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March 16, 2008

Just do it
Posted by Patrick at 10:05 PM *

Sometimes there’s a good reason that everyone’s linking to something. Match It for Pratchett.

Comments on Just do it:
#1 ::: vian ::: (view all by) ::: March 16, 2008, 11:57 PM:

Australians may find it easier to donate to Alzheimer's Australia, whose donation page is here:

I had trouble donating to the British mob.

#2 ::: Brooks Moses ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 12:03 AM:

as a reminder to other US readers -- the "Alzheimers Research Trust"
donation site that that links to is of course a UK site, and so the
donation amount will be in pounds, not dollars.

I found this a bit easy to overlook, and thus donated a bit more
than twice as much as I meant to -- and immediately realized it as soon
as I hit confirm. How tragic, and other sarcastic notes to indicate
that I'm not exactly upset about this. Nonetheless, I figured it's
worth the warning.

In any case, the donation does seem to go through fine regardless of the lack of UK postal info that I could associate with it.

#3 ::: Another Damned Medievalist ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 06:07 AM:

Please feel free to snag the button at It was made by a LJ user who just
wants the word out and made it for people to post at blogs and
websites. There is also a facebook group, "Matching Funds for Pratchett"

Non UK donors who wish to donate to the UK site can do
so by clicking on the "don't have a postal code" link at the UK
Alzheimer's Research site. UK, Oz, Canada, and US sites all allow
comments where you can say you're matching for Pratchett.

#4 ::: Dave Langford ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 08:43 AM:

#2: The "Alzheimers Donation Jar"
button at accepts US dollar contributions
via PayPal, which seems more convenient than entering all one's address
and credit card details at the Alzheimer's Research Trust site. You may
need to scroll down a bit to see it.

#5 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 09:55 AM:

For anyone going to Eastercon in London this weekend (I am) - I'm told that copies of Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature will be on sale, with half of the £10 cover price going to the Alzheimer's Research Trust. I'm planning on making a donation anyway, but I do want to try and snag a copy for myself.

A reminder for UK natives (probably most of you know this anyway - I
had to be reminded) is that if you donate via the charity itself,
rather than the PayPal button, and tick the Gift Aid box then they get to claim tax back on it and thus get 28% more money in the end, at no additional cost to you.

#6 ::: Janice in GA ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 11:08 AM:

Thanks to Dave at #4 for the link to be able to use PayPal.

#7 ::: Another Damned Medievalist ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 12:03 PM:

I think I noticed somewhere that Guilty of Literature will also be available at ICFA on the same terms, but I could be wrong.

#8 ::: K.C. Shaw ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 03:20 PM:

I wish I'd known about the Paypal donation, although it didn't take long to enter all my info on the original site.

I'm hoping that soon we'll start seeing humorous fantasy anthologies
with proceeds going toward Alzheimer's research, for those of us who
already own Guilty of Literature (and who have already given away
copies to everyone we know as well).

#9 ::: Malthus ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 04:42 PM:

Done. Come on, let's make this the longest thread in the history of ML!

#10 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 05:18 PM:

Done earlier today.

#11 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 06:19 PM:

There's also a US Alzheimers Association donation link through the
bottom post on the page. Don't know how the reporting works, though, to
let the guy know that $nn have been donated to the "Match it for
Pratchett" challenge.

#12 ::: Madeline Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 06:45 PM:

Done yesterday afternoon, and flagged as a Pratchett-related donation in the comment field.

#13 ::: Magenta Griffith ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 07:37 PM:

Dave @4: I made a donation at the link you gave, and received an email receipt from

The "junk" part worries me. Did I give money to the right place? Anyone?

This is a subject close to me. My mother has vascular dementia. She
has, in 6 years, gone from reading widely to reading children's books,
and now, to only looking at the pictures. She can appreciate art, or at
least likes the books of paintings I've sent, but she can't follow a
story any more. The idea of getting to the point where I can no longer
read scares the sh*t out of me.

If the trend continues, we may have a market for very simple books
for the impaired, somewhat like the high-low books for teens with low
reading skills. Except the teens often improve, and the impaired
elderly will not.

#14 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 09:28 PM:

Another Damned Mediaevalist: Yes, it will be.

This is quite a personal issue for me, too - I've lost three family
members (on both sides) to/with Alzheimer's, and I'm not exactly
optimistic about my own chances. So this is quite definitely an
investment in the future.

#15 ::: PixelFish ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 09:53 PM:

I've whipped up a few icons for Match It For Pratchett. The art is
by Aysha Shehim (Questionstar on and is used with her
permission. So far there is one featuring Vimes and Errol, and another
featuring Moist von Lipwig.

Badges here:

(I also made my donation through the Alzheimer's Association site
and flagged it as in honor of Terry and Match It For Pratchett.)

#16 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2008, 10:20 PM:

I've been told (for whatever that might be worth) that a donation to
the US Alzheimer's organization is likely to get you on their Mailing
List, with junkmail that costs them more than $2 per year to produce
and send. IOW, it might be one of those "poor stewardship Good Causes",
and perhaps some kind of workaround would be in order. Maybe this will
(finally) motivate me to get a PayPal Account.

#17 ::: Marna Nightingale ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 12:36 AM:

*goes to donate*

*has completely unforgiveable fit of black humour at the existence
of a "Alzheimer Wandering Registry Program for Veterans" discovered
while googling "Alzheimers Canada"

*considers not sharing this on the grounds of good taste*

*remembers this donation is being made on behalf of the man who wrote the line "bet you half a dollar you're the Widow Jones?"*

*gives money*

Note to Canadians: keeps timing out. I knew there were a lot of Pratchett fans in Canada, but wow.

#18 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 12:59 AM:

Did it! Made small postcards to set on the con sales table at Minicon so people can take them home and donate!

#19 ::: Marna Nightingale ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 01:06 AM:

I should say that what I eventually ended up doing was donating to the Ottawa Chapter.

Apparently -- the Alzheimers Society of Canada --
is down and has been for a bit, but a google on Alzheimer's plus your
city, country or province will almost certainly give any Canadian a
selection of excellent organisations to give money to.

#20 ::: Allen J. Baum ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 01:10 AM:

I used to give to the Alzheimers Association here. That did get me on their mailing list, as Don suggests. With a vengeance.

That got me more than one begging letter a month, some of which even
had return address envelopes with stamps. Not counting ones to
alternate spellings of my name, or Donya's.

I stopped giving to them - the percentage of what I give them that goes to junkmail must be ferocious.

Does anyone know of an Alzheimers group that will put the money you
send them into, like *research*, instead of wasting it on a huge volume
of junkmail?

#21 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 01:28 AM:

Donating to the UK group is easy if you click on the little
link that says to click there if you're not in the UK. Then you get the
right fields for your address.

Donating via Paypal will take some processing fees from the
money, which is why I did it directly to the UK group for research.
(Marked it for Pterry.)

#22 ::: vian ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 02:22 AM:

Marilee@ 21

Another reason to consider donating locally, for those of us Dow
Nunder at least, is that our rapacious bastard banks charge large fees
on foreign currency transactions. So, in my case anyhow, I added what
would have been the transaction fee in pounds to the $aus amount I
donated, on the basis that I'd rather the money went to research than
to a wunch of bankers.

#23 ::: Dave Langford ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 02:58 AM:

#21 -- PayPal fees: personally I was happy to pay a bit more for
general convenience (not to mention avoiding the possibility of getting
on a junk mail list), and just increased my intended donation to allow for PayPal's cut.

#24 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 05:29 AM:

Wish I'd thought about Gift Aid before PayPal-ing at the "Match it" site. Oh well.

Marna Nightingale @ 17. Black humour is good - much better than no humour.

#25 ::: meredith ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 10:27 AM:

Just done, and added thanks for the PayPal link as well.

#26 ::: Lila ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 11:25 AM:

Done. Handy pounds-to-dollars conversion utility here.

#27 ::: Zeynep ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 12:11 PM:

Done. Yes, the e-mail address for the Match It for Pratchett site
strangely begins with the word "junk," but that seems to be intentional.

#28 ::: inimitablej ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 06:05 PM:

Arthur C. Clark died...?

#29 ::: inimitablej ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2008, 06:06 PM:

whoops so sorry, wrong thread :(

#30 ::: Lee Whiteside ::: (view all by) ::: March 19, 2008, 03:25 PM:

a note here that only the funds donated directly to the UK charity all
go to it. Paypal takes their cut on the donations through paypal and a
good portion of the t-shirt sales go to cafepress. The website is NOT official and none of the
campaign and the rapid blogosphere spread was done with any checking
with Terry about it.

For more details on Terry's donation, his official news site has the details here:

Terry's comments about the Match It For Pratchett campaign can be
found here:

Lee Whiteside

#31 ::: Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: March 20, 2008, 01:34 AM:

Done. $30 via paypal to the matchit people, and $120 to the US organization, which will probably flood me with junk mail.

On the other hand, I can be certain the $120 will go to the alzheimers organization, and not to Nigeria.

#32 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2008, 07:27 AM:

#30 Lee -- Thanks for that URL... From there I followed Terry's
recommended link to the ART site. I get nervous about "unofficial"

#33 ::: Vicki ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2008, 07:50 PM:

Tangentially, a friend of mine here in the US donated one pound to
the British organization. That led to her bank putting a stop on her
debit card until she called them--apparently, some scammers use small
charitable donations to test if a stolen credit or debit card number
will work, and her bank was taking no chances.

In the course of sorting this out over the phone, she and the bank
employee found an actual fraudulent transaction, from a company trying
to make an automatic debit on an account she had cancelled in January.

Sometimes charity has unexpected benefits.

#34 ::: Serge is told he should buy Viagra ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2008, 09:17 AM:

Droopy? I prefer thinking of it as resting.

#35 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2008, 10:49 AM:

I think it should be spelled "Viagara". But that would be a different value proposition.

#36 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2008, 06:36 AM:

Larry Brennan #37; Wouldn't the proposition be 'Viagara Falls'?

#37 ::: Paul Duncanson is having spam, egg, bacon and spam. ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 06:34 AM:

At least I that's what I see

#38 ::: Paul Duncanson is having spam, egg, bacon and spam. ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 06:34 AM:

At least I think that's what I see.

#39 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 10:14 AM:

It kind of looks like someone is testing autospamming software, and doesn't have it working as intended.

#40 ::: joann sees more of the all-too-usual at #44 ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 03:03 PM:

Will no one rid us of these turbulent misfiring oracular priests?

#41 ::: Xopher wonders if we can't get rid of this jackhole for good ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 06:35 PM:

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#42 ::: Jon Meltzer agrees with Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 06:36 PM:

Can the IP address be blocked?

#43 ::: Jon Meltzer notices something about the spammers ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 10:42 PM:

They're probing every four hours.

#44 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 12:00 AM:

In general, the IPs used by this class of spammer are many and varied. They're proxies hijacked for the purpose. (Maybe not always, but every time I look.) is a proxy. Interestingly, though, isn't (at least, it hasn't been used to the point where it's been indexed by Google -- not to say it's not a fresh proxy, though.)

I still haven't figured out why the single-nonsense-word spammers are doing what they're doing. My theory is they're probes to gauge how diligent a given forum's moderation is. But I can't say for sure.

*sigh* I love spam.

#45 ::: Spam deleted ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 02:43 AM:

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#46 ::: David Goldfarb notes yet another one ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 04:38 AM:

Another probe....

#47 ::: Spam deleted ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 06:49 AM:

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#49 ::: Spam deleted ::: (view all by) ::: May 30, 2008, 03:49 PM:

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