Posts Tagged ‘Knowledge’

If the World Were a Village of 100 People

February 12, 2009

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific

51 would be male, 49 would be female

82 would be non-white; 18 white

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian

80 would live in substandard housing

67 would be unable to read

50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation

33 would be without access to a safe water supply

39 would lack access to improved sanitation

24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)

7 people would have access to the Internet

1 would have a college education

1 would have HIV

2 would be near birth; 1 near death

5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens

33 would be receiving –and attempting to live on– only 3% of the income of “the village”

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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.

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