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Quake Books HQ Secret Brief: April 2016

Congratulations Quake Book Agent,

If you have found this message your quake detection skills are second to none and we did well to recruit you into the QUAKE Books organisation. I only hope Google HQ recruiters don’t find out just how good you are at doing your job because right now finances make it difficult to make a counteroffer!

If on stumbling upon this brief you used your encryption training skills, we imparted to you in week one, you will have access to a one minute video explaining our situation at Quake Books HQ. Given that you work at our base the message should not come as a surprise to you. I encrypted it to ensure you that those interested in keeping people locked into the Matrix system remain unaware of our intentions to keep winning the fight against them regardless of the cost.

In short, we need your help!

Our initial goal is $1,000/month. Here are QUAKE Books HQ costs:

Website hosting and maintenance. "Unfortunately" my PhD is in sustainable energy systems and not in computer science. Consequently, and despite being a highly skilled Quake Books agent, I am not a tech-savvy person, so this is a monthly cost I will always need to outlay to ensure that my Field Agents (devoted Quake Book community) always have access to our and their book reviews. Furthermore, without this service I would lose even more hair than I already have - so think of it as a "Save Kai's Hair" campaign.

Email. I pay for a premium email account that can only be accessed with a Yubikey to keep your emails safe. Your data privacy is important to me and it carries a cost, which is justified but it is still a cost none the less. Those of the system will not gain access to our correspondence.

MailChimp. This is the service we use to email you all your Field Agent Brief (if you have not subscribed I invite you to do so). At the moment we have the small business professional subscription and pay $10 a month, but we will have to pay as soon as we recruit more Field Agents to the cause.

Ongoing Quake Books development. I have exciting plans for Quake Books and I desire to make the brand more interactive with spin-offs from the website and the like. Even investing in t-shirt and polo shirt design and delivery takes money and I wouldn’t want a situation where my Field Agents want to express themselves in Quake Books apparel but I couldn’t match expectations due to cash flow issues. That would really be a sad day for all :(

Field Agent Recruitment. I want people to be inspired by reading and I want to hear about more people’s lives change. The Quake Books organisation is a bridge for many who chose to embark on a growth mindset and a healthier, happier lifestyle. In order to help them break out we need to reach more of them and that drives up marketing costs. Thanks to the system, there are too many people who are still stuck in “The Matrix”. But as your leader, I really believe that we are one ingredient in that red pill. 

•Books. Really it goes without saying but in order to keep Quake Books in order I need to buy (and read) a lot of books. I try to minimise costs by reading them on the Kindle but there is still a cost involved.

Personal Dignity now...: For the next few years, apart from my duty as the Head of the Quake Books organisation, I am a PhD student with a wage of less than $1000 a month to live on (rent, food, utilities). For a student that is a good salary and I worked hard and feel blessed to earn it. That said, it wasn’t designed to support the costs that come with bringing our organisation into existence and sharing our findings with the world.

… And into the future. Environmental-type doctorates and ecologically minded students generally do not get as appreciated as much as I feel we should do, despite our best efforts to keep your air and water clean, enhance biodiversity, reduce societal/ecological burdens on the poor and save the Amazon rainforest. Apparently, it makes more market sense to pay those managing money more than those trying to conserve resources... so it is unlikely that I will be making any real money soon without your help.

That is all for now dear Agent, please burn this note and video evidence, we can never be too careful.


Agent Kai
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Quake Books HQ Secret Brief: April 2016

Congratulations Quake Book Agent,

If you have found this message your quake detection skills are second to none and we did well to recruit you into the QUAKE Books organisation. I only hope Google HQ recruiters don’t find out just how good you are at doing your job because right now finances make it difficult to make a counteroffer!

If on stumbling upon this brief you used your encryption training skills, we imparted to you in week one, you will have access to a one minute video explaining our situation at Quake Books HQ. Given that you work at our base the message should not come as a surprise to you. I encrypted it to ensure you that those interested in keeping people locked into the Matrix system remain unaware of our intentions to keep winning the fight against them regardless of the cost.

In short, we need your help!

Our initial goal is $1,000/month. Here are QUAKE Books HQ costs:

Website hosting and maintenance. "Unfortunately" my PhD is in sustainable energy systems and not in computer science. Consequently, and despite being a highly skilled Quake Books agent, I am not a tech-savvy person, so this is a monthly cost I will always need to outlay to ensure that my Field Agents (devoted Quake Book community) always have access to our and their book reviews. Furthermore, without this service I would lose even more hair than I already have - so think of it as a "Save Kai's Hair" campaign.

Email. I pay for a premium email account that can only be accessed with a Yubikey to keep your emails safe. Your data privacy is important to me and it carries a cost, which is justified but it is still a cost none the less. Those of the system will not gain access to our correspondence.

MailChimp. This is the service we use to email you all your Field Agent Brief (if you have not subscribed I invite you to do so). At the moment we have the small business professional subscription and pay $10 a month, but we will have to pay as soon as we recruit more Field Agents to the cause.

Ongoing Quake Books development. I have exciting plans for Quake Books and I desire to make the brand more interactive with spin-offs from the website and the like. Even investing in t-shirt and polo shirt design and delivery takes money and I wouldn’t want a situation where my Field Agents want to express themselves in Quake Books apparel but I couldn’t match expectations due to cash flow issues. That would really be a sad day for all :(

Field Agent Recruitment. I want people to be inspired by reading and I want to hear about more people’s lives change. The Quake Books organisation is a bridge for many who chose to embark on a growth mindset and a healthier, happier lifestyle. In order to help them break out we need to reach more of them and that drives up marketing costs. Thanks to the system, there are too many people who are still stuck in “The Matrix”. But as your leader, I really believe that we are one ingredient in that red pill. 

•Books. Really it goes without saying but in order to keep Quake Books in order I need to buy (and read) a lot of books. I try to minimise costs by reading them on the Kindle but there is still a cost involved.

Personal Dignity now...: For the next few years, apart from my duty as the Head of the Quake Books organisation, I am a PhD student with a wage of less than $1000 a month to live on (rent, food, utilities). For a student that is a good salary and I worked hard and feel blessed to earn it. That said, it wasn’t designed to support the costs that come with bringing our organisation into existence and sharing our findings with the world.

… And into the future. Environmental-type doctorates and ecologically minded students generally do not get as appreciated as much as I feel we should do, despite our best efforts to keep your air and water clean, enhance biodiversity, reduce societal/ecological burdens on the poor and save the Amazon rainforest. Apparently, it makes more market sense to pay those managing money more than those trying to conserve resources... so it is unlikely that I will be making any real money soon without your help.

That is all for now dear Agent, please burn this note and video evidence, we can never be too careful.


Agent Kai

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Britain's best broadsheet is now found on our desks and 3 ply toilet paper stocks our loos. Comfort and intellectual mutterings abound. Well done you!
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All Field Agents are now equipped with handy packed lunches for their latest and greatest adventures. Your generosity has led to a daily Quest Nutrition Bar for dessert! Our latest research suggests that this is the single most important factor in the sudden increase in agent and admin staff applications.
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By giving just $10 you have covered a month of our communication subscription costs! Well played. I take my bowler hat off to you!
Pledge $25 or more per month
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Agent, if you return this amount of money back to HQ, over the course of the year you have single handedly paid for one week of server and site maintenance costs! Your loyalty shines through and you have been rewarded with a two-tone tie or earrings (your pick) with which to strut your stuff!
Pledge $100 or more per month
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Wow! This is a significant amount of money now. And I seriously don't expect you to contribute this crazy sum. But if you did for a whole year you would have ensured that the site is up and running for one month. You would also be seriously supporting our research and innovation branch back at HQ... and that branch is critical to this organisation's and your long term success as a Quake Book Agent!