You will notice a new PayPal button on the sidebar of this blog and possibly other blogs around the Scientopia collective. Very likely you did not notice new amendments to our Code. The short version is, we finally have a way to handle money. This is good because it allows us to try to cover the operational costs of this blog collective which had heretofore been borne by a single member. It was thought that we should get our financial/tax/LLC/blahdeblah in order first and this apparently prevented even donations from ourselves to the cause.
We have apparently negotiated those rough waters. There are three issues on the table at the moment for your understanding and consideration.
First the button and my sidebar text: Your donation helps to support the operation of Scientopia - thanks for your consideration.
This is provided for anyone who would care to support Scientopia. Our expenses are the hosting and bandwidth charges, at the moment there is nobody getting paid to do anything service-related for the upkeep.
Second, the Scientopia schwag shop items now have a modest markup. Said markup will be routed into the Scientopia coffers.
Third, at some point in the future there will be ads on the blogs. Not sure who/what/how just yet, but it is in the works.
I won't make the NPR style plea, you folks can do the maths for yourselves.