On Asking For Help And The Categorical Imperative
by Dan
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Hello Everyone,

I don't usually do this (talk as myself) but I am in charge of introducing the first ever Said the Gramophone Funding Drive. We have been growing in popularity for a couple of years now, and the computer bills have begun to add up. We'd pay them ourselves, but we just can't do it, so we're turning to you. I'd explain in more detail, but Sean has done such a great job at the page he's set up, that I think I'll leave the details to him (fun gifts!). One thing Sean doesn't mention is the sheer amount of work that goes into this site. This is not to make you feel guilty, but rather to try to give you a sense of the goodness your money is being invested in. We were talking once about how long each of us took to post, and each of us independently thought they took by far the longest, but we realised we all average between 2 and 4 hours per post. This is the amount of time, twice a week, that upsets girlfriends, sends you home early from a night with friends, and makes you count your sleep on one hand. We are dedicated, and we will continue to work hard at this, if you're with us.


The Said the Gramophone Funding Drive Page [Update, less than six hours later: Funding drive over! Thank you so much!]


Psapp - "New Rubbers"

I bought a Kant book for 50¢ the other day. And then that night I went to see a play involving a character from Königsburg. One was certainly the other's justification, because coincidences that I notice must have way more significance to the world than the ones I don't. In regards to this song, the coincidence deepens because I can successfully assert that I ought to listen to the cash-register ding and distant spring thaw children noises because it is true that everyone ought to listen to them too. [Buy old stuff]

Envelopes - "I Don't Like It"

I once got called closed-minded for saying that I didn't want to try shampoo in bar form. Which is kind of a closed-minded opinion to hold, guy didn't even ask me about all the pre-judging I don't do. Besides, sometimes you need to judge in advance, otherwise you'd be drinking lots of spoiled milk just to make sure your sense of smell isn't wrong and walking into walls just to make sure you're not a ghost. So, I'm going to go ahead and make this judgment: even without ever having done it, I don't think I'd like an Envelopes concert. But I like an Envelopes song, this one, and even though I've never done it, this song is perfect for listening to during cut-and-paste crafts. I am, however, a huge racist, so don't trust my word on this. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at March 13, 2006 4:11 AM

would love to donate, don't have paypal nor a credit card.

maybe an address i could send money to or something along the lines of that??

thank you'll for said the gramophone, here's to its continued existence...

Posted by shum at March 13, 2006 5:34 AM

i guess i missed the fundraising... at any rate, lots of us who didn't donate still really appreciate what you guys do (and i for one think it's especially wonderful that you don't accept ads). i'd be happy to support you guys the next time around.

Posted by karen at March 14, 2006 2:49 PM

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