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1241  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Internet Archive (Home of the Wayback Machine) Accepting Bitcoin Donations! on: December 15, 2011, 04:54:31 AM
It would be nice if they could spend the money as bitcoins. I'd imagine they could probably use it to buy some stuff at memory dealers for their serves. Does anyone know if there's anyone offering office supplies for bitcoin? It's not glamorous, but I'd imagine almost every charity that accepts bitcoins would need office supplies of some sort.

Or even just coffee for their office(s):

  If we wanted to help get the brain juices flowing for them and future acceptors of Bitcoin, one sure fire way would be to send a gift bag of coffee, or other things purchased with Bitcoins and of course note on the card that they were purchased directly with Bitcoins. A good gesture and a passive suggestion that may just get their attention some more.


I really like this idea. Support bitcoin merchants at the same time. Great!
So... do it!  Have a bag or three drop-shipped from bitbrew straight to the guys working there.  Wink

Most major charitable organizations have a central office. An office with coffee drinkers. Coffee paid for possibly out of donated dollars. If they're able to just buy coffee with Bitcoin, the money not spent there would be used toward their intended goals. Think about it!

I think this is a great idea. We can organize it similarly to the Bitcoin 100 pledge drive. I can publicly post a bitcoin address and anyone willing to donate a small amount to purchase coffee for may do so. After a certain amount of time has passed, I'll use the funds to purchase a variety of my most popular brews, throw in a bag of decaf and maybe some tea leaves at my expense, and send them off to with a tasteful card that reads, "From your friends and supporters in the Bitcoin Community. (This coffee was bought with bitcoins!)".

I'll also include a personal letter from me, offering a 10% discount on all future purchases for the offices. Fair warning, however: I offer a premium product - mostly fair trade and organic coffees, and even if I offered it to them at cost, it might still be more fiscally prudent for them to continue buying their office coffee from the local supermarket or warehouse store.
1242  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin100 & on: December 14, 2011, 06:45:00 AM
As far as your website idea is concerned, there are a couple like what you've described, for I've used them before.
Yeah, but a quick search indicates that what's out there is not quite like what I want to do. I want to format it a bit differently, and focus on the most irritating misspellings of really basic words.

Reminds me of The Oatmeal's Twitter Spelling Test Quiz.
1243  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The White Dot - What bitcoin can learn from the Norwegian paper clip on: December 14, 2011, 05:46:16 AM
I think you could think of something better to say or ask.  You could ask some other question before offering to buy the coffee, to which the person should know an answer that would universal among all of us.
The question couldn't be something like "Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?"  Instead, it should be something inconspicuous lke something about the weather or the like.
Think Fight Club but more nerdy.

Okay, I think it should be fairly easy and inconspicuous for your average Bitcoin enthusiast to display a Bitcoin logo somewhere, be it on their phone, key ring, etc. Another bitcoiner would initiate an identification verification by saying, "I like your phone/key ring/t-shirt/tattoo. Is it a Satoshi Nakamoto?" and the appropriate response would be, "No, but it is a bit like one."

Voilà! You've now clandestinely identified yourselves to one another as members of the anarcho-crypto-economic vanguard as well as maybe prompting eavesdroppers to google "Satoshi Nakamoto," wondering where they can acquire this phone/tattoo/pair of alpaca socks.
1244  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The White Dot - What bitcoin can learn from the Norwegian paper clip on: December 14, 2011, 02:01:08 AM

"Would you be interested in me buying you your coffee today ?"
      "Yes thanks".
(coffee handed over)
      "thanks for the coffee.. gotta run"
"wait!"  (waving smartphone and pointing at QR code while winking)
"You forgot the uh.. BTC"
       "weirdo..."   Undecided   (runs away)

Better make that dot on the phone an actual bitcoin logo sticker I think Wink

This is the same scenario I imagined. Even non-bitcoin users would respond "Yes, thanks" to an offer of free coffee.

Do it often enough and people might get the idea that all they have to do is add a white dot to their phone and geeks will buy them coffee.  Tongue
1245  Economy / Marketplace / Re: - Bitcoin Twitter Ad Platform [ANN] on: December 13, 2011, 10:32:02 PM
Hi all,

Can I make a quick request - if you've tried out FeedZeBirds and it's been a pleasant experience, can you leave a quick rating here?

It'll help us get more exposure, thanks!

You can also review FeedZeBirds here:  Wink
1246  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin100 & on: December 13, 2011, 05:44:46 AM
Actually bitcoin is on their donation page - there is a link at the bottom.

Yes, but what I'm saying is, how many know about that link as a direct result of it being mentioned in the Bitcoin 100 threads on this forum?
1247  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin100 & on: December 13, 2011, 04:49:03 AM
They seem to be doing ok without the bitcoin100:

Though I'm personally willing to have them as the first charity - I think when they see how much they have already taken they may be inclined to make the bitcoin information more prominent.

What the hell! Whoever is orchestrating that drive, I want them to come over to the Bitcoin100 camp. That is awesome! Do you folks realize how impressive that looks. One look at that by other charitable organizations, and we won't need Bitcoin100.

I have a feeling that the Bitcoin 100 has done a good job of promoting by just publicly discussing the fact that they now accept bitcoin donations. This might be another "carrot" for potential recipients of the Bitcoin 100's pledge - a viral boost from the BTC community.
1248  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I took a taxi today piad with VISA! on: December 12, 2011, 06:19:23 AM
*edd begins daydreaming...*

1249  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 12 on: December 09, 2011, 07:16:36 PM
If this stays the way it is (an empty slot) can have 2 @ 1BTC instead of 1 @ 2BTC?

Here, I'll take care of that for you.

My bid: 7 slots at 1.5 BTC each
1250  Other / Meta / Re: "Position: SCAMMER"... wtf? on: December 09, 2011, 07:05:56 PM
I made some shady business decisions in the past. Perhaps you should reconsider if you were planning on entering into a business deal with me, but other than that, I won't bite.
So did you learn from those business decisions?  Will you make the same mistake again?

(I do believe people can change)

The following statement has nothing to do with the user terrytibbs but is simply a piece of general advice I want to pass along - I have learned from experience that, more often than not, people who say they have changed, haven't.
1251  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Giving a presentation on Bitcoin on: December 08, 2011, 06:24:28 PM
step one: know your audience

can you provide any details of who (general speaking) this talk will be for? Which I don't know a huge amount about. But from the individuals I talked to and what their website looks like, they seem pretty blue.

Is it or
1252  Economy / Services / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin100: A Kickstarter for Charities on: December 08, 2011, 06:52:17 AM
Wait, does that count as three pledges, or as one? Grin

Just one, please!

I don't want to come across as trying to use this to promote my sites, I just wanted to clarify how I'll be determining the amount I donate.

(Don't forget to buy some coffee!  Wink )
1253  Economy / Services / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin100: A Kickstarter for Charities on: December 08, 2011, 06:39:34 AM
When I first came across this thread, I wasn't planning on joining only because there are several popular "charities" that I will not support because I feel they do more harm than good and I didn't want to have to choose between going back on my word or acting against my principles in the event that one of them was chosen as the Bitcoin100's first recipient.

I see now that I needn't have worried.

Not only do I feel comfortable donating to the charities mentioned by Phinnaeus (at least the ones that I've seen - I'll confess that I haven't read every reply in this thread), the Bitcoin100 seems likely to gravitate toward the most worthwhile of causes.

That being said, I've sent 3 BTC to the vanity donation address - one for each of my for-profit bitcoin ventures (at the moment, that's BitBrew, The Bitcoin List, and Unofficial BTC). I also pledge to send 1 additional BTC from each active, for-profit bitcoin venture I'm personally responsible for to each charity that gets my vote.
1254  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [BOUNTY] What can I buy for 1 BTC? on: December 06, 2011, 10:40:30 PM   and a few other 12-oz packs of coffee for under 2BTC.  Not sure about shipping cost - but may be within budget for Americans at least I imagine.

Shipping is included in the price to the US.

For 3BTC to spend I'd recommend the 1000 poker chips and 12oz of coffee for sure.

Also, the price of 1000 Seals chips does not change.

You forgot to mention flavored coffees in 8 oz packages and a pretty decent selection of teas, too, if I say so myself.  Wink
1255  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Idea: Specialty HomeBrew beverages for bitcoin on: December 05, 2011, 09:02:39 PM
I considered doing this myself (fits with the "BitBrew" theme) but just researching all the proper permits and certification for producing and selling alcohol gave me a headache.
1256  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Dozens of New Sites Added to The Bitcoin List! on: December 05, 2011, 08:56:43 PM

Would you be able to add  ? Thanks!

Already listed under
Let me know if there is another category you think is more appropriate and I'll list it there.  Personal bitcoin related site. Not much there yet, but more will be added slowly over the coming days.
Done! For now, I've got it listed under "Bitcoin Info."
1257  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Dozens of New Sites Added to The Bitcoin List! on: December 05, 2011, 05:47:57 PM
We would appreciate it if you added BTCVPS to your list.  Grin


1258  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN] Introducing – Driving 1 MILLION Bitcoin Users in 2012 on: December 05, 2011, 03:41:17 AM

But if I lose 5% for my initial Bitcoin purchase (I've paid more than that in the past by the way!) - what's the difference between being hit up front like that, or getting free initial deposit with PayPal and then hit with a fee for every purchase?  Actually.. the difference is you come out ahead with paypal because it's less than 5% right?

I also pay another 5% or more if I want to get my Bitcoins out.

You could use an exchange called which has zero fees to buy or sell.  and deposits and withdrawals are also free, unless its a wire transfer.  there is no need to pay 5% in or out.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

If you don't want to pay a 5% fee to use bitcoins, find another method of obtaining them.
1259  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN] Introducing – Driving 1 MILLION Bitcoin Users in 2012 on: December 05, 2011, 03:03:29 AM
Promoting bitcoin meets paypal-wallet services. Yes. Promoting bitcoin itself. Not really.


Millions of people use PayPal.  Let's get them to try our thing.

I've only dabbled with PayPal a while ago - but as I see it, for the average consumer, Bitcoin can't compete on Fees yet.
(paypal you pay each transaction, but getting your money into paypal is cheap.. 
whereas bitcoin you easily pay 5% or more depending on where you are to get your money into it in the first place)

Also - I hear paypal allows person to person payments.

So..unless they sell things for bitcoins or earn in bitcoins, they're effectively paying more to use bitcoins than they would using PayPal - so what exactly is the angle here that will sell the idea of Bitcoin to the average person? 

That they can send amounts equivalent to a few cents?
The 'political' aspects of avoiding banks or corporations which could freeze your money? (A valid concern - but 'occupy' crowd aside, it's probably not high on the agenda of most people)

PayPal's fee structure.

PayPal charges fees for every transaction except deposits into your PayPal account and some withdrawals.

Sending money to anyone via PayPal incurs a fee, the only question is who pays it.
1260  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Dozens of New Sites Added to The Bitcoin List! on: December 05, 2011, 02:30:35 AM
Can you add plz?  Thanks!

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