/EMI shielding fabric security sleeve/pocket that prevents all wireless communications to and from a commercial wireless device. Product Concept: “Real Cell Phone Security for All”

A Rapp It Up is a simple and affordable device for everyone to secure the information in your cell phone, tablet and laptop computer.

Rapp It Up prevents GPS location tracking. Your cellular service provider can’t use you like a rented mule and sell your information to anyone willing to pay. It takes you off the grid in seconds!

Rapp It Up is easy to use. You can easily open it up and drop your device inside and in seconds know that you’re safe from all unwanted wireless communications without having to take the battery out of your phone.

Rapp It Up is a powerful security device that protects all the data on all your wireless enabled devices. The materials are durable but easy to care for.

Rapp It Up technology allows you to access to all your data as soon as you pull your device out of our device. You will never miss a voice message, text or email.

Rapp It Up provides a low cost method of flawless protection by utilizing a combination of innovative shielding technologies. It achieves its goal by stopping 100% of the wireless signals to and from your wireless devices.

Rapp It Up products give you a single product line that provides everyday users with every size they need to protect every wireless communications device they own. They are customizable to every style or fashion trend or company logo.

Rapp It Up is safe for your phone. The ground breaking RF shielding design allows for air flow threw the devices fabric so your device won’t heat up. This added feature stops cell phone signal transmission thereby extending battery life.

Rapp It Up keeps your personal, professional and families’ bank accounts and PIN numbers safe. Files, pictures, videos, private conversations and private information completely secure.

Backers can follow us and our progress:

Rapp It Up Goals:

  • Develop an innovative wireless security device product line for the world market.
  • To enable private citizens to protect their wireless “smart” devices security and their own identity at will.
  • Offer a low cost device that serves across every brand of wireless devices.
  • Provide “An Awakening” of social consciousness focusing on individual’s rights NOT to be forced share their private life/data with the world.
  • Stop the ubber powerful wireless service providers from stealing your life’s data, your information right out of your hands.

Valta: energy usage simplified – #kickstarter


New Kickstarter project combines smartphone
and wireless technology to end energy waste

Toronto June 23, 2013 – Smartphone users will soon be able to control and monitor any electronic appliance in their home or office with the touch of a button, if a Toronto-based start-up has their way.

The valta system, as it’s called, launched this week on Kickstarter. It is a ‘smart’ outlet, phone app, and power system that creates an RF network and allows users to control and monitor devices in the home and office.

The valta system is designed to do things that other so-called ‘smart’ systems cannot do, say company representatives.

Standby power detection: Valta is the only product on the market place that can detect unused devices in standby mode, which enables us to send push message to your mobile device to remind you to turn it off. By doing this, valta aims to change user behavior to adopt a more sustainable usage pattern for the long term.

Geofencing: Valta’s app has the capability to detect whether you are at home or away automatically through your smartphone. A valta user can set the app to turn off devices when away from home, and turn back on upon arrival home. The system is designed to avoid “Ooops, I forgot” moments while at the same time saving energy.

Extremely low power usage: By leveraging 915 MHz RF, valta sockets use less energy than any of its competitors (0.6 watts). Most energy management solution uses Wi-Fi, which consumes more energy, and in many cases, more energy than the standby power consumption of the devices they are monitoring. Why should anyone use a power-saving system that might use more power itself?

Better connectivity: Most people use Wi Fi for their Internet connectivity, so interference is a given. By leveraging 915 MHz RF, valta gets better range and less interference than Wi Fi or other solutions. Valta sockets have a minimum range of 100 meters, while Wi-Fi modules typically have a range of 50 meters.

Sleek Design: Most similar products in the market place are clunky and impractical. Sockets are large and cover up the entire wall plug, which takes away from practicality of the product. Valta sockets are sleek and minimalistic and designed to look good in the home or office. Plugging one in does not interfere with the customers from using the other plug for other purposes.

For more information on the kickstarter launch visit

About Valta:
Valta was started to bring transparency to electricity usage. The company founders wanted the masses to understand how energy is being used and wasted, and what we can do about it. Most energy management systems only allow you to turn on-and-off electrical devices remotely. The ones with energy measurements to help you manage usage are too technical and require insider knowledge and background to navigate. Some of this can be quite difficult to understand. The goal at Valta is to make energy management easy to understand by creating an elegant, yet simple to use system that can truly help people manage their energy usage without sacrificing their life style. Valta believes being energy efficient no longer just means turning down the thermostat, or turning off the light when you leave the room, it means eliminating energy waste. Valta provides a tool to use energy without wasting it, and help users to adopt more sustainable usage patterns.

Press Kit:
Here are our product videos posted on youtube:

Here are our product videos posted on vimeo:

For product pictures, we have posted on behance at the following link for ease of download:

Media Contacts

Jeff Lin

Tom Boyd
Flat Earth Media

The Carrie Pilby Movie Kickstarter Only 7 Days left!

Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.

We are adapting critically-acclaimed novel Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner into a script from which we will make a wonderful, thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting film.

Carrie Pilby’s eponymous main character is a 19-year old genius who graduated from Harvard early and has no idea how to fit in, date or talk to people. She believes the majority of her hometown, New York City, to be sex-obsessed, immoral hypocrites. Despite her father’s “Big Lie” about meeting like individuals at college, she felt the same way about her college peers, and an affair with her college professor only left her more isolated and alone. Her therapist gives her a five-point plan to test her very black-and-white beliefs. Ultimately, Carrie faces the universal coming-of-age (at any age) question: Which tradeoffs, if any, are acceptable in order to “fit in”?

Carrie Pilby was among the first novels published by Harlequin Enterprises’s Red Dress Ink imprint in 2003, an imprint created primarily to take advantage of the then-burgeoning “chick lit” phenomenon that included humorous books about young women like Bridget Jones’ Diary. In its first incarnation, Carrie Pilby was noted in various newspaper articles as one of the smarter and more unique novels in the genre. It proved successful, selling more than 50,000 copies. After the chick-lit market became saturated, Harlequin stopped publishing novels under the Red Dress Ink imprint, but in 2010 Carrie Pilby was chosen as one of the first books to be re-released under their new Harlequin Teen line. The novel was also published in France on June 1, 2010 as one of the first four titles released under the Harlequin French imprint Darkiss, with subsequent adaptations proving successful in Italy, Mexico, England, Australia and Indonesia.

Slender Man: Plush Toy – Kickstarter

Slender Man is a 32″ plush created with the finest fabrics and materials. He is soft, yet durable toy.

Slender Man is a soft plush doll created with the finest fabrics and materials. He is soft, yet durable toy.

My two oldest girls came up with the idea for the Slender Man doll. I was working on another series of monster figure drawings when my girls ran into the studio proclaiming, “We need to make a huge, soft, creepy, Slender Man doll!” The idea was born. The three of us worked up a three foot sketch together to figure out just how tall and skinny he should be. Only four weeks later they were able to hold the finished doll in their tiny hands.

My youngest daughter adores him, (pictured below) referring to him as “my quiet friend who does not speak.”

Nevermore’s 32″ Slender Man toy is being produced with the permission of Victor Surge; the originator and man responsible for the initial photographs and writing behind Slender Man.

PRINT #1 “Come to Me”

Artist: Santiago Germano

PRINT #2 “Search Party”

Artist: Denae Wilkowski

Detail of “Search Party.”

PRINT #3 “I’ve got your dolly”

Artist: Brenden Wilson

There are a limited number of 11 x 14″ Slender Man illustrations being offered with the doll as well as individually. Each print is limited to 30 and will be signed and numbered by the artist.

Slender Man (a.k.a Slenderman) is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Depending on the interpretations of the myth, the creature may cause memory loss, insomnia, paranoia, coughing fits (nicknamed “slendersickness”), photograph/video distortions and can teleport at will.

On June 8th, 2009, a “’paranormal pictures” photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful (SA) Forums.[1] The contest required participants to turn ordinary photographs into creepy-looking images through digital manipulation and then pass them on as authentic photographs on a number of paranormal forums. Something Awful users soon began sharing their faux-paranormal creations with layered images of ghosts and other anomalies, usually accompanied by a fabricated witness account to make them more convincing. On June 10th, SA user Victor Surge posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of “Slender Man” as a mysterious creature who stalked children.

“We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time…” – 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.

One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as “The Slender Man”. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence. – 1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.