Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2011 Tweetathon Prize Winners!

First off, thanks again to everyone who donated! You are all winners in my book! But alas! I only have so many prizes to give away. So without further ado...

The winners of the 2011 Hyde and Geek Kids Need to Read Tweetathon prizes are...

$100 ThinkGeek gift certificates: Amy Ratcliffe, Chris C. and Shane and Sarah

(2) 2-day Geek Girl Con weekend passes: Annie Boyle

Geek Soap prize pack: A CS Supporter of Reading

Luxury Lane Soap prize pack: J2Metal

Little Professor Book Center prize pack: Minimate Factory

Crossed Genres prize pack: LukaIsntLuka

Geeky Knit brown toque: Karen Zadina

Geeky Knit Ravenclaw toque: shinyswoots

CthulhuChick Tiny Cthulhu: JentheTiny

Jayne Cobb hat from Wobbly Wear: SpaceMonkeyX

The Real Ghostbusters vol. 1 DVD from Hyde and Geek: Kelly Redwine

And remember that all prize winners get official Hyde and Geek buttons from Who's Got the Button?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The 36 Hour Tweetathon is Over

Update (May 23, 2011): I have e-mailed all of the prize winners. Since not all of them have replied, I will postpone the official posting of prizes here until I've heard back from all the winners. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The 2011 Hyde and Geek / Kids Need to Read 36 Hour Tweetathon is officially over with a final tally of $1354.

Thank you to everyone who donated, retweeted, blogged, and otherwise helped out. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors who donated prizes. This event was a spectacular success! For those who donated, I will use the random number generator at random.org to select prize winners and those winners will be emailed this coming weekend. I will make a public announcement of all the prize winners on the this blog on Monday, May 23. For now... I'm off to get some much needed sleep! G'nite all!

Note: The donation page will still accept donations for a limited time, but the official Tweetathon is OVER and new donations will NOT be eligible for prizes.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The 36 Hour Tweetathon Begins!


Join in the fun by following @hydeandgeek on Twitter now!


So what exactly is this 36 Hour Tweetathon?
Good question! The Tweetathon is a geek-centric charity event to benefit Kids Need to Read. KNTR is an awesome charity organization that gives books to needy libraries, reading programs, and sponsors those same programs. The way that the Tweetathon works is that I'll be tweeting at least once every 10 minutes from now until midnight on Friday, May 20th (all times Eastern) on my Twitter account at @hydeandgeek to raise both money and awareness for KNTR. You can help out by donating or by retweeting, blogging, Facebooking, e-mailing, and spreading the word about the event however you can. The bonus? YOU CAN WIN SWEET PRIZES! (For a full list of how and what you can win, check out the Prize page.)

What can you expect during the event?
I will be posting geeky goodness all around. I will post photos, links, maybe do some livetweeting commentary on some Instant Netflix movies (with fellow Twitter-folk joining in I'm sure). It'll be a blast! If you're tweeting about the event, use the hashtag #36hourtweetathon so that everyone can follow along.

Better yet... you can help out a great cause by donating to Kids Need to Read!

For full details, check out the 36 Hour Tweetathon FAQ page and our official list of sponsors.

Related Links:
The 36 Hour Tweetathon Donation Page
Kids Need to Read
Kids Need to Read on Twitter
Kids Need to Read on Facebook
Hyde and Geek on Twitter
Hyde and Geek on Facebook

Friday, May 6, 2011

The List of Prizes for the 2011 KNTR Tweetathon is Here!

Pfew! I finally got around to tallying all the awesome goodies from this year's Hyde and Geek/Kids Need to Read  36 Hour Tweetathon.

You can check out the full list of prizes below!

Find out about the Tweetathon, Kids Need to Read by reading the FAQ!

So how do you win these spectacular prizes? You win them by donating to the Tweetathon. If you wish to be entered to win prizes DO NOT click the box to hide your e-mail address from the page creator when donating. This information will only go to me for prize purposes and will NOT be seen by the public. However, if you hide your e-mail address, you will not be eligible for prizes as I won't have any way to contact you. After the Tweetathon ends on Friday at midnight, I will use a random number generator to select the winners from everyone who donated and left their e-mail address.

And, while you're here, don't forget to check out the list of awesome geeky sponsors and, of course, Kids Need to Read.

(3) $100 ThinkGeek gift certificates

(2) 2-day weekend passes

(1) Geek Soap prize pack including...
        (1) D20 on a Rope
  (1) Dr. Who
  (1) N64
  (1) NES
(1) Donkey Kong Barrel

(1) soap prize pack including…
(1) I want to Bathe (X-Files UFO)
(1) Epic Soap Wars (Star Wars)
(1) puzzle soap set
(1) LEGO mini fig set

(1) book prize pack including…
(1) Medusa's Mirror Cthulhu ring
(1) proof copy of Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things
(1) Horns by Joe Hill
(1) Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
(1) The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry

(1) Crossed Genres book prize pack including…
(1) Crossed Genres Year One
(1) Crossed Genres Year Two
(1) A Festival of Skeletons by RJ Astruc

(1) toaster toque
(1) Ravenclaw toque

(1) Tiny Cthulhu

(1) Jayne Cobb hat

Hyde and Geek buttons (included with every prize!)

(1) The Real Ghostbusters vol. 1 DVD

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    When I was a Boy

    When I was a boy,
    the days were long,
    and summers went on forever.
    My only care was making it home,
    in time for dinner,
    Hoping that it was burgers
    and not spaghetti… again.
    and that my Mother wouldn’t
    notice the rip in my new jeans.
    The world was a grand adventure
    waiting to be experienced,
    and almost everybody was my  friend.
    If they weren’t, that’s just because
    I hadn’t introduced myself yet.
    There was never much trouble,
    and what there was didn’t matter.
    Because my mother could fix anything
    that might go wrong with a single word
    …or a kiss, but don’t tell my pals.
    They’d never let me live it down.

    Now I’m a man,
    the days are shorter,
    and summers almost don’t exist.
    But I still try to make it home,
    in time for dinner,
    and hope that it’s burgers,
    and not spaghetti… again.
    and that my wife doesn’t notice
    the stain on my new shirt.
    The world is a still grand adventure
    if only a little more worn around the edges
    from too much play.
    Most everyone is still my friend,
    but there are far more people
    to introduce myself to than I expected.
    There is more trouble than I remember,
    but it still doesn’t matter.
    A kiss from my wife or a hug from my kids
    can make a bad day wonderful just like that.
    …and go ahead and tell my pals.
    I’ll never let them live it down.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    It's Okay to Not Like Things...

    I think that this video should be required viewing before anyone is given their interweb rights...

    (source: Wil Wheaton's Tumblr)