or Thanks for the Tip
weeks ago, LoveHKFilm.com
started its first and hopefully last pledge drive asking for
charitable contributions from its vast readership of five
people. The decision was not made lightly, but it proved to
be fortuitous because right after the pledge drive began,
the bills came rolling in. Let's tally up:
- Cost of 2004's webhosting:
- Cost of one month's extra
- Cost of February's extra
- Cost of a new webhost for
2004 to avoid a monthly $130 bill: $120.
- Cost of an Ekin-style haircut:
the Ekin-style haircut (It was a business expense, dammit!),
the grand total for March's non-movie watching expenses was
$303. If we factor in the April bill from the former webhost,
we can round up site expenditures from March/April to approximately
$400. This is money the Webmaster did not have previous to
March 1st, 2004.
Well now he does. Thanks to
the generous spirits (and wallets) of 57 individuals, LoveHKFilm.com
received a grand total of $1001 during the two-week pledge
drive. Minus PayPal fees, the adjusted total is $957.59. Again
subtracting the March/April expenses, the money left over
is $557.59. Factoring in the $20 blood money owed to site
reviewer Sanjuro (don't ask), the total is adjusted to $537.59.
Hell, even if we factored in the Ekin-style haircut, the money
left over in LoveHKFilm.com's bank is $487.59.
Actually, scratch the last expenseI
was kidding about the Ekin-style haircut.
With $537.59 in the official
treasury, the site can suddenly do lots of things it couldn't
do before. For one, it can now promise to stay online indefinitely,
and by this I mean it'll remain in its current snarky glory
for at least the forseeable future. No content will be cut
for the sake of space. The site won't be downsized to become
text-only. The current amount of pictures on the site will
remain, and now we can choose to add even more if we want
insane bandwidth problems should be solved by the new webhost,
which features something called hotlink protection. That
means this: all the fine individuals who steal bandwidth from
are now SOL. Woo hoo! Yep, I can now effectively stop the
numerous Xanga zombies and forum-addicted people in Asia who
were using LoveHKFilm.com's
image URLs to decorate their pages with even more pictures
of the Twins than they previously had. When I'm bored I sometimes
visit these forums where people say, "Look, I found sum
pics of Ah Gil and Ah Sa! Sooo cute!" This is followed
by a post saying, "Uh, I cant see u pics. Pls I want
2 soo much!" Then more back and forth ensues as said
forum posters wrangle with the difficulty of not being able
to hotlink pictures from LoveHKFilm.com.
Meanwhile I cackle on my end of the World Wide Web. Words
cannot accurately describe how satisfying this newfound power
Okay, maybe that was a little
cruel. I bear no grudges against those who use 1337 speak,
that is unless they pwn me in "Unreal Tournament".
Then you will taste my righteous fury. With a rocket launcher.
For a period of time, I was
actually worried about the site's future, and about if I had
to shell out $400 to keep it afloat. Now, thanks to the kindness
of strangers, I don't have to. I'd like to thank all those
who took the time to donate from the absolute bottom of my
heartwhich contrary to popular belief is actually larger
than a walnut. Really. It takes actual conscious effort for
someone to e-mail someone else with well-wishes, let alone
part with $12 of their own hard-earned money. Even more, they're
giving it to some faceless guy on the Internet who routinely
rips movies that other people cherish wholeheartedly. He also
likes a lot of movies that other people hate, which leads
to the occasional e-mail which asks him what he's smoking.
And there are the occasional times when a reader and I will
agreewhich is cosmic harmony of untold proportions.
But I digress.
The big question is now what?
Though I'm tempted to use the remaining money to go buy a
Grade RX-78 Gundam GP01/Fb (only $300 including shipping),
the donations were given to me in good faith that I'd use
them to actually help the website out. Which is what I will
do, though how is still uncertain. Normal operations can be
kept up, i.e. simple updating and any future bandwidth costs
(which will be less than $100 monthly, or the Webmaster will
go postal). Perhaps some of the money can even be used for
review DVDs. Now if I waste money on a copy of Feel 100%
2004 (which hasn't happened yet, though it probably still
could), I can now feel better knowing that it was you, the
readers, who paid for the DVD of a movie which probably couldn't
serve as a drink coaster, let alone an actual film. The onus
of buying crap will be off me, though I still took the time
to watch it. It seems there's a catch with everything.
But even more, what I will do is
find a way to make sure that the site can remain online for
a good long time. How? I'm not entirely sure. There's the
age old idea that I can somehow make the site worth the time
and effort put into it, but the moneymaking possibilities
of a site like this are still beyond my limited understanding.
There's the ad banner idea, which will get explored. Also,
I'll one day open up a webstore to sell t-shirts, only because
I personally want one myself. If anyone else wants one, I'll
make $3 off it. Heck, I'll probably give more away then I
actually sell, thereby using up some of the pledge money that's
remaining. Sadly, the amount left probably won't last long
if I use it on dedicated site expenses (Personally, I'm hoping
it'll take me through the end of summer.), but it's more than
I could have done a month ago. And for that, I'm truly grateful.
So, if you were one of the people
who donated, you should be receiving an e-mail or snail mail
thank you, even if it takes the better part of the next few
months. You've all already been added to the Sponsor
Page, unless you specifically asked not to be, in which
case I'll just have to remember that you were one of the people
who saved LoveHKFilm.com's
bacon. It may be a cliché, but the site is still here
because people actually care to visit it. The number of vistors
fluctuates, but they're still pretty high, and in truth it's
sort of a waste to simply have the traffic and not use it
for something. That something is unfortunately a mystery,
but I'll try to figure out what it is, if not for myself then
for the people who ask the exact same question. Among those
people are my parents, who also have opinions on just about
everything else that happensor doesn't happenin
this meager existence I call a life. Most likely, I'll be
using some of the Pledge Drive money to figure out what that
next step is.
But also, if nobody minds, I'd
like to use some of the pledge money to buy some dinner sometime.
Some Korean barbeque would be nice.
-- Kozo, 3/22/2004