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I Need Your Help

June 19th, 2010

I don’t like the idea of having to write this blog, but I have run out of options. And if someone doesn’t help me find a solution soon, Geeky Pleasures is going to die in a fire and it will take this blog and the World Lupus Day virtual art gallery with it.

Some of you are aware that things are really tight on my end at the moment. I have done every thing I can think of to fix this. Including reluctantly taking the advice of others and putting a donate button on Geeky Pleasures and joining affiliate programs. Despite this however, if it were not for a couple of donations, all of this would have been offline at the beginning of this year. But thankfully, last minute saves were thrown my way. Now I am in need of another last minute save. Without giving too much detail, I will try to give you the gist of the situation. Full details are not for the whole world to know, but if you want/need more details than what I am about to give, email me here.

My site is about to become a victim of its own popularity. My current host cannot handle the traffic that I receive. To give you a basic idea of what is going on, in February, my average daily transfer rate was 250 MB per day. My traffic has been increasing in such a way that in May, the average daily transfer rate was over 1 GB per day. In the last two weeks, they have had to suspend my site and reboot the server which hosts it because I kinda killed their server. Downtimes, because of inability to handle the traffic, have increased from a couple times a day to at least 10 times a day. Today alone, in the last hour, it was down twice for about 20 minutes total. I cannot have this. I don’t know if you have been subjected to it, but on my end it is more than frustrating to find my site down when I go to do some maintenance or update the site.

Because of this, I am having to switch hosts in the next couple of week. My site can no longer be hosted on a shared server and I am having to move to VPS. And thanks to another donation given to me in the last week, I am able to afford this switch… but only temporarily.

I can pay for the hosting for 3 months but after that time (as it stands at this very moment), I will have to revert back to a shared hosting plan and have the same issues or pull my site all together. I am not going to ask for donations. I figure, if people wanted to donate, they would have by now. I haven’t exactly been secret about my situation. Even so people keep telling me, “Geeky Pleasures can’t go offline”, I guess I can understand to a certain degree why they don’t want to help keep it online. That being said, I am not going to refuse donations. Even if it is just 20 dollars, that is another month the site stays up. Seriously folks, that is how broke I am right now. I can’t even afford 20 dollars a month to host the site on the necessary platform to keep the site up without glitches.

What I really need is advertisers and sponsors. Donations are more than welcomed but that is only a temporary fix. I need something permanent. The problem is, I have no idea how to go about approaching sponsors and advertisers. There has to be someone who reads my blog who knows how to do this or knows someone who knows someone. I am not looking for a lot of money. Just enough to not worry about hosting for a long while so that I can really concentrate on getting other things going. Because if this goes offline and I lose the momentum I have been fortunate enough to gain in the last few months, I doubt I’ll ever be able to climb out of the financial hole I am currently finding myself in.

I am really sorry to burden you with this. But I really am at my wits end. This is beyond frustrating. It would really suck if my site died because it became to popular. So if you see a way in which you can help, please let me know. I wouldn’t be asking for your help if I hadn’t already exhausted all options that I have been able to see.

In Which I Tell My Story And Talk About My Thousand Faces Of Lupus

April 26th, 2010

In response to my World Lupus Day project, you asked your questions about my lupus and I did my best to answer them. The podcast is long. 2 hr 28 min 42 sec and 136 MB. The first 1 hr and 26 minutes or so, I talked about the physical faces of my lupus. The last hour and a bit, I talked about the emotional faces of my lupus. And it is certainly emotional. It is the most open and honest I have been in public about this part of my lupus.

After I had finished it, I had many thoughts of “Crap! I forgot to say this! Shit! I forgot to say that!” I was going to write about all the things I forgot until I listened to it before saving it. I’m just going to leave it as is. I will warn you. You may either want to grab a box of tissue or maybe not listen. There is also a couple instances of NSFW language. Despite how afraid I am at the moment, I do hope that you listen to the entire almost 2.5 hours of it. Hopefully, some real awareness will result. As I said in the podcast, if you have any other questions as a result of this, please leave them in the comment section and I will do this again.

Thank you for taking the time. To download, right click save as this link or listen below.

Questions About My Lupus

April 23rd, 2010

Ever since I announced my World Lupus Day project a few days ago, I have been getting a lot of questions about my lupus, both in public and private. And for that I am thankful. However, here is the suck ass thing about it. I am going through a flare at the moment. And it is starting to totally kick my ass. I have a lot going on in my life right now and one of the retarded things about lupus (well my lupus anyway) is that when anything extra happens (whether it is good or bad), the added stresses impact me in big ways. The thing being attacked the worse at the moment is my brain. Because of this, I have been finding type communication that much more difficult.

I want to answer your questions. It is very important to me that I answer your questions. But I feel to answer them properly, I cannot do so in text format. It literally hurts to do so, both physically and mentally. So this is what I am asking. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask you questions. Leave them here in the comments section. Then on Sunday night, I will answer them in audio format and upload it as a podcast. I may even include some relevant chapters from my book. I will try not to cry this time a I did when I read the introduction when I was interviewed by TMA but somehow I think that will prove difficult.

Any questions that come in after Sunday, I will still answer them but I cannot guarantee how quickly I can get to them as the deadline for my World Lupus Day project gets closer. I need to conserve my energy at the moment if I am going to get this done.

You really all are truly awesome and you’re support has been so overwhelming.

In Which I Beat Temptation And I Get Another Song! SQUEE!

April 4th, 2010

OMG! I am totally squee’ing at the moment! THIS IS AWESOME!! Holy shit! Seriously DUDES! And if you don’t squee once I am done with this, there is something seriously wrong with you! You will really want to read past the back story to hear the TOTALLY AWESOME AND WIN!

Okay, a bit of a back story. Lent just ended. And I do something every year for Lent. Not because a church tells me too, but for my own spiritual needs. Some of the hardest Lents included the year I gave up chocolate. Another hard Lent was the year I gave up sex. This year I gave up innuendo and double-entendre. I could still talk technically about sex but nothing that could fall under “that what s/he said!” I have to say this was harder than the years I gave up chocolate and sex, combined.

Once Lent was over, I had a huge release as I tweeted the following:

WOOT! It is Easter! Time to celebrate a guy who was nail with wood, rose to the occasions and came 3 days later. May he come again.

Lent was long and hard. It tried to beat me. But like a trooper, I rode it for 1104 hours right till the very end. I came through it like a champ. I would like to thank everyone for making it a group event. Everyone who watched and participated. It would not have been nearly as enjoyable had you not all played your part. Thank you.

Man, that release was soooooooooooo good.

And then shortly after:

OH: He has come close to spilling a few times but there were always warnings. This time it just came without warning.

But here is the really awesome part. There is this really cool lady. Her name is Denise Hudson (@RangerDenni). I got to know her through Song Fu and TMA. She told me she was going to write me a song as a reward for Lent. And it is seriously bloody brilliant! And to make it very fitting, she had the amazing and wonderful Joe ‘Covenant’ Lamb (@JoeCovenant) be a part of it. Joe was my #1 temptation during Lent. And I even co-wrote part of it! She included a limerick that I wrote about Joe one day during a JoeCast! And she included so many “me” things and inside jokes in it. It really is just brilliant and I can’t stop squee’ing! I am including it for your listening pleasure. I can’t stop smiling!

In Which Jules Rejoins Us With Her Bad Self – Denise Hudson ft Joe ‘Covenant’ Lamb and special guest

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“In Which Jules Rejoins Us All With Her Bad Self”
Lyrics BY: Denise Hudson / Julia Sherred / Joe “Covenant” Lamb

(featuring Joe “Covenant” Lamb & special guest)

Happy Easter to Julia Sherred
Who handcuffed herself to the bed
of denial and sacrifice
till April third at midnight
counting the sec’s(!) till the END!

Now Jules made a promise to God
or to Great Aunty Maude
or The Spaghetti Monster or to Bob or whoever you like
the point was she would strike
from her mind all the semblance of bawd

Now Jules is the queen of things geeky
But the boys and the girls they are quite cheeky
tempting lively young Jules
to PM with her rules
and I wondered if she’d go get freaky

Innuendo was filling her eyes
She looked desperately to the skies
Praying Polly’d send rain
to cool off her pain
“That’s What She Said’s” were swarming like flies

[interlude consisting of a blended array of samples from the hysterical Count video that made me pee on myself, that Mystic Cat thing, and a certain song from our pre-teen years that Joe overplays at casts that he thinks gets women in their thirties all misted up… and which I play in a motet like fashion on period instruments fashioned from various VSTs]

What could keep poor Jules afloat?
Could a stirring bridge be a lifeboat?
Because just screaming “LENT”
isn’t paying the rent
and so on an unrelated note …

[Enter Joe]

“Now just because Den is the author of this
And the words have come out of her head
There’s a big control freak
In this Queen of the Geek
So here’s words from Dear Ms. Sherred”

{ENTER LYRICS BY JULIA SHERRED, which Joe feels necessary to change and stuff, because he’s annoying}

There once was a guy named Joe
Whom I think everybody should know
He banged on his bodhran
All the while he sang
And Joecast is the name of his show

REPEAT IN A ROUSING ROUND:

There once was a guy named Joe
Whom I think everyone should know
He banged on his bodhran
All the while he sang
And Joecast is the name of his show

Jules will go into Joecast
And I think we will all have a blast
As she lays down some smack
That’ll give heart attack
Cuz we’ve all seen how long SHE can last ….

The TMA Podcast was WIN!
You could not be derailed by your friends
Not even passiontide
could pull you aside
As you pushed all the way through the end …

So praise be to the Holies on High
And his hotness Sir Optimus Prime!
As you’ve reached the apex
You can talk about sex
In whichever which way you can find

Since I cannot mail you a taco
down the hall to the headmasters we’ll go
Every slip of the tongue
In our orgy of fun
TMA smacks for chat innuendo

So cheers to a successful lent
We imagine you’re feeling quite spent
May the gal from BC
Give an orgasmic squee!!!!!!!!!
You did it! You did it!

….. #andedric