Out of the Blue

Thanks very much to everyone who has participated in the discussion I started yesterday about launching a Patreon program. There was a lot of agreement in the comments about several aspects of this. Probably most interesting is that while there were different outlooks on what individuals are willing to pay, there is a fairly strong consensus against having rewards tied to higher tiers. The eventual ad-free version of the site seems to be the only perk a majority find appealing. In the meantime before that launches, such support can be absolution for the use of ad-blockers (which is one of the reasons this is necessary in the first place). There was also mixed sentiment about Patreon itself, so we'll definitely explore ways to allow more direct contributions. The other thing that came up in many comments is a reminder of the ongoing clamor for Blue's News merchandise, t-shirts in particular. So that's also something that will have follow on all this. Frans and I are still working through how is best to proceed, so there's still time to provide feedback. Please still feel free to share your reactions in the forums or email.

Obituary: Paul English, Willie Nelson's Longtime Drummer, Dead at 87.

Rewarding Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Links: A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show.
Stories: Driver caught using carpool lanes with stuffed dinosaur passenger. Thanks Boing Boing.
Federal Bill Seeks to Make Companies Responsible for Plastic Waste. Thanks Acleacius.
Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment.
Science: A tiny area of the brain may enable consciousness, says "exhilarating" study. Thanks Max.
The Food We'll Eat on the Journey to Mars (Algae Caviar, Anyone?).
'Ghost' DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins. Thanks Max.
Images: Photo of mice brawling on a subway platform wins wildlife photography award.
Media: Epic NPC Man Supercut - Season 20 & 21.
Real Lawyer Reacts to The Witcher (Law of Surprise?!).
Skunk Sprays Inquisitive Bear. Poof little guy.
Follow-up: Jim Bakker selling fake coronavirus cures now.
The toxic reach of Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill was much larger — and deadlier — than previous estimates. Thanks Acleacius.
Diabetic Alert Dogs Can't Reliably Detect Blood Sugar Changes From Diabetes. Thanks RedEye9.