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This has been very successful, thank you.  We are oversubscribed and so I will be contacting you to get your opinion about whether (a) we should do a partial refund, or (b) we should perhaps donate the rest of the money to some other charities or (c) we should use the money going forward to send me to another conference.  Or something else.  I was very frugal and found good-value lodging.

Thank you friends!  We have enough money to do this.  If you want to contribute $10 or $15 symbolically, that would be great, but its not necessary. I hope I make good use of the Siggraph opportunity as I am baffled about what my direction should be.

It costs $2,500 or so to attend Siggraph.  That breaks down as follows.  $250 for annual membership to ACM.  $1,000 for conference registration.  Hotel is 5 or so days at $200 / day plus tax.  $20/day for parking if you have a car.  Food, incidentals, possibly extra for conference proceedings.  Professors have grants to attend.  Students have discounts.  People who are working are sent to the conference and are paid to attend.  People who are not working are expected to pay full fare.  As all my friends know, I am unemployed and likely to never work again.  Yet, I would like to see if I can contribute even now to the field that I helped invent.  I dont really know what to do here, so I thought I would try GoFundMe and see if friends and associates what to contribute $10 or $25 to help me pick up the cost of hotels.  Assuming I can find a cheap hotel anywhere in the area at $125/night, plus tax that comes to about $137/night or about $650.  I am not even sure this will work, but I might be able to find a hotel that is that cheap.  I think its a shame that the poor are treated so badly in America, and I think it is unrealistic to believe that the poor have the resources to participate in America and its economy.

Updates: A friend suggested that I mention that this is the discounted conference price, $999, done in advance before the deadline. Also this helps to explain the situation better, but its a little wordy ...

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Michael Wahrman 
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