Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Giving the gift of giving

I recently received a solicitation from a trustworthy source to complete a survey, with the following inducement:

"As an added incentive, thirty (30) survey participants will have the option of:
1) Donating life-saving vaccine to children in developing countries
2) Having your carbon footprint removed by off-setting 150 lb of CO2
3) Donating $5 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, or
4) Receiving a $5 gift certificate from GiveFun.com"

This is absolutely ridiculous!. Regardless of whether or not I participate, someone will win. Assuming they don't choose option (4), the same amount of money is donated to roughly equally worthy charities. Since the same amount of money is donated either way, my participation has no effect.

Also: Deathspell Omega is pretty awesome. The name sounds like that of a brutal death metal band or something silly like that, but their recent albums are actually quality avant-garde black metal.

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