Pokemon Go Life Advice: Featuring Meowth

I think this will become a series and will feature various Pokemon as I catch them. I can’t help it. When I see potential for a story, I just go for it. I want to support and encourage as many people as I can. Hopefully, these little comic stories will help out in some way (while also being entertaining).

Less than three you all!

*Edited in an app called Bubblee.

 

 

Giving back to one who has given so much to her community

I’m doing a thing tomorrow at 6pm-10pm Central. The thing I’m doing is streaming for the ever lovely @Audrey because she and her husband could use a helping hand. Special shoutout to @Raf and @FLYbarger for inviting me to do this with them.

Look. I know there are a lot of charities out there and a lot of people are requesting help for one reason or another, and it’s amazing how helpful and generous people in the GFR Guild and the RT Community are. Let me be one of the first to tell you that Audrey did not ask us to do this for her. We are doing this because she has done so much for this community and she has never asked for anything back. She has stayed up literally for days to make sure any charity streams she organized went smoothly. She coordinated those on her own and she helped raised thousands for other people and other charities. Now that hardships have hit her, we want to help her out however we can.

So what we are asking you guys to do is simply hang out with us tomorrow. Watch us play video games, have us on in the background while you’re doing house stuff, come join us in the chat and mingle, and show the internet why this is the best community.

Ways you can help out:

  • Donate (no amount is too small! And there are raffles to win as well!)
  • Spread the word. Hit up the RT site, the forums, Twitter, FB, anything helps!
  • If you’re a Twitch streamer, hosting the individual charity streamers would be amazeballs
  • Keep us company! Join us in chat! We love it when people stop by and say hello. Believe it or not, it helps out the streamer a lot

The entire 24 hour stream will be hosted by twitch.tv/flybarger

You can find my stream at twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice

I will be playing and hopefully completing Dark Souls 3 and I will have a couple of things to give away during my portion of the stream, so please stop by if you can. All deets below!

See you tomorrow! Less than three you!

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Bloodborne Livestream to Help Shelly Beat Cancer Wrap Up

I wanted to update everyone on my livestream effort that took place over the weekend of March 5th, 2016. To catch people up to speed, my friend, Shelly, was diagnosed with colon cancer recently. She is scheduled to have her colon removed for further analysis to determine what stage the cancer is. Best case scenario, the cancer stayed within the colon. Worst case, the cancer spread and they begin chemo.

Shelly has suffered illnesses throughout her life due to an almost non existent immune system. She also has Crohns. She has also never asked for help before. This time she and her husband have asked for a helping hand. This is why I was livestreaming Bloodborne. I streamed for as long as I could (came out to be about 17-18 hours over Saturday and Sunday) to raise some donations for their GoFundMe Page.  I wrote down the amount that the GoFundMe already had and then I took down the amount at the end of my stream. I also saw a few more donations come in afterward that came from good friends of mine. I am so proud of the GeekyFriedRice community. We have raised approximately $1,930.00 for Shelly and her husband. HOLY FRAGGLESNAPS.

I saw donations come in from everywhere: people who personally knew me, people from mutual communities and some from people who had never met neither myself or Shelly. I am absolutely floored by your kindness and generosity. Shelly also stopped by for a bit on Saturday to talk to the people in the livestream so they could “meet” who they were donating to and it was a surreal experience. At one point in her visit, we refreshed the GoFundMe page and saw the number increase and she just pointed at my computer in surprise. She couldn’t believe how many people donated to help her. And I told her it was worth it, she was worth it, and that I loved her. She gave me a big hug and it was an even sweeter moment because the chat was sharing that with us.

And I will openly admit that I could not have done this without you guys. So many people shared this news and so many people stayed with me while I streamed. I had a good 30-40 viewers at all times during the stream on Saturday. I am humbled. My twitter feed blew up with retweets and supportive replies and responses and I even found support from fellow Twitch streamers who hosted, raided and shared my channel to their audiences. They are all awesome and I encourage you to check them out:

SailorTweek (Thanks for keeping people entertained while I had dinner, lady!)

TheMaddyMonster

MrTraxxyTrax 

Biggest_of_Plays

Shadow_Voltrune

JoshWam

You guys helped out so much. I will forever be grateful for what you guys have done to help spread the word about Shelly’s story. All of you didn’t have to do anything, but you did and it means so, so much to me and Shelly.

To everyone who shared her page, donated, stayed with us during the stream, kept us fed (shoutout to Jordan Lucas for the pizza support), this weekend was amazing because of you. Shelly has a big surgery on the 18th, so all your well wishes, positive thoughts/prayers are appreciated.

If you want to see updates on Shelly, her GoFundMe is here  and she occasionally updates her Instagram.

 

You can catch my livestreams here.

I will continue to stream and bring as much awareness as I can to Shelly’s GoFundMe, but I just wanted to let you all know how special this last weekend was to me. You guys are amazing, and you are the heart of this community. Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.

Less than three you.

Livestreaming Bloodborne to help a friend beat cancer

I was going to do a write-up on Bloodborne as I completed the game a couple weeks ago, but since then, I received some distressing news from a very dear friend. Shelly and I have been friends since about 8th grade, and while we drifted apart after graduation, we reconnected about five years ago. I was ecstatic to find that we had similar interests in video games, cosplay and shared a common love of the geeky culture. I was also very saddened to learn that she had many medical ailments including Crohn’s disease, iron deficiency and a very weak immune system. When we would plan some outings, there would be times when she couldn’t make it simply because she was too weak to leave her home. Even through all that, she still managed to help me with a couple video collaborative projects and she made time for me when she could.

She has never complained about her condition. She never blamed anyone else for them and has never projected any negative feelings in general regarding them. With her, it was always about living life to the fullest and never taking anything for granted. She has always placed others before her, and I believe, is the very definition of altruism. Very recently, she found out that she had colon cancer. You know what she did? She shed a ton of tears, she informed family and friends, and then she went out and voted because what happens in her country matters to her. She and her husband are currently traveling to Ohio to seek treatment in the medical facilities there and as of today, they are waiting for results from numerous biopsies to determine if more surgeries are needed or if they will go straight to chemo.

I want to help her. Every year, I participate in video game related charity livestreams to raise donations for sick children and their families. This time, I will be livestreaming for someone close to my heart and I will be featuring her gofundme page on my channel. I don’t have a lot of money, but what I can do is entertain people and bring awareness to what is going on in her life.

Why Bloodborne? As I said, I completed the game not too long ago, and I told myself that I wouldn’t play it again because it was set at a level of difficulty that was pretty devastating to my psyche. I know how that sounds. But when you play something over and over and over again and you fail at it over and over and over again, it begins to affect you. I don’t know how I managed to beat it, but I did and that was quite an accomplishment for me. I was quite proud of that, but I said that I would shelve Bloodborne for the foreseeable future. And then I read about Shelly’s update. As weird as this sounds, Bloodborne seems like the perfect game to play for something like this. No matter how angry and upset I will be at the game, those feelings pale in comparison to what Shelly is experiencing. To me, that is fantastic motivation to livestream as long as I can. If she’s going to battle cancer, then I can take on a video game to help her in her fight.

Thank you to everyone who has shared Shelly’s page and/or donated. Seeing people come together to help her has warmed my heart. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am, how thankful she is. I text her a few times over the last couple days, and she cried several times because she is in disbelief that so many people who don’t know her are willing to help and support her. You guys are wonderful. I hope to see you this weekend.

Kicking cancer’s ass livestream starts March 5, 2016 at 9am PST

Twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice

You can donate here: gofundme.com/shellylarson

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Extra Life continues on until the end of the year!

Rooster Teeth had a big day for their Extra Life livestream. It is always phenomenal to watch them do their thing, and it’s even better to see the community come together and absolutely destroy the donation goals set by Jack and Caiti.

As you know, many community members, including myself, are raising donations as well. This year, my personal goal is $1500, and I am leading a small team with a team goal of $2000.

I will be doing my own livestream this weekend, mostly likely starting out with the Alien Isolation DLC because you know… I am entertaining as hell when I’m scared out of my mind. I will also be livestreaming Fallout 4 as well. Fair warning, I will probably take two hours just on character creation.

I have currently raised $680 of my $1500 goal and I am still going strong! Just remember, if you donate $15 or more, you will get entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

And very recently, I came into this gem.

It doesn’t have all RT signatures, but it has a crapton of them.

So if you are still able to donate, please help me make it to my personal goal. You can donate here If you cannot donate because you kicked so much ass by helping other Extra Lifers, I humbly ask if you can share my page.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You truly made my birthday memorable and wonderful, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time, donating your money, and spreading the word about my Extra Life page to help make my birthday wish come true.

I made paper! And I made a cover! And I combined them! And made a journal!

I was introduced to the concept of papermaking a few weeks ago, and I was completely fascinated by it. I decided to try out my hand in it, and just so happened that the person who brought this to my life has a birthday coming up. Now that he has received the finished product, I can share this with you guys.

Papermaking (within the DIY world) in its simplest form is taking unwanted paper, breaking it down and recreating it. I took old mail, credit card applications, coupons, ads, magazine etc…, shredded them down, blended them with water and poured the slurry into a mold. Afterward I had to press the water out and wait for the pages to dry. The type of paper you shred determines the texture and color of the new paper. I still have yet to figure out the perfect formula for this, but the pages I made did not disappoint.

After I had about 15 pages that I loved, I moved on to book binding. This particular journal relied on cardboard, fabric glue, xacto knives and a hot glue gun. It’s all about measuring and patience at this point. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me rage out a few times. But the finished product… I couldn’t be happier.

I was afraid that the pages may not bend very well, but the 15 pages I chose worked like a charm. Overall, I made about 30 pages, but not all of them worked out well. Something like requires a lot of trial and error, but if you are patient, and you open to learning where you went wrong, your success is all the more rewarding. Creating a birthday present for someone is also motivation to do a good job.

I made a vine showing off the journal. 

I fully intend on making more journals. The entire process from start to finish is incredibly relaxing to me (even though I was irritated in some areas), but the accomplished feeling I had when I was done only encouraged me to create more. I love making things, and even better, I love making things for people who appreciate them as much as I do.  It will be YEARS before I can even begin to master something like, but I love being able to do it.

For papermaking, this link was helpful. http://makezine.com/projects/papermaking-101/

For the bookbinding process, I used this link as a template. Due to the nature of the paper, I couldn’t follow each step, but this tutorial was very helpful. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Bookbinding/

If you guys decide to try this out, let me know! I would love to see the progress!

Keep creating, my loves. ❤

For the troops! I’m participating in Operation Supply Drop this year!

This is it! This is the first year I am participating in Operation Supply Drop. I’ve been wanting to participate in more charity programs in addition to Extra Life, so this is my attempt to do so. I’ve created a goal of $300 and I will be livestreaming (most likely Alien Isolation) on May 16th, 2015.

If you can donate even a dollar to my page, I will be forever thankful. Lately, I’ve been down on myself, but when I step back and look at the bigger picture, I have my health for the most part, I’m still able to provide for myself and my dogs, and I still have all of you in my life. I’m not doing so bad. So! I would like to be in a position where I can help out our troops overseas, and thus created my personal donation page for this year’s Operation Supply Drop program.

And I did say I will be livestreaming. As my last livestream session with Evil Within was quite entertaining for people, I will most likely play a horror game. You can tune in on my Twitch page. I may even have some prizes to give out! *Hint hint

I thank you for your support, and I look forward to gaming with you guys on May 16th!

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