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.]