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Save The Day: April 7
April 7, 2011 – 9:11 AM | 14 Comments
Save The Day: April 7

10 PM update
$64,834 at the moment; almost 3K on the day! It's tough to sustain that initial pace, and anecdotal evidence suggests to me that some of you still have paychecks to wait for and …

Save The Day: April 5
April 5, 2011 – 9:04 AM | 17 Comments
Save The Day: April 5

7: 30 PM update
$56,750. Damn good first five days, Nation. We've got a 1K match coming at 66K — but this is sometimes the hard part. This is sometimes where it feels like a boulder …

Save The Day: April 2
April 2, 2011 – 12:02 PM | 9 Comments
Save The Day: April 2

noon update
$14,412! Good job, super-friends. (Even better? I had to update this total thrice while writing the entry!)
Administrative notes: I've updated the site FAQ with contest-specific answers, so please give it a read, especially …

The Contest 2011: Save The Day
March 31, 2011 – 8:19 PM | 8 Comments
The Contest 2011: Save The Day
The Contest 2011: Origin Story
March 31, 2011 – 9:02 AM | 18 Comments
The Contest 2011: Origin Story

Towards the beginning of Davis Guggenheim's fantastic, bleak, motivating Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada tells a story about…well, waiting for Superman, and how bereft he felt as a child when his mother had to inform …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Winter Meetings
December 29, 2010 – 9:49 PM | 2 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Winter Meetings

If you thought I'd forgotten all about the TN Fall Classic, well, I've got news for you: I…kind of did. Okay, not really, but other things (the studio, the N Candy AA, the painting project …