I mentioned Kickstarter a few weeks ago, but the site is really starting to grow on me.
Creating things energizes me, which is why I love programming little side projects and webOS apps. The next best thing is creating vicariously through someone, which is exactly what Kickstarter is. It’s low risk, since if the project doesn’t make Plus, people come up with a lot of awesome stuff and present it very compellingly!
Here’s my Kickstarter page with a list of projects that I’ve backed/are interested in. Probably the coolest is the Haptica Braille Watch, although they have a lot of money to raise in a short amount of time. The Shape of Design has a nice (albeit long) video. Also, Math dice!
You can also view projects by location: here are the Austin ones.