FAILURE: Didn’t get much of anything done last night. I had one good RP session, but I also wasted countless hours dorking around in Music Generator. I got my USB port sampler so I could add my own sounds to the sound library, but I need to fiddle with the volume settings so much that it makes it very hard to use. I also tried to use the NICE guitar riffs they have in the game.. and failed. It’s like each one uses its own alien BPM ‘gainst which everything other than that guitar (say, drums, bass, melody) sounds like shite. Blargh. Didn’t get any writing done, either. Didn’t get my exercising done despite actually FEELING fatter than usual in recent days. Generally, last night which was supposed to be my quiet night in felt like a waste of space, time and energy.
SUSPICION: Got an e-mail in my box today. ‘Someone has a crush on you! Put this code into www.crushlink.com!’ I checked it out, made sure they had an opt-out if the little bastards tried to sign me up to a dozen spam lists. Put in my info, and… apparently I don’t get to find out who my Secret Lo-var is unless I ‘guess’ a few dozen e-mail addresses. Can you say ‘Pyramid Spam Scheme’ or ‘McCarthyism Ratting On Your Friends’, folks? I opted out faster than Warp 6 and left. If someone actually likes me, will the real slim shady please stand up in E-MAIL instead? Thanks.
MICROPAYMENTS: For some reason I started thinking ‘Well dammit, if Micropayments are really the next big thing, how can they be DONE?’ and I may have an idea. Use a system that’s sort of a combination of PayPal and AdultCheck. You store, say, ten dollars in your micropayment account that you can feed in from a credit card or a check. Drop by a site, and it uses a system like AdultCheck to ‘protect’ the pages until you agree to fork over a penny. The system deducts the penny from the original deposit of ten bucks you made, or halts you if the well has run dry. Now and then you replenish the well. That seems easier to me than trying to work some weird browser plug-in or charge your credit card company for little one-penny purchases. Of course, this is probably full of holes I don’t know about, which is a shame because I’d really like to milk my fans for everything the hav– I mean, support the noble online author’s cause.