The problem with public radio fund raising campaigns is that you are notfreed from listening to begging for money after you pledge funds.  Inan ideal world, one would be freed from listening to people wheedle fundsout of other people once one’s own funds had been committed to thecause.  As it is, there is absolutely no benefit to pledging funds topublic radio at the beginning of a pledge drive, or more than once a year,because a pledge does not remove the burden of listening to the pledge driveitself.

Why does Wisconsin PublicRadio need to raise $30,000 this evening duringPrairie Home Companion(PHC)if their WPR’s own figures say that it only costs them$15,000 per year to broadcast PHC?  Do the listeners of PHC subsidizeless popular programs (which also tend to be less expensive) or does theextra money go pay staffing costs?  Also, almost all pledge drives(there are at least three a year now) stretch across two weekends, so WPRis trying to raise $180,000 ($30,000 for each Saturday broadcast of PHCduring three fund drives that encompass six Saturdays) to bring meprogramming that costs a full order of magnitude less than the amount beingraised? Today, I was looking for information about root cellars on-line.  During my browsing, I found aninteresting page that describes a nuclear fallout shelter built from a steelculvert.  From that page, I found a link to the homepage of UtahShelter Systems, a company that provides detailed information on exactlywhat sort of shelter one would need to survive a nuclear blast.  Thiswas interesting because I did not anticipate that a search for informationabout root cellars could lead me to a detailed discussion of nuclear blasteffects in less than three clicks of the mouse.

Oh, don’t forget to check out the RootCellar Capital of the World.

We saw the movie The Tao of Steve last night on video.  It wasentertaining, but not as funny as we thought it might be.

Sarah bought an antique rocking chair at a garage sale near our hometoday.  For the last few years, she has been questing for a rockingchair that fit her well and fit her budget.  This particular chair is,if you believe the people from whom it was purchased, over 100 yearsold.  The truth of that statement is obviously not a given, but thechair is in good shape and does appear to quite old and well made.