A few years ago I started working on a massively personalized children’s storybook called Dust Bunnies for the iPhone and iPad. One of my friends, Deanna Roy agreed to write and narrate it, another friend Lisa Merry designed some adorable characters for it, and I found a bunch of really good programmers and artists to actually produce the thing. We documented the development of Dust Bunnies, if you’d like to know more about how it came to be. We eventually released it onto the Apple App Store, and while it sold a few copies, like most iOS applications that live in the long tail, it didn’t pop. A lot of talented people spent a lot of time on Dust Bunnies. To honor their work and in the spirit of Aaron Swartz, I’ve decided to release the engine code under an Apache 2.0 license, and release the artwork under an international Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike license. I really hope that people will mash it up, remix it and use it to create new wonderful things.
I’m giving away a SXSW 2013 Gold Badge to the person who has the most innovative idea about how a person could use the cloud. The contest is open till midnight November 25th, so you can talk to your family and friends over Thanksgiving, come up with some great ideas, and maybe get a chance to see Elon Musk, Joi Ito, Nate Silver and many others at SXSW Interactive and Film, 2013.
(The contest is now closed.)
Irma: Do you think we should have started in reverse?
Irma: You know, Jeff, Irma, maybe we should have picked an H name.
Jeff: We could still change it. Hanna, Harriet, Horace, Henrietta…
Jeff: That’s an M.
Time to start fresh.