Oh Ello, I haven't forgotten about you. I've just been busy completing a multibeam survey off the coast of Laguna Niguel. I still think this is a better platform than Twitter for communicating science.
Speaking of... interesting story I heard on NPR this morning about using crowdfunding to support Ebola research by Scripps Research Institute (SRI, not to be confused with my institution Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SIO, which is confusingly just down the street from SRI). A neurology grad student at UCSD talked about the downsides of using crowdfunding for research from a quality and public expectations point of view (spoiler for the public: science deliverables sometimes don't happen). Unfortunately none of it will be linked on NPR's site until tomorrow I'd guess.
In the meantime, here's some background on SRI's crowdfunding thing for Ebola:
Also, here's a short story about SIO's Ralph Keeling (climate scientist and current maintainer of the Keeling Curve, which clearly proves CO2 atmospheric accumulation over time) asking for resource help in the form of crowdfunding: