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A few bumps but we’re all right.

Well the GameA­Thon got off to a bit of a bumpy start, with Twitch TV tem­por­ar­ily ban­ning me for not show­ing gam­ing con­tent. So now I’m stream­ing on You­Tube… had a bit of scram­bling around to hook it up but it’s done.

Gaming-wise, we loosely stuck to the sched­ule with Pathfinder Adven­ture Card Game lead­ing off, fol­lowed by some com­pet­it­ive Halo. Looks like we blew over the time allot­ted for Dwarf Fort­ress, but I’ll pick up the sched­ule in a few minutes with some Pan­demic on the iPad. I may stick the whole hour or, if I lose too quickly, will find some­thing else to play. Either way, I’ll be stream­ing it and you can watch the stream here. Next update in a few hours. Oh, and thank you for spon­sor­ing me! The pups appre­ci­ate it!
 

In less than 24 hours I’ll be gaming for 24 hours to support CaliCan Rescue — Cheer me on!

Tomor­row night, Fri­day night, I’ll be start­ing a 24hr mara­thon gam­ing ses­sion to sup­port my friends at CaliCan Res­cue. I’m one of the folk who’ve accep­ted the Play4Paws2 chal­lenge, so yeah, I’ll be gam­ing, catch­ing up on my gam­ing defi­cit over the last few months ;)

It’s been years

Yeah, years since I stayed up ’round the clock. More, actu­ally since I have to work tomor­row morn­ing, so I’ll likely be up over 36 hours. So I’m not sure what to expect, except that as my sleep-deprived brain tries to play games, you can bet that I’ll suck more as the even­ing wears on. Ah well.

UNDERDOGIt’s about the Underdog

Ok, so I’m look­ing for­ward to it, mostly, though the tired bit I’m dread­ing. But it’s not for me I’m doing this, I’m try­ing to raise funds to sup­port the organ­iz­a­tion that brought Bog­art and all the other fosters into our (and oth­ers) lives. It’s about the people in an organ­iz­a­tion that works hard and cares about both the anim­als they res­cue from death row (yes, they pull from kill shel­ters), and they care about the people they match the dogs with. Amaz­ing work, amaz­ing people.

So yeah, in addi­tion to fos­ter­ing, donat­ing, encour­aging and pro­mot­ing, this is me try­ing to find another way to sup­port them. How ’bout it, can you help? Donate here. Bid on silent auc­tion items here.

Cheer me on

I’ll be Tweet­ing, Face­book updat­ing, and occa­sion­ally live stream­ing my gam­ing activ­ity. You can also help me out by keep­ing me going with encour­aging com­ments, posts, tweets, whatever. About 6am Sat­urday morn­ing I’ll need all the sup­port I can get :D

Watch me go

Here’s my gam­ing sched­ule and the Twitch live stream. Not all games will be on com­puter and stream­able, but I may come up with a web­cam solu­tion that will feed to twitch. We’ll see.

Thanks for your support!

Really, without you help­ing me, this wouldn’t make sense. I’ve also man­aged to get some sup­port from Bioware and Beam­dog to help you decide to help me. Check out the details here.

A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliCan Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kick­ing, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for local TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dungeon-crawling-holy-crap-is-that-a-Beholder exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­ginia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and never-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, specifically:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item available.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auction.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at CanadaHelps.org — https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/play4paws2-this-time-its-fur-sonal/
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beamdog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27-28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!

 

Can I buy your support? It’s for a great cause.

Update:


If you read this post (I’m Crazy and I’m gam­ing for 24 hours for an amaz­ing cause! Spon­sor Me!) then you know that I’m doing a bit of fun­drais­ing for my favour­ite dog res­cue — CaliCan Res­cue.

But I’ve noticed that I’ve still not received any spon­sor­ships, even though I’ve gone to the extraordin­ary effort of post­ing once about it on Face­book, and writ­ing the afore­men­tioned blog post. Hmm, I think I need some­thing more to get my friends involved. :)

So, unlike Rene (one of CaliCan’s awe­some head honchos), I’ll not be wager­ing any­thing that brings (or doesn’t bring) a razor near my noggin.

Rather, I thought I’d reach out to some friends at BioWare and see if they can provide assistance.

And they have. Behold!

My friends at Bioware have gen­er­ously donated the per­fect things for gam­ing into the wee small hours. And I get to give them away to folk who spon­sor me!

  • Toques
  • Con­tigo water bottles
  • Con­tigo hot drink travellers
  • A couple of other branded drink containers
  • Bioware pens
  • A nice, light­weight Bioware backpack!

The details

Now, given the anti­cip­ated high demand for these premier branded items we’re look­ing for a min­imum dona­tion of $20.00. One dona­tion per item. And we’ll fig­ure some­thing out for the pens. :)

We’ve only got a couple of each item — what you see in the photo is what we’ve got — so I anti­cip­ate the more pop­u­lar ones will go quickly, espe­cially the toques… come on! Bioware inven­ted the gamer toque (or beanie as it’s called else­where)… I know, I was with the com­pany at the time!

But any­way, there you go. Bioware branded swag and the warm fuzzy feel­ing of sup­port­ing one of the best dog res­cue organ­iz­a­tions on the planet.

Simply by spon­sor­ing me :)

(oh, and after you’ve done that (thank you!) just send me an email and we’ll fig­ure out how to get your swag to you — brad­b­log At gmail.com)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lands ‘nicely vertical’ within 10 meters of target … in the ocean


And that’s how it’s done.

SpaceX’s Fal­con 9 came back to Earth after a suc­cess­ful launch today, land­ing in the ocean within 10 meters of its actual tar­get. And though it didn’t make the plat­form as ori­gin­ally inten­ded, the com­pany thinks that absent rough weather, the rocket have worked as planned.

Rocket soft-landed in the ocean within 10m of tar­get & nicely ver­tical,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “High prob­ab­il­ity of good drone­ship land­ing in non-stormy weather.”

… via Ven­ture Beat

This takes the cake: To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense

Wow. This is some ser­i­ously messed up lan­guage used to describe ‘premium-grade’ Audio Eth­er­net cables — yes, you read that right, Eth­er­net cables for the Audi­o­phile mar­ket. My word…

All insu­la­tion slows down the sig­nal on the con­ductor inside. When insu­la­tion is unbiased, it slows down parts of the sig­nal dif­fer­ently, a big prob­lem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS cre­ates a strong, stable elec­tro­static field which sat­ur­ates and polar­izes (organ­izes) the molecules of the insu­la­tion. This min­im­izes both energy stor­age in the insu­la­tion and the mul­tiple non­lin­ear time-delays that occur.

via To the audi­o­phile, this $10,000 Eth­er­net cable appar­ently makes sense | Ars Tech­nica.

I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!

Cool! Playing pandemic online.
Update:


I’m kinda into gam­ing — y’all know that. And I’m into my dogs — ya’ll know that too.

So when an oppor­tun­ity like this popped up, I couldn’t resist.

Spon­sor Me!

On Feb­ru­ary 27th, start­ing at 7pm, I’m going to be gam­ing my ass off, gam­ing for 24 hours straight. Board games, Video games, card games, whatever! I fig­ure that this will get me out of my vast game defi­cit I’ve been accu­mu­lat­ing over the last few years.

And I can help a great char­ity at the same time.

UNDERDOGCaliCan Res­cue is the organ­iz­a­tion we foster for, and they’re also the folks that brought Bog­art into our lives. They do amaz­ing work, and have res­cued over 400 small dogs to date. And they have a great dogu­ment­ary show­ing why and how they do, what they do if you wanted to find out more about them and why we love them!

So this is where you come in.

Spon­sor Me! I’m fig­ure I’m going to be hurt­ing at about Hour 13, and have a ser­i­ous case of Con­sole Claw at about Hour 20. Help me stay focused. Inspire me to keep on gam­ing. Spon­sor Me — you can be the reason that I stick it out the whole 24 hours!

It’s easy. Just visit this link at CanadaHelps.org and make a small dona­tion — any will do (thank you in advance!)

And then cheer me on! Go Team Brad! On the 27th, Join me online. I’ll be updat­ing Social Media and this Blog reg­u­larly with game res­ults, updates, sleep-deprived com­ments and other fun stuff. You may see me at my dopi­est! Cheer me or Jeer me, but have fun with me!

Or, if you want, let’s hook up online and play some­thing! I’m open to sug­ges­tions. I’ll post a sched­ule when I get my act together.

But back to the why.

It does take a lot of time, energy, and money to keep an organ­iz­a­tion like CaliCan run­ning. Time and energy are at a premium around here, but I think that it’s some­times easier to like a cause and wish you could help out. Well this is one way I know I can. I’ll be pinging you, my peeps, quite reg­u­larly over the next few weeks. Not only through the Twit­ter, but I hear that there’s this thing called Email. Pretty effect­ive too, I’m told.

CaliCan is an organ­iz­a­tion we believe in, and one we enjoy help­ing. So help us, help them. Spon­sor Me, and then join me online on the 27 to cheer me on, or laugh as I lose every game I play.

Go Team Brad!