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February 13, 2012, 07:56:37 PM
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I apologize for my apparent lack of participation in this thread lately.  I did manage to get an additional 10 emailings out to charities from our other thread. Which btw, needs to be more obvious in this thread so we can discuss those there. Or is it all on the website now?  I have not had the time to go check it out. Either way, total emails sent out at this point is 16. I have received 0 responses thus far.

I will be a bit more unavailable for the near foreseeable future as my father has passed away. He left our reality this morning at 7:24 AM EST. He was only 51 years old and leaves behind 5 sons and 1 beautiful daughter and a loving wife as well as 7 brothers and sisters, his mother and father, many nieces and nephews and 4 grandchildren. He was a very open minded person, a wonderful father, provider and friend to many, many less fortunate people whose lives he touched very deeply. His presence here will be missed dearly!! I have been about 5 hours away from my home and office to be with my family during this time. I just returned home last evening and will be leaving again in the next day or so to help settle his affairs.  In the meantime my business affairs will be delayed....

-Derek

Sorry to hear about your lost, Derek. If I prayed, I would say an extra one for your dad. Perhaps somebody else here will be kind enough to do that for me, for your dad.

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February 13, 2012, 08:00:38 PM
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I apologize for my apparent lack of participation in this thread lately.  I did manage to get an additional 10 emailings out to charities from our other thread. Which btw, needs to be more obvious in this thread so we can discuss those there. Or is it all on the website now?  I have not had the time to go check it out. Either way, total emails sent out at this point is 16. I have received 0 responses thus far.

I will be a bit more unavailable for the near foreseeable future as my father has passed away. He left our reality this morning at 7:24 AM EST. He was only 51 years old and leaves behind 5 sons and 1 beautiful daughter and a loving wife as well as 7 brothers and sisters, his mother and father, many nieces and nephews and 4 grandchildren. He was a very open minded person, a wonderful father, provider and friend to many, many less fortunate people whose lives he touched very deeply. His presence here will be missed dearly!! I have been about 5 hours away from my home and office to be with my family during this time. I just returned home last evening and will be leaving again in the next day or so to help settle his affairs.  In the meantime my business affairs will be delayed....

-Derek

Sorry to hear about your lost, Derek. If I prayed, I would say an extra one for your dad. Perhaps somebody else here will be kind enough to do that for me, for your dad.

~Bruno~


No need to pray to offer condolences and well-wishes, Bruno. You definitely have mine, Derek.

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February 13, 2012, 08:46:43 PM
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I apologize for my apparent lack of participation in this thread lately.  I did manage to get an additional 10 emailings out to charities from our other thread. Which btw, needs to be more obvious in this thread so we can discuss those there. Or is it all on the website now?  I have not had the time to go check it out. Either way, total emails sent out at this point is 16. I have received 0 responses thus far.

I will be a bit more unavailable for the near foreseeable future as my father has passed away. He left our reality this morning at 7:24 AM EST. He was only 51 years old and leaves behind 5 sons and 1 beautiful daughter and a loving wife as well as 7 brothers and sisters, his mother and father, many nieces and nephews and 4 grandchildren. He was a very open minded person, a wonderful father, provider and friend to many, many less fortunate people whose lives he touched very deeply. His presence here will be missed dearly!! I have been about 5 hours away from my home and office to be with my family during this time. I just returned home last evening and will be leaving again in the next day or so to help settle his affairs.  In the meantime my business affairs will be delayed....

-Derek

Sorry to hear about your lost, Derek. If I prayed, I would say an extra one for your dad. Perhaps somebody else here will be kind enough to do that for me, for your dad.

~Bruno~


No need to pray to offer condolences and well-wishes, Bruno. You definitely have mine, Derek.

sorry to hear that Derek, may he rest in peace

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February 13, 2012, 10:24:40 PM
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I apologize for my apparent lack of participation in this thread lately.  I did manage to get an additional 10 emailings out to charities from our other thread. Which btw, needs to be more obvious in this thread so we can discuss those there. Or is it all on the website now?  I have not had the time to go check it out. Either way, total emails sent out at this point is 16. I have received 0 responses thus far.

I will be a bit more unavailable for the near foreseeable future as my father has passed away. He left our reality this morning at 7:24 AM EST. He was only 51 years old and leaves behind 5 sons and 1 beautiful daughter and a loving wife as well as 7 brothers and sisters, his mother and father, many nieces and nephews and 4 grandchildren. He was a very open minded person, a wonderful father, provider and friend to many, many less fortunate people whose lives he touched very deeply. His presence here will be missed dearly!! I have been about 5 hours away from my home and office to be with my family during this time. I just returned home last evening and will be leaving again in the next day or so to help settle his affairs.  In the meantime my business affairs will be delayed....

-Derek

Sorry to hear about your lost, Derek. If I prayed, I would say an extra one for your dad. Perhaps somebody else here will be kind enough to do that for me, for your dad.

~Bruno~


No need to pray to offer condolences and well-wishes, Bruno. You definitely have mine, Derek.

I just want to make sure that my intent came across as sincere, for I truly don't pray but felt I needed to express my feelings as best as possible at that time. I truly hope others here who do pray, take time to express Derek's lost in their prayers.

~Bruno~
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February 14, 2012, 01:30:53 AM
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We need a Bitcoin 100 for Musicians.

If someone could setup a site that sells bitcoin for mp3s mp3s for bitcoins or just get an artist to accept bitcoins on their own site, that would be awesome.

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February 14, 2012, 01:32:25 AM
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We need a Bitcoin 100 for Musicians.

If someone could setup a site that sells mp3s for bitcoin or just get an artist to accept bitcoins on their own site, that would be awesome.

fixed that for you  Cheesy

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February 14, 2012, 03:55:28 PM
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Should we focus exclusively on large global charities, or would local ones be acceptable? Things like Ferret Rescue located in Pennsylvania, or an animal shelter or Girl Scout group in some particular state for example. It would be much easier to get them to accept, but the downside is that exposure would be much more limited.
Thoughts?

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February 14, 2012, 04:23:34 PM
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Should we focus exclusively on large global charities, or would local ones be acceptable? Things like Ferret Rescue located in Pennsylvania, or an animal shelter or Girl Scout group in some particular state for example. It would be much easier to get them to accept, but the downside is that exposure would be much more limited.
Thoughts?

Limited, but much more appreciative. In the spirit of Bitcoin 100's namesake, we could have them do the same thing that we're requiring of the formidable non-profits, but instead of awarding 100 BTC, we could seed their account with $100 USD. They may even look upon that as paid advertising on their respective sites, thus being awarded for using a small amount of real estate, with the added bonus of generating more revenue for their cause.

At the onset, Bitcoin wouldn't get that much exposure, but when you start adding up all those little sites, coupled with having the opportunity to show larger non-profits existing Bitcoin accepting charitable sites, a win-win scenario starts to unfold, albeit slowly. Plus, you'll never know when one of those organizations will get national air play, increasing Bitcoin's awareness several fold. As I've mentioned a couple posts back, we can even hand-pick such causes that are already in the news, thus increasing our chances of mega-exposure.

~Bruno~
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February 14, 2012, 05:33:12 PM
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Actually, my sneaky idea was to get whatever is the next charity to be sponsored by AnthroCon to accept Bitcoin. Once they do, I can post that fact to a whole bunch of furry mailing lists. AnthroCon, a furry convention in Pittsburgh PA, is attended by 3,000 to 5,000 people from around the world, and every year the charity they pick raises $1,000 to $3,000. Usually these are small, at times local, charities. The other added benefit is having a legitimate reason for exposing the furry community to Bitcoin (instead of "Hey gais, look at this!" it'll be "Hey gais! These guys take Bitcoin too!"). The furry fandom is in desperate need for something like Bitcoin. Although porn is not the main aspect of the fandom, it is still a fairly large part, and because PayPal and other payment processors have strict anti-porn rules, they have actually shut down accounts and seized commission funds of some artists (which sucks when art commissions are their main source of income), and seized donation and subscription funds from art websites that also happen to host porn (these sites allow artists to upload their own art, and don't censor or discriminate against the content). These websites and artists are struggling to find methods to get paid for commissions or subscriptions. Some are using the Square VISA thingy, and some have even tried using Second Life Linden, but both methods have very high fees. Maybe with enough of a donation, we can get the charity to actually advertise that they take Bitcoin as one of their payment methods when they come to the convention (they usually get a table in a very prominant spot, where they display their charity info and accept donations in person).

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February 14, 2012, 06:52:58 PM
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Actually, my sneaky idea was to get whatever is the next charity to be sponsored by AnthroCon to accept Bitcoin. Once they do, I can post that fact to a whole bunch of furry mailing lists. AnthroCon, a furry convention in Pittsburgh PA, is attended by 3,000 to 5,000 people from around the world, and every year the charity they pick raises $1,000 to $3,000. Usually these are small, at times local, charities. The other added benefit is having a legitimate reason for exposing the furry community to Bitcoin (instead of "Hey gais, look at this!" it'll be "Hey gais! These guys take Bitcoin too!"). The furry fandom is in desperate need for something like Bitcoin. Although porn is not the main aspect of the fandom, it is still a fairly large part, and because PayPal and other payment processors have strict anti-porn rules, they have actually shut down accounts and seized commission funds of some artists (which sucks when art commissions are their main source of income), and seized donation and subscription funds from art websites that also happen to host porn (these sites allow artists to upload their own art, and don't censor or discriminate against the content). These websites and artists are struggling to find methods to get paid for commissions or subscriptions. Some are using the Square VISA thingy, and some have even tried using Second Life Linden, but both methods have very high fees. Maybe with enough of a donation, we can get the charity to actually advertise that they take Bitcoin as one of their payment methods when they come to the convention (they usually get a table in a very prominant spot, where they display their charity info and accept donations in person).

The bottom line is that these people are artists, not a group of people doing strange things to Teddy Bears. http://www.anthrocon.org/

I'm keen on this idea.

~Bruno~



For shit and giggles, can somebody shop that round thing in the middle of the pic held by that furry to represent a Bitcoin coin?
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February 14, 2012, 08:35:36 PM
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Also, http://www.anthrocon.org/charity and http://hellobully.com/

Also just sent this:

Hi Nicole.

I was wondering what your organization does with donated funds. From the overview I got from your website it looks as if your organization depends more on actual volunteers and education campaigns rather than just monetary donations. Could you please give me a brief overview of how donated funds are spent and how they help?

Thank you very much!

-- Dmitry

Also, I think that year's theme was prehistoric... stuff... thus the guy dressed like a caveman, with a wheel "invention" in the front. Also, fursuits are about 10% of the fandom, and frankly freak me out Tongue Most other fans are into it for the same reason Anime fans are into it: art style and community around it (and porn).

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meh, for the giggles, not very proud doing it though  Smiley


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February 14, 2012, 09:15:24 PM
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meh, for the giggles, not very proud doing it though  Smiley



Looks great, paraipan. You should be proud of your work. Now go and show you friends and family what you'll been doing in your free time. They, too, will be proud of you.
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February 14, 2012, 09:19:02 PM
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Also, http://www.anthrocon.org/charity and http://hellobully.com/

Also just sent this:

Hi Nicole.

I was wondering what your organization does with donated funds. From the overview I got from your website it looks as if your organization depends more on actual volunteers and education campaigns rather than just monetary donations. Could you please give me a brief overview of how donated funds are spent and how they help?

Thank you very much!

-- Dmitry

Also, I think that year's theme was prehistoric... stuff... thus the guy dressed like a caveman, with a wheel "invention" in the front. Also, fursuits are about 10% of the fandom, and frankly freak me out Tongue Most other fans are into it for the same reason Anime fans are into it: art style and community around it (and porn).

From http://hellobully.com/

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If you can, please take a moment to make a donation through PayPal. Every dollar counts.

If every dollar counts, then why use PayPal?

I like this list: http://www.anthrocon.org/charity

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1997: Therapy Dogs - $2,200
1998: Whiskers - $3,200
1999: Great Valley Nature Center - $3,600
2000: National Greyhound Adoption Program - $6,500
2001: Reins of Life - $7,200
2002: Canine Partners for Life - $13,200
2003: Support Our Shelters - $8,300
2004: Forgotten Felines & Fidos - $7,200
2005: Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue - $6,400
2006: Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage - $8,400
2007: Animal Friends - $7,608
2008: Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue - $13,154
2009: Animal Rescue League Wildlife Rehabilitation Center - $8,992
2010: Fayette Friends of Animals - $12,849
2011: Toonseum - $11,522
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meh, for the giggles, not very proud doing it though  Smiley

Nor should you be  Tongue

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We are a 501c3 non-profit and have no salaried employees and depend solely on donations. We due depends on our volunteers to help care for and advocate for the dogs. The donations that we receive fund our new Hello Bully Halfway House and care for our adopt-a-bulls (food, medical bills, enrichment toys, etc.), fund our free public educational programs and fully fund our Pit Fix Plus program, which is a free spay/neuter and vaccine program for owned pit bulls in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area. With that program we are doing our part to help control the over population of pit bulls and the over-crowding in shelters in our area.

I hope hat gives you a better insight as to who Hello Bully is what we do. Please let me know if you should need any more information or have any questions or concerns.

-Nicole

I will wait for more people to read this thread and give feedback before I decide whether to pursue this idea (If I do go to this convention, I will obviously try to donate with Bitcoin while there, but considering ALL the hotels in the area completely sold out within 2 hours of registration opening, and so far I have no room to stay, I was planning on skipping it this year...)

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Does anyone have any objections or comments regarding my idea of trying to get an AnthroCon chosen charity to accept this?

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Does anyone have any objections or comments regarding my idea of trying to get an AnthroCon chosen charity to accept this?
If it is a charity benefits animals, not humans dressed like animals, I support it.  I would be happy to donate to Hello Bully or a similar org.
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Does anyone have any objections or comments regarding my idea of trying to get an AnthroCon chosen charity to accept this?
If it is a charity benefits animals, not humans dressed like animals, I support it.  I would be happy to donate to Hello Bully or a similar org.

It is a charity that benefits animals, which I will be trying to convince to help spread Bitcoin awareness to humans dressed like animals, once they come to a convention that typically hosts 3,000+ of such humans.
Btc100 funds would only be donated in the originally intended way. All the subsequent attempts at convincing I will do on my own. The only way humans dressed like animals will benefit is from knowing about a better money transmittal service than the PayPal types that have been ripping them off for the last decade. Wider addoption is good, especially when there's a global group of 10's of thousands on places like deviantart, furaffinity, sofurry, etc, who are all very internet savvy, extremely connected, and spend A LOT of money on p2p transactions trading and selling art and custom work.
Frankly, that community is perfect for this technology, but there isn't any authoritative way of introducing it to them. When I tried with some, they either come back with "Isn't that a scam/pyramid? I don't get it" or they keep using PayPal, accepting the risk, just because it's easier. I am hoping with this charity displaying Bitcoin as a donation method, it will give Bitcoin a bit more legitimacy.

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February 18, 2012, 12:00:51 AM
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I'm fine with it as well. I think if we have some priors, other charities might also be more open.

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Seriously, I'm behind you, Rassah. I wish you luck.

For shits and giggles, would you mind waiting for about another 24 hours to give any naysayers their say? In the future, we'll be using email, for I've finally got the autoresponder worker. Strange thing! It wasn't broken. It worked perfectly the second after I configured everything. At the time, it was like looking at Google's home page for the first time and waiting for the page to load--all in vane (or is it vein).

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