Auction #17 for Freethoughtblogs Legal Debts


This is to help defray FTB’s legal debts from Richard Carrier’s defamation lawsuit. Details and rules are below:

The Legendary Ant Log [Making Ant Log]

This is a chunk of (?hemlock?) – formerly an ant nest – that has been vacuum infused with resin, and turned on a lathe. It’s heavy and hefty thanks to the resin and ought to be somewhere on the “tough epoxy composite” scale. It is probably not waterproof or dishwasher safe but the resin is food safe. All the ants are believed to have been harmlessly evicted.

It’s an unusual piece. If generations of ants come, claiming revenge, I deny all responsibility.

Rules:

Bidding starts at: $10

You can bid in the comments, or bid by emailing me [link]. If you email, I will assume that you wish to remain anonymous and will post a comment in the bidding section that reads something like: “Anonymous bid in the amount of $___” I do not live glued to my email so it may take a while for an email bid to register.

Whoever bids the most for the Ant Log wins it for $1 more than the second highest bidder bid. For example, if I bid $75 and Joe bids $5 and I’m the highest bidder, that makes Joe the second highest bidder, and I win the thing for $10 – the bidding start price. This is a variation of the Ebay bidding algorithm and, while it is less effective at milking money from the bidders, it discourages people from feeling that they need to log in at the last minute and try to bid over someone else. At the time when bidding closes, whichever bid is the highest, whether it’s email or a comment, wins.

Since we don’t have an automated bidding system like Ebay, I’d like to discourage “auction sniping.” If you want the thing, bid what you’re willing to pay for it and just see what happens. If you simply must have it, bid $1million for it and if the second highest bidder had bid $50, it’s yours for $51.

If you do not win, you owe nothing!

The winner is expected to donate the agreed-upon amount to the defense fund and send me suitable proof (a screenshot or whatever) and give me a shipping address, at which point I’ll box it up and send it along! I will cover shipping unless you are on the moon. Bear in mind that international mail service is “all fucked up” right now because of COVID so it may take a month or more to get your loot if you are outside the US. It may take a month or more if you are inside the US, too.

How To Pay:

You can donate directly to FTB’s [paypal] which is my preference, or to the collective GoFundMe which divides the money between FTB, Skepticon, and other defendants in the lawsuit.

AUCTION CLOSES AT Sept 21 at 10:00AM EST

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