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Subservient Chris to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Cancer is an ugly beast which leaves death and destruction in its wake. It doesn’t care who it goes after: a handsome little boy who has his Daddy’s eyes, a young woman with toddlers at home bravely hiding her pain from the kids or the grandmother is the cornerstone of the family. Cancer tries to mess with amazing friends like Drew Olanoff or Mike Kochansky. It comes like a thief in the night, attacking mercilessly that which we hold dear. I can guarantee that each and every one of you reading this has known someone who has been lost to some form of this disgusting disease. Cancer affects EVERYONE on some level. I am not a scientist or doctor. I cannot find a cure. I can, however, be me and help to raise money to help fund that cure by turning myself into Subservient Chris once again.

On Friday, May 13th – 6:00pm PST, several friends will descend upon my home and turn me into YOUR virtual slave. For a minimum ten-dollar donation, I will perform any completely crazy act you wish – within reason. I won’t do anything illegal, disgusting or degrading. In the past, I’ve been known to sing, dance, smear peanut butter on my face, place my dog on my head and wear a dress, high heels and makeup! I want you to be creative when thinking up your request, people. We are raising money for a very serious reason, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun while we do it! Give cancer a proverbial black eye by helping us gather donations for this very worthwhile cause.

My friends Liana and Michelle will once again participate in a race via Team in Training, and all proceeds from our event go directly to them. We will broadcast the entire thing live, and I’m sure many people plan to be around to record the insanity. You can begin sending your donations to [email protected] at any time, but please be sure to add a note to the PayPal form. Include your task for me or simply state you are donating to the cancer fundraiser so your contribution is easy to keep track of.

This year, our passion is much stronger to do as well as we can. Our efforts are being dedicated to our friend Derek Miller. Derek wrote and performed the Gnomedex song a couple of times, appeared as a floating head on the big conference screen a few years ago and is one hell of a great guy. A few months ago, Derek and his family made the incredibly tough decision to suspend treatment of his cancer and instead dedicate the rest of his time to living life in as peaceful a manner as possible. His strength, courage and humor during this time has been inspiring to so many of us. The end of his journey is quickly drawing near, but we will all continue to fight in his honor against this monster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Derek, his awesome wife Airdrie and their children during this difficult time.

UPDATE – Our friend Derek was freed from the confines of this life on May 3rd, 2011. His memory will forever live on in our minds and hearts.

Think of those you have lost… those who are fighting the battle…. those who have yet to begin their fight. Keep them all in mind and join us beginning at 6:00pm PST on May 13th.

For your enjoyment – and a sneak peak at what you can expect – take a few moments to watch the videos embedded below. They are some of the “best” moments captured during past Subservient Chris events… well, the best in someone else’s eyes, anyway. I’m not so sure about ever doing that whole peanut butter thing again, y’all!

This Geek Met Chic in San Francisco

On June 3rd, I had an amazing time at the Chic Meets Geek event down in San Francisco. Founder and hostess Carol Tran put together an amazing event, bringing the beautiful people together with those of us who are Geeks.

Chic Meets Geek is a conference with a social atmosphere designed to connect the cultural chic and intellectual geeks beyond a surface level. A panel of both geek and chic speakers shared their inspirational backgrounds in order to bridge these two seemingly incongruous groups. Founder Carol Tran believes the pairing of these two cultures through meshing a red carpet gala and a tech conference into one event will challenge guests to reach beyond their comfort zone and open their minds.

The Vivanista blog detailed the festivities as: “Chic Meets Geek combines aspects of a technology conference, a red carpet gala, and a nonprofit fundraiser. The venue, the Automattic Lounge at Pier 38, is well-known by geeks as the headquarters of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, a user-friendly blogging platform. Geek Meets Chic has been described as a “user experience” where one may network with people outside their normal circles.”

There were more than 400 people in attendance at Chic Meets Geek, including actor Steve Wharton. In my opinion, this was an event done right. I’m very happy to have been a part of it.

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As I mentioned the other day, I will be turning into Subservient Chris again this New Year’s Eve. In the past, all of the money donated during the event has gone to the IRC network that I am associated with. The folks at GeekShed are an awesome group of people, many of whom I’ve worked with for years! This year, though, we’re doing things a lot differently. GeekShed is only keeping a small portion of the monies raised. I brought my awesome assistant Kat in during this video to talk to all of you about what we’re doing this year – and why.

Cory Carrier became a member of the Lockergnome community before there even was a community. He was quite young when he first started showing up. Despite his age at the time, he became a very important contributor to what we were doing. His intelligence, maturity and sense of humor pulled people in towards him. His compassion and huge heart kept them there.

Cory lived his life with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, spending his days in a wheelchair and even hooked up to a ventilator to help him breathe much of the time. However, Cory never let MD stop him, or hold him back. He never let it define him, nor how he lived his life. He loved life, and it showed. He laughed in the face of his disease, naming himself Gimpi in our chat room, and Krippl on Twitter.

Sadly, we lost Cory back on October first, due to complications with the H1N1 virus. Cory’s loss devastated myself and our community, but none more so than Kat. She and Cory had a special bond. He referred to her as his “Internet Mom”, and she claimed him as her “son”. She loves to tell stories of his wicked sense of humor, including the times he would scare the life out of substitute teachers in high school. Apparently, Cory had a button on his wheelchair that when pushed would emit a loud, high-pitched beeping noise. When he had a sub, Cory would push the button and then slump over in his chair. He cracked himself up all the time, and brought smiles to those around him.

In Cory’s memory, we are donating 75% of this year’s donations to the Tucson, AZ chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They worked with Cory and his family for many years. Cory raised money for the MDA tirelessly, even serving as the Ambassador at least once. This is the best way that we could come up with to honor his memory.

Join us on New Year’s Eve beginning at 10pm Eastern time. For a minimum ten dollar donation, I will perform random crazy acts at your request… much like the Subservient Chicken. Even if you cannot be with us during the event, you can still make your donation (and request!) ahead of time. Simply head to my live page, and scroll down below the video and chat box. You’ll see the place where you can enter your donation information.

Thanks so much to Kat, who has worked tirelessly putting this together this year, and spreading the word around the World. Let’s work together to make this event one that will never be forgotten… and one that will hopefully help the MDA continue the amazing work they do with patients and their families.

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Raising Money for MDA with Subservient Chris

This year, we will once again be doing the Subservient Chris fundraiser on New Year’s Eve, from 10:00 PM until 1:00 AM Eastern Time. That’s 7pm until 10pm Pacific time, where I live! In the past, the monies raised were donated 100% to the irc network that my channel is found on. This year, we are doing things a bit differently, so listen carefully.

Back on October 1st, long-time community member Cory Carrier passed away. Cory suffered from Muscular Dystrophy basically all of his life. We lost him due to complications from the H1N1 Flu virus. Cory was highly active within our community, and on IRC. He was loved by everyone he came in contact with, and his loss has left a huge hole in our hearts.

We wanted to do something to commemorate our years with Cory, and the impact he had on all of us. The best thing we can think of is to give back to the charity that helped Cory nearly all of his life. The local chapter of the MDA in Tucson, AZ is who worked with Cory and his family. Therefore, this year we will be donating 25% of the monies raised to GeekShed IRC network to help with operating expenses. The greater portion of your donations – 75% – will be sent directly to the Tucson chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Cory’s name.

I cannot express enough how much it means to myself and my staff to be able to do this. Cory was an amazing person. If you ever talked with him at all, you’ll know what a great sense of humor he had, how much he loved all things technology, and how much he truly cared about people.

So how does this thing work? It’s simple, young grasshoppers. My assistant Kat will be hooked into the stream with me via Mumble. She has access to see donations made to the GeekShed account. For a minimum $10.00 donation, you can request something silly for me to do. Keep in mind that I will not do anything illegal or immoral… or disgusting. In the past, I have been known to sing and dance, put peanut butter on my face, and end the night in a dress with heels and makeup. Just about anything goes, and I’m looking to help raise a LOT of money for the MDA!!

Have your donations ready, along with your Subservient Chris requests. When making your donation that night to GeekShed, put your request for me in the comments section, so that Kat will know what to have me do! I’m looking forward to this, and I hope all of you will join us for a fun-filled – and very worthwhile – New Year’s Eve!

Be sure to join us in the live chat room during the event!

Brain Toniq


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Many of you follow me on Twitter, and know of the Twestival – a World-wide Twitter festival. People were busy raising money for Charity:Water. I decided to play Subservient Chris again, to help raise money. One donation request had me drinking three Brain Toniq’s within a minute… which I didn’t quite manage. I did, however, manage to drink all three within about three minutes! Does that count?? I brought my assistant Kat in on the video stream via our Ventrilo server, in order to help cheer me on! Of course, the live chat room was helping, as well.

As I said, it took me like three minutes to drink them all. I’m not sure I should be drinking that many in one day – let alone all at once! I felt kind of woozy and weird afterwards, but hey – it was for a great cause!

Outsanity: Your head will explode from all the thinking

about 34 minutes ago

danielaspenback: I think too much of the good stuff is never good.. 😛

about 35 minutes ago

toastpaint: “IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE LIVE STREAM?!”

about 36 minutes ago

brianlayman: Coffee is having the same affect at this point. I&#39m 3 hours a head of you.

about 36 minutes ago

divinjohn: Burrrrp!

about 36 minutes ago

virtuallin: Eeeks, sorry – I felt like that earlier…not so good

about 37 minutes ago

 
 

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Subservient Chris Surfaces for Twestival

Later today, I will reprise my role as Subservient Chris in order to help raise money in conjunction with Twitter via Twestival.

On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Beginning at approximately 6:00PM EST (3pm PST) today, February 12th, I will begin taking donations and requests. Donations can be sent directly to my PayPal account, and I will make one large donation directly to the charity on behalf of our community.

For a minimum $10.00 donation to the network, people could make silly demands of me. During past events, I’ve had to sing, dance, put my dog on my head, and even ended the night in a dress! Any request is granted once a donation is made, as long as it’s nothing illegal or degrading. Remember, I have final veto power on any and all requests!

Join me later today for a great time, a lot of laughter, and to help raise money for a very good cause. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Make the donation ($10 or higher).
  2. Submit your request INSIDE the donation form.

Remember, I have the right to refuse a request if it’s unreasonable. 😉

Reach out to Help Someone Who Needs Us

Brent Johnson is a long-time Lockergnome community member, and sent me the following email:

My mom is a 70 year old woman from Corpus Christi, TX named Barbara Beevers. She has suffered with Emphysema and COPD for years, and just recently, she was approved for a lung transplant operation at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

She is currently awaiting donor lungs. Those might come tonight, or it could be weeks or months ahead. Due to the complexity of the operation, Methodist Hospital required mom to come to Houston, Texas (at her own expense) to be within 1 hour of the hospital when the donor lungs do become available. After the operation, she will have to remain in Houston for at least 4-6 months so that she can be within immediate reach of the transplant team should a crisis arise.

Although her operation, hospitalization and medical costs are covered by insurance, her pre and post operative living expenses and some of her anti-rejection medications are not. She’s having to maintain her apartment and utilities in Corpus Christi AND pay for housing, utilities, living expenses and transportation in Houston. In essence, that means trying to maintain two homes. And she’s doing this with her only income being her monthly Social Security check.

One of the requirements for lung transplantation is showing financial security. The transplant team believes that if a recipient is focused on money worries they won’t focus on their recovery. And right now, she has tremendous financial worries.

MARTHA DOESN’T LIVE HERE “Living For Unpretentious People”

It’s a full-color, ad-free, professionally printed quarterly magazine published through Magcloud/Hewlett-Packard. It features some of mom’s most cherished family recipes, restaurant recipes, award winning 4-H/FHA recipes, recipes from family and friends, cooking tips, household tips, gardening tips, and even some tips for the guys in the household.

Thanks to the generous printing support of Magcloud/Hewlett-Packard, 100% of all proceeds (not just profits, but ALL the money raised) will go directly to Barbara to help with living and medicine expenses.

We’ve made a small preview issue available FREE OF CHARGE for everyone to download in the form of a PDF file. It’s 6 pages long, and it briefly shows what to expect from the printed version of the magazine. Your readers can download the FREE VERSION.

We hope you readers will enjoy the FREE PDF Preview Issue, and we hope a few of them will find it within themselves to purchase the printed version of the magazine. Not only will they get a first-class magazine, they will also be helping a woman that has completely exhausted all her financial resources and needs the help of others if she’s ever going to be able to stay in Houston long enough to get the donor lungs. The two of us (mom and myself) are the only two people we have in our family. We have no one else to call upon, and we really need the help of the online community.

If all you’re interested in doing is providing a link, that’s fine. People can visit the site for more info.

If we can impose upon you just a little, we have produced nice graphics, in a variety of sizes and formats, that will fit most any blog post, sidebar, email signature, message board, etc. You can find and pick from them (along with easy-to-install code).

If none of those are suitable for your use and you would like something in a different size, color or format, just ask. One of our graphics volunteers will come up with something to meet your requirements ASAP.

I truly appreciate you taking the time to consider this. I know this is an awful lot to ask, but I would hate to see her transplant chances vanish simply because she cannot afford to pay her living expenses in Houston. And without the transplant, her life expectancy is not very long.

The information in this email was verified. It is very real, and Barbara is in serious need of help. Why not visit the site for more information today?

Gamers Raising Money for Charity through Gaming Marathons

I received a very interesting email recently from Cody, who goes by the name of Ninboycl in our chat room. He wanted to let me know about a very cool charity. I like the idea behind it so much, I had to pass it on for all of you to check out.

I am a follower of this group called TheSpeedGamers. They play video game marathons for charities that are in their area, and are in need of money. They have done a few of these marathons, but there are a few problems. They’re having a hard time getting publicity for the marathons, seemingly because they are promoting it for charities that aren’t well-known. They tried many times to gain publicity on well-known sites with high traffic. I was just wondering maybe you could mention them in one of your videos or blogs to possibly get more viewers for their upcoming 72 hour Metroid Marathon for St. Judes cancer fund starting on Friday, August 15 at 6pm CST. It would be great for publicity for upcoming marathons… and to boost their donations. I thought I would ask you as I know almost 80% of your audience (including me) are gamers, and it would be great if they could see this.

Cody, I am more than happy to pass along information about this wonderful group of gamers. Now THIS is what community is all about. TheSpeedGamers do gaming marathons to raise money for various charities. In their first marathon they raised $1090 for St. Jude. The second marathon they raised $1355 for Giggles Therapy, one of their local Autism organizations.

Keep up the great work, everyone. And to all of you reading this post… why not do what you can to help raise money for St. Jude’s? It’s an amazing organization, helping thousands of children every year.