Archive for the ‘Knowledge’ Category

Daily Gaza

January 6, 2009

Embedded video from CNN Video

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Unicef: Water kills | Ads of the World: Creative Advertising Archive & Community

January 6, 2009

Unicef: Water kills | Ads of the World: Creative Advertising Archive & Community.

The Size of Africa

January 2, 2009


Blue-Raid

January 1, 2009

So it is now apparent that the Blue-Ray format has “won the high deff battle” to become the next geration of home video player and disk. Blue-Ray may have won this battle, but it won a battle within a larger loosing war. Before you run out a drop a couple C-notes on a new Blue-Ray player and all new disks for your collection think first about the future.

Historically our video formats have evolved predictablly from one new hardware to the next. Bata Max (my personal favorite) to VHS, to DVD, to… Blue Ray? Perhaps not. Hardware is qickly becoming a thing of the past as i-tunes, i-pods, and i-whatever has hit the scene. Video rental companies such as Netflix and Blockbuster are now allowing users to download video files instantly (although never “instant”) to their computers/televisions.

The future of video may be much softer than in the past. Movie collections are moving to video files instead of disks on a shelf. Perhaps your next video purchase should be a download instead of a new Blue-Disk.

Kiva – What Is Kiva?

December 21, 2008

From Kiva.org:

We Let You Loan to the Working Poor

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva, our partners upload their entrepreneur profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them. When you do, not only do you get a unique experience connecting to a specific entrepreneur on the other side of the planet, but our microfinance partners can do more of what they do, more efficiently.

Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform. We are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle, and what effect it has on the people and institutions lending it, borrowing it, and managing it along the way. To do this, we are using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money.

Global Reality (Mastercard Style)

December 19, 2008

Amount spent each year in Europe and the United States on pet food: $17 billion

Cost per year to achieve basic health and nutrition for the entire world: $13 billion

Amount spent on perfumes each year: $12 billion

Clean water for all the world: $9 billion

Amount spent on cosmetics in the US: $8 billion

Basic education for the world’s children: $6 billion

Total amount the US spends on Christmas each year: $450 billion (or 16 years worth of food, water, and education for the world)

Initial cost of the US Government bailout of failing financial institutions: $700 billion (or 25 years worth of food, water, and education for the world)

Coming to grips with the alarming disconnects of our consumerist society: Priceless

The Art of Time

December 18, 2008

Time is the top scarce resource in the economy of life. It keeps marching on regardless of our actions. Do to this inescapable fact it is in our best interest to manage this resource well.

The things we spend most of our time on should be the things we deem most important. It is crucial that our time management reflects our personal priorities and that we live out these priorities each day.

1) Make a list of your personal priorities i.e. family, financial security, vocation, etc.
2) Keep a time log of what you do each day and match-up your activities with your priorities.
3) Become more effective at doing what it is you think you should be doing.

Next we’ll tackle space and matter. 🙂

YouTube – The Miniature Earth

December 10, 2008

YouTube – The Miniature Earth.

The USA and bottled water.

December 10, 2008

The Earth After Dark

December 8, 2008

This photo first taken by a NASA satellite is a collection of night photos taken from space that shows how the earth looks at night.  With this view it is immediately apparent that some regions are doing very well and are blanketed with the glow of city lights; while at the same time there are regions of the world that are literally on fire. Namely the African Sub-Sahara and South East Asia.

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