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Kickstarter, Take 2

It occurred to me that I hadn’t posted any of this on the blog…

It then struck me that it is ironic that I am posting this on the blog, as I know many of you feel that the time I spend on DP/30 kinda killed the blog.

In any case, here is the latest.

One Response to “Kickstarter, Take 2”

  1. Kabe says:

    I thought I’d wait and then donate when the goal was nearly reached, so as to be the person who pushed it over the finish line, but then decided that was egotistical and I’d almost certainly forget. So have just done it now. Good luck!

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