: There's another interested buyer. My read on it is that rallying the funds is only the first hurdle in getting the land to this organization. I'm sure there's lots of lawyering and bartering that is yet to be done.
I'm starting to sound like one of those nauseating messianic californian tryhards. Must drink less coffee in the mornings...
There is no need to ignore reality to be happy.
One man mines for gold and the other for earth.
> If you donate $33,333 I will write a blog post about you, your company, or your product on TheOatmeal.com. My site averages 7 million unique visitors and 30 million page views. In the three years TheOatmeal.com has been online it's been read by over 100 million people and received nearly one billion page views.
The other was anonymous, but I doubt it will stay that way considering they chose the write-up reward.
Regardless of status, since the 'donor' is getting something in return it's a moot issue.
Edit: Thanks jaredsohn. I wondered as I typed that. One of those words I say, but rarely write.
Example: Donate $100 to PBS and receive a $10 CD. Subtract the value of the CD from the donation: $90. You can claim a deduction of $90 on your taxes.
But in the case of a corporation, treating the whole thing as a marketing expense is probably easier and would yield the same result.
[I'm not a lawyer or tax accountant or any other kind of authority on taxes. Check with the IRS or competent council before filing your taxes!]
The museum aspect, non profit status etc doesn't matter. It's a legitimate marketing expense - they're paying the money to get on the front page of The Oatmeal, the same as if it went straight in The Oatmeal's pockets.
It "only" costs $425 million ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_Mare_Explorer )
I mean, look at what Kony managed to get people to do, and that wasn't even a proper cause.
Maybe there's a cheaper Mars project :)
The one with nitrogen atmosphere, methane lakes, rain and hurricanes.
Way, way more interesting than Mars in some ways.
Something space-related, while Curiosity is still fresh in people's minds, might work, but I don't think he can keep getting these numbers regularly. I'd like to be wrong, though.
Plus, does that estimate include support satellites (it apparently doesn't include the costs of getting the probe there)?
It's read by Simon Prebble. I absolutely love his voice. His 1984 is probably my favorite audiobook (I listen to audiobooks a lot).
He is great. From Wikipedia:
In the U.S., he also began narrating audio books,and to date (2012) has recorded well over 450 titles. As one of AudioFile Magazine's 'Golden Voices' and 'Best Voices of the Century', his work has gained him five 'Listen Up' awards, thirty 'Earphone' awards, and in 2005, he was named 'Narrator of theYear' by Publishers Weekly. Nominated fifteen times for the 'Audies' (the audiobook 'Oscars'), he was finally awarded a coveted 'Audie' in 2010, the year he was also named Booklist's 'Voice of Choice'.
Thanks a lot. Now I can hardly wait for the book :)
On the other hand, if the idea is to learn more about his inventions, I'd recommend reading some of his own writing, e.g. Selected Tesla Writings: http://www.tfcbooks.com/tesla/contents.htm
Lots of really amazing articles there. Check out this one,
http://www.tfcbooks.com/tesla/1900-06-00.htm , it's one of my favourites.
Too often we I think we become obsessed with trying to establish credit for a particular idea or accomplishment when the truth, especially when it comes to technical innovation, is usually far more complicated. I was going to say that the best we can do is to try and identify inflection points, but really, the best we can do is recognize that nearly everyone stands on the shoulders of giants.
Back to the book recommendations, I've read 3 of Jonnes' books and they're all pretty good, though the best was "Conquering Gotham" about Penn station and its tunnels.
I will definitely be making a donation.