HEY GUYS, every year two of my buddies from when we all worked at ThinkGeek put on a video game marathon for Charity: Water. This year the target is the Sahel region, a harsh area south of the Sahara. Even $5 will make a huge difference for the women there! Plus you get to watch two excellent people swear their way through games as sleep deprivation kicks in. Personally I’m gunning for one of them to get stuck with Dark Souls, but there’s a lot of bad and classic games to choose from.
Please reblog to spread the word if you can’t donate! From their Charity: Water site:
We’re playing out the water crisis, one video game at a time. You pick the games, we play ‘em.
It’s the BATTLE OF THE BIRTHDAYS! STEPHONEE VS. GRANTGRANT
How to vote:
1) Pick a game from this list: http://bit.ly/UPickList
2) Donate as much as you want on this page! Leave the name of the game you picked as a comment on your donation. $1 = 1 point for the game you name.
3) Watch the broadcast on http://www.UPickVG.com on Sunday, September 21st from 10am-10pm Eastern to see us play games. (Preview show: Saturday Sept 20th at 8pm Eastern)
The U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity is entering its third year, and we’re proud to be dedicating yet another fundraiser to helping charity: water solve the water crisis for good.
Our co-founders (Stephonee and Grant) are happily giving up their birthdays this year to help bring clean water to the Sahel region of Mali and Niger. The Sahel is a narrow strip of land in Africa just below the Sahara Desert. This area is frequently affected by drought and famine, and access to clean water is rare.
100% of everything we raise will directly fund water projects. And when those projects are finished, charity: water will send us proof in pictures and GPS coordinates, so we can see the actual people and communities we impacted.
Follow our social media accounts for more information and future updates:
Donation goal has been met, so anything else WILL BE MATCHED, it’s like a money wizard! If any of y’all donate $10, I’ll make a custom 5x5 icon of your choosing. Similar to the mugshots I’ve done before, you can choose for it to be yourself, your fursona, your avatar, whatever! Just send me a screenshot of the notice from the charity: water page and I’ll get in contact with you.
Ooooo check that out! Just donate $10 or more and you can get a custom 5x5 icon from ariart. GET SOME!!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, THE MUSICAL.
Once More, with Feeling
When you see it like this, you can really see the brilliant use of color (aesthetically and thematically). LOVE THAT.
(Source: lordharrypotter, via tuckiozi)
You might ask yourself, “Hmm, what’s the biggest challenge the Offbeat Empire deals with on a daily basis?” You might ask yourself, “Is it complaints from advertisers who are offended by the content?” (Nope: that’s happened exactly once in almost six years. Our advertisers work with us because they like our content.) “Is it angry comments from conservative readers who are offended by the content?” (Maybe once a month, we’ll get a drive-by hate blast from someone who thinks gay marriage is awful, or breastfeeding is gross, or family cloth is disgusting. But really, it’s pretty rare.) So, if it’s not advertisers or conservatives, what’s the biggest challenge we deal with every day? The challenge that has my editors second-guessing every post and quaking in fear, just waiting for the awfulness to begin? It’s attacks from our fellow progressives.
So, I haven’t come back to tumblr yet. Though my original reason for leaving was to avoid Frozen and Sherlock spoilers, and I have long since seen both of those, there is something else that has been bothering me about what was popping up in my tumblr dashboard. It was less frequent than spoilers, but more disturbing to me.
I’m sure this linked post made its rounds on tumblr long ago - after all, it was written in late 2012. But I just found it myself, and it so very succinctly summed up what had been bothering me and keeping me away from tumblr. I won’t quote the relevant parts here, because that would mean quoting pretty much the entire thing. It’s worth the read.
I will, however, quote the bit at the end, the “action items,” so to speak, that Ariel suggests (which highly mirror my own thoughts on what I post to social media and in comments on blogs/social media since seeing the “bloodshed” of the 2012 election and marriage equality debates):
For those of you who like to fight the good fight for social justice and language sensitivity online, before writing that Tumblr missive or firing off that privilege-checking comment, I’d love to encourage you to take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
- Am I living my values with this exchange? If my goal is tolerance and sensitivity, am I embodying both those values in this conversation?
- What are my motivations here? Do I want to make a difference, or just feel like I’m right? What would “making a difference” look like in this context?
- Is this person an ally? How can I best communicate with them to ensure they stay that way?
- What is my ultimate goal in my activism? Is this exchange the best use of my time to achieve that ultimate goal?
TL;DR: I may come back to tumblr now, but if anyone I follow is posting or reblogging things that clearly don’t express the forethought in the bullets above, I’m just going to unfollow. It’s not personal, exactly… I just would rather only have a dashboard full of positive, respectful, encouraging discussion. Because I also care about many issues, but I think there are some very wrong ways to go about the conversation, and I’ve seen a lot of that on tumblr, unfortunately.
Officially: I love tumblr and I think I’m addicted to my dashboard. Hurray for discovering and loving a service that a year ago I was not using!
However, I’m gonna take some time off and not check my dashboard. Because I haven’t seen Frozen (money issues have kept me home from the theaters) or any of the 3rd Season of Sherlock (I’m in the US and the US premiere hasn’t happened yet) - and my tumblr dash is becoming quite the series of spoilers/gifs from both.
I’m sure most people don’t consider some of the posts spoilers, but it’s a personal “me” thing. I don’t even like to seek out and watch trailers for things any more - I like to go into things completely fresh and experience the movie/episode with a fresh brain.
Rather than unfollow the vast majority of people I’ve followed up until now, or pitch a fit that people aren’t hiding “spoilers” behind breaks well enough (because again, my definition of spoiler is so vastly different than other people’s), I’ll just wait until I’ve caught up to all you guys.
You just keep doing you, tumblr peeps!