Website updates took almost a whole day

Website updates took almost a whole day
JISHOU, HUNAN — What started out to be a few simple housekeeping chores turned into an all-day affair. I’d forgotten how time-consuming website maintenance can be. With a day off from classes, I wanted to clean up two things on the site that have been bothering me for months. Clean up the header, to put the site title and logo over the banner image, to recover some lost space. Refine/reinstall the PayPal and Bitcoin donation buttons. I tackled #2 first, because I naively assumed it would take less time than #1. Nope. Taking care of the PayPal donations button was not especially time-consuming, aside from dealing with PayPal’s hidden user profile page, which contains the merchant ID. I no longer have a merchant account, but the ID is still valid. Using it allows me to keep my personal email address out of reach of spammers when I use the PayPal donation button. You’d assume that PayPal would place the ID in plain sight, like on your profile page. I had to go to a usergroup discussion to find the link to it. PayPal still has the information; it’s just not included in the newly designed profile page. There will now ...

Just in case you want to tip me

Just in case you want to tip me
JISHOU, HUNAN — At the bottom of each post, just above the AddThis sharing bar, is a tiny Coinbase tip button. Click it to send me a Bitcoin tip. Also, I can also accept tips on my Twitter feed with @Tippercoin, or you can scan this QR code with your smartphone wallet to send Bitcoin to me. The other ways to donate to Wheat-dogg’s World are still in place, by way of PayPal, Bitcoin or Litecoin. Follow the link or take a gander in the right-hand column. And, if you shop on Amazon through this website, I get a little money, too. The Google ads have netted me $15 so far this year. Personally, I hate websites that run obtrusive ads that foul up pageload times and layouts, so I’ve deliberately avoided using any other click-through campaigns other than Google Ads. No “one weird trick” ads here. I promise. All donations will be cheerfully accepted. Thanks!

Bitcoin donations help out an AP English teacher 4

Bitcoin donations help out an AP English teacher
JISHOU, HUNAN — An AP English teacher in Richmond, California, is seeking donations in Bitcoin for three HP Chromebook computers and fees for eight students to take the AP English Language and Composition exam. Tuyen Bui also accepts Dogecoin and PayPal. Here’s her website with the details: http://projectbui.org/ The total needed is about $1,460, which is not a lot, really. But, her high school is in a very poor section of West Contra Costa Unified School District, and there are no extra funds available to set up computer workstations in her classroom. And AP exams are pricey – $89 a pop. When I last checked, donations were only 6.2% toward that goal, so I hope my readers can boost it up some more. I’ve already sent my donation, because I’m a teacher and Ms Bui is my kind of people. Wyverns! She’s your kind of people, too. You know what I mean. I came across her project while scanning the reddit Bitcoin thread this evening. Her boyfriend created the donations website for her, and posted the link on reddit. It’s legit. I have verified where she teaches and communicated with her directly. You can help her, and most importantly, her ...

Now accepting Bitcoin, Litecoin donations

JISHOU, HUNAN — A growing number of merchants, including most recently TigerDirect, are now taking Bitcoin payments. So, now so am I. If you look in the right hand sidebar, you’ll see two little widgets: one for Bitcoin (the gold-colored one) and one for Litecoin (the silver-colored one). Clicking on either one will reveal my public wallet address and QR code, which you can use to send donations to help support this site. Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted. The widget comes courtesy of Coinwidget. You can visit their site to get your own widget. I’ve still got a wait-and-see attitude toward Bitcoin and the many crypto-currencies it has inspired. Its value against the dollar and euro has settled down around $800/€600 these last few weeks, so it seems to heading toward some kind of stability. In addition, several online merchants, including TigerDirect and Overstock.com, are now accepting Bitcoins as a payment option. ATMs in Hong Kong and elsewhere are doing a brisk business, and the Chinese continue to buy Bitcoins at a phenomenal rate. You visit fiatleak.com to see a realtime graphic showing the flow of Bitcoins into major national markets. Most of the flow ...

Give me your tired (books) … yearning to be free

JISHOU, HUNAN — This post is an appeal to book lovers with too many books on their hands. I want those books. Honestly, I don’t need them for myself. I want them for our college here at Jishou University and for the university library. Jishou U is not a rich school, and students in our college express their frustration at finding only worn and tattered English-language books on the library shelves. As at most Chinese universities, the English language section leans heavily toward the classics: Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Twain, and (in translation) Stendhal, Tolstoy, and Flaubert, among others. All great writers, but their English prose is difficult for ESL students and furthermore is somewhat out of style. I’d love to show my students works by Saul Bellow, John Barth, Agatha Christie — really any author of the 20th century. Fiction and non-fiction books would be welcome, but books that touch on sensitive political matters (Tibet, Taiwan, the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protest, etc.) or that are overtly anti-communist or anti-Chinese could get me in a world of trouble. If you are so inclined to send any books my way, be forewarned that postage to China is outrageously ...
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