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Nerdforce #28 – A Grateful Homecoming

So, it may have been a while since I edited a full episode of Nerdforce, but I can honestly say that this one was the most fun to edit in a long, long, long time.  We have some great ideas brewing and I hope to hear back from many of you soon.




Dreamforce 16 – The Incredible Journey

WOW!! What a great time at Dreamforce this year, right?!  If the lot of you had half as much fun as I did, then you should be flying pretty high still.  Let me get down to the brass tacks here.  I arrived a day early and made my annual trip to Japantown where I picked up some Sushi, Mochi, and Feudal Japanes Lit, as you do…  I spent the next day working with the Apttus Folks on X-Author.  What an amazing tool! I really need to run a demo on the podcast sometime, somehow.  I accompanied Nana and her partner in crime, A.D., to her annual trip to Nanking.  I was excited about the whole of Dreamforce, but many of you may have imagined I was also getting nervous about the NerdforceCon Event.  There were a few sessions that I spoke at, I learned some amazing things and became inspired to be a better Admin.  Look, there is a ton of stuff that was great about Dreamforce this year and you will likely read about them from a dozen other blogs that will do so much better than mine at explaining it.  What I hope to talk you about is the experience of NerdforceCon and the elation that grew out of it.

It was a little idea that we had after recording an episode late one night.  “Lets celebrate our one year anniversary with something fun and a little crazy.”  For the next few weeks, that silly idea kept growing every time one of us would say, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”.  For those of you didn’t get a chance to experience NerdforceCon or even the planning phase as documented on our podcast, let me paint the picture for you.

NerdforceCon is the ComicCon of Dreamforce.  We will have a party that starts with a flash mob in the Dreampark of #AwesomeAdmins dressed in Salesforce Themed Cosplay.  Then we would parade to a location for the the masses to hangout and play all sorts of board games in the name of Extra Life and all the sick kids in the Children’s Miracle Network.  During this wild NerdforceCon, we would announce the winner of the highly sought #Dreamcrate.  This collection of goodies will be the most amazing Nerd Swag for the biggest Salesforce fan out there.  Among the games played would be the final round of the greatest game of Dungeons and Dreamforce ever played.  The heroes would slay the dragon for the great Lord Benioff and all would celebrate with a clink of their glasses.  I would say we didn’t get everything we aimed for, but we had an amazing time and it will only get better next year. adventure time happy dance dance party party reactions Dungeons and Dreamforce went rather well.  Mark Ross led our jaunty band of heroes through buggy lairs and we battled hags and pizza flavored dragons.  We had unbeknownst guest stars in the likes of Dresh, the Patron of the West End Dream; Captain Wolverton; EriKuhl, the long lost sister of one of our heroes; Ranger Duarte and of course, Mighty Lord Benioff with his Boots of Magic.  It was amazing building a story with my fellow heroes, Brian Kwong, Amber Boaz & Samantha Safin, but the greatest feeling came from the collective $1400 we raised in this portion of our fund raiser.  On that note, I need to take a moment and recognize someone for making the largest impact on the entire fundraising drive.  Patrick Connelly has a huge heart and made a donation large enough to completely tip the scales of the game.  How he chose to use this power was curious but it was fun regardless.  You should listen to the story in whole.  You can catch the audio here: Episode01, Episode02, Episode03 or you can watch the fun Here.

The Dreamcrate was equally fun,Media preview
because it was more of a scavenger hunt for Nana and myself.  We wanted the best collection of Salesforce nerd
items and “By George! I think we did it!”  Seriously, as the word went out to the community we were flooded with gifts for the crate and it swelled to an enormous size.  Some would say it was too large.  There were a ton of people who gave to the Dreamcrate.  For brevity, I won’t list them all out here but you can see all of them HERE.  Once it was all said and done, the highest bid came in at $717 and our Dreamcrate Champion, Adam Olshansky rounded up his donation to make an even larger impact.  I can’t wait to do this again next year!!!

The NerdforceCon Event was equally fun.  Apttus was our gracious host and gave us a physical space to celebrate our efforts to give an Extra Life and our general Nerdiness.  I was very busy and disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to personally thank each and every one of our guests.   Nana Image result for extralifeon the other hand, played host and and did it splendidly.  It was an early morning event, so many of us had a chance to sit down, drink some coffee and relax our feet.  Gaming is at the core of the Extra Life drive.  I love games and when I saw a few people playing, I knew that NerdforceCon had elicited that childlike mentality that so many of us have forgotten.  We raised $900 on the event alone!!!!

So, it can be said that a great portion of this event happened just as we planned.  It went really well actually.  We raised well over $3000 for those Courageous Kids fighting Evil Monsters through Extra Life and the Children’s Miracle Network.  There is one more chance to help out though.  I have one more item to auction off for our Extra Life efforts this year.  I have now attended 5 Dreamforces and the friends I have made over those years have become a collection of the best friends I have had my entire life.  That is why I choked up a bit explaining how I acquired this treasure.  The feature image of NerdforceCon was commissioned through a talented Comic artist here in Oklahoma City.  I printed the drawing as an 18X24 poster.  It was a sizable work of art.  When I had the chance to meet Erica Kuhl on Dreamforce Day 1, she encouraged me to try and get it signed by key Salesforce Personalities.  The list was short but it seemed impossible to complete, considering some of the people are very big names in the Salesforce Universe.  Here’s a small secret though, if Erica Kuhl says she NerdforceCon16believes in you, you can climb any mountain she points at.  SteveMo was pretty easy.  Steve is a humble and gracious man.  Say hi if you ever get the chance.  Chris Duarte was equally open and welcome.  Astro was tough to hunt down, but I eventually found her hiding at the Lightning Lookout.  She’s smaller than you would think by the way.  Eric Dreshfield was fun because I bumped into him perhaps a dozen times over those few days.  I didn’t ask for Erica’s until I had all of them.  So it was the penultimate signature that made this hunt the greatest adventure of anyone else at Dreamforce this year.  I needed Parker Harris to complete the collection.  It was immediately after the main Keynote address and I knew Parker would be booking it to his True to the Core talk.  I rushed over to where all my MVP friends were soaking in the post-Key Note excitement.  Most of them knew what I was after.  Led by the fabulous Lauren Jordan, they blocked Parker from leaving and insisted he come talk to me.  I was nervous and fumbling for the poster and pen.  I barely squeaked out what I was doing and he gladly signed the myparkersignatureposter.  I was in such a daze, it took me a couple hours to realize how they all came together for me.  To feel that much care and love from that many people is something I can only wish upon every human being at some point in their lives.  Perhaps the world would be a happier place.

So I have droned on enough.  The auction is ON.  Our first bid comes from the one and only Charlie Isaacs.  Go HERE to bid on the poster and bring home not only a beautiful work of art or even an amazing story of enthusiastic friendship, but a chance to help a 7 year old little boy with a brain tumor or a 5th grade girl with acute leukemia. The bidding ends at 9PM CST Friday 10/21/16.  I look forward to another year of Nerdforcing around with all of you.  Thank You!

Nerdforce Presents – Dungeons & Dreamforce Part 3

Our #DnDF16 Heroes worked their way into the vile depths of the tunnels to find an evil Fern Gully of sorts. They battle a wretched foe who winds up having more in common with one of the heroes more than one would imagine

Nerdforce Presents – Dungeons & Dreamforce Part 2

With the help of some generous donations to Extra Life, the heroes of #D&DF16 gained some very helpful toys. It was lucky they did as well, because evil had deep pocketed benefactors as well. Kriv, Brunhilde, Zaob and Datatello battled some eight legged foes in the dingy halls of this lair. Stay to the end to hear of some dramatic cameos!!!!

Nerdforce Presents – Dungeons & Dreamforce Part 1

The first session of the 2016 Dungeons & Dreamforce Adventure has a slightly less rocky start as originally anticipated. We raised money for Extra Life and hope to do even better next week. The story and the series will continue Sept. 20th & 27th. It will come to a close at the NerdforceCon event in San Francisco on Oct. 6th.

Nerdforce #27 – The Pre-Dreamforce Show 2016!!!

This is a short episode with me jabbering on about all the fun we have had putting together NerdforceCon and all the fun things to do at Dreamforce this year.  Wait to the end for a special treat.

Nerdforce #26 – The Nerdiversary Part 2

Nerdiversary Session 3

Mike Gerholdt, Adam Olshansky, Kristi Guzman

Nerdiversary Session 4

Benjamin Bolopue, Mark Ross, Brian Kwong, Jeremiah, Ryan Headley

We celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a podcast by talking to a number of Guest Accomplices.  So many in fact that we had to break this up into two parts with two sessions each.  This week you get to hear session 3 & 4.  Find out all the fun things we are working on leading up to Dreamforce16.

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Nerdforce #25 – The Nerdiversary Part 1

Nerdiversary Session 1

Nick Lindberg, Eric Dreshfield, Rachel Rogers

Nerdiversary Session 2

Jennifer Wobser, Dale Ziegler, Samantha Safin

We celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a podcast by talking to a number of Guest Accomplices.  So many in fact that we had to break this up into two parts with two sessions each.  This week you get to hear session 1 & 2.  Concurrently released with this episode is a blog post hosted by Apttus.  Go check out Nana and John bantering in a written format.  Lots of Fun!


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Nerdforce #24.8 – Steve the Elder

Hi Everyone!  Feels like it has been a while.  It is fair to say Nana and I have been busy this month and will be even busier next month.  Stick close by to hear all the great news for September and during Dreamforce16.  In the mean time check out this post with the one and only Steve Molis!!!  You heard right, Steve the Elder Molis sat down with us not once, but twice to get a great nerd-versation.  There is a link to the video below, but first…

We have just placed the first Nerdforce Easter Egg here on the Nerdforce Website.

Find this treasure of treasures with the fellow who has sought therapy a nickle at a time.  Beware, what you find may leave you with a ringing tinnitus.


Nerdforce #24 – #NerdforceCon & Things

This week Nana and I discuss all the detail about our #NerdforceCon Fund-drive.  Be sure to check out the Nerdforce Page on the entire ordeal.  We walk through some of the toys in the #Dreamcrate and I gush about D&DF16.  There is a chance to participate and get involved, so let us know your thoughts.  If you have the perfect item for the #Dreamcrate, let’s make it happen.  All together, we have had a blast this year with the Nerdforce podcast and all the wonderful people involved.  It is fair to say that the community has been very gracious to our nerdiness.  Thank you.

GrabBag01 – Seriously! Click Here!

GrabBag02 – This One Too!

GrabBag03 – You can’t click those two and not this one!