Delurking for totally selfish purposes

Talk about anything under the sun or stars - but keep it civil. This is where we really get to know each other. Everyone is welcome, and invited!
Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Delurking for totally selfish purposes

Postby Papa Moose » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:55 pm

Please forgive.

Hi, guys. Not even sure who all will remember me, but some of those who do might tell you I'm a nice enough guy. If they tell you otherwise, well... ask someone else until you get a nice answer?

My family and I were chosen to be finalists in Parenting magazine's Family Road Trip contest, and voting is open for the next month or so. I couldn't say whether we're more or less deserving of winning -- we don't think in terms of "deserving" since it's hard to be deserving of being given something for free -- but I figure if we get the most people to vote then we're bringing their website the most hits for their advertising, which is undoubtedly part of their goal -- probably a big part, since the contest doesn't even seem to be accessible from the main site page, so it'll only be found by people sent to it.

So the voting page is here. Some people only seem to be able to vote once a day, and some seem to be able to vote as much as they want. Might have to do with opening a separate tab/window rather than refreshing, but I couldn't tell you for sure. Anyway, if any of you is willing to vote for us, we'd appreciate it greatly. We could use a lift. No registration is required to vote -- just a captcha thingy.

"Vote early, vote often!"

Thanks for your time,
Pop

User avatar
Luet
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 4451
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:49 pm
Title: Bird Nerd
First Joined: 01 Jul 2000
Location: Albany, NY

Postby Luet » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:56 pm

I'll do what I can Papa. How many Mooselets do you have now? I remember you won the trivia contest at Endercon, right? Hope you win!
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus in Return to Tipasa

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:07 pm

Yes, that was me. We had one mooseling at Endercon (Mooselet is the eldest's name, but they're all mooselings), and we've had three more since (Superstation, Squoose, and Witthany). They're an awfully cute group/tribe/herd/dray/scurry.

User avatar
Dr. Mobius
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 2524
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:11 pm
Title: Stayin' Alive
First Joined: 17 Aug 2002
Location: Evansville, IN
Contact:

Postby Dr. Mobius » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:22 pm

Aren't you married to a squirrel or am I confusing you with someone else? I do remember you though from way back when and I voted.
The enemy's fly is down.
Image

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:27 pm

I am (thus the Squoose name, and dray/scurry as group identifier).

Thank you both!

User avatar
Dr. Mobius
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 2524
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:11 pm
Title: Stayin' Alive
First Joined: 17 Aug 2002
Location: Evansville, IN
Contact:

Postby Dr. Mobius » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:31 pm

You should stick around. (says the guy who's practically a lurker anymore himself >.>)
The enemy's fly is down.
Image

User avatar
Stroke
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon May 07, 2007 8:27 pm
Location: Philadelphia,PA
Contact:

Postby Stroke » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:34 pm

I'm a huge fan of these recent de-lurkings.

Great to hear from you Papa Moose!
Dum Spiro, Spero

User avatar
steph
Toon Leader
Toon Leader
Posts: 2454
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:36 pm
Title: Rocky Mountain Mama
First Joined: 0- 8-2000
Location: colorado, baby!
Contact:

Postby steph » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:34 pm

It made me smile to see you post, Pop! Going to vote right now!
"When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time." - Jamie Cullum

User avatar
Mich
Commander
Commander
Posts: 2941
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:58 am
Title: T.U.R.T.L.E. Power
First Joined: 02 Apr 2002
Location: Land o' Ports
Contact:

Postby Mich » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:28 pm

My words upon seeing the latest poster: "Holy crap, it's Papa Moose. Lot of oldies popping in lately."

Voting is underway.
Shell the unshellable, crawl the uncrawlible.

Row--row.

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:33 pm

Very neat! As others have already said, it's great to see you post! I hope you win this thing!
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

User avatar
Syphon the Sun
Toon Leader
Toon Leader
Posts: 2217
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:59 pm
Title: Ozymandias

Postby Syphon the Sun » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:05 pm

Voted!

And the last one I remember you guys having was Superstation. Maybe you should stop by more often.
Step softly; a dream lies buried here.

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:09 pm

Actually I was here briefly post-Squoose. Witthany (or Sweet Potato, depending on my mood) is still less than a year old.

Before the questions. Superstation's initials are TBS. Squoose is a Squirrel/Moose hybrid name, and Witthany was because our choice of name for her was down to Elizabeth Anne (with an e) or Nicole Frances (with an e). With an e = Witthany. Sweet Potato is what her poop smelled like for a couple weeks, and it's a cute name.

User avatar
Luet
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 4451
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:49 pm
Title: Bird Nerd
First Joined: 01 Jul 2000
Location: Albany, NY

Postby Luet » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:14 am

It looks like you are only being being beaten by the family with triplets, right now (dang triplets!). I was able to vote multiple times in a row, so I'll keep at it.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus in Return to Tipasa

User avatar
steph
Toon Leader
Toon Leader
Posts: 2454
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:36 pm
Title: Rocky Mountain Mama
First Joined: 0- 8-2000
Location: colorado, baby!
Contact:

Postby steph » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:13 am

Some of these people want me to vote for them when their family picture is taken at Disney World or on horses? They obviously have more money than me, if that's the case, or they've already won things. In either case, I would rather vote for someone who couldn't afford a vacation!

Voted for you several more times!
"When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time." - Jamie Cullum

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:13 pm

I seem to only be able to vote once a day, but I'm keeping at it, too.
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

VelvetElvis
Commander
Commander
Posts: 2535
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:22 am
Title: is real!
First Joined: 0- 9-2004

Postby VelvetElvis » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:00 pm

Well, I keep voting, but I don't see the vote count rising. Maybe it's slow to catch up.
Yay, I'm a llama again!

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:12 pm

That's kind of my guess, that it's slow to rise up. After all, how do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:13 am

We got the following e-mail this morning (nor prompted by us, but probably by someone):
Hi!

I just wanted to send out an update to let you know that as of today, please encourage people to vote as many times as they can. We originally set the voting up as one time per day, per IP address, but starting this week we are allowing people to vote as often as possible. The number shown on the page is sometimes not updated immediately after refresh, as a result of browser-side caching, however, the votes will be counted as long as the users successfully complete the captcha. Again, the voting will be live until 11/16.

Hope this helps clear up any confusion and good luck to your family!

Thanks!
My guess is that their once per IP address wasn't working for everyone, and somebody complained, so now it's a free-for-all. We have a lot of catching up to do, so anyone who has some free time please go vote for us a time or two hundred!

Thanks,
Pop

User avatar
Jayelle
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 4027
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:32 pm
Title: Queen Ducky
First Joined: 25 Feb 2002
Location: The Far East (of Canada)

Postby Jayelle » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:51 am

I voted a bunch! Hope you guys win.

I was really shocked to see you have FOUR kids already, but then I realized that it's been almost 10 years since I joined pweb, so it isn't actually that fast.
I mean, heck, I have 1 and *checks sig* 80% of another.
One Duck to rule them all.
--------------------------------
It needs to be about 20% cooler.

User avatar
locke
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 3046
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:07 pm
Contact:

Postby locke » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:38 am

MOOOSE!

voting, often. :) you're in the lead, atm.
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:18 am

I was kind of amazed to see the counts jump up 5000 votes while I was at work, yesterday.
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

User avatar
neo-dragon
Commander
Commander
Posts: 2516
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:26 pm
Title: Huey Revolutionary
Location: Canada

Postby neo-dragon » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:38 pm

Voting for you repeatedly is just the kind of thing that will allow me to procrastinate without feeling guilty for it. :D

Anyone else need something easy that can be done while sitting in front of my computer?
"Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."
- Frank Herbert's 'Dune'

User avatar
locke
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 3046
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:07 pm
Contact:

Postby locke » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:22 pm

I voted several times last night and tonight I just held down ctrl and clicked the link like twenty times so I could just rush in another couple dozen votes. How did we ever live without tabbed browsing again?
---
Anyways, I've been thinking of whether or not to post this on pweb, but it's been going up on Facebook, so what the hey.

if you want to help promote science education, it would be amazing if you could donate to my mom's project on Donor's Choose.

She's trying to raise money to buy equipment to hatch and raise chicks from eggs in her first grade classroom. Since the implementation of No Child Left Behind science instruction has been slashed repeatedly (and funding even moreso) much to her dismay as its her favorite subject to teach with the younger ones because you can do so much hands on learning. She loves teaching this chicks program because it really gets the kids to understand the life cycle and so many basic biology principles from the ground up. She's teaching in a rural district that is very high poverty (if you've seen the movie Winter's Bone, set in rural southern Missouri, that's about par for the course). and they simply don't have funding to purchase $700 in equipment for science instruction. The district is so small there are only two schools, an elementary school and a combo middle/high school.

But this is a great investment because not only is it something she can use every year, but equipment she can share with other first grade teachers in her school so they can also teach the unit.

Even donating a dollar or five dollars would be immensely helpful and amazing. Every dollar closer to the goal is great, because it raises the projects priority on the main page, and the same is true the more donors we get, people like to donate to popular projects that have momentum.

Ever since I saw waiting for Superman a few weeks ago, I've been giving to Donors Choose. I give a weekly donation of $25 and I signed up to also do a monthly automatic donation of $10 (they give you a $50 giftcard if you do that). If you see the movie, you get a free fifteen dollar giftcard with your ticket purchase to donate to the classroom project of your choice on Donors Choose website. Likewise, if you buy the book, there is also a $15 giftcode to donors choose included in the back of the book.

In just a few weeks, by giving only a few dollars a week, I've already helped 101 students and seen 3 projects I donated to completed. :)
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

User avatar
Wil
Toon Leader
Toon Leader
Posts: 1373
Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:07 pm
Title: Not the mama!
Location: 36° 11' 39" N, 115° 13' 19" W
Contact:

Postby Wil » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:11 pm

Damn, you're ahead by 3280 votes. Last time I checked you weren't in the lead. Nice! :D

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:35 pm

Thank you, all.

If only the voting ended today. But this is a marathon, not a sprint -- it goes until November 15th. We're in the lead, but a few thousand, surprisingly, isn't that big a cushion. I had no idea how stressful this was going to make my life for a month.

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:24 pm

I'm a bit amazed that it lasts for so long, but I keep voting in spurts. We can't let our favourite Moose family miss winning!
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

User avatar
Eaquae Legit
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 5185
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:30 pm
Title: Age quod agis
First Joined: 04 Feb 2002
Location: ^ Geez, read the sign.
Contact:

Postby Eaquae Legit » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:56 pm

Hey folks, I'm just going to sticky this, okay? Otherwise it'll fall to the bottom and we'll all forget.
"Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul." -- Pope John XXIII

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:09 am

Good idea. I am pleased to see they are doing so well, but we mustn't slack!
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

User avatar
Luet
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 4451
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:49 pm
Title: Bird Nerd
First Joined: 01 Jul 2000
Location: Albany, NY

Postby Luet » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:41 pm

Looks like the Moose family is still in the lead at this point with 27.7k votes but now the Himes family is in second place with 14.5k. Go Papa!
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus in Return to Tipasa

User avatar
Rei
Commander
Commander
Posts: 3068
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:31 pm
Title: Fides quaerens intellectum
First Joined: 24 Nov 2003
Location: Between the lines

Postby Rei » Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:07 am

Wow, they're now up to 38,100 votes with the runner up at nearly 19,000!

It only goes until the 15 November, yes?
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
~Blaise Pascal


私は。。。誰?

Dernhelm

Papa Moose
Launchie
Launchie
Posts: 31
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Postby Papa Moose » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:06 pm

Yes, November 15th is the last day, we were told. Don't know if that's beginning of the 15th, end of the 15th, which time zone, etc. Our lead seems secure enough that other families have stopped trying, which is good I guess, but also sad in that last leaf falling sort of way.

User avatar
locke
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 3046
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:07 pm
Contact:

Postby locke » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:19 am

---
Anyways, I've been thinking of whether or not to post this on pweb, but it's been going up on Facebook, so what the hey.

if you want to help promote science education, it would be amazing if you could donate to my mom's project on Donor's Choose.
:)
Woo! thanks Ollie!

(and I've a suspicion some other pwebbers may have given, so an open thanks as well to you guys!)
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

User avatar
locke
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 3046
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:07 pm
Contact:

Postby locke » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:15 pm

And Thanks to Josh as well!

My Mom was very excited that she's so close now (under $200!), I was talking to her tonight and she admitted that she finally let it slip today. She was reading a book about eggs hatching into chicks to her first graders and told them, "now it's a secret and I probably shouldn't tell you... but I'm going to tell you anyway. We might, might get an incubator" which was received with blank looks, so she added, "and an incubator is a machine that lets eggs hatch into chicks right here in our classroom!" which was followed by REALLY excited pandemonium and a barrage of questions. One little girl came up to afterwards with four sets of crossed fingers and said, "I'm crossing ALL my fingers so we'll get the chicks!"
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

User avatar
Dr. Mobius
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 2524
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:11 pm
Title: Stayin' Alive
First Joined: 17 Aug 2002
Location: Evansville, IN
Contact:

Postby Dr. Mobius » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:07 am

:)

I'll probably start donating regularly to that site like you do eventually, but I need to get a few paychecks and work out my budget first.
The enemy's fly is down.
Image

User avatar
locke
Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
Posts: 3046
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:07 pm
Contact:

Postby locke » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:10 am

Ollie, you totally rock. My mom was about to take a bath tonight and suddenly my dad yelled up at her that she had to see, her project had been completed! She came running downstairs and just couldn't believe it. She is really excited and says the hardest part now is waiting until spring to start the project, since you can't hatch chicks in winter. I told her she should name a rooster after you. :)
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.


Return to “Milagre Town Square”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Ahrefs [Bot] and 20 guests