This appears to be my 1,000th post at The Unz Review (including the archives from my old blogs).
Coincidentally, it will also be my 100th post this year, which would represent an almost threefold increase in intensity relative to 2015-2016.
So I guess now is as good a time as any to launch my first ever fundraising drive.
Back when I was in California I didn’t feel too comfortable asking for gibs, since I spent most of my working time on unrelated freelance jobs and my volume of blogging didn’t merit much in the way of donations. Since then, though, I’ve moved back to Russia, and started doing all this effectively full-time.
Now please don’t feel obligated. Only give if you like what I do, if you can afford to, and if a much more deserving charity or cause doesn’t come to mind. I am not going to starve anytime soon, and my long-term financial plans still revolve around writing books.
That said, if you like what I do, want to see more of it and sooner, and are not yourself impoverished, I could certainly do with your alms.
(1) Sponsor me on Patreon
(2) Payment to my email address with Google Wallet
(3) Paypal donation
(4) If you bank with Wells Fargo, you can use Surepay (go to “Transfer and Pay,” “Send Money”) to send money to my email address (advantage: No extra fees)
(5) Bitcoin: 17tDufZUEK3DvQh3rY75F3xtVgxj4TzdtB
This is my first time panhandling, and I haven’t thoroughly tested all of these methods, so please let me know if anything goes wrong. I would also very much like to know if there are any good alternatives to the above methods.
Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Moving on, a few administrative announcements.
Following my blog
Back in the “golden age” of blogging a decade ago, feeds and feed readers were all the rage. Then along came Twitter and Facebook, Google Reader closed down, and the golden age was over. However, with Twitter’s problems, I suspect we might soon see a resurgence of the old ways.
So why not get ahead of the curve if you haven’t already. If you’re the sort of person who likes keeping up with many different blogs and columnists, I suggest getting a feed reader such as Feedly, or The Old Reader (which reproduce much of the functionality of the much missed Google Reader). To follow my blog in particular, just insert one of the following feeds:
- https://www.unz.com/xfeed/rss/akarlin/ (native Unz.com feed, but in my experience not very reliable)
- http://feeds.feedburner.com/RussianReaction (blog feed generated on Feedburner)
A few months ago, I also set up a Twitter bot that automatically reposts everything I write here and at my other blogs – follow https://twitter.com/KarlinBot.
Last but not least, you can also keep tabs on my recent posts not just from The Unz Review’s interface, but also from my main website at http://akarlin.com/.
Almost a year ago, I carried out a large survey on what I could do to improve my product.
The one thing for which there was overwhelming demand for was more in the way of reviews. Unfortunately, I singularly failed at that. The pace of history has picked up radically of late, and commenting on breaking news stories has been trumping other considerations.
Still, the publicity (and monetary) success of Gregory Cochran’s recent review of Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine does demonstrate there is a demand for good reviews, so I’ll commit to filling in this lacuna.
I wouldn’t want to fail my 2017 predictions, after all.
- I will write 30+ book reviews: 50%.
- Reviewing things will definitely be more of a priority from now on.
- I will write 5+ game reviews: 50%.
- I will write fewer than 5 movie reviews: 80%.
New and Ongoing Projects
Some other stuff I’m doing at the moment:
We are the official podcast of United Russia and the Republican Party. /s
Note that I also have a Russian language blog at http://akarlin.ru/, though I don’t update it all that regularly.
Incidentally, I need a name for it. Looking for something that crisply conveys at least some of the following ideas/themes/feelings:
(1) Far from the best possible outcome, though not catastrophic either
(2) Industrial economy
(4) Overpopulation – due to selection for higher fertility preferences reversing the demographic transition. my estimate is that our current technological level translates to a theoretical global carrying capacity of approximately 100 billion people.
(5) Possible the “Clarkian selection” that will follow afterwards.
(6) The idea of the millennial delay/opportunity cost it would impose.
Current preference is “Dark Equilibrium,” but its not optimal.
In the meantime, I’m also currently involved in writing two papers, which I hope will be ready to be published sometime by the summer.
I also have a new blogroll and quotes page, which I will soon integrate with my column’s sidebar at Unz.