I am auctioning off some work time — 9 hours in total, in chunks of 5 hours, 3 hours, and 1 hour — in support of Donors Choose, a charity that provides educational supplies to underfunded classrooms in the US. Bidding runs through 5 PM Pacific today (1 AM British time) and the work is to be done this weekend.
How does this work?
Between now and 5 PM Pacific time, you can comment here to bid (in dollars, please).
Highest bidder gets the 5-hour chunk, second place the 3-hour, third place the 1-hour. So if you’re the only person to bid, you could wind up with the 5 hours for a super-low price. When time is up, I’ll determine who the winners are and comment with that information. It’s then up to you to fulfill your bid by donating here and letting me know what specifically you have in mind. I will start work tomorrow and will aim to have the tasks done by Monday evening.
That’s very little notice! Hardly any, in fact!
I know. It’s pretty unusual for me to know way in advance that I’m going to have a free weekend, though.
What if no one goes for this?
I make cookies instead. Mm, cookies. (Honestly, I have no idea whether this will produce any interesting results. It’s an experiment.)
What would that get me?
Some things you could have me spend time on include:
- betatesting your WIP
- giving feedback on a game design document or concept
- making some (photo and text-based) cover art for a game
- revising prose written by a non-native speaker
- writing a review of a freeware game of your choice (it needs to be short enough that I can both play and review in the time slot, and needs to run on Mac OSX)
- creating a custom I7 extension to tackle some irritating code problem (again, within limits — something like Threaded Conversation is not a 5-hour project)
- curating a list of IF specific to an interest of yours
- writing a short essay about an IF- or game-related topic
- writing a tiny custom speed-IF (in the 1 hour slot this would probably need to be choice-based)
…but I’m open to other possible uses of time as well, if you have something else in mind.
So basically you’ll do what I say?
Er, within certain limits. Obviously: no illegal activities, no pornography, nothing unethical (such as having me write a glowing review of a work without disclosing the funding source). No hacks that aren’t really labor exchanges (“spend one hour mailing me your laptop”), or that would cost me additional money to perform unless we’ve talked it through first. If you have doubts about whether your request is reasonable, feel free to request clarification.
Why Donors Choose?
This gets long and is not about what this blog is usually about, but if you’re interested:
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