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Gaming for Extra Life

Gaming for Extra Life

extra_life_2013_status-2Despite life continuing to become more hectic as I ramp up preparations for opening the new makerspace in North Boynton and preparing for Miami’s first Mini Maker Faire, a group of dedicated individuals decided to take on raising cash for a charity event. Extra Life is a charity which accepts donations on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals and culminates in 24 hours of non-stop gaming. The ante was even higher this year as the event feel on a Daylight Savings shift giving us 25 hours to run. To which we laughed, and pulled off a solid 26.2 hours of straight video and tabletop games!

Not only were we successful in our stamina and discipline, but we were able to raise almost $3,500 throughout our fundraising. I just wanted to take a few minutes to send my deepest thanks out to all of the donors shared some of their hard-earned money to help some children in need. With children of my own, I couldn’t imagine what it must be like for many of these families who are up against some of the worst ailments on the planet without any resources to fight them. The Children’s Miracle Network is doing a great thing and we are happy to support them. I can only say that we are all very lucky that our own families are safe and our team is ready to go for 2014!

Huge thanks goes out to:

REM Learning Center
Nick Karpenske
Wacky Wild Science
Stonly Baptiste
Phil Almeida
Rebekah Monson
Daniel Zajic
Dan Lynch
Scott Conley
Carlos Galbadon
ALL of the anonymous donors!

…and lastly, (and certainly not least) to all who volunteered to raise cash and support our cause with their time, effort and non-financial generosity.

Thank you all again!

Facebook Ninja: The Comment Reveal

Facebook Ninja: The Comment Reveal

This is a cheap little trick, but I like to use the Facebook Comment Reveal to add a little excitement to my online social grind. Facebook will truncate a comment to reduce the length of the page and not bombard a casual reader with more than they care to consume. You get about six lines of text (including the length of your name in the first line) before Facebook will cut your comment off with anĀ ellipsisĀ and “Read More” prompt. So why not use this to your advantage?

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Fun Surprise for Gmail Users This Morning

Fun Surprise for Gmail Users This Morning

Google gave me a little excitement this morning when I opened up Gmail. This morning Google started the beta for Priority Inbox, a new feature which prioritizes email it thinks is most important for you to read, and kicked things off with a little intro/feature video in the top of the menu bar as is typical for Google. What was particularly exciting was the fanfare I received when the browser opened my inbox. If you use Chrome to open Gmail, the video has a little “bug” which causes this video to automatically start behind the splash image that is shown by default. When you click the splash image, the actual movie will be playing underneath.

The movie plays with a fun ragtime jazz tune and once you stop it, it won’t start playing again. (I played the song twice.) Google seems to be working on this so it doesn’t happen, but why the hell not?! You shouldn’t have your volume that high in the office anyway! Oh, and the feature seems pretty cool, too! Make sure you check that out.

Thanks for the upbeat start, Google.