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December 19, 2006

Budgeting for Animators, Illustrators, and Video Experts

We're working on a budget for an upcoming project...one with funding that will allow us to hire outside talent for the first time, and where we'll be working with scientists from different fields.

We need to get an idea of the current commercial ranges, and are surveying firms and independent contractors on how they currently budget for the following positions:


  • Head animator/illustrator who will work with me to develop the overall style of the visuals, and help manage production.

  • Illustrators/animators with a solid understanding of animation, user interaction, and Flash.

  • A photographer/videographer who understands challenging lighting situations and can work with glass and liquids.

  • Copy editor (science/technical).

If you'd like to help us out, please use our on-line form to contact us. At this time, we're just looking for budget information. It will be some time before we start looking at portfolios.

November 14, 2005

Sponsor a CF upgrade on the GalaxyGoo server

GalaxyGoo needs to upgrade CF on it's server. Your donation will help us pay for the new licence and will also be tax deductible. Please mail your donation to

GalaxyGoo
4104 24th Street, #349
San Francisco, CA 94114

Be sure to write "for CF upgrade" in the comment line on the check, so that the donation is earmarked for the upgrade.

Since we have such an old version of CF, we can't take advantage of the upgrade pricing.

Legal statement: GalaxyGoo is a registered charity in the state of Califorina, and is not solicitng donations from outside of California.

November 08, 2005

Update: Volunteers with Laptops needed

Our source of computers, for online bidding during the event this Thursday, has fallen through. If your company is based in San Francisco or the Bay Area, we ask that you consider sending us some volunteers equipped with wi-fi enabled laptops to help attendees register to bid and place bids on items in the benefit auction. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Update: All taken care of. We won't have as many computers as we were planning on, but we can get by now.

July 13, 2005

The Blogathon is Back

The blogathon is back, and it's scheduled for August 6, 2005.

Last year, GalaxyGoo won the award for best visual arts project. The way we did it last time, we set up all the posts ahead of time and published them every 30 minutes during the blogathon. This worked well, and we took shifts.

To participate again, we'll need volunteers from the Flash community to donate experimental Flash projects and their source files. If you're interested, post a comment here or use our contact form. Be sure to include your email address, or I won't be able to get back in touch with you.

February 02, 2004

Stuck in Static When Dynamic is Right There?

Lately, a lot of my time is spent researching funding sources. This includes looking at what other folks are getting money for. Often, I'm completely surprised by projects that seem similar to GalaxyGoo projects, but take a completely different technological approach.

If you scroll down this page, to A Key to the Fishes, you'll find a project to develop a "web-based, dichotomous key". This looked pretty exciting to me, until I noticed that the project involved "building the long series of individual pages required for the key."

Why build individual pages? So much busy-work! A simple database would do the job much more cleanly, and leave the Biology expert focused on subject matter instead of page-making.

If they wanted something technical to spend grant money on, why not request a collaboration with GalaxyGoo?! After all, we've already built the engine to step the user through a dichotomous key.

The funny thing is that I've been searching for an academic to collaborate with, for exactly such an application of our experimental version of an interactive dichotomous key.

This example points out to me that GalaxyGoo could use some help connecting with project collaborations.

November 01, 2002

Online interview database project

The personal management tool for the GalaxyGoo Scientist Interview project is ready for Beta Testing. And we need Volunteers.

September 23, 2002

New Favicon Needed

GalaxyGoo needs a new favicon...with both 16x16 and 32x32 versions. If you'd like to help out, please post a note in the forums: GalaxyGoo Working Forums - New Favicon