Happy Birthday Youtube!

Recently Youtube turned eight years old. In case you struggle to grasp the site’s impact on our lives, this piece may offer some much-needed perspective.

Holiday Tweeting

I just tried to get on Twitter.  All I found was this…

Apparently the world has traded the twinkling star of Bethlehem for the twittering syllables of birdies.

I suppose I should take the whale as a sign to log out and get back to Christmas a tad less “plugged in”.

Google VS China

Consider THIS a battle of heavyweights, I suppose.

If you’re any bit interested in discussions of censorship, this is an intriguing story.

The End

If you ever suspected that the internet might be some sort of big joke gone wrong, here’s all the proof you need.

PS: Oddly enough, as soon as I posted that, I reached a second “end”.  A parallel universe or something, I suppose.

PPS: Or maybe one more.

Loaning Cash and Winning Rice

I just loaned out some money to a lady in Cameroon and some more to a guy in Cambodia.

Many of you are already aware of this site (www.kiva.org), but if you’re not, you’re officially overdue to get informed.  Their little standard invitation email that you can send to friends goes like this…

I wanted to let you know about Kiva (www.kiva.org), a non-profit that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur in the developing world.

You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq – and as they repay their loan, you get your money back.  It�s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty.

So now you know.

A friend put me on to another site as well.

Two nights ago, with barely sleeping baby on my shoulder, I earned over 1000 grains of rice, 10 grains at a time, for people in developing nations by answering trivia questions about our world.  So go forth, be smart, and feed people… www.freerice.com.  And explore the site some too.  On it is some intriguing information.  For example, did you know that my very own Canadian government has thus far declined to follow the lead of several European nations to give at 0.7% of its annual wealth to the developing nations.  Trust the Scandinavian countries to leave us in their nordic dust.

If you care to send a “spurring” letter to our own government, they are waiting to be found and sent right from the site.

That’s it.  Over and out.