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Pledge Drive! Late November 2018 Phone Kittens Edition

Operators are standing by!

By David Futrelle

It’s Pledge Drive time again! If you appreciate what we do here at We Hunted the Mammoth, please show this appreciation with whatever donation, large or small, you can afford. THANKS!

You don’t need a PayPal account; credit cards are fine. You can also set up recurring payments through PayPal if that’s more convenient to you. And if you want to avoid PayPal altogether , email me at and I’ll let you know how.  (I will also be setting up a Patreon sometime soonish.)

Now that this site is ad-free, these pledge drives are more important than ever. Aside from the very small amount of money I get from my Amazon Affiliate link, I depend entirely on reader donations to keep this blog going.

Going ad-free has eliminated a long-time source of annoyances for you all and for me — you don’t have to worry about encountering the inappropriate or intrusive ads that were never supposed to run on this blog but that always seemed to sneak their way past the filters; I don’t have to worry about posts violating ad network rules.

But in order for this to succeed I need for you all to make up for the money lost by going ad free. I greatly appreciate all those whose donations have kept this blog going for so many years. If you’re someone who reads this blog regularly and you haven’t ever donated, well, there’s no time like the present to rectify that! And if you’re already a donor — thanks! — please consider raising your regular amount if you can.

In addition to my regular expenses I’m also trying to deal with some medical debt I accrued during my health crisis a year ago — which makes it all the more imperative that this pledge drive be a success.

If you can’t afford to donate but still want to help out, there are lots of things you can do — from commenting on posts to sharing WHTM posts on social media sites to sending along tips to providing technical help. These things really do help!

Thanks again to everyone who contributes to this blog in any way, during these pledge drives or between them. And extra special thanks to a couple of readers — you know who you are! — who continue to go above and beyond with their regular contributions.

We now return to our regular programming. Or at least we will once I can finish up the latest post!

Thanks for your support!

6 replies on “Pledge Drive! Late November 2018 Phone Kittens Edition”

From Wikipedia

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia[2][3] and may overlap with frisson.

ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.[4][5]

And evidently there’s a whole genre of YouTube videos on ASMR sensations, or rather triggering them. According to an article I read about them (possibly linked to already in a previous post), it shows stuff like women brushing and / or playing with their hair and a brushing a makeup brush over a microphone, complete with the sound effects of those activities. Evidently there’s some medical benefit to some people with anxiety and insomnia in watching these videos, helping to calm them down when needed.

So of course the 8chan troll brigade has decided to target them, or at least the pretty women who make many of these videos. Because…how dare these women do things and make money from it? (Not sure what the alleged rationale for this targeting would be, beyond ‘how dare they!’ )

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