Movember 2012 – By Effort of Will

2012-11-16 SmallAlmost every morning this month I have taken a shot of my beautiful chops and the burgeoning moustache that lies within.

I was lacks at first but from the 5th of Movember onwards I’ve taken a shot every day.

I’ve used my flawed (the GPS is crippled) HTC One X and its 10 second auto shutter feature, which gives plenty of time to compose myself waiting for the shot.

Some morning’s it has been a struggle though, I had never noticed before just how bedraggled I allowed myself to look.

Some mornings I look like a forty-something factory worker coming off an 18 hour shift.

By effort of will I end up looking relatively “normal”, normal for me anyway.

For those who are interested, here’s a little morph I set up from this morning’s Mo-Progress shot.

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Movember 2012 – Every Man and His Dog

Ben SugdenToday I have been accused of ageism in my lack of interest in legacy development software and also questioned on the relevance of a inviting a lady to join my Movember fundraising team.

I’ve successfully defended myself on both counts, proving that you don’t have to be a twenty-something to use Visual Studio 2012; and also pointing out that Mo Sistas are an essential part of Movember fundraising efforts.

So I’m a little hesitant at entitling this entry as “Every Man and His Dog”; there are ladies, dogs and cats supporting Movember – I’d hate to think that such a gender specific title offends people.

The title is well intentioned.

A few days ago, I mentioned that so many people seem to be participating in Movember this year that support is spread very thin.

It would be callous and selfish in the extreme to expect everybody to support every single participant who is trying to raise funds.

At the time of writing this there are 312,921 registered participants in the United Kingdom alone.  That’s more than any other country in the world and there are a fair few countries involved.

More impressive than those lofty figures are the numbers involved within my own social network – and most likely within your own.

I’m lucky enough to be classified as a “hub” within social networking/engineering circles (I read a book about it once); with over 700 contacts spread across a range of demographics (although most are LARP types).

And so what I would like to do here is promote some of their efforts too.

It really doesn’t matter who you support to help raise funds for Men’s Health through Movember.

What matters is supporting the cause not the person.

And so I thought I’d profile the proverbial every man and list those people involved in Movember 2012 that I’m aware of.

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Movember 2012 – Day 6

2012-11-06I now have six days lip growth.

This in and of itself is not impressive, I’m certainly lazy enough to have gone longer than six days without shaving.

Normally I have this much beard growth after one of the Lorien Trust mainline events, usually the Gathering.

In fact I often shave down late on the night of returning from these LRP events, making comedy moustaches as I go.

As a blonde (I can prove it) my facial hair isn’t always apparent but it is usually the 5 or 6 day mark that my fuzz becomes unkempt.

It was around the Day 2 shave down that I decided on what I refer to in my head as Guido Style.

It looks like two of my colleagues are going the same way with a musketeer top lip and soul patch.

Closer - Day 6Six days in and the hardest challenge seems to be getting the team together for a semi-regular update – and attracting donations of course.

So many people seem to be doing Movember this year that support is spread thing amongst the participants.

6 Days in 3 Shots

That being said, I am very grateful for those who have donated so far.

As an aside, I have taken to taking a daily shot using the timer-delay function on my HTC One X.

It’s a great camera but a shame about the GPS issues.

By the end of Movember I should be able to put together a nice stop motion animation of my fugly-mug.

If you would like to make a donation then please feel free to donate anything you can to me or my team.

Thank You!