WorldBuilders is a charity organization focused on people who love books that raises money for Heifer International by putting tons of amazing prizes on the line. Most of them are signed books directly from authors.
If you donate to Heifer through their link, you’re automatically entered into a lottery to win one of TONS of amazing prizes. There are so many prizes that you’re actually pretty likely to win.
The other advantage of donating to Heifer through WorldBuilders is that, when they hit certain goals, they release amazing things into the world that would never have existed otherwise. Example…at $500,000 Neil Gaiman will release an audio recording of a classic children’s book.
At $575,000 I will release an angry acoustic cover of myself signing Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake-it-Off’ and an accompanying music video. I’ve already recorded the song, and am doing the music video this weekend so I REALLY HOPE THEY MAKE IT or I will have made this music video just to show my friends and family and YOU WILL NEVER SEE IT!
Heifer is a great organization that does great things, and this is just an extra reason to donate. Thanks to everyone at WorldBuilders and everyone who’s donated so far.
I tried not to take many pictures and videos during the show last night because I wanted to enjoy myself. I sang along obnoxiously to every song and I danced my ass off. No one around me was singing along or dancing because they were recording everything. It made me realize that not many fans are there to feel and enjoy the music anymore, they go because they want a video for their Instagram or because matty is hot. I realized how frustrated the guys must be knowing that fewer and fewer people actually feel the music. It’s sad that this is what it’s become, but I won’t let it affect how I feel about them. I don’t care if I make a fool of myself singing and dancing because that’s what concerts are supposed to be in the first place.
Guys! I’ve been working REALLY HARD on a super cool feature for you for the past several months! Introducing my new…HIIT Timer! 🕙 I’ve used so many timers before and I truly believe we’ve created the best one. It is the simplest, most intuitive, and well, the PRETTIEST ONE I’ve seen 😝!
You can get my new HIIT Timer now in the Blogilates App. You will be able to:
1) Choose workout time
2) Choose rest time
3) Choose # of moves
4) Choose # of rounds
5) Write the move name! This will actually appear when you work out!!! In my opinion, coolest part of the HIIT Timer.
The app is free to download and the timer is only a one time super purchase of $1.99. This helps pay for the development time. I really hope you like it 😊! I even recorded myself telling you when to WORK and when to RELAX. Also to celebrate, I made a workout for you to do that will BURN FAT LIKE CRAY. I’d love for you guys to try it!
If you get the timer, upload a screenshot! tell me what you think!
Y’all wanted me to post my reactions after the stream last night… here they are!
I’ve since done some more analysis of the video on my blog (squigglydigg.tumblr.com), but here it is, as promised: my first impressions about the new Mystery Skulls Animated: Freaking Out video (RIGHT OVER HERE, BTW, AND YOU NEED TO SEE IT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYM5WNdNGc)
…I didn’t actually know JUST HOW animated I was while recording this on Twitch livestream, so going back through and editing this video… yikes, I made an utter fool of myself. OH WELL.
(also that’s my roomie in the background; everyone say “hi”)
Whenever people get too close to me in public. I pull out my cell phone and have an intense conversation with myself about how the last supper was actually a gnostic feast of psychedelic mushrooms or how humans are obviously a by-product of aliens copulating with monkeys.
And because I’m desperately trying to stay alive creatively as boring 42
year old white man, I’ve started recording these performances with the same
phone I’m shouting into. I then condense them into the little poems or
stories you read here.
Of course I’m making this all up.
Writing is the sacred art of telling the truth through seemingly
pointless lies. Not really, I made that up too. See how easy it is?!
Plus, I’d actually like these silly ramblings to bring humans closer
together. And not necessarily in a “gorilla alien drug sex” kinda way, but
more like a soft knowing laugh at how how ridiculous and fragile we all
are. And perhaps if we can all be honest for a sec we’ll realize we’re
all dumb scared animals yelling nonsense in our heads and being kinda
shitty to each other in public.
So next time you get cut off in
traffic or in line for the Matterhorn, know that it’s just me and I love
you. Also know that I’m listening to AC/DC and doing kegel exercises
while drinking ultra light beer so light it doesn’t even exist.
Hi there, I’m posting this as motivation to myself because I’ve had a bit of a bad couple of weeks in terms of my diet. The photo on the left was taken in February 2014, the photo on the right is from about a week ago, April 2015. Feb'14 was when I first purchased Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide, and when I swore to myself that I would lose weight this time round. I remember putting on those black shorts, because they hid the rolls on my stomach better and I actually thought they made me look skinnier at the time, lol. After numerous failed attempts at the BBG I finally restarted in March 2015. I’m about 6 weeks in now and it’s the longest I’ve ever stuck to a fitness program (my record previously was 2 weeks before I was like yeah nahhhhhhh)! I was SUPER strict on my diet for the first 3 weeks, and the weight literally came flying off. For the past two weeks however everything’s just been kind of going off - I think maybe I was TOO strict with my diet and something in my brain finally snapped and I just ate junk and binged for days straight. I still kept up my exercises and workouts but needless to say progress has slowed.
I would have honestly given up if this was the same me in Feb'14, but I know now that it’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get back up! I’m determined to get my diet back on track and to finish the BBG and to be the better me I’ve always wanted to be! :) I’ll definitely upload a final photo when my 12 weeks is up, and hopefully I’ll be closer to where I want to be!
Anon, I cannot say how much these messages meant to me right now. I’ll try but first I want to say, I’ve been in almost your exact position. My first girlfriend sounds a lot like your friend, and realizing you can’t save people is one of the hardest, most important lessons to learn and I’m so happy you’re taking care of yourself and protecting your spirit and saving your big heart for the people who will repay you with the same level of kindness and consideration. <3
Okay and secondly, today has been a terrible day for me, really it’s been an awful week, and specifically today I felt miserable that I haven’t made anything new in so long. I have chronic pain and it’s been so bad it’s been keeping me from even sitting too long and drawing, and when I tried to record a song I couldn’t get 20 minutes in without needing to stop because of nausea. I was feeling terrible about myself, but your messages actually made me tear up because I realized…iv'e been through a shit ton, and because of that I have made meaningful things that have been important to people. I feel so helpless and trapped in myself so often but when I get a message like this, when I know that I’ve helped someone through a difficult time, it makes it feel worth it, like the pain was for something bigger. So thank you. I’m blessed to have so many lovely supportive people on my side and you’re one of them and know that I’m on your side right back. <:’)
tomorrow is my last day working my day job. i’ve had this job for ten years. it’s a little weird. when i got hired ten years ago, my plan was to just work here forever. it seemed responsible to have a career. i got married two years after i started working. i had been making music for a while but basically just in my bedroom. makeup and vanity set had been kind of a weird thing to do. i had made a couple albums at that point. collections of things i was playing at shows in the city. i used to make those albums at kinkos and burn the cds myself. ten years go by and we’re doing double vinyl albums and scoring games and ads and realizing i’m actually making enough money to quit my job. i have a family now. my son is two. he sings along in weird jibber jabber language to the records we listen to. my daughter knows the words to pop kids by the pet shop boys. i’m grateful that my parents were kind to me when it came to being creative. makes me realize and appreciate the responsibility of being kind now. do the thing you love. be patient. don’t be horrible to people. that’s my mantra.
I can’t even begin to express how relieved I am to finally get this out there. After 4-5 months of meetings and recordings and mixings and going through all the paper work and tedious things that I really did not want to do, I finally have an EP. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and to finally be able to do it is crazy. I know there isn’t really anyone out there who will actually buy it but just going through the process of making this EP and then to actually finish it and have something I myself made in my hands is just insane to me.
I just want to thank the people who actually stuck around to hear it after getting many mixed signs from me of when it was actually going to be done. Because even I was getting tired of hearing about it. But it’s done now! It’s actually done! What?
I know I’m not the most popular person in the world and to be honest with you, I’ll be lucky to get 3 people to buy it but I love music and I love writing songs and everything to do with it so I wanted to make it :) It gives me something to do so that I can pretend to think maybe I’ll actually get somewhere one day. I’m sorry I kept going on and on about it as well but I’ve never done something like this before so it was all new and exciting to me :)
Currently, it’s only available for people living in Australia but in the next few days, it will be available internationally :) Hopefully you Aussies might like to buy it here
I WOKE UP AT 7 AM ‘CAUSE I ACTUALLY WENT TO BED EARLY FOR A CHANGE. 3AM. RECORD TIME. I HAD MY TEA I MADE ME A GOOD BREAKFAST AND LEFT THE HOUSE AT 9. I HUNG OUT WITH MY BUDDY AT IKEA FOR 3 HOURS. WE GOT LOST. AND THEN WE STOPPED IN AT TIMMIES AND HAD A HOT CHOCOLATE AND A BAGEL. AND THEN WE SAW THE FUCKING LEGO MOVIE I CAME OUT OF THAT THEATRE IN A BETTER MOOD THAN I’VE BEEN IN THE LAST MONTH. GOD THAT MOVIE MADE ME SO FUCKING HAPPY. I NEARLY PISSED MYSELF LAUGHING. I NEVER EVER THOUGHT I’D HAVE FEELS FOR A PIECE OF PLASTIC, BUT HERE I AM. SO THEN I WENT TO WORK IN A GREAT FUCKING MOOD. THE STORE WAS DEAD ALL NIGHT SO I DID SHIT ALL, AND CLOSED EARLY. THEN MY COUSINS CALL UP AND INVITE MY LITTLE BROTHER AND I TO THE OUTDOOR RINK DOWN THE STREET. SO WE STOPPED AT THE HOUSE, PICKED UP OUR SKATES AND STICKS AND WE FUCKING PLAYED HOCKEY FOR 3 HOURS, AND MY THUMB GOT RUN OVER BY MY BROTHER AND IT’S STILL BLEEDING BUT IT’S PRETTY NUMB SO IT’S COOL.
I JUST GOT HOME, WITH A WARM FRENCH VANILLA AND SOME CINNAMON COOKIES AND I AM JUST SO FUCKING AWAKE RIGHT NOW.
i really wanted a funtime sir prize marionette and i didn’t get one so i drew one myself gosh darn it
this is he who decorates cakes, as you can definitely tell by the super good frosting pipette fingers, what no the frosting doesn’t have any funny ingredients in it we here at afton robotics would Never Do Such A Thing As Heinous And Dastardly and all the colors on his body are the colors of frosting he has, mostly pastel but i mean that’s what most frosting is anyway
i actually made a tiny happy music box tune for him on the keyboard but i don’t have anything to record it with so w/e
yo i feel happy someone else feels salty about the OW ship fando cuz like. first nothing its canon, its a game, second if u by any chance like a het ship ur homophobic. like i love mercy76, not only a het ship but also age dif and ppl go nuts
I have been salty about shipping fandoms since my tinny weeaboo ass first joined the internet.
I sometimes feel like I’m a broken record at this point, ya know? Like I keep repeating myself over and over again, but not everyone will listen.
But like any ship with Mercy or McCree (even if it’s not a “het” ship), come onto so much fire because of their ages when they joined Overwatch, and like people…. NOTHING ABOUT THEIR AGES HAS BEEN CONFIRMED (at least not to my knowledge). We don’t know how old they actually were when they joined up, we’ve all just taken a headcanon that people have made and turned into canon gospel when nothing has been officially confirmed by Blizzard!!!
Also, why the fuck would they all assume that as soon as these kids joined, that any of the other characters started having a relationship with them??? Please stop assuming that the people who ship Mercy and McCree with any of the original Overwatch crew are shipping them when they were 17. Stop that. Just stop.
Also on another note, stop this, “YOU’RE HOMOPHOBIC IF YOU SHIP HET SHIPS!!11!” bullshit. Last I checked, Bi and Pan people existed and I’m pretty sure you’re the same people that preach that whoever Bi and Pan people choose to be with, doesn’t negate their sexuality. Unless you are, then you’re the piece of shit, not the other way around. Also WHO THE FUCK CARES IF YOUR FAVE CHARACTER IS BEING PORTRAYED AS HET??? Like I said, NOTHING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY BLIZZARD. If you don’t like someones headcanon, then ignore them, you can customize your own experience on this hell site, it’s not your job to force others to fit into your little comfort box, GOD DAMN.
Memories Been Made-9 months of touring with a baby
I gave birth to Schwa on October 21st, 2015, about 5 months before we released our last record United Crushers. It’s been an adventure touring a new record with my new baby on my hip; hooked to my boob most of the time. Anytime it’s hard I am the first to remind myself I chose to do this so I have nothing to complain about. People have actual hard lives outside of their control but this is something I chose to do.
His passport is filled- he’s even been as far as Australia.
We have been greeted by venues with baby bottles, bibs and Nappies. Most venues have been very accommodating but at the end of the day I’m not Adele and I play rock clubs that often have vomit in the corners and smoke stained air. Venues don’t seem to say ever “oh Poliça is bringing a baby; we should clean the backstage bathroom for the first time in 5 years.” Our “office” is grimy, moldy and full of germs and so much of my day is spent sanitizing toys, washing hands and dropping elderberry and zinc down both our throats.
Bringing a baby on the road is about being creative, patient and a good listener to baby cues-which I sometimes am. Our schedule is constantly changing like our environment. I try to provide some consistent things for Schwa like the ability to nap no matter where we are by having a good baby carrier that I can strap him on me in and dance the halls of airports, ferries or parks to rock him to sleep. We walk outside everyday and look for semi clean places to crawl around because he is at the age of exploration and he is obsessed with being on the move.
It’s about having a bag of books to look at from home that we read over and over again. We watch videos of his favorite person-his big sister Pela-reading books to him.
I have to admit that I deal with post partum depression, like many mothers, and touring has both compounded and relieved the darkness and isolation of depression at different times. I am grateful to be able to keep working/performing with Poliça but I am often so tired and disconnected from the person who wrote the songs I’m singing I end up confused on stage. In front of a crowd I feel embarrassed and uncomfortable in my body. I feel like being a mom has engulfed me and I feel the opposite of the singer and songwriter who helped form Poliça. I’m only “mother” and a tired mother.
I love my kids and mourning the life I had before them is in tandem with also loving the life I have with them. The feelings exist at the same time.
I eat dinner with Schwa at about 5 every night. We find some baby friendly situation in every city and I cut up half my dinner in 12 month old size bites. He’s pretty well behaved in restaurants because of this life style. He likes to eat and he likes to yell and smile at everyone else in the restaurant.
I put him down to sleep in the bus and then the nanny I’ve brought on tour takes over while I nap a little, catch up on emails or FaceTime my 8 year old daughter at home in Minneapolis. Then I shower and get dressed for the show. I slowly sip a few cups of matcha which will be the source of any energy on stage. If that matcha doesn’t work because I’ve only had three hours of sleep the night before with an hour nap besides that, then I drink a can of coke onstage. Sometimes when I’m on stage I think about sleeping and my eyes shut while I sing. Sometimes when I’m on stage I think “this is the perfect situation for cocaine if I wasn’t breastfeeding.”
Again I love my son and I’m lucky to not have to leave him at daycare. We are very connected and well attached because he goes where I go. I’m sure he will grow to be independent and resilient because he’s dealt with a lot of changes and rolled with the punches. I’ve seen the world through his eyes and he’s my little travel companion but I also look forward to leaving him at home while I go to work and to perform without kids in tow; knowing they are happy and safe sound asleep in a bed that doesn’t require a set belt.
It’s been a wild ride and a million memories have been made touring with a baby but I would not do it again and thanks to birth control I will make sure it never happens again.
(An obvious) Confession: I stopped posting halfway through my 1 ed. Europe Summer ‘14 travels. But as it just so happens, I am going to be in Europe again in less than a month(!!!so much sooner than I thought I’d be!!!) so this is me taking another shot at this blogging+traveling thing.
Plus! I have several international trips looking ahead to 2017 and 2018. It would be pretty neat if I actually kept up with a travel blog and made record of my adventures overseas! (Side note: People are shocked that I already have trips planned for 2018 but… working in the publishing world does weird things to one’s concept of time.)
In the end, all of this is probably more for myself and my own memory’s sake than anything/anyone else, so cheers to giving myself second chances! And if any of this can be helpful to others–practically or otherwise–that’d a cherry on top. (: