DNA Lounge: Wherein our Patreon subscribers can now get in free!

We're trying something new, as a thank you to our awesome Patreon sponsors: we're now offering membership cards! If you kick in $15 or more per month, you get in free. Here are the options:

THE GREEN CARD -- $15 or more month.

Entitles the card holder to:
  • Free admission for 2 to any event before 10pm.
  • Skip to the front of the line (all night).

THE BLUE CARD -- $30 or more per month.

Entitles the card holder to:
  • Free admission for 2 to any event, all night.
  • Skip to the front of the line.

THE GOLD CARD -- $60 or more month.

Entitles the card holder to:
  • Free admission for 2 to any event, all night.
  • Includes 2 drink tickets.
  • Skip to the front of the line.

THE BLACK CARD -- $200 or more month.

Entitles the card holder to:
  • Free admission for 4 to any event, all night.
  • Includes 4 drink tickets.
  • $50 off purchase of any VIP table.
  • Skip to the front of the line.

The fine print, for all cards:

  • Cards are non-transferrable: you must be present.
  • Standing room only (general admission, not reserved seating).
  • Charity events and private parties are excluded.

So head on over to our Patreon and sign up!

The cards are valid for as long as you continue to be a monthly contributor at that level.

Many of you are already eligible for a card if you've been contributing $15 or more per month, but you may need to also go and select the proper "tier" to get the card. Patreon doesn't automatically subscribe you to newly-added benefits.

It was very difficult to decide on the pricing for these; too high and nobody will be interested in them, but too low and we might end up losing money on the deal. But since the nature of Patreon makes them be essentially a monthly subscription, we can change the pricing or benefits down the road if necessary. ("Winging it" being a time-honored DNA tradition.)

I just ordered a credit card printer, so hopefully we'll be mailing out the first batch of cards before the new year!

By the way, if have any experience with a card embosser that has Mac drivers, let me know. I'd love to figure out a way for the names on the cards to have raised letters, but right now that doesn't seem practical.

Also, I tried to think of more clever names for the four card levels, but I didn't come up with anything good. Any suggestions? (Adenine and the other nucleobases have already been considered and rejected.)

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Thank You For Smoking

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Vaping in general, and Juul in particular, have wiped out years of hard work to get teens off of cigarettes. And since most of the increase is in vaping nicotine, it means we're raising yet another generation of addicts, sucked in by the same kind of marketing that was originally used to suck them into cigarette smoking. What a crime this is.

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