Why No Tip Jar?

I’ve received several emails this week asking about a "Tip Jar.":  I’ve never bothered with that — I am fortunate enough to earn a nice living (Damn AMT!); I find it unseemly to ask for cash for something I would be doing anyway.

However, if you feel like you learned a thing or two here, or otherwise got something out of the effort, and you would like to do something nice in the holiday spirit, here are a few choices:

• I support Americares — they are known as the most efficient relief charity in the U.S., and are Non-denominational also. They did a lot of good work post-Katrina

Tell them The Big Picture sent you:

88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, CT USA 06902
800-486-HELP (4357) 

• Buy something nice for yourself through any of the Amazon links on the site. (I suggest either the Capresso 455 Thermos/Burr Grinder Combination or a TiVo Series2 80-Hour DVR) A
referral fee goes to my account, which is then used to buy Books/CDs/DVDs,
which then get reviewed here, and the virtuous cycle continues.   

• We posted a full list of Katrina charities here, and Tsunami charities here (#6). Feel free to send them a check on behalf of TBP.

• Lastly, there’s always the the wish list — it doesn’t need to need to be extravagant, used CDs and such are fine. I appreciate some of the thoughtful suggestions I never would have come across on my own (Merry Christmas!)


Thanks for the many kind wishes and emails — Happy Holidays!

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  1. scorpio commented on Dec 21

    it’s a Festivus miracle!

  2. fiat lux commented on Dec 21

    And a happy Hanukkah too.

  3. MAS (San Diego) commented on Dec 21

    I agree with you. Digital Panhandling is still panhandling.

  4. Idaho_Spud commented on Dec 21

    You da man Barry ;) Props for sharing your thoughts and not panhadling, amigo.

    Merry Christmas to you as well. I’m a big fan of Save the Children and the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Kids seem to be a worthy cause to dontate to.

  5. cayadelsol commented on Dec 21

    thank you it is a pleasure to see a man like you , i am from france , i cant wait for your posts , and your generosity is in line with the idea i get from reading you , your comments get more value ,and btw you dont need money if you trade your posts ,beautiful, happy everything

  6. oyster commented on Dec 21

    Thanks for emphasizing and remembering the Katrina charities.


  7. Fred commented on Dec 21

    Knowing you have enough is wisdom enough for a good life.

  8. Stingy Student commented on Dec 22

    Have you heard of http://www.modestneeds.org ? I just heard about them today. They help prevent people from falling into the viscious cycle of poverty. I think I’m going to donate proceeds from my site to them next year.

  9. mitack commented on Dec 22

    Nice wishlist Barry !
    Another watchnut(like me) ;-)
    Merry Christmas !

  10. Andy commented on Dec 23

    I second Americares — they actually get the money to where its needed, with a very low expense ratio

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