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DonorsChoose #scibloggers4students: I'm not above bribing you.

You already know that the science-inclined precincts of the blogosphere are in the midst of Science Bloggers for Students 2011, in which we and DonorsChoose ask you to contribute funds to public school classroom projects which provide books, science kits, safety equipment and reagents, field trips, and other essentials to make learning come alive for students.

You may also recall that the drive this year runs through October 22nd. And, seeing as how that's more than a week away, you maybe have making a donation on the second (or third) page of your to-do list. Or, you figure someone else will do it.

A bunch of other folks (including me!) have donated funds to get the challenge rolling -- the overall total for the drive as I compose this is $13,733 -- but there are so many more classroom projects waiting to be funded. Inertia may be a comfortable default, especially in the face of need so great that its enormity is paralyzing, but if you can spare a few bucks you will be doing something tangible to be a force for good.

And, it's easy. Visit my giving page, check out the projects described there, enter the amount of money you want to give, and check out. It's as quick and painless as buying a book or a T-shirt online.

Plus, I'm prepared to make it worth your while.

Goodies from ThinkGeek:

As I type this post, just over 24 hours remain in this week's challenge (which ends midnight October 13th, Eastern time) to get the most new donors to one's giving page. ThinkGeek will be awarding $50 gift certificates to the five bloggers in the drive who picked up the most new donors this week. If you make me one of those bloggers, I'll be giving away a $50 gift certificate, a $25 gift certificate, and a $10 gift certificate from ThinkGeek to randomly drawn donors to my giving page.

But, you have to put me in the top five for number of donors to make the drawing happen. So seize that window of opportunity!

Set my blogging agenda:

Owing to the vicissitudes of my semester (and the youth soccer season, and the eldest Free-Ride offspring's first year of junior high), I haven't been posting as much as I might be. What do you want me to blog about here? What ethical issue in science should I explore for you? What scientific topic demands a sprog's-eye view? What questions would you like to ask me about my misspent scientific youth?

Until the end of the drive (October 22nd), if you make a donation of any size to my giving page, you get to assign me a blog post. Think of the power! Mwuahahaha!

OK, you know the facts. You know what to do.

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#scibloggers4students social media occupation

Have you ever watched your Twitter feed only to see a virtual community come together to effect positive change in the three-dimensional world? It looks like this:

The science bloggers prepare their DonorsChoose giving pages for Science Bloggers for Students 2011 and start tweeting it up ...

Prepping by null Science Blogger Donor page. get ready to help #public #science #education excel with community output
DNLee5
October 2, 2011
Great to see @DonorsChoose teachers getting in on the tweeting! Thanks @KinderDude, @DMQUALLS & @suzannemini for sharing your projects w me!
doc_becca
October 2, 2011
When did you stop loving science? New post at Balanced Instability http://wp.me/p1l80q-9g @DonorsChoose
GertyZ
October 2, 2011
They offer their readers reasons to become donors (including prizes) ...
Helping needy classrooms + cocktail named after you = WINNING, people. http://scientopia.org/blogs/drbecca/2011/10/02/its-donors-choose-and-cocktail-sweepstakes-time/ #DonorsChoose
doc_becca
October 3, 2011
Science Bloggers for Education Challenge. Your support may educate another Whizbanger! http://bit.ly/pmZ701
PHLane
October 3, 2011
You know why the #supercommittee should adopt #buffettrule? http://bit.ly/ocSlxu have you seen what teachers need? http://DonorsChoose.org
sundapp
October 3, 2011
Help me bring desperately-needed science materials to classrooms, with @DonorsChoose: http://bit.ly/off1GP #DonorsChoose
JacquelynGill
October 3, 2011
@SteelCitySci is leading SciAm blogs in fundraising for #DonorsChoose. Bloggers make a difference! You can help! http://steelcityscience.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/science-bloggers-for-students-challenge-donorschoose/
SandlinSeguin
October 3, 2011
Pomp, circumstance, and the legendary nipple shirt. Now at Pondering Blather for @DonorsChoose! http://scientopia.org/blogs/blather/2011/10/03/its-time/
doc_becca
October 3, 2011
This classroom needs goggles to practice safe science. Can you help? http://bit.ly/oaYMlo #DonorsChoose (Project: Safety First!)
JacquelynGill
October 3, 2011
I'm not above bribery and stunts to get donations for @DonorsChoose. First donor gets hard back copy of Dawkins... http://fb.me/1aXQom3ao
DNLee5
October 3, 2011
Hey chembloggers, set up your #scibloggers4students giving pages so I can support my old discipline! #DonorsChoose
docfreeride
October 3, 2011
@suzannemini Well, here's mine, part of FreeThought Bloggers: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/leadershipboard.html?category=274
kyliesturgess
October 4, 2011
@DonorsChoose, a great cause for bringing science to our most needy students - http://bit.ly/mVtUtM 1 Project fully funded, 70 to go!!
LSBlogs
October 4, 2011
Geoscience bloggers, you should join me at the @DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students challenge! Team Ocean & Geoscience needs you.
JacquelynGill
October 4, 2011
Science up the Schools with the DrugMonkey Blog DonorsChoose Drive for 2011 http://dlvr.it/pKKjX
ScientopiaBlogs
October 4, 2011
For every $5 you donate through my #DonorsChoose giving page, you get an entry to win custom science magnets! null
JacquelynGill
October 4, 2011
The competition between networks and disciplines heats up ...
W00t! #SciAmBlogs pulled ahead of the indep bloggers in DonorsChoose donations! We've got @LabSpaces in our sights... http://bit.ly/rmAryL
NerdyChristie
October 4, 2011
Acid and base are four letter words...hooray for biochemistry #scibloggers4students
jotey67890
October 4, 2011
Have you read this >> Science Bloggers for Students Give to my @DonorsChoose campaign & support public school... http://fb.me/I9uI9xiP
DNLee5
October 4, 2011
Did you love the extras in science classes? The experiments, hands-on demos and the dissections? Please help a teacher http://bit.ly/ndMhoU
drugmonkeyblog
October 5, 2011
@DonorsChoose project: Launch a Rocket of Success - http://bit.ly/n2SpTC Please help @h2so4hurts in helping to fund a rocketry project
LSBlogs
October 5, 2011
Will you help these Wisconsin kindergartners learn (and enjoy!) math? http://bit.ly/nxSyEp (Project: Math in the Real World) #DonorsChoose
JacquelynGill
October 5, 2011
#DonorsChoose is the right thing to do. RT @ScientopiaBlogs: Support Science in the Schools... http://dlvr.it/pWVny
drugmonkeyblog
October 5, 2011
RT @docfreeride: Day 7 of #scibloggers4students drive with @DonorsChoose and we're really close to $7000. Spare a few bucks? http://t.co/7n8Lu6Wb
lblanken
October 8, 2011
ThinkGeek gets in on the action by offering prizes for the bloggers who get the most new donors during Week 2 of the challenge ...
RT @docfreeride: And thru midnight 10/13 @DonorsChoose #scibloggers4students blogger who gets most new donors wins $50 @thinkgeek cert.! http://t.co/7n8Lu6Wb
cuttlefishpoet
October 8, 2011
RT @docfreeride: Help @sciencegeist fund a "Cooking with Chemistry" classroom project - just $71 to go! http://t.co/uo2aNRNf #scibloggers4students
DrRubidium
October 8, 2011
This #DonorsChoose project has <48 hours to go-- help bring microscopes to Ms. Lee's class! http://bit.ly/qXuZWs (Seeing is Understanding)
JacquelynGill
October 8, 2011
RT @docfreeride: Help @DNLee5 fund "Our Trash Goes Where?!" classroom project - just $172 to go! http://t.co/t9RLFR1r #scibloggers4students
lualnu10
October 8, 2011
Help @GertyZ support "Scientific investigating!" classroom project - just $202 to go! http://t.co/HW2pLSyr #scibloggers4students
betterbio
October 8, 2011
@betterbio @docfreeride thanks ladies for helping spread the word #scibloggers4students @DonorsChoose
DNLee5
October 8, 2011
RT @rachelpep: No chemicals, test tubes, or lab coats? Let's help classrooms get what they need to teach chemistry: bit.ly/qMvGJx #donorschoose
Chem_Coach
October 10, 2011
.@DonorsChoose! - http://t.co/K88sa5jI We're still looking for donations for our projects. Every little bit helps!
LSBlogs
October 10, 2011
@cenblogs @razibkhan @BadAstronomer jump in to #scibloggers4students! Help them raise $ for public school science! http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/motherboard.html?motherboardId=21
docfreeride
October 10, 2011
The competition gets personal ...
Please donate to Sci's Giving page of Awesome!!! I want the childrens to LEARN! http://bit.ly/pMQ38h
scicurious
October 10, 2011
Ok, Now It's Personal: http://freethoughtblogs.com/cuttlefish/?p=755 Stomp Scicurious, for the sake of children. Please, won't someone think of the children!
cuttlefishpoet
October 10, 2011
Phil Plait unleashes a juggernaut of citizen philanthropy ...
RT @docfreeride: Whoa! @BadAstronomer pulls Discover Blogs ahead of @sciamblogs in #scibloggers4students. Step up, #SciAmBlog readers! http://t.co/7n8Lu6Wb
BoraZ
October 10, 2011
RT @docfreeride: And now, @BadAstronomer pulls Discover Blogs ahead of @LabSpaces in #scibloggers4students. #Sciento... http://t.co/pNHfgMaF
DonorsChoose
October 10, 2011
RT @docfreeride: @BadAstronomer unleashes army of donors in #scibloggers4students Not even Freethought Blogs' lead is safe! http://t.co/WsrYNjdV
scicurious
October 10, 2011
RT @docfreeride: And now, @BadAstronomer pulls Discover Blogs ahead of @LabSpaces in #scibloggers4students. #Scientopia 's lead at risk. http://t.co/7n8Lu6Wb
drugmonkeyblog
October 10, 2011
Give to @donorschoose via your favorite science blogs! http://t.co/l9aKLeQp #scibloggers4students #fb
Comprendia
October 10, 2011
And now, @BadAstronomer pulls Discover Blogs ahead of @LabSpaces in #scibloggers4students. #Scientopia 's lead at risk. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/motherboard.html?motherboardId=21
docfreeride
October 10, 2011
@docfreeride @DonorsChoose We're trying as hard as we can 🙁
LabSpaces
October 10, 2011
@LabSpaces @DonorsChoose Don't give up! Rally your readers! Highlight a specific project or two! Tug heartstrings! #scibloggers4students
docfreeride
October 10, 2011
New post: Donors Choose! Help Students Learn About Science http://t.co/ZigcvX1X #sciamblogs @donorschoose
jgold85
October 10, 2011
A bugologist enters the fray ...
Right--I'm in the DonorsChoose Science Challenge. Let's fund some classroom bug science. http://t.co/ljT2CPiE
bug_girl
October 10, 2011
Show other science bloggers what bugologists are made of: Yep, it"s time for the yearly DonorsChoose Science Cha... http://t.co/xKryUwTr
mod147
October 10, 2011
Tweeps root for their team in the challenge ...
Main page for Science Bloggers for Education: http://t.co/V9hGr7jZ; I recommend TEAM OCEAN/GEOBLOGGERS, naturally http://t.co/9oyNUd64
stomachlining
October 10, 2011
... or highlight projects dear to them ...
A mere $130 to go on the classroom rug #DonorsChoose project..can you spare $10 Tweeps? http://t.co/LZqHhtUJ via @donorschoose
drugmonkeyblog
October 11, 2011
Enable science education with DonorsChoose! http://t.co/1ZDuwvge
microdro
October 11, 2011
RT @stomachlining: IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Go support science education! Science Blogger DonorsChoose Challenge. http://t.co/wB59SrrY #DSN
MiriamGoldste
October 11, 2011
... propagating warm fuzzies ...
The feel goodest thing you can do today. RT @microdro: Enable science education with #DonorsChoose! http://t.co/W2DBewsf
drugmonkeyblog
October 11, 2011
Improve science education with DonorsChoose! http://t.co/1ZDuwvge
microdro
October 11, 2011
Your warm-fuzzy moment of the day: Support science education by donating to a @DonorsChoose classroom project: http://t.co/NJ2vVUtw
JacquelynGill
October 11, 2011
Phil Plaits Bad Astronomy #Blog is promoting http://t.co/vhYdL9QV -a #nonprofit that #donate s money to kids classrooms http://t.co/bKvXgCfK
gabrielpark1970
October 11, 2011
RT @jgold85: Mr. Vizthum needs just $58 more dollars to get supplies necessary to teach evolution to his students http://t.co/ZigcvX1X @donorschoose
kzelnio
October 11, 2011
New post: This Earth Science week, help @maitri raise money for good geoscience education with #DonorsChoose! http://t.co/LSfD4CBx
Allochthonous
October 11, 2011
We watch as projects are funded before our eyes!
We got Mr. Vizthum his evolution books! His project is funded! @donorschoose http://t.co/ZigcvX1X
jgold85
October 11, 2011
RT @DonorsChoose: Yippee! RT @CSCpittsburgh: RT @SteelCitySci: you could help us spread the word: Science Bloggers for Students 🙂 http://t.co/kAAX6OyY
SteelCitySci
October 11, 2011
We funded one of our @DonorsChoose projects! Ms. Lee's students are getting microscopes! http://t.co/SzdblrpP
JacquelynGill
October 11, 2011
Geobloggers for Donorschoose: Maitri Erwin: Continuing our campaign to promote geoscience education during Earth... http://t.co/BKhAfqmY
SbExpats
October 11, 2011
RT @therealdjflux: RT @BadAstronomer: Please help kids in need learn about math and science: http://t.co/dZ6SZroV #DonorsChoose #fb
Catahouligan
October 11, 2011
But we recognize how great the need still is ...
Imagine a future without nephrologists. Don't let that happen! http://t.co/BLFToXea
PHLane
October 11, 2011
RT @LabSpaces: .@DonorsChoose project: Launch a Rocket of Success http://t.co/g7FUCYxq We still need some help to fund this project! Every little bit helps
SpaceGurlEvie
October 11, 2011
#scibloggers4students update: @MeinHermitage is in! "Let's brainwash kiddies in the name of SCIENCE" http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/viewChallenge.html?id=199514&category=282 @DonorsChoose
docfreeride
October 11, 2011
Hermitage arrives fashionably late to DonorsChoose http://t.co/9jkZT3hJ
ScientopiaBlogs
October 11, 2011
And we bow down to our readers' generosity!
WOOHOO! Some super generous person just donated $680 to @CdnGirlpostdoc 's project http://t.co/yLvN14KV @DonorsChoose
LSBlogs
October 11, 2011
You don't need to give hundreds of dollars to help (although if you can, don't let us stop you).

Even five dollars can get a classroom project a little bit closer to happening in the three-dimensional world.
The warm fuzzies you'll get from knowing you've helped are totally worth it.
If you can't spare five bucks, we understand. The economy is bad. But maybe tell your friends and family members who can spare five bucks about DonorsChoose, or about one of the specific projects in the challenge, and see if they can help.  (That entitles you to a share of their warm fuzzies, right?)

I'd be honored if you chose my giving page to supply your warm fuzzies.

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On fairness.

Because, it seems, the younger Free-Ride offspring and I have different ideas of what counts as fair.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: (noticing a song on the radio) Hey, it's "Poker Face". That song is really old.

Dr. Free-Ride: Yes.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: It must be like 15 years old.

Dr. Free-Ride: No, it's not.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: Yes, it is!

Dr. Free-Ride: Do you want to bet?

Younger Free-Ride offspring: OK, I'll bet you a dollar.

Dr. Free-Ride: You sure now? I'm going to fire up Wikipedia to verify the date. And I'm quite sure that the song is no more than five years old.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: Go ahead and check. And if I'm right, lets make it two bucks?

Dr. Free-Ride: What?

Younger Free-Ride offspring: Just look it up. If it's older than five years, I win, if it's less, you win.

Dr. Free-Ride: OK. See, it came out in 2008, which means it's only three years old. Will you be paying me my dollar now or later?

Younger Free-Ride offspring: That's no fair! You knew it was less than five years old.

Dr. Free-Ride: Yes, I did. That's why I was willing to bet on it.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: But I didn't know that you knew.

Dr. Free-Ride: But I told you I was certain.

Younger Free-Ride offspring: I thought you were wrong that you knew it. And it wasn't fair for you to bet me if you knew the answer for sure.

So, apparently, taking a gamble with too little uncertainty attached to it is unfair. Or maybe my crime is having absorbed some facts about young-person music.

* * * * *
Speaking of fairness, I don't think it's fair for public school kids to bear so much of the brunt of failing state and local budgets. If you agree, it would be awesome if you could donate even a few bucks to one of the projects in my giving page for the DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students 2011 drive.

And, for the next week, through the very last moment (Eastern Time) of Thursday, October 13th, bloggers in the challenge will be competing to get the most new donors to their giving pages. The five bloggers in the challenge who pick up the most new donors during this window will each receive a $50 gift certificate for ThinkGeek stuff.

I love ThinkGeek stuff, but I love reader participation even more -- which means, if you all can help me get to the top five so I can win that gift certificate, I'm going to turn around and give each of my donors a chance to win one, too! I'm prepared to give away a $50 gift certificate, a $25 gift certificate, and a $10 gift certificate to randomly drawn donors to my giving page (because that would be fair). Just forward me a copy of the email DonorsChoose sends you to confirm your donation to my giving page and you're in the drawing.

There may be some other incentives for your participation, too ... stay tuned!

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In which I put Stephen Colbert on notice and announce the kick-off of DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students 2011.

I'm putting Stephen Colbert on notice

Now that that's out of the way ...

In the science-y sectors of the blogosphere, folks frequently bemoan the sorry state of the public’s scientific literacy and engagement. People fret about whether our children are learning what they should about science, math, and critical reasoning. Netizens speculate on the destination of the handbasket in which we seem to be riding.

In light of the big problems that seem insurmountable, we should welcome the opportunity to do something small that can have an immediate impact.

This year, from October 2 through October 22, a number of science bloggers, whether networked, loosely affiliated, or proudly independent, will be teaming up with DonorsChoose in Science Bloggers for Students, a philanthropic throwdown for public schools.

DonorsChoose is a site where public school teachers from around the U.S. submit requests for specific needs in their classrooms — from books to science kits, overhead projectors to notebook paper, computer software to field trips — that they can’t meet with the funds they get from their schools (or from donations from their students’ families). Then donors choose which projects they’d like to fund and then kick in the money, whether it’s a little or a lot, to help a proposal become a reality.

Over the last few several, bloggers have rallied their readers to contribute what they can to help fund classroom proposals through DonorsChoose, especially proposals for projects around math and science, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, funding hundreds of classroom projects, and impacting thousands of students.

Which is great. But there are a whole lot of classrooms out there that still need help.

As economic experts scan the horizon for hopeful signs and note the harbingers of economic recovery, we should not forget that school budgets are still hurting (and are worse, in many cases, than they were last school year, since one-time lumps of stimulus money are gone now). Indeed, public school teachers have been scraping for resources since long before Wall Street’s financial crisis started. Theirs is a less dramatic crisis than a bank failure, but it’s here and it’s real and we can’t afford to wait around for lawmakers on the federal or state level to fix it.

The kids in these classrooms haven’t been making foolish investments. They’ve just been coming to school, expecting to be taught what they need to learn, hoping that learning will be fun. They’re our future scientists, doctors, teachers, decision-makers, care-providers, and neighbors. To create the scientifically literate world we want to live in, let’s help give these kids the education they deserve.

One classroom project at a time, we can make things better for these kids. Joining forces with each other people, even small contributions can make a big difference.

The challenge this year runs October 2 through October 22. We're overlapping with Earth Science Week (October 9-15, 2011) and National Chemistry Week (October 16-22, 2011), a nice chance for earth science and chemistry fans to add a little philanthropy to their celebrations. There are a bunch of Scientopia bloggers mounting challenges this year (check out some of their challenge pages on our leaderboard), as well as bloggers from other networks (which you can see represented on the challenge's motherboard). And, since today is the official kick-off, there is plenty of time for other bloggers and their readers to enter the fray!




How It Works:
Follow the links above to your chosen blogger’s challenge on the DonorsChoose website.

Pick a project from the slate the blogger has selected. Or more than one project, if you just can’t choose. (Or, if you really can’t choose, just go with the “Give to the most urgent project” option at the top of the page.)

Donate.

(If you’re the loyal reader of multiple participating blogs and you don’t want to play favorites, you can, of course, donate to multiple challenges! But you’re also allowed to play favorites.)

Sit back and watch the challenges inch towards their goals, and check the leaderboards to see how many students will be impacted by your generosity.

Even if you can’t make a donation, you can still help!
Spread the word about these challenges using web 2.0 social media modalities. Link your favorite blogger’s challenge page on your MySpace page, or put up a link on Facebook, or FriendFeed, or LiveJournal (or Friendster, or Xanga, or …). Tweet about it on Twitter (with the #scibloggers4students hashtag). Share it on Google +. Sharing your enthusiasm for this cause may inspire some of your contacts who do have a little money to get involved and give.

Here's the permalink to my giving page.

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

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DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students Drive 2010.

Note to longtime readers: This post borrows heavily from posts I have written for past DonorsChoose drives. If you get a feeling of deja vu reading it, you've come by it honestly.

In the science-y sectors of the blogosphere, folks frequently bemoan the sorry state of the public’s scientific literacy and engagement. People fret about whether our children are learning what they should about science, math, and critical reasoning. Netizens speculate on the destination of the handbasket in which we seem to be riding.

In light of the big problems that seem insurmountable, we should welcome the opportunity to do something small that can have an immediate impact.

This year, from October 10th through November 9th, a number of science bloggers, whether networked, loosely affiliated, or proudly independent, will be teaming up with DonorsChoose in a philanthropic throwdown for public schools.

DonorsChoose is a site where public school teachers from around the U.S. submit requests for specific needs in their classrooms — from books to science kits, overhead projectors to notebook paper, computer software to field trips — that they can’t meet with the funds they get from their schools (or from donations from their students’ families). Then donors choose which projects they’d like to fund and then kick in the money, whether it’s a little or a lot, to help a proposal become a reality.

Over the last few years, bloggers have rallied their readers to contribute what they can to help fund classroom proposals through DonorsChoose, especially proposals for projects around math and science, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, funding hundreds of classroom projects, and impacting thousands of students.

Which is great. But there are a whole lot of classrooms out there that still need help.

As economic experts scan the horizon for hopeful signs and note the harbingers of economic recovery, we should not forget that school budgets are still hurting (and are worse, in many cases, than they were last school year, since one-time lumps of stimulus money are gone now). Indeed, public school teachers have been scraping for resources since long before Wall Street’s financial crisis started. Theirs is a less dramatic crisis than a bank failure, but it’s here and it’s real and we can’t afford to wait around for lawmakers on the federal or state level to fix it.

The kids in these classrooms haven’t been making foolish investments. They’ve just been coming to school, expecting to be taught what they need to learn, hoping that learning will be fun. They’re our future scientists, doctors, teachers, decision-makers, care-providers, and neighbors. To create the scientifically literate world we want to live in, let’s help give these kids the education they deserve.

One classroom project at a time, we can make things better for these kids. Joining forces with each other people, even small contributions can make a big difference.

The challenge this year runs October 10 through November 9. We're overlapping with Earth Science Week (October 10-16, 2010) and National Chemistry Week (October 17-23, 2010), a nice chance for earth science and chemistry fans to add a little philanthropy to their celebrations. There are a bunch of Scientopia bloggers mounting challenges this year (check out some of their challenge pages on our leaderboard), as well as bloggers from other networks (which you can see represented on the challenge's motherboard). And, since today is the official kick-off, there is plenty of time for other bloggers and their readers to enter the fray!

How It Works:
Follow the links above to your chosen blogger’s challenge on the DonorsChoose website.

Pick a project from the slate the blogger has selected. Or more than one project, if you just can’t choose. (Or, if you really can’t choose, just go with the “Give to the most urgent project” option at the top of the page.)

Donate.

(If you’re the loyal reader of multiple participating blogs and you don’t want to play favorites, you can, of course, donate to multiple challenges! But you’re also allowed to play favorites.)
DonorsChoose will send you a confirmation email. Hold onto it; some bloggers (including me) will be offering donors nifty prizes. Details about the prizes and how to get them will be posted here soon!

Sit back and watch the challenges inch towards their goals, and check the leaderboards to see how many students will be impacted by your generosity.

Even if you can’t make a donation, you can still help!
Spread the word about these challenges using web 2.0 social media modalities. Link your favorite blogger’s challenge page on your MySpace page, or put up a link on Facebook, or FriendFeed, or LiveJournal (or Friendster, or Xanga, or …). Tweet about it on Twitter. Sharing your enthusiasm for this cause may inspire some of your contacts who do have a little money to get involved and give.

Here's the permalink to my giving page.

I'll be sharing links to other giving pages, plus details about some fabulous "thank you" prizes, soon. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

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An appeal to help light the darkness.

Dec 30 2009 Published by under Personal, Philanthropy

In the last few days, I've gotten a bunch of emails reminding me that the window for tax-deductible charitable giving for the year is closing. So, as 2009 winds down, I want to make an appeal to those readers lucky enough to have a bit of money for discretionary spending. Last year I wrote:

[T]o the extent that we can, we can shake our tiny checkbooks and try to bring a bit more light to the darkness.
Especially since doing it before the last minute of 2008 (at least in the U.S.) may give you a tax-deduction on your 2008 taxes.
(Minor sidebar here: As the tax code stands in the U.S., rich people who make charitable donations effectively get more of a tax-deduction than do lower income people. I don't know if this is supposed to encourage those with piles of money to be more charitable than they would otherwise; if it is, I don't know if it works. In any case, given the current tax rules, this means that the people on the financial edge who find a few bucks to give to a charitable cause are the real heros. Also, that it may be worth reexamining the tax code.)
In the event that you have even a little money to spare and you want to see 2008 out doing something to help others, here are a few organizations near to my heart.

The same three organizations I recommended in 2008 are still on my list, but I'm adding some more this year.

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DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge: How we did.

Nov 03 2009 Published by under Kids and science, Philanthropy

Hey ScienceBlogs readers: you rock!
In a year where lots of folks are waiting for the signs of economic recovery to be manifest in their daily lives, and where public school budgets have been even more hard hit than they were a year ago, your generosity helped us significantly surpass the impact of our October 2008 drive.
Let's break it down:

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DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge: Last day of the drive!

Oct 31 2009 Published by under Kids and science, Philanthropy

Happy Hallowe'en and welcome to the last day of the 2009 Social Media Challenge. With your help, ScienceBlogs bloggers have raised more than $56,000 to help public school teachers pay for classroom supplies, fund field trips, and support activities to help their students learn.
Today is the end of the drive, so if you've been hanging back -- or if you've found some money in the pocket of that winter coat you've just dug out of the closet -- this is a great time to help make a difference. And, if you make a donation through my challenge page, you can still get in on some fabulous prizes, including sprog art.

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Indeed, here's some art from the younger Free-Ride offspring to encourage you to give what you can!
(Oh yeah, and since you all helped me raise more than $3,000, I'll be composing, singing, and posting a philosophy of science song for you. Gulp!)

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Basic concepts: Truth.

Oct 30 2009 Published by under Basic concepts, Philanthropy, Philosophy

No, I'm not going to be able to get away with claiming that truth is beauty, and beauty, truth.
The first issue in understanding truth is recognizing that truth is a property of a proposition. (What's a proposition? A proposition is a claim.) A proposition that is true has a certain kind of correspondence with the world about which it is making a claim. A proposition that is false does not have this correspondence.
At the most basic level, what we want from this correspondence seems pretty obvious: what the propositions says about the world matches up with how the world actually is.

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DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge: help to increase my share of the HP funds and I'll sing for you.

Oct 23 2009 Published by under Kids and science, Philanthropy

As I noted earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard is going to be distributing another $200,000 in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge. They're dividing up that pool of money according to how much each challenge has raised as a proportion of the total funds raised by this Sunday. In other words, if my challenge were to raise an amount equivalent to 1% of the total take by Sunday, HP would add another $2000 to fund the projects in my challenge.
If we were to get enough of an extra kick from HP to break $3000, I would gladly deliver the "big reward" I promised to you (and the internets) collectively.

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