Supporting the Library
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September 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm #1672
I’ve been thrilled to see that more and more people are discovering the library and finding new ways to interact and experiment with it. I hope it can continue to be a space for the contemplation of literature, philosophy, and the essence of language.
I want the library to remain a free space, whose existence appears purely irrational, without the distraction and mercenary motives of advertising. A place where language can speak for itself.
To this end, I hope you will consider making a donation. As interest in the site continues to grow, webhosting will become more expensive than I had anticipated. Your donations will help to ensure that everyone whose curiosity is piqued by the site can access and fully explore it.
Please do not feel obligated, though. libraryofbabel.info is what any library should be, a free resource to be used however you can imagine. (And yes, that includes bookmarking memes)
Thank you to all who donate, and to all who use this site.October 14, 2015 at 2:35 am #2380
Shaun “Kian Aun / Itrade” Cheah
As per my earlier e-mail, I sent $10 your way. I would like it if you spent half of it on the Library and the other half on rewarding yourself for a job well done.
I would like to send you money every month to keep working on this and other projects. Do you have a Patreon? I give 10 dollars each month to various creators on Patreon. I could bring my Crate & Crowbar contribution down from 5 dollars to 1 or 2 dollars a month and pass the remainder to you.
People make a living on Patreon. I know a lady who whispers into a microphone every few days and she is being paid a few thousand dollars to keep doing that. Perhaps your own work may not draw survival-salary each month, but it could draw one-large-pizza a month money, and free pizza is free pizza. Something to think about I suppose.
I got sidetracked. Thank you for building the library, I’m excited to watch it grow. It also got me interested in other libraries. I already donate to Wikipedia, but I have not yet donated to the Internet Archive. My donation here will spur me to make a larger donation there, I hope. It is a very worthy cause. Did you know the entire World Wide Web (darknet excluded) can fit in a shipping container? That is exciting. I want to donate to support that, to preserve that forever or at least for three generations.
Right now I am an eccentric with many foolish ideas. I’d post privately-funded armed guards in front of the new Library at Alexandria if I could. I’d pay factory workers extra to come in at night to exploit the cheapness of electricity billing at night. I’d attempt to unionise at a call centre. Refining ideas like these can produce good ideas. Stealing ideas like these can produce money or danger or both. Providing support to a noble cause for foolish reasons… I think that mostly just makes me feel nice, and I like feeling nice.
I look forward to the day when someone finds the Library self-referencing.October 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm #2419
Thank you, Shaun! I ordinarily dedicate all the money I receive through donations to webhosting fees for libraryofbabel.info, but I will take your advice and reward myself this one time. I appreciate that you and everyone who has donated are interested in the library and want to see it continue to grow. I promise to keep working on this and related ideas as long as I can.
At this time I do not have a Patreon account, but I’m continuing to look into ways to help support the website.
-JonathanJuly 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm #7873
I tried to find a contact information on this site, but didn’t succeed, so I try it this way.
When I was doing research about Borges and the Library of Babel, I bumped into this great piece here (actually, it was listed under ‘sources’ in the wikepdia article, but I guess you know that).
As I’m currently working on a project with the vast topic of READING, I was wondering if this library could be part of it. If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail! Then I can also try to describe it more detailed. Looking forward to hearing from you!July 20, 2016 at 2:27 am #7881
I’m happy to talk more with you – my contact information is on the about page – or you can leave me your email address here if you prefer.July 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm #7907
I had an excellent idea. How much space does the Tower of Babel program take up for the image part of the program? Don’t answer; that was to bring the number to thought. If no image is stored and all are generated. Then think of this software you could create and sell. A mother or father comes in from snapping pictures all day. Your program could link them to their computer generated ones and delete or remove the original. Then imagine if you could regenerate their photo album at any time while freeing up tons of space that are hogging pictures without losing any of their keepsakes. You could profit greatly from this. I brainstorm and dream a lot. So, I hope this idea helps you. I don’t know exactly how your software works, but to save that much space for images is beyond groundbreaking and mind blowing if you could utilize it.July 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm #7909
“that are hogging pictures”
*that once was hogged by pictures