Your wise friend that you wish would post more stuff.
You guys! Of all the crazy events going on in my life lately that I’ve been blogging about, this one is BY FAR the one I’m going to blog about right now!
And for plenty good reason. You see, at 8am tomorrow I must join my fellow charitable gamers to make good on our promise to play games for 25 consecutive hours, in the name of the charity we’re raising money for.
Just to be clear, it’s a real charity event raising money for a real charity (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), and the event involves me an my friends playing video games (plus whatever other games I feel like) for 25 straight hours. I’m not allowed to sleep, of course, or do anything else except take breaks to grab food, use the loo, or switch games.
I’ll be doing some blogging during this event! Just quick posts while I’m waiting for a level to load or something like that. Anyway, watch for those posts!
And please donate! I haven’t raised as much as much as my pals, and a little bit is better than nothing! Click the link below, then the “Support Me!” button to donate!
100% of the proceeds that I raise will go directly to the CMNH hospital in my neighborhood.
Doing nothing but gaming for 25 hours is not normal for me you guys. It will be fun, but also hard. Please help make it worth my while!
Last year the men in my department at work did “Grovember”, where we shaved cleanly on October 31st, then let it grow for the month. The ladies of our department then judged us on whatever I don’t know we just did it and let them have their fun.
We’re doing something similar this year, so I just shaved.
before and after:
Yes, that’s a cut on my face because apparently I suck at shaving that particular part of my face. There’s also another cut you can’t see. Don’t care. I love me anyway.
Last year I posted daily pics to show the slow progress my hairs were making. It turned out to be so slow as to not be very interesting, so I’m not doing that this time. However, I do have to submit my picture to The Ladies. You know, for judgement.
…you may watch KARE 11 news tonight at 10 for a segment about our space adventure!
If you read my long-ass post from last week entitled “I Lost a Spacecraft”, you may remember that we planned a second launch for today.
Well, I just got home from those activities. This time, I most definitely did not lose the spacecraft. It went awesome this time!
It was unseasonably warm for late October this time. No clouds in the sky, no wind on the ground. We were well-prepared and we were able to launch our balloon and payload on time, surrounded by friends and co-workers including my boss and our company’s CEO and COO. Then we gathered around a computer where we had the live tracking data.
This time, the balloon shot directly East. It seemed to be making a beeline for Red Wing, MN. Right on the Mississippi River. If it were to land in that river, it would be very difficult to recover. At one point I vocally predicted that it would land in the river and everyone got really mad at me. There were promises of, in the event that my grim prediction came true, a surprise tackling at some point while I was innocently walking the halls at work. And after reaching 97,364 feet, 20k shorter than the last launch, the balloon burst and the descent put it on a trajectory for the river near Red Wing. We hopped in our cars for the two hour drive to where it appeared to be landing, hoping that the GPS device, which had failed outright for the previous launch, would activate and tell us that it was on land.
And that is exactly what happened. It appeared to have landed in a densely wooded section of a nature preserve on the Eastern banks of the Mississippi East of Bay City, Wisconsin. We got as close as we could by car, parked on the side of the road, and started combing the forest, hoping desperately that we would find it before the sun went down and that it was not stuck up one of those really high trees. The day could have ended in a lot of disappointment.
But no, the balloon and payload landed on the ground, about a hundred yards from the river, and we reached it with daylight to spare.
All equipment, including the footage from the two cameras, has been recovered.
Space pictures will be posted next week. Space pictures made by me and my friends.
Are you feeling charitable? How about just a little bit charitable? How about EVER SO AWFULLY CHARITABLE? Either way, this post is for you!
As I posted last month, I am participating in a fundraiser for the children’s hospital in my neighborhood. The challenge I’m participating in is the same as last year - a group of us from work is getting together at our offices and playing games for 25 consecutive hours. Video and PC games mostly, though the “rules” say we can play any games we want. I’d love it if any of you could drop a coin in my bucket by clicking this link!
Some of you might be saying, “why should I give money to some dork for playing video games? Some people actually do difficult things to raise money! You’d probably just be playing video games anyway! You’re a disgrace! Clean up your room!” Well, of course that is all true, and of course I will not clean up my room. But as excellent as your points are, none of them is a reason not to give some much needed cash to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s tax-deductible, and easy to do online. Also, my company The Nerdery is matching all donations!
You will be helping sick kids, and you will help my fund-o-meter thing look better, by giving what you can. Also, we’re planning on live-streaming it so you can peek in on us if you like! Last year our COO was watching the live stream and sending us Rock Band requests in exchange for his donations.
Unrelated: I just tried goat milk and I don’t like it. It tastes goat-y.
The time has come for me to explain why I was in a cornfield on July 17th.
This is long post. If you’re viewing it on your tumblr dashboard, I’ll hide the rest under a link now. Click the link if you want an exciting illustrated tale from the life of your pal Zawmer!
…I was in the middle of a cornfield in Meeker County, Minnesota, and I texted a friend of mine a picture of me wading through corn. Except that I accidentally posted it to Tumblr instead of doing that.
Then I explained that I’d have to explain why I did that, and that I would do so in a post called “I Lost A Spacecraft”. I never did do that post. Because the story wasn’t really finished. Or it was finished with a sad ending.
But no, it’s just that the story wasn’t finished! As of yesterday, the sad ending unsadded!
I expect this weekend I will actually post the story called “I Lost A Spacecraft”! Which I kind of did! More to come…
I don’t cook much, but about once a month I brew up a batch of Bolognese sauce in my slow cooker. Last night I did this. When it was ready I made some spaghetti for myself, and set the slow cooker to “warm” while I ate, intending to save the rest of it in separate containers to enjoy throughout October. It was delicious!
I just remembered that the rest of the sauce is still just sitting in the slow cooker on warm.
And now I am sad.