Houston Kickstarter Round-Up: December: Monkey Hangers and Hip Hop Dancing

Once a month we'll be bringing you a look at some of the best local Kickstarter campaigns in order to let you know what's getting ready to be unleashed through the help of small investors.

I am officially going soft by being this ridiculously in love with freakin' coat hangers, but a steady stream of Tickety Tock will do that sort of thing to the hardest man. The Rainbow Monkey hangers are, simply put, adorable. Bright primary-color monkey figures look like they are actually wearing your kid's clothes when they are hung up. You can also use them for room decorations in addition to their function in the closet. You even get a white one that serves as a craft project for painting. I'm getting one I can make TARDIS blue so my daughter and I can play Doctor Who... But He's A Monkey!

I'm sorry, I have to watch an unhealthy amount of children's programming.

The price is a bit steep if you're planning on really outfitting a closet with these things. It takes a $22 buy-in to get the basic set of seven. Even the Hello Kitty brand hangers give you twice that for the same price, and that's a brand that loves to jack up the price worse than an Olympic official with a gambling problem. Still...monkey hangers. Gotta love monkey hangers.

Goal: $10,000 by December 27

Directors Nick and Nate Simmons have a theory, and it's a pretty good one. They believe that artistic expression is one of those things that curb humanity's worst behaviors. While I regularly prove that theory has some giant holes in it, at least as far as authors are concerned, it is true that having an avenue of creation helps curb the tendency toward destruction.

One of the art forms that interests them is hip-hop dancing, and while I wasn't terribly interested in the subject before watching that video, I am now. They show a tremendous skill for cinematography and more importantly for capturing their subjects in the ecstasy of their craft. It looks to be a damn fine professional piece of work.

Just $15 gets you a digital copy of the film, which isn't bad. You have to chip in $40 for even the DVD copy ($60 for Blu-ray), which is kind of a gyp, but maybe you could talk them into letting you have the digital copy along with the T-shirt at the $20 mark.

Goal: $2,000 by November 28

The odds are that Joe Walker is a nutjob, but as a huge fan of Fortean phenomena myself, I can appreciate what he's trying to do. Regular people become superhuman all the time, which you'd know if you read Cracked.com every day like I do...and Walker as well, to judge by the video.

Apparently, Unconscious is supposed to help fill in the gaps between the world of the inexplicable and the possibilities of human accomplishment. Like I said, it's likely some insanity, but I like raisin cakes just fine. And it comes at $10 for each e-copy. Although I wish someone would explain to me why authors think they need thousands of dollars to publish a book when CreateSpace will do it for less than $50.

Goal: $8,000 by January 8.

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