Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Exploding kittens and goats

So perhaps you have heard of a certain card game Kickstarter that has gone balistic.

I have enjoyed reading this crowd-funding-that-could story from a marketing and fundraising viewpoint. The people involved (two designers and a famous comic artist) were very smart to focus on very few but very clear perks (donate $20 bux to make this card game, and you get a copy of this card game.) They may have set their initial sights too low ($10,000) and didn't plan out enough "stretch goals" (in case, like it did, the campaign surpassed it's goal.)

  • Apparently, they reached their initial goal in 8 minutes. 
  • Then, over 120,000 donors broke a Kickstarter record. 
  • And they have now made over $5M.

I have also enjoyed watching from a goat supporter's standpoint. Goats have been in it to win it from the beginning, with an all-seeing Goat wizard able to help you, and later, the release of a goat butt that lets you see into the future.




(Granted, that is a mountain goat, not a true goat, but who's counting.)


The group was taking suggestions for other cards on Facebook recently, and I added a few caprine ideas. Who wants to bet if there will be more goaty magic to come?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Super-GOAT-Bowl!


Goats take over the Superbowl.

First off, in the Alternative Offering of Puppybowl, five goats served as the cheerleaders.

From Puppybowl Facebook


According to this article, "...four of the baby goats; Charlie, Murphy, Speckles and Sammy, were born and raised at Molasses Hill Farm here (in New Jersey). The other baby goat, Cookie, was born at the Guenther Farm, also in Clinton Township."

Then, the main reason people watch the actual game, as most people know, is for the commercials, and goats were to be had there as well:

Also, T Mobile's subteranian petting zoo:




 
 Anyone see any other goat sightings? Share them!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Are goats "havin' a moment"?

Goats are having a moment, at least according to one Washington Post article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/12/map-literally-every-goat-in-the-united-states/

We have know this for some time. It's nice to see someone else realize it as well!

The article also includes The Worlds Most Important Map (not really, because it only shows USDA recorded goats) and may be one of the first mainstream articles in recent memory to mention the cultural impact and relevance of goats. Cool! Keep it going into the Year of the Goat, people!  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy 2015 -- is it the year of the goat??

Greetings fellow followers and friends of all things capra. We are gearing up for a great year, with plenty more posts and hopefully a huge influx of mainstream goat articles. Already, I have spotted some goat-themed ads and goats appearing more and more often in mainstream media and gotten some great tips from fans. Keep it up!

For now, though, I have a question, which was brought up by this photograph and caption in this month's Country Living -- is it the year of the SHEEP (boo! no!) or is it the year of the GOAT? (Yaaa! Yeah!!!)

"2015 is the Year of the Sheep" -- yeah right


This is of course in reference to the Lunar or Chinese New Year, which happens Thursday, February 19, 2015 this year (it moves around due to the nature of the calendar it is based on, which is not the Gregorian calendar.)

Wikipedia states it is the Year of the Goat but elsewhere mentions it could be the Year of the Ram or the Year of the Sheep (shudder.)

So what do you think?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Game of Thrones as sung by goats

Thanks to all who pointed me towards this! P.S. Please excuse the few sheep thrown in.

As an aside, has anyone else noticed an influx of goats lately? Goats online, goats in cartoons, goats in commercials. The goats are coming, people. Be ready.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

UPDATE! Goat Simulator Arrives April 1!

In my last post, I noted that a video game created during a creative jam may or may not become available for public consumption....

GUESS WHAT?

"You Did It, Internet. Goat Simulator Is A Real Thing That You Can Buy." - via Kotaku




Now I will admit, and fully realize, this is not a PR coup.  It does not tell a very truthful story about Capra hircus. For instance:

- Goats do not survive when hit by cars. Do not, in real life, hit goats with cars.
- Goats do not survive long falls, even onto trampolines. Do not drop goats in real life, even onto trampolines.
- Goats do not  have tongues that stick to things like axes. Do not try to get your goat to lick an ax and carry it around.

So I guess as far as defeating goat stereotypes, this video game isn't going to score many points (I will say I didn't see the goat in the game eating any garbage.)

But then again, Jam City Rollergirls didn't depict roller derby with complete accuracy either.

And just look at how much fun this will be! People are really looking forward to it. At least, the Goatmaiden is!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Goat Video Game Becomes Reality??

Thanks to a tip, and Kotaku.com I am now aware of a goat simulation video game that may or may not be in production. Coffee Stain Studio posted to their Facebook timeline on 1/20/14 a game jam example video of "Goat Simulator" (warning: scenes of goat getting hit by car--don't worry, he's OK!) and asked people to share if they wanted to see it turned into a real game. Then recently they released this youtube video, echoing the preliminary images with even more goat goodness:


So check them out, and please share if you want Goat Simulator! (P.S. gotta work on his climbing skills.)

From http://www.lonelyplanet.com/