I have set up a Patreon account: MoeLane. Essentially, it’s a micropayment system (either monthly or one-time) designed for smaller content producers. Apparently this site of mine here arguably counts, as I am a quote-unquote ‘creator.’
Even if you don’t want to do this, if you have friends who are artists, musicians, writers, and/or do anything else that involves creating original content and putting it on the Internet you may want to let them know about this service. Patreon takes out a small (less than 10%) percent of the money that gets collected, in order to handle credit card processing (and stay in business); this does not seem particularly onerous to me, and the whole process is pretty much fire-and-forget. Check it out.
Also: are you running behind on your Christmas shopping? Why not give the gift of Amazon Gift Cards – E-mail? Infinitely customizable and very, very welcome. I love ’em myself. Plus, you can buy them right up to Christmas Eve itself…
The reaction to this has been a fascinating thing to watch, on both sides. Maybe I’m just Old-School, but it’s not exactly shocking to me that there are Left-blogosphere sites that will start screaming at the drop of a hat; this used to happen all the time, you know. It’s just that the Left-Sphere has been long since gelded into being cheer/yell leaders for the Democratic Establishment, and the Right-Sphere has long since graduated to going after the Democratic Establishment.
For some reason, this just seems to be the epitome of it all:
Thanks to one of them I will now get to have my brain taken over by Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Given this primary, that’s probably a good thing.
More seriously: if there’s a site out there that you like and appreciate, by all means, toss it a buck or two on occasion. My cheerfully mercenary attitude towards filthy lucre aside, there’s a bunch of folks out there who kind of need the money for bills and food; and nobody’s exactly funding political bloggers en masse, more’s the pity. If you can help them out*, well… hey, I’ve got Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! I’m good for a bit.
Well, a little bit. “Cheerfully mercenary,” remember?
I had a joke here originally: but it is unfortunately not currently a good joke, because it will hurt people’s feelings unintentionally. Not that I am above hurting people’s feelings – quite the opposite – but I don’t like doing it except when it’s part of a deliberate campaign to administer a good kicking to the truly deserving. So I’ll just mention some of the geekstuff that I picked up, thanks largely to generous reader contributions.
PS: No, I am not making fun of premillennialist Christian theology, or the people who believe in it. Who I am making fun of is the people who apparently haven’t internalized Matthew 24:36-44. Nowhere in there, in any translation, is there an extra clause after “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” that goes “…Oh, yeah: and Bob too, of course.” There just isn’t; and a little thought about the theological implications will tell you why.
…dunno why it broke, but it’s fixed. You can find it here. I don’t push it – although you’re more than encouraged to toss some money in the side link there, where it will go to reimburse Neil for monthly site costs – but I don’t turn down free cash, either.
Meanwhile, here’s the Rango trailer. This movie is apparently so good people are wondering why Pixar didn’t make it.
…is of course the title of this book byNewt Gingrich: Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America. Which is a book that I have never read, and probably will not read – I’m not that big into political books, mostly because I already produce enough amateur punditry to not really need outside sources – but if the President is so determined to make Winning the Future a Google search term I might as well cash in on it.