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Showing the love with #GISHWHES & #NoteToSelfie.


Photo Aug 06, 1 24 44 PMAugust is a big month for me. It’s my BTC workaversary (three years!) and it also holds two events that I wait the entire year for. GenCon, the best 4 days in gaming ™, in Indianapolis and GISHWHES (the greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever seen.).

This year, all three managed to collide.

As you may know, at BTC we’ve been asking you to send us your #NoteToSelfie’s, well as it happens… one of our GISHWHES tasks took that to another level.

“As you all know, Saturday the 6th of August is International Find Another Gisher Day. Meet up (reach out over social media to find gishers in your area) with AT LEAST 5 other Gishers that aren’t on your team at a bus stop and, together, decorate the bus stop with post-it notes inscribed with a mix of delightful, surreal, and uplifting messages. One must read, “Be the unicorn you want to see in the world.” Submit one image of all 5+ people standing in, on, or around the decorated bus stop. The submission description must include the gishwhes usernames of each Gisher in the photo. Each team can submit the same image if a team member was there representing the team.”

Coincidentally… I was going to be in Indianapolis on the 6th and took to the socials to find GISHERs from 5 other teams to meet up. With a lot of coordination and luck, we were able to find our bus stop and get something scheduled.

We drifted in one at a time, and got set with our Post It’s. As we wrote, the 6 of us could not help but talk about the warm fuzzy level growing. One of the things I did was, write out many of the messages from the #NoteToSelfie Twitter stream to keep them going. As we decorated our bus stop, passers-by asked questions and a few even jumped in and wrote some of their own!

It’s been almost a week and I’m sure it has been taken down or rained on… but my hopes are that our messages lived in and the people who stopped to read them.

No go out and Be the Change (or the Unicorn) you want to see in the world.





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When I heard people say GISHWHES changes your life, I didn’t believe it. But after participating for the first time, I truly believe it.  It is amazing the things you become willing to do as a part of a team doing something for a good cause and for the sake of making art! I’ve stepped out and some things I never thought I would have done, and pushed boundaries I’ve always wanted to but, but couldn’t. I’ve also learned that I can function on practically no sleep. And, that’s a thing 😉

I did a mini video journal during my GISHWHES experience as a part of SSSVEDA, enjoy the crazy.


The Aftermath: Part 1

The Aftermath: Part 2

Team Standard Nerds recap video

I hope you enjoy the videos, it was an ABNOSOME experience to be a part of GISHWHES 2013, and I can’t wait to get together with my Standard Nerds again!

View the wonderful weird that is Standard  Nerds!


Something Gishwhes This Way Comes


gishwhes-carriejkeenan-standardnerdsEarlier this month, I was listening to a Nerdist podcast where the special guest was Misha Collins. They were in a castle in Scotland celebrating Chris Hardwick’s girlfriend Chloe’s team, Badwolf,  win of a scavenger hunt that Misha hosts called Gishwhes.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. stands for the “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen”  and it is epic! Listening to the interview, I thought that would be an amazingly cool thing to participate in. Then, I made the mistake of Googleing it. Um, wow – the items on that hunt are madness! Not only is the even set up to create art and experience it also has a social good aspect.

From the website:

“On the social improvement front, we’re proud to announce last year’s teams also broke the Guinness World Record for the most charitable pledges of Acts of Kindness (93,376!) in partnership with our non-profit Random Acts (www.therandomact.org), submitted thousands of images and videos of participants hugging war veterans and committing acts of kindness, delivered thousands of coats to homeless people and helped victims of Hurricane Sandy.”

I put the the thought out of my mind and it was replaced with other things and time moved on. Until today. I was doing a quick Facebook stream skim and saw a friend’s post recruiting for her Gishwhes team. Wait? What? I know that word! I did a double take and thought about it for about 2 seconds and I did something don’t do. Or, didn’t at least.

I signed up!

For most of my life; if it scared me – I wouldn’t do it, if there was the possibility of embarrassment – let me do it, if it involved talking to random strangers – yep, you guessed it, I wouldn’t do it. For the last year or so, I have been reaching out to “do the shit that scares me”, so here I go.

Now, here I am, one of the STANDARDNERDS – ready and waiting for the insanity ahead of me!

I’ll leave you with the awesome Gishwhes philosophy:

“Gishwhes believes that “normalcy” is overrated and that true “living” can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation and in acts of artistic sublime public performances. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents. And most importantly, cheese is not a good sewing material.”