The Contraption 2011... Sort of.

The Contraption 2011... Sort of.

Postby LeChatNoir » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:35 pm

Unfortunately, barring some financial windfall like winning the lottery, we will not be able to make it to the desert this year. However, that has not deterred us from getting the old Rust Bucket out and keeping her moving in the name of art and gifting.

For those of you on the board who do not know about The Contraption but would like some context, it's a Mutant Vehicle made almost entirely from old rusty parts and farm junk. Here's some photos from 2010:


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You might also want to skim through the previous years threads located in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Art & Performance threads. Or even go all the way back to the beginning right here).



But now the reason for my posting...

Our local Humane Society, which Karine and I both volunteer with was selected out of thousands of non-profits to be in the 500 finalist who have a chance at getting one of 100 new vehicles donated by [a major automobile manufacturer who will remain unnamed on eplaya]. .

The auto maker provided the camera and software and our group had to make a two minute short film on why the vehicle was needed. Everyone asked us if The Contraption could ba a part of it, so we got her of the barn, dusted her off (but only slightly) and fired her up in order to make an appearance towards the end of the film. Because of this, I felt that the topic qualified to be posted here since, for a lot of us, Burning Man happens as much in our local communities as it does on the playa. Plus, since getting this van donated involves you, dear reader, it's a way to make it more interactive... as has been the theme of the Contraption threads in years past.

The deal is each day, five videos are posted on the Facebook page of the automaker. These videos are then watched and voted on by the masses (i.e. you and me). The one who gets the most votes that day gets the vehicle... simple as that. That's a 1 in 5 chance, man... pretty good odds. Then the next day so on and so forth until a total of 100 vehicles have been donated to worthy causes.

And our Humane Society's day is tomorrow, Saturday June 4th!


This link right here will help you learn more about it and how to vote. There's a link on that page that will take you to the automaker's Facebook page, where you can vote for the video you like best. There's worthy group's videos up today too!


And I want to state that Karine, nor I are not in any way, shape or form gaining financially from this. In fact it cost us money and time to do a few fixes in order to get the old rust bucket running. We simply felt that, since we couldn't make it to the playa this year, this was a great way of gifting our Mutant Vehicle that would be fun and really benefit a worthy cause to boot.


And if you don't want to vote, well... that's ok too... you can just hang out here with me. But you will have to deal with my unwavering stare.


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Postby karine » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:46 pm

This humble little Humane Society REALLY needs some new wheels, and NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Another one of the 1:5 groups "competing" against this small humane society is from nearby Cincinnati & has over 5,000 members. The only way 'Anderson Humane' can win a new Toyota, is if we find more people to vote!!

(And I should add, we live in a very rural county & if 'Anderson Humane' wins, this would be their ONLY car, their FIRST car, and they could DEFINITELY use one!) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !
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Postby capjbadger » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:47 pm

I just broadcast this to the 934 people on my FB and my twitter account. :)

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Postby Sic Pup » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:53 am

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Postby LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:19 am

Oh my... Thanks you guys! **grinning really big right now**

So far this morning the Anderson Humane Society was ahead!
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Postby AntiM » Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:40 am

Voted, aye. And sent to select FB friends.
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Postby karine » Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:45 am

Yay! E-playa peeps !!

(((An email just came in! : Anderson Humane is at 38% at 8:45 a.m. * in the LEAD * - & in 2nd place is Hearts for Hope 29% )))
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Postby ygmir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:38 am

I just voted.
Of course, for Anderson.........
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Postby Elorrum » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:35 am

I voted. now here's a nice squeaky mouse, turn your glare elsewhere. Good Luck.
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Postby ibdave » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:47 am

happy deed done.... 8) 8) 8)
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Postby motskyroonmatick » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:28 am

Voted! Hope you guys win!
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Postby LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:18 am

YEAH!!! Happy Deeds!!!

I'll post results as I hear about them during the day. Hearing currently that the Humane Society is still in the lead... somewhere around 34% on the vote.
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Postby jella » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:24 am

Voting now :)

And bumping the link !
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Postby capjbadger » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:26 am

Still in the lead. Vote vote!! :)

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Postby capjbadger » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:38 am

Dammit... how do I go back and see the current results?

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Postby Elliot » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:53 am

:D I voted! :D
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Postby LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:17 pm

I think the only chance to see the current results are immediately after casting your vote.

I'm hearing 38% now...

YEAH YEAH!!!!!

You guys are the tops!
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Postby karine » Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:24 pm

another person said 34 % ...(((it is frustrating, yes... but THANK YOU, FRIENDS! )))

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Postby Sic Pup » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:43 pm

As of 5:41 Eastern

Steen Township Volunteer Fire Department 15%
NeighborLink Fort Wayne 14%
Anderson Humane Society 35%
Give Back Cincinnati 9%
Heart of Hope House 27%
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Postby Minxy » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:55 pm

I voted. :)
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Postby karine » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:17 pm

Thanks, Minxy!

I just watched the video again! HA! That's a hilarious video.
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Postby LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:19 pm

We can be mighty resourceful.
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Postby oscillator » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:21 pm

Lookin good. Hope AHS wins - and you win the lottery too!

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Postby unjonharley » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:24 pm

Got my vote.
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Postby karine » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:08 pm

as of 11:03 pm

Anderson Humane Society 37 %
Neighbor Link Fort Wayne 14 %
Steen Township Vol Fire Dept 14 %
Heart of Hope House 26 %

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54 minutes left!
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Postby LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:11 pm

Voting is now closed.

Last results seen at closing was AHS leading with 37%

Whoot!!

I'm told they'll email an official confirmation tomorrow sometime, but it looks like the critters are getting a van!

Thank you, Thank you to all of you guys. Sincerely. And I'd like to note that it is my understanding that every non-profit who has a video up for votes, regardless if they win or not, gets a $1000 donation from the auto maker just for submitting . So even if they didn't get a vehicle, they still got a big helping hand.

That makes me feel good all around.
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Postby capjbadger » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:59 pm

Yayyyy!!! :D
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Postby ibdave » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:53 am

LeChatNoir wrote:Voting is now closed.

Last results seen at closing was AHS leading with 37%

Whoot!!

I'm told they'll email an official confirmation tomorrow sometime, but it looks like the critters are getting a van!

Thank you, Thank you to all of you guys. Sincerely. And I'd like to note that it is my understanding that every non-profit who has a video up for votes, regardless if they win or not, gets a $1000 donation from the auto maker just for submitting . So even if they didn't get a vehicle, they still got a big helping hand.

That makes me feel good all around.


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Postby gyre » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:34 am

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Postby LeChatNoir » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:55 am

The kitty in that photo is named KC. She's been a loyal, hard working shop cat for many years and she came from the Humane Society. Our other shop kitty, as well as our house cats, came from there too.

And it's officially on the automaker's Facebook page...

Anderson Humane Society won the van!

By being a part of this, what you guys helped do was to make sure that kitties like KC get an even better chance at finding a homes where they're loved. The van will help get cats and dogs to the vet, to adoption events, and transported to rescues. I cannot explain how much this means to those who keep this little operation running, nor how happy Karine and I were to be a part of making such a goofy video.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You've restored my faith a bit today.
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