Looks like there just wasn't that much interest in these entries. A whopping 11 people had contributed so far this month, and while some of them were quite generous, that just isn't enough of a response to keep motivating me to do this. So I'm shutting it down. All donations since 1 August have been refunded. My sincere thanks to everyone who helped out a couple of months ago, when I really did desperately need the money; you're all swell. And my apologies to the tiny handful of you who'll be disappointed.
UPDATE, AN HOUR LATER: Okay, some crazy person out there—a total stranger, as far as I know—just sent me $100 and the comment "Keep it going, sir!" It's not really about the money, though. That's just a way for folks to indicate that they give a damn whether I'm doing this or not. I'd much rather receive $2 each month from 50 people than $200 each month from one devoted (and wealthy?) fan. Pain in the ass though it is, you're better off sending me a small amount every four weeks than a large amount meant to cover you for half a year or more. I can't keep track of who's "prepaying" vs. who's just being generous, so when nothing much comes in, as was the case this month, I just assume people don't much care. And then I ask myself why I'm bothering, and then, well, I stop bothering.
In honor of this crazy dude's grand gesture, I'll keep it going for the rest of this month. Beyond that, though, it depends more on the number of donations, however small, than on the sum received. It's mostly a symbolic payment.
(BY THE WAY, capsules have indeed resumed below, just in case you didn't see them. I'm just keeping this here for the moment so nobody gets confused.)