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(3) Many thanks to all who responded to my little fund-raising pitch a while back. Your donations make this page possible. I am especially indebted to the reader who sent in a chunk of money designated to cover a few of those thousands of readers who regularly read these pages but have not themselves, for whatever reason, been able to contribute. If this is all starting to sound like one of those tedious public radio pledge drives, I feel your pain. But thinking about that painful parallel the other night gave me an idea: why not do as NPR does, and establish varying levels of TWD support? Since I happened to be alone in the room at the moment, the motion passed overwhelmingly, and thus our new, improved, and (with any luck) even more enticing subscription plan:
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Lifetime Subscription with Cheese - $100 - Perpetual (more or less) subscription, plus an autographed first edition copy of The Word Detective collection, a genuine dead-tree hardback book to be published in Fall 2000 by Algonquin Publishers. Anyone who does not want the book (I'll understand) can have a nice cat instead.
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(4) For years I have been frustrated by my inability to take credit cards from folks wishing to subscribe to the e-mail version of TWD. Let's face it -- writing a check, finding an envelope, stealing a stamp from your roommate or spouse, actually addressing the envelope, remembering to go to the P.O, remembering where the P.O. is, all that folderol is a major drag. But now, thanks to a brilliant suggestion from a reader, I have signed up with the free PayPal online payment service, which will allow readers to send in their subscription funds via a secure online transfer system. PayPal is widely used on eBay and other auction sites, and is backed by Deutsche Bank and Nokia. Here's an article from The Wall Street Journal that explains how it works.
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(5) People keep asking me what the motto "Semper Ubi Sub Ubi" (found under my picture on the main TWD page) means. It's an old Latin student's pun: Semper (Always) Ubi (Where) Sub (Under) Ubi (Where).
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