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Saturday, September 14th, 2013

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 9/14/13 11:09 pm
// Description: He's Back
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As many of you know, I participate in a 24-hour gaming marathon every year to raise money for a charity named Extra Life. All the money I raise goes directly to Children's Hospital of Alabama through the Children's Miracle Network. To date, I've raised $2,799.28 to help make sick children's lives a little better.


This year, the marathon will be on November 2nd. Yes, that is the day the clock falls back. Yes, that means this year will be a 25-hour gaming marathon. I'll be pushing myself even harder to help those that are pushing hard every day.


Unfortunately, there is one area in which I have been slacking a bit. This is the area of fundraising / solicitation. I raised my personal goal to a new time high of $1,200, but I've waited the longest I've ever waited to start my fundraising campaign.


I'm not happy about this.


Neither is the feral platypus.


The feral platypus called me the other day to remind me of this. The feral platypus said he's sending over an enforcer to get me in gear and keep my straight. I thought he was just trying to use his old scare tactics to get me in line. Then, I got a knock at the door.


It was the gorillagator. The gorillagator was not happy, either. The gorillagator informed me that I will get back in gear for these kids. The gorillagator reminded me that I don't have a choice because these children don't have a choice. Finally, the gorillagator reminded me that he is an official agent of the feral platypus, and that, well, I probably shouldn't repeat the rest of what he said in a post to help children...


A few bucks out of your own pocket is not too much to ask. Every donation you make is 100% tax deductible. You'll even get a nifty receipt you can print out to keep the feds off your back. Most importantly, you'll get the peace of mind knowing that you eating leftovers for lunch one day turned into a slight improvement in the quality of life for a child in a dire situation.


You'll also get the gorillagator off my back.



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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 12/18/12 11:13 am
// Description: tap tap tap
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Is this thing on?

Yes, I'm still alive.

How YOU doin'?

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 10/12/12 01:07 pm
// Description: Extra Life 2012 - The Final Plea ... Until the Next One
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To whom is not concerned:

So, here we are again. We scream closer to the event, and the goal is not met.

I was approached by the ghost of feral platypii past last night. Well, approached is putting it lightly. I was mugged by the ghost of platypii past last night. He reminded me, in no uncertain terms that I have only reached the midway point of my fundraising goal. He then reminded me, in even less uncertain terms, that we are one week away from the event. There were other reminders past that, but this is a family broadcast. *shudder*

Now, let us be serious for a moment. The event organizers claim a personal story helps to tug heart strings, whatever those are...

I've been to Children's Hospital of Birmingham. I had to take Cora there to verify she was not going to die. Instead, she's just a ticking time bomb for the next generation, but I digress.

While I was there, I saw things. I saw child after child after child waiting for their appointment. I saw the most sublime displays of children's art juxtaposed with hospital sterilization that I could ever possibly imagine. I saw and heard things that only occur in the nightmares of parents, and I was only in the waiting rooms.

But I will never forget the 10-ish year old girl that came in for her regularly scheduled dialysis appointment ... as if it was just another Friday afternoon. She had her school books, a little snack, a book to read for pleasure, and a DVD, in case she finished her homework a little early. You know, everything you'd need for an afternoon hooked up to a huge medical machine that going to clean out all the toxins in your blood. As she entered the secured area, she warmly greeted all the doctors and nurses with the same familiarity that I would greet the staff of my favorite coffee shop as I stopped in for my morning cup of coffee.

I don't know the status of that little girl. I don't know if she's healthy or, quite frankly, alive. I don't even know her name, as I only heard it in passing for the 37 seconds our paths crossed. However, I do remember being incredibly moved and touched by her upbeat attitude about the situations, and I hope that my efforts last two Octobers got her, in some way, a little comfort.

And, if she is still with us, I hope we can get her a little more.

=== PREVIOUS MESSAGE FOLLOWS ===

Greetings (Again),

If you are receiving this updated message, then you didn't feel generous the first time. Now, I tried to be nice the first time. I tried to send a simple, unobtrusive email message to get you into the spirit. Well, much like the bell ringers that I ignore in front of the Wal-Mart, you ignored me.

I probably should have seen that coming...

However, unlike those poor souls, I know how to contact you. And I can find out where you live. So, so, so, you better feel lucky that I'm too lazy to terrorize you people, but cause I could do it.

Remember, it's not for me, it's for those poor kids... and the feral platypii. Because, we can make more children, but platypii are hard to come by.

=== ORIGINAL MESSAGE FOLLOWS ===

It's that time of year again. The time when I beg you for money for charity. See, unlike those bell ringers outside Wal-Mart, I don't do it when you have ten bazillion holiday obligations...

Once again, I will be enduring a 24-hour marathon of gaming to raise money for Children Hospital in Birmingham. All the money goes straight to them, and you get to tell Uncie Samuel that you're good for that money. I'd REALLY like to break $1000 this year, as I have come REALLY close for the past 2 year to doing so.
This year, the event will take place on October 20th, beginning at 8 A.M. Once again, I will try to provide some web streams, etc, if you want to point and laugh (especially if I have to result to playing Dance Central at 4 AM to stay awake for the last part.)

Look at it this way, I'm going to badger you about this for the next month. You might as well donate some money so you can righteously tell me to shut the Smurf up.

You can place your bid at the link below. Feel free to spread the word to anyone and everyone.

I thank you. The children thank you. Several breeds of feral platypus thank you. Maybe, just maybe, doing so will help you feel the love felt by re-fried beans when lovingly hugged in a warm tortilla.

Enjoy your burrito.

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/cgardner

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 9/14/12 09:13 am
// Description: Extra Life 2012
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Greetings,

It's that time of year again. The time when I beg you for money for charity. See, unlike those bell ringers outside Wal-Mart, I don't do it when you have ten bazillion holiday obligations...

Once again, I will be enduring a 24-hour marathon of gaming to raise money for Children Hospital in Birmingham. All the money goes straight to them, and you get to tell Uncie Samual that you're good for that money. I'd REALLY like to break $1000 this year, as I have come REALLY close for the past 2 year to doing so.

Don't live near me? Live closer to a children's hospital in the Children's Miracle Network? It's OK. Go find a participant that is working for your hospital and hook them up. Just left me know, I will will join in with the karmic love you will already receive.

This year, the event will take place on October 20th, beginning at 8 A.M. Once again, I will try to provide some web streams, etc, if you want to point and laugh (especially if I have to result to playing Dance Central at 4 AM to stay awake for the last part.)

Look at it this way, I'm going to badger you about this for the next month. You might as well donate some money so you can righteously tell me to shut the Smurf up.

You can place your bid at the link below. Feel free to spread the word to anyone and everyone.

I thank you. The children thank you. Several breeds of feral platypus thank you. Maybe, just maybe, doing so will will help you feel the love felt by re-fried beans when lovingly hugged in a warm tortilla.

Enjoy your burrito.

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/cgardner

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Monday, December 12th, 2011

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 12/12/11 06:30 pm
// Description: introducing...
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Cora Luna Gardner, December 12, 14:19. 9 pounds, 1 ounce. 19 inches.

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Friday, October 14th, 2011

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 10/14/11 08:34 am
// Description: Help Me Do Some Good!
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http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=4554

Ok, people it's crunch time. In less than 24 hours, I begin my epic journey towards enlightenment.

I know what you're saying. Big deal, you're just playing games for 24 hours. To which I say, yes. For 24 hours, straight...

I don't know how many of you have actually tried to do something for 24 hours straight, but let me tell you. ANYTHING for 24 hours straight becomes obstacle. I may just be playing Kinect Adventures at 4AM just to stay awake.

And nobody wants that...

So please, think of the children. I know if anything happened to my daughter, I'd wish for a miracle. Why not pad those odds now? Think of it like an indulgence, without the fall of the Catholic Church...

So please, find a little something and donate.

Tell your friends.
Tell your mama.
Tell your friend's mama.

Do the right thing.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 9/19/11 10:11 am
// Description: Opinion Poll
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I have a serious, opinion question for you guys. The wife and I are having a disagreement over a proposed spelling for the re-branding of Zoe 2.0. We are not sure if we want:
Quora
Qora
Cora
What do you guys think? Honest opinions. BTW, if you've already replied to one of here posts with the question, you don't have to respond here ... unless you did it on FaceBook, where I can't see / respond.


Thanks, guys and gals.

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Monday, July 11th, 2011

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 7/11/11 03:27 pm
// Description: Oh Yeah
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How could I forget the epic?

I mean, EPIC.

Yeah, the most epic gift ev4r.

In recognition of my 5 years of service to a company that has existed for 5 years, I was gifted with ...

...

are you ready?

A muthafuck'n 14kt gold (plated) Slinky!

It is sooooooo awesome.

And epic.

...

Did I yet mention that it was epic?

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// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 7/11/11 10:56 am
// Description: Moar Updates
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I really don't update this thing very often, do I? It seams that as I get older, I realize that nobody really gives a shit. It's all just passing chit-chat, used to impose an illusion of society and civility on a meaningless trudge though existentialism.

Oh, I mean, Hi. How have you guys been?

Let's see. What is new since last time we left off?

I have been officially accepted into the MS in CS program and UAH (alphabet soup, anyone?) I should be starting in the fall.

I turn older next week. No, you're not really allowed to give a shit about that, because I don't.

Been having fun speaking at conferences. Since last we spoke, I helped proctor the hands-on labs at TechEd. Then, I gave 2 talks at CodeStock. My next set of talks is next month at DevLink.

Zoe and Brandy are still the light of my life. Of course, they're going to Texas next week to visit Brandy's family. Dark times, indeed.

I need to eat lunch, but I don't know what I want. My general, daily goal is to figure something out before it's too late.

Finally been getting my pool game back. Had some rough times last session. However, now I'm back at the level I feel I should have been playing. That is not to say there there is no room for improvement. Just saying that I'm not killing myself because I know I can do better.

Went to Chattanooga with my family for Independence Day. Visited the Zoo and the Aquarium. Then, we went to the baseball game and watched fireworks. It was all worth it for the fun and excitement Zoe had during the last 30 minutes of the aquarium.

Speaking of Zoe, she is finally starting to sleep thought the night ... on occasion ... when nobody is looking. This was really cool the first time or two is happened. Now, it just makes the times she doesn't more annoying.

We should find out the gender to Zoe: The Sequel near the end of the month. Then, I can stop referring to thing child as "Daddy little tax shelter" and start using a pronoun.

I know I'm forgetting something.However, there is already more there that I thought I remembered. Thus, kthxbai

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Monday, May 2nd, 2011

// Author: turbopunk
// Last Modified: 5/2/11 09:45 pm
// Description: Power restored
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About 2 hour (and 15 minutes, but who's counting) after my last post, my power was restored to the house. I'm still trying to conserve power for my fellow city dwellers. I haven't turned on my AC. I haven't turned on my computers (only a laptop and the modem/router.) I've limited myself to one load of laundry today. I will run one load of dishes as I go to bed. Granted, the AC is coming on tomorrow. However, I'm good with keeping it high and keeping a few windows open and ceiling fans running.

I am looking forward to washing my hair tomorrow morning. It's about to revolt.

I've cleaned the "Biohazard" half of the fridge. I'll hopefully get the other half tomorrow.

There is still no power at work. We used a generator to boot enough of the network such that all the spooled mail could be sent. I know things bounced, but I did get a few things.

Brandy and Zoe return tomorrow. The city is still on curfew. Bin Laden is dead. Life goes on.

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