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A Little Help For My Friends

January 12th, 2014 | Posted by Philip J Reed in personal

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Whew! I wanted to have a few new things ready to post this weekend, but that didn’t happen. For good reasons, though. It was a pretty awesome weekend.

However there were two things I wanted to draw attention toward. In one case, it’s a friend trying to raise money for what looks to be a pretty cool passion project of his. In another case it’s not quite as happy a story. Of course, if you decide to help either, or both, or none, that’s entirely your choice. I’m not going to tell anyone to donate to anything, but if you find it in your heart to do so, I can promise you that these are two very deserving people who would appreciate it more than you realize.

One Friend: Friend of the website and webmaster of Digitally Downloaded, Matt Sainsbury has set up a Kickstarter. He’s unhappy with the current state of games criticism, and hopes to rectify this in some small way with a nice, insightful, authoritative text that treats the medium with the artistic respect that it deserves. I haven’t seen any of the material that will be included in this book, but I’d be genuinely surprised if it was not worth reading; check out the link to get a sense of just how much great stuff is going to end up in here.

Another Friend: Noiseless Chatter regulars will no doubt recognize the name Sarah Portland. She’s more than a welcome presence here…she’s an excellent human being and a very talented artist. However, some sad news: her cat passed away this past Thursday. That’s unfortunate enough on its own, but Sarah is also faced with a large bill that she’s having trouble paying off. She had to pay over $2,000 for surgery last month, and now she needs another $400 to pay for the necropsy and cremation.

If you would like to donate, please do so directly to the vet: Tigard Animal Hospital, (503) 684-3133. Mention that it is for a kitty cat named Spock.

I know things are hard out there. I know funds are limited across the board. But these are two people who have done a lot to shape the atmosphere of this site, especially lately, and I’m happy to help in any small way that I can.

Anyway, more to come, as always. And I just finished writing the review of ALF‘s clip show. I don’t want to get your hopes up, but it’s the best thing you’ll ever read so you might as well kill yourself right after.

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