Saturday, April 27, 2013

no time for whine

Friday, April 26, 2013

grounds for caffeination

everything is free now

Article 19, an international human rights organization, has embraced this occasion to launch their “Right to Share” manifesto.

They place the “free flow of information” as a higher priority in the digital age than a creators right to maintain artificial scarcity and require a for-sale price.

Now INTEL, through their McAfee Software subsidiary, has patented technology to surveille online and combat this very principle.

This ain’t over by a long shot.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

challenge accepted

So says GlobalResearch, a think tank for these issues.

Years ago a Hollywood producer leased a C-130 transport loaded with bottled water and flew it into Africa on a philanthropic mission. 
The local Army surrounded the plane, took the water and the people never saw a drop. Corruption is as much an impediment as any other influence. How to get water to the people?

Bit Torrent is an internet protocol used to transfer the bits and bytes of a digital file in a decentralized manner.
Unlike NAPSTER which had a centralized hub and thus, could be surrounded and shut down,

Bit Torrent links every computer running its technology on the internet and grabs a few bits here and a few bytes there, assembling the file in little pieces on the fly in a way it cannot be surrounded or stopped. 

It’s used to pirate music and movies and has thwarted digital industry for years.
But it is also inspiration to help solve this water problem.
Imagine if every bottled water company built a little distribution kiosk at every boarding gate to Africa, at every airport in the world.

And imagine if every landing gate at African airports also had a water kiosk counterpart.

Passengers with an African destination leaving from anywhere in the world could be offered a free two-pack. If you promise to drop one unopened bottle in the kiosk on arrival you can drink the other on the way.
Think of it.
Bottled water would flood into Africa from every city on the planet, every flight, every minute, decentralized, overwhelming and unstoppable.
The water companies would gain a priceless name recognition in a huge untapped market and with our eternal thanks. 
And within months the water problem would be solved.

Screw Nestlé.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

from see to shining see

The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970

with windmill, Boogie down style

The Moulin Rouge in Paris launched in 1889, just three years after our ClockTower.


600,000 annual visitors consume almost a quarter of a million bottles of good champagne each year, making it the #1 “dinner and a show” venue in the world.

Not to be outdone, our Bronx has its own version.

It’s right up the hill from Yankee Stadium. 
It’s a cuchifrito shop.

With fewer visitors.

Spanish signage.

And no champagne.

Just the windmill.

Ah well. ;-)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

don't miss your turn