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And FYI…

Buy Me a Coffee keeps a 5% transaction fee and you keep 95% of the support your received. Plus, there are Stripe fees (1,4% to 2,9% plus 0,25€) for the pay-out and/or potential currency conversion fees when using PayPal beyond EU/Europe.

So, in the end around 92% of the support should arrive on your account. Not too shabby if this helps you to not have to set up your own "fund my work" tool chain.

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Together with its clean design and its straightforward language on the homepage, about page, and FAQ page, I find BMC to be a worthwhile Patreon competitor.

Very simple design, totally right up my alley.

That’s why I didn’t hesitate to set up my account.

You can now buy me a camomile tea because… screw coffee xD

You can see a link to my BMC page here:

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Other copy choices that I enjoyed:

1. designed for _creators_ not for businesses
2. they are your supporters not "customers" or transactions
3. get paid instantly to your PayPal or bank account - no 30-day delays
4. 100% ownership of your supporters; export your email list any time you like

And then I checked how they compare to Patreon and Ko-fi…

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BIG ONE: They included a real video review by YouTuber MrAlexTech on their front page => -

Plus, the website is simply designed with lots of white and whitespace - which I like.

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I knew about it but it never appealed to me. Maybe it was the coffee topic - don’t know.

But last week I checked it out again and found these pieces of copy that changed my mind:

1. "a supporter is worth a 1000 followers"
2. simple, meaningful way to fund creative work
3. without stitching together a bunch of apps
4. build a direct relationship with your fans
5. accept support, memberships; they don’t even have to create an account

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So, I checked out the about window in the Amphetamine app which led me to his Buy Me a Coffee page - There, I learned that William Gustafson is the solo developer behind this piece of software.

His app is for free but if you feel generous you can support him with a one-off donation or a subscription (2$/mo or 20$/yr).

Currently, William has 430 supporters. That’s fantastic!

So, he got my attention.

And now I was curious about BMC (Buy Me a Coffee) myself.

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I used amphetamine.

And I got addicted.

Ok, let me rephrase.

I’ve started using "Amphetamine".

Amphetamine is a macOS app that keeps my Mac awake.

I needed Amphetamine because I needed to uploaded my Basecamp exports (a ~4GB .zip file) to my Vault. It never worked because my Mac fell asleep before the upload had finished. With Amphetamine it worked!

1. Keep the only planet we have in as pristine a condition as we can

2. Find another planet to halve our risk of extinction

Capitalists: Fuck #1, but #2 sounds like fun.

Just released Auto Encrypt version 2.0.6

(Auto Encrypt provides automatic Let’s Encrypt certificate provisioning for Node.js)

- Fixes an assignment to constant that would have crashed when a `Retry-After` header was received from Let’s Encrypt.

- Also improves developer documentation.

npm i @small-tech/auto-encrypt

#AutoEncrypt #SmallTech #NodeJS #js

Just released @small-tech/https version 2.1.1

(Replace Node’s https package with @small-tech/https and get automatically-provisioned Let’s Encrypt certificates in production and automatically-provisioned mkcert certificates during development.)

npm i @small-tech/https

#https #TLS #SmallTech #SmallWeb #JS #NodeJS

Kicking off day 1/7 of sabbatical 2/7 in 2021 with a song that I first listened to and watched when I used Windows 95 back in the 90s:

Good Times - Edie Brickell

“Good times, bad times, give me some of that…”

It’s funny that this song keeps popping up in my head every now and then - after 20+ years. *krehzy*

I took the red pill 💊 and said bye-bye to Big Tech - in this case facebook, twitter, linkedin.

Will only stay on non-Big-Tech-owned communities incl. my own Mastodon instance of course.

What happens when you spice up Western rock ‘n’ roll and funk with East African vibes?

For example, "The King of Sudanese Jazz" by Sharhabil Ahmed, released by Berlin-based Habibi Funk Records

Lust auf keine Depressionen mehr? BCI (Brain Computer Interface) kann laut Valve-Chef Gabe Newell dafür sorgen, dass du deine Wunsch-Stimmung selbst definierst. Innovationstreiber ist hierbei Gaming.

Hier der Artikel:

Adtech collects data about people which is fed into algorithms.

Algorithms use the data to feed more “engaging” content to people. This content is often sensational and can drive people down “rabbit holes”.

Rabbit holes are where most irresponsible, fanatical and inflammatory content lurks. It can lead to radicalisation.

Radicalisation leads to nothing but trouble.

(c) Bob Hoffman 2021


I’m a messenger.

Don’t kill the messenger.

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The straight line between AdTech and Radicalisation:

AdTech › Algorithms › Rabbit Holes › Radicalisation

(c) Bob Hoffman 2021


I know there are services like to get a quick and easy donation form but I would like to keep the third-party fees to a minimum.

So, is it easily possible through Stripe’s documentation to build a form like the one you have on

Or is it more technically advanced to implement that?

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Oh and @aral, your recommendation for Svelte was really cool. I found a nice complete tutorial about it that explained it well.

I also look forward to the integration into SiteJS.

And if you don’t mind, I have another technical question: On your Fund Us page you have an elegant Stripe-powered donation form.

For my own project (a story production company) I want to integrate a donation form that features one-off donations and recurring ones to support our original stories.

@aral @laura

Can I expect an answer from you if I send an email to

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Hi @aral and @laura, it’s super cool that you’re doing weekly livestreams now. I might not be able to tune in live but I watched your second one the other night like eating a piece of chocolate - with pleasure and joy :)

I’m an obvious fan of what you’re doing, and while I can’t help you out with coding skills or donations, I can do my best to spread the word.

And regarding the latter, I have an idea that requires you to only say YES or NO. But it requires more space than a toot.

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