Tip Jar?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this year’s ISDC which is coming up. I’d like to go for several reasons. One, I’d like to see what ISDC is like. Each space conference seems to have its own flavor, and attracts different parts of the industry. Two, I think that it might be nice getting to actually meet Ken Murphy in person. He’s been coblogging here at Selenian Boondocks almost since the start, but I’ve never met him in person. He’s the guy organizing this year’s conference, and it’d be cool to see what he was able to put together. Three, I’ve been invited to some sort of a space blogger summit that’s being put on there, and it would be fun to go and meet some of the other bloggers out there. Four, Ken’s been trying to talk me into giving a presentation for a while, and while public speaking scares me to death, I also kind of enjoy it. Go figure. Five, I’m finally starting to make some progress on my thesis, and might just be getting close to the end by May.

Problem is money, or the lack thereof. Having just barely gotten money in time to avoid having my rent check bounce, I’m not in a great position to plop down the several hundred dollars it would take to attend. Now, I can probably work out some deals as far as crashing on someone’s hotel room floor. And I can be frugal as far as food is concerned. The big challenge I have is getting to and from the conference. Dallas is a bit too far to drive, and I probably wouldn’t save much money anyway. The prices I’m seeing for flight are out of the range I can cover myself.

So I was wondering, is this the sort of thing that blog tip jars are for? Anyone know how to set one up?

[Updated: I added a small paypal tip jar in the upper right hand corner.]

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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10 Responses to Tip Jar?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I know nothing about Blog Tip Jars, but I try to click at least one of your page’s ads every time I read your posts. Hope that helps.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Have you thought about opening a PayPal account and putting a button on your blog? Should be straight-forward.

  3. Jon Goff says:

    Great suggestion, I just added the capability.


  4. kert says:

    thanks, Jon, as for once i could put my very modest money where my mouth is in somewhat meaningful way. i hope it makes a difference, even a small one.

  5. Rob Wilson says:

    Hey Jon,

    Have fun at ISDC! I’d love to go myself but I’m a little further away (New Zealand), so you’ll have to go for me. And say Hi to Ken for me too – he does an amazing job with the Lunar Library at http://www.outofthecradle.net, and I haven’t met him either!


  6. Jon Goff says:

    Thanks kert, thanks rob! I’m already 1/4 of the way there funding-wise! I’ll have to make sure I blog a little more often. 🙂


  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got one word for you Jon, “mesothelioma”. Try to use it in every second post and watch those ad revenues pile up.

    I don’t have a paypal account, but I generally try to click on your google ads.

  8. Anonymous says:

    That second “I” should be “I’d”. Indicating future tense.

  9. Paul Breed says:

    Enjoy ISDC, let me know if it’s worth going to next year. I’ll be to busy getting ready for LLC to do much conference attending.

  10. FlyingSinger... says:

    I just tossed a few PayPal bucks into your ISDC kitty, hope it helps. I’m going and will present a talk on using the Orbiter space flight simulator in education. I hadn’t heard about the space bloggers thing – who contacted you? If there’s a session, I guess I can just show up.

    If you go, do you plan to present a talk? Abstract deadline is coming up soon though oddly enough there are only about 32 accepted papers so far.


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