@joseharriaga

“Like us on Facebook, and we will vaccinate ZERO children against polio.” The problem with online activism is that most of it falls short of being anything more than good intentions. In this day and age, the Facebook like is probably the most ubiquitous example. On April 2013, UNICEF Sweden released three commercials that urge viewers to support humanitarian aid not through posts or shares on social media, but through actual monetary donations. This one probably has the boldest message.

Here’s a short video depicting a chain reaction of human kindness, where small individual acts ripple endlessly to amount for big changes. I really liked it; I thought you might like it too.

The video is actually a compilation of several video clips filmed through the years, stuck together in perfect order to create a heartwarming sequence that is capable of lubricating your eyes with tears. The compilation was apparently inspired by the beautiful song that plays through it: Give a Little Love by Noah and the Whale.

Well, if you are; What you love,
And you do; What you love,
I will always be the sun and moon to you,
And if you share; With your heart,
Yeah, you give; With your heart,
What you share with the world is what it keeps of you.

Human kindness is complex. Even though, it is often defined as an attribute associated with single individuals, in reality it works more like a system. Actually, what would we discover if we mathematized human kindness? Is it possible for us to model it as a dynamical system relatively sensitive to initial conditions, and then go ahead and apply chaos theory to it?

Unexpected, spontaneous, powerful, stochastic, entropic, individualistic, systematic; human kindness is quite complex.

Blueprints is a beautiful Tumblr client with an attractive look & feel that matches perfectly with your Windows Phone. We’ve put great attention to its design and we really think you’ll like it.

Just log in with your Tumblr account and we’ll sync your phone with it right away so that you can view your dashboard, manage your posts and see what’s new with your favorite blogs.

Blueprints includes dozens and dozens of features. With this app you can:

  • Share texts, photos, quotes, links, conversations, videos and audio.
  • Like and unlike posts as well as reblog them.
  • Play audio posts and videos.
  • Save photos to your phone.
  • Share links in your connected social networks.
  • Search for songs in the Zune Marketplace.
  • Save drafts or add posts to your queue.
  • Post to multiple blogs related to the same account.
  • Pin your favorite blogs to your start screen.
  • Send your posts to Twitter.
  • Find the blogs you’re following.
  • Keep a look on the posts you’ve liked.

Feel free to check it out, play with it a little bit and let us know your thoughts. We think you’ll really like it. :-)

Tell me what you carry in your bag and I will tell you who you are.

That’s how I’d describe Jason Travis’s “Persona” series, a project that began in November 2007 with the mission of capturing a portion of Atlanta’s residents’ lives in terms of what each individual considers essential enough to carry around with them onto their everyday. Hit the source link below to take a look at the online set which as of February 2012 contains over 300 shots. You’d be surprised to realize how much a person’s bag, backpack and pockets tell about him or her.

Actually, it’s quite interesting if you extrapolate the project to include yourself in it. Have you recently taken a look at the things you carry around routinely? Since they are so ordinary to you, it’s possible that you have never thought about how these things define you, your personality, your dreams, your goals, your personal relationships, your emotions and basically the most fundamental things about you as a person. It’s plausible to say that one’s bag is some kind of self-biography or even a personal character sheet.

By the way, if you’re friends with me on Facebook, feel free to take a look at my timeline to find an amateurish single-shot rendition of the “Persona” project done by me (the date is February 19th, 2012).

One of the most serious problems about growing up in today’s society is that most people usually forget that they’re not only allowed, but also invited and encouraged to paint on the walls.


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SOURCES:
[1] “Kids Turn White Room into Explosion of Color”, originally posted in Twisted Sifter by Sifter. <http://twistedsifter.com/2012/01/kids-turn-white-room-into-explosion-of-color>

Death by Spam (or Why you should be careful when dealing with the Internet Community)

The power of the Internet is certainly a force to be reckoned with. This was made clear on December 18th of 2011 when, in a matter of three mere hours, the instant-coffee brand, Nescafé, passed from being…

Well…

An instant-coffee brand… to a well-renowned international public enemy and direct target of frantic spam attacks from the masses all over the world.

It all started when 9GAG user, Janos Szolnoki, created a post on this website where he asked for 3,000 “likes” from the community to help him win a contest hosted by Nescafé in Hungary. According to him, his intention was to get some money for his handicapped little brother out of the winning prize [1]. Interestingly enough, only three days after the post was submitted, it already amounted to over 46,000 “likes” (almost 10,000 “likes” more than the Hungarian Facebook page of Nescafé itself).

Now, this is surprising on its own. Even though the Internet is full of pricks and ingrates, few will beg to differ against the following statement: when this virtual society considers something to be unanimously rightful, the support it will provide can be so powerful it is hard to think of any other way of getting such a strong backup.

But don’t stop reading just yet; it gets even better.

After this huge response, Janos created a second post on 9GAG where he explained the current state of the situation. Describing it as a result of “unknown reasons”, Janos was apparently called a cheater and banned from the contest [2]. And here is where **** gets real. Only *three hours* after posting this second note, dozens of meme-style jokes criticizing the actions taken by Nescafé started to populate the trending pages of 9GAG. At the same time, the Hungarian Facebook page of Nescafé had almost *over six hundred posts* (and rising) condemning the brand [3]. Now, that’s firepower!
                  
For the sake of the argument, here are some representative posts on 9GAG about this matter:

Moral of the story: if you’re going to mess with the Internet, make sure the Internet community is on your side, because, no matter how strong your own army is, this other army is probably multiple times bigger and louder.


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SOURCES:
[1] Original post by Janos Szolnoki requesting support from the 9GAG community to win a contest hosted by Nescafé in Hungary. <http://9gag.com/gag/1051337>
[2] Second post by Janos Szolnoki explaining he was banned from the contest. <http://9gag.com/gag/1131696>
[3] The Hungarian Facebook page of Nescafé. <https://www.facebook.com/NESCAFEHungary?sk=wall>