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Deadlines, Prizes, Auctions, D&D, and… um… Poop

As I write this, the Worldbuilders fundraiser has raised over $665,000 dollars for Heifer international.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty great….

A lot of times when I talk about what Heifer International I focus on things like… well… heifers. Or goats. Or Chickens.

Part of the reason is that it’s easy for people to understand how giving a family a flock of chickens what you’re *really* giving them is a long-term supply of fresh food, and an income stream, and the ability to produce more chickens.

But Heifer international does more than just give animals to people, they also provide near-miraculous technologies that people in the developing world can use to make their lives better every day.

For example, Heifer International can help a family turn shit into money, time, food, and improved health for a family.

Here’s how:

A donation of $50 is enough to set a family up with a biogas digester. And if you donate before the end of the fundraiser, you have a chance to win amazing stuff.

 

Even more than that, if you donate on a specific team page, you have the chance of being included in *additional* prize draws that are unique to each page.

For example, if you donate on the D&D team page, you can win things that will give you a little help when you most need it at during your own tabletop games. Things like this:

Or these:

We’re giving away hundreds of these cards. Even full sets of them. That team just passed their $50K stretch goal, so we’re about to add even more cards to the prize draw AND show off the newly finished cards for those good good boys on the Adventure Zone….

Every $10 bucks you kick in over on that team page gets you a chance to win those cards as well as all the other prizes in the main lottery, too.

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Lastly, I’m going to mention a few things on the blog you need to know about sooner rather than later. Strap in, because there’s kind of a lot….

There are over 80 auctions running: games and books and art and jewelry. Rare and Unique items. Strange and Wonderful things that you’ll never see anything else. If you haven’t headed over to look at them, now’s the time.

If you’re looking to do any Christmas shopping for that hard-to-buy-for geek in your life, you should really head over to the store and have a lookie-loo. We’ve to a bunch of new merchandise from all manner of folks over there. Including the fabulous owlbear backpack.

Amazing items such as this await your eager eyes over in the store. But if you want it shipped to you in time for the holidays, you better order soon…

  • Third, be aware that I’m streaming every day until the end of the fundraiser.

What’s more, every one of those streams will have something special going on. Games. Prizes for donors. Today (Thursday) I’ll be playing D&D for charity. Other days I’ll be having discussions like this:

(You can share this graphic around to spread the word, if you’re interested.)

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Everything said, the fundraiser is going pretty amazingly. As I mentioned a while back, I was really nervous about a lot of the format changes we were making this year. But at this point, I feel like I can start to relax a little.

Most of all, I’m still hoping that if we push hard over the next 5 days, we can sail over the top of a million dollars.

I’d really like that.

I’ll see y’all soon.

pat

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Something Like a Star

Tonight, Oot brought me a penny he’d found on the floor.

“Look,” he said. “It’s burned.”

Say something to us we can learn By heart and when alone repeat. Say something! And it says, 'I burn.'

It wasn’t a bad guess, everything said. A good guess, but wrong. It’s corroded.

For half a moment I thought about correcting him on this, but I didn’t.

Looking back, I could come up with some excuse for *why* I didn’t correct him. I could claim that corrosion is sort of like a slow chemical burning. But that would be bullshittery. The truth was, at that moment, it didn’t feel right to correct my boy. So I didn’t. I went with my gut.

“Maybe it got too close to the sun,” Oot said.

This was another good guess. Though it was probably wrong as well.

What pleased me is that my decision to keep my mouth shut paid such an immediate dividend.

If I’d told my boy the truth right away, he would have nodded and said, “Oh of course!” Or “Oh, I see!” And he would have gained a tiny fact. Namely, that a coin that looks like this is corroded. (Something he could have parroted back to me. But that he wouldn’t have understood in any meaningful way.)

But that’s not what happened. Instead, left to himself. His curiosity was engaged. He asked a question of himself, “How could this have gotten burned?”

Then he came up with an answer: It might have gotten to close to the sun.

This isn’t a bad guess. He knows fire would have to be pretty hot to burn metal. A match isn’t going to do it. What’s hotter than that? The sun.

And here’s the thing. He’s wrong. But the process he’s going though is good. What he’s actually doing, asking questions and attempting to figure out the answers, it’s the roots of rationality. The process he’s undertaking is the core of all true philosophy and science.

He looked at the penny again. “Actually,” He says. “It looks like moss.”

It’s called “verdigris,” I thought. It’s like rust, but it happens on copper instead of iron. Also, interesting fact, it’s mildly poisonous.

I thought that, but I kept my mouth shut.

Why? Because I am occasionally wise.

Because this is not the internet.

(Comic loveliness from the brilliant XKCD, of course.)

Because when a child comes to you in the full flush of discovery, brimming with excitement, correcting them is not the proper thing to do.

Because the truth is, facts can be small, sad things.

But learning to ask questions and guess at answers? That is the beginning of true understanding. Those are the bones of the world.

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I have news. I’ll be posting about it as soon as I have internet in my house again. Stay tuned.

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