Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away.... To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
Jean-Paul Sartre

God loveth a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Entropy Gradient Reversals

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It seems like everybody's trying to figure out "E-Commerce" these days. What does that shit really mean, huh? Probably not much more than "you buy lotsa stuff from us; we get the money" -- though, of course, wrapped in the prerequisite head-pounding jargon that makes all involved feel that, whatever it is, it must be pretty damn important.

What it makes us feel is crummy. We see all these websites with catalogs and buttons and shopping carts and back-end Cold Fusion, CGI, Visual Basic, Javascript thingies, and we just feel so... well, inconsequential. Where is our e-commerce play, we wonder dejectedly. Is the parade just passing us by? What, again? Oh crap.

And people can be pretty mean about this these days. Have you noticed? "Well, my site is making money. I don't know about yours..." The not so veiled implication being that you are lower in the Great Chain of Being than petrified dogshit unless you can show them "your numbers."

Yesterday, we received a check from for $72.84. That's EGR's entire take for the past quarter. Not even enough to cover our latest book purchase -- the three-volume American Library edition of William Faulkner's pretty much complete works, even though we've never read so much as a single short story by this guy (but hey, it could happen). And hardly the big-buck cashflow the aforementioned assholes are asking for when they inquire about your web-centric financial savvy. CDnow you say? Forget it. Through your largesse in ordering All Your Music Needs through our prominent homepage link, we have now amassed a standing credit of a dollar and eight cents.

Clearly, this is not working.

We have racked our brains over this question. We know we cannot charge you, Valued Readers, for taking all the time it requires to research and compose these insightful thoughts on Internet Business Opportunities. For, more than most, we understand that Information Wants to Be Free. Also more than most, we realize the devastating acquisition costs of getting even a few dozen paying subscriber