Friday, March 21, 2008

Words of Support

Some people have written expressing regret that they cannot financially support Project Fiver. While we appreciate the sentiment, that is not what this is about.

Money is not necessary for this Project to succeed, and that was my intention from the start. People can feel for your causes, (Poverty, injustice, hunger, what have you) but nearly all will fall short of supporting monetarily. People have their own financial issues, and you never know if the organization that you pay is trustworthy. So I set out this project without a goal that required money to show success, just people's support. Granting this role in the film will cost the studio nothing more than any other extra's wage, and no money is required to sign the petition. No money in, no money out, which makes this Project run on 100% goodwill and requires only 30 seconds of free time on the internet, which nearly everyone has. So the net "Profit" we see from Project Fiver is the well-wishes and support from people, both known and unknown to her.

And with 2650 signature so far, these "Profits" are soaring! Thank all of you for your support, and for spreading the word.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Incredible Turnout

We are just stunned with the number of signatures over the past few days. Not even a week ago, we had 800, and the count now stands at over 2100! I know we've made it now, because "Project Fiver" is now returning results on Google! Melissa is so floored by this, she has been struggling to find words to thank people. I've been taking dictation for her LiveJournal, and she should have completed a thank-you post to all of you soon.

My thanks go out to the DragonCon and Anime Weekend Atlanta communities, where Melissa has worked for the past few years. These people are a great family, and they have always taken care of us. Special thanks go to Brian Richardson of DragonConTV and "What The Cast" for plugging PROJECT FIVER on this week's Podcast amidst your usual humor and geekery. You guys are great!

A little more info on ALS:
There is currently no cure, and only one drug is proven to have any effect- Riluzole (Rilutek) - and that only slows down the process and adds about 3-4 months to the lifespan if taken daily. She is taking this, and is participating in a Clinical Drug Trial for a new medicine that might also slow the progress of the disease. We have our fingers crossed, but it's too early to tell if it's working or not. For more on the disease, visit The ALS Association.

I added the ClustrMaps feature a couple of days ago, since we seemed to be getting loads of traffic from Central America and Japan, and I thought a visualization of our visitors would be helpful. Looks like we even have some European and Australian friends as well! No love from the former USSR though. Does anyone speak Russian? ;-)

I'm taking snapshots of the count every day, and I'm printing out the petition, just in case something awful happens to the servers. I can't thank you enough for all the shout-outs and postings that you have done. You see the results here, and it's truly incredible.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Going Public

Melissa's birthday was March 8th, and we had a great party for her. She didn't think I could pull it together on short notice, but 35 People showed up, and we had to scramble to find a restaurant that could seat us all on a Saturday night.

After everyone had eaten, and all the other gifts had been opened, I presented Melissa with a manila envelope reading "To Mel, From Bill the Pony and Friends". Inside was a printout of the Project Fiver website, and the 844 names we had on the petition. She was moved to tears, and I can't thank all of you enough for helping with this. She was absolutely floored by the outpouring of support that you all have shown.

The initial shock of it has worn off, and Melissa has finally accepted that she is indeed the benefactor of such a project. It has given her a new spark, and it excites her to visit the site and see how quickly the petition grows.

No more quietly posting to boards under vague titles or friend-locked posts, it's time to blow Project Fiver wide open! Sometime today we're going to pass 1000 signatures, and truly become a movement on the internet. So go out there and shout it down the tubes of the IntraWebs, and I know we can make this happen. I'm preparing some more letters to send tonight that will hopefully make a difference.

Again, Thank you for all of your help so far. You helped make this idea into something closer to reality.