With a week-and-a-half to go before I do the Extra Life marathon, I decided to reach out to Children’s Hospital and let them know what I’m up to.

I heard from the wonderful Kimber Wilcox, who has agreed to help me get the word out regarding the marathon to help raise as much money as we can. She also informed me that because of the way the St. Louis area has set up the Children’s Miracle Network, the funds we raise will actually be split between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

This means that if you donate, your money will be going to help twice as many kids as you thought it would.

I’ve changed my donation pages to reflect this updated information, and have been told that it will be more obvious next year. I’m really looking forward to this event, and I hope you’ll join me next week, either by donating to the fundraiser, watching on Twitch, or both!

I’ve been spending some time in the evening trying to prep for my Extra Life marathon next week, and to stream everything I’ll be using Open Broadcaster Software (so it will be brought to you by open source!). This is provided my testing works, which I’ll be starting a bit later this week.

This is going to be my first experiment with anything more complicated than the basic tools that are included for the Elgato Game Capture HD, and really the only thing I’ve used a Windows installation for in a pretty long time (other than testing things for work). It’s kind of fun.

I’m pre-configuring all the scenes I’ll be using for the broadcast, and then using the OBS Remote plugin and its web interface on my iPad to control the broadcast. It looks like it’s pretty smooth, but I need to test it out a bit before I know for sure. If you have used either or both in the past and have any expertise you can contribute, please let me know.

Part of using something like OBS is setting up “scenes” for the broadcast, which are combinations of images, video capture, and sound that get what you want out to your viewers. I’m doing some Photoshopping right now, and here’s a sneak peek:



I have no idea if these concepts are going to work, but if you see my stream going up and down, you’ll know I’m testing.

If you think this is cool stuff, please consider donating to the marathon next week!

Hey, WordPress community.

Thanks for following my link. I really appreciate it. If you retweeted or Liked the social link for this, I appreciate you more.

Here’s the tl;dr version:

I’m raising money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital by doing a 25-hour games marathon on December 20th. I’d love for you to donate. If you want to, click this button:


If you would like a more detailed description of what this is or would like to help, please read more about my Extra Life marathon here.

It’s entirely possible that you clicked through to this post because you’re part of the WordPress community, which is like an extended family to me. In which case, you can help out event further! Blog about the marathon! Link to it! Embed the eventual Twitch stream on your blog, or just watch the day of when it’s happening!

You more than most people understand the power of this whole internet thing and how it can be used for good. :)

With your help, we can give St. Louis Children’s a great Christmas present. I’m over 1/4 of the way to my goal for the fundraiser, and we’re at $285, which puts this really close to the top 5% of all Extra Life fundraisers for this year. Help me push it even further. Scroll back up and click that button. :)

Thanks for your time!

I’ll talk about this briefly and just link you to the page that has the long story, which you can find here if you just want to get to the point:


This upcoming December 20th, I’ll be participating in a 25-hour gaming marathon to benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I’ll be tricking roping convincing my family and friends in to being a part of the run, both in-person and on Xbox Live.

If you’d like to help the marathon, you can donate to the event, sign up to help me play some games, or just watch the livestream and help it get some attention.

Extra Life was supposed to be run on November 2nd, but I missed it, so let’s give St. Louis Chilidren’s Hospital a Christmas gift, shall we?