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14 Apr 2008

Pangea Day

Prompted by an email from TED, I watched three videos on YouTube this evening – of residents of one country singing the anthems of another country. It’s an awesome idea, and the different approaches really add to it.

These short clips are inspired from an event that’s happening on the 10th of May, Pangea Day. I’d read mentions of it before (probably in TED emails, again), but I only had a browse of the site tonight, and I’m loving the idea:

"Pangea Day is a global event bringing the world together through film.

Why? In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film."

It sounds simple, but I think things like this are really effective. I’m only disappointed that I won’t be home in Melbourne that day – as there’s screenings at Federation Square and Cinema Nova. Nothing so public for Sydney that I’ve found so far…

(Your regular ruby-focused programming will return later in the week.)

Update: Just found a fourth video – Australia for Lebanon!

15 Dec 2007

The Home Planet

Earth-rise

“From space I saw Earth – indescribably beautiful with the scars of national boundaries gone.”

Muhammad Ahmed Faris, Syria

12 Nov 2007

Link: Patrick Moberg | Blog entry "TED: Our cell phones, ourselves"

02 Nov 2007

Link: In cold blood - In Depth - theage.com.au

"We must speak out against capital punishment in all forms, in all places, unconditionally."

26 Oct 2007

Link: MicroPlace, an eBay Company: Make an investment, help relieve global poverty.

"Your investment dollars are used to provide loans to the working poor."

15 Apr 2007

Link: Shift Happens

Some of the stats aren't particularly new, but overall it's an interesting little presentation.

02 Jun 2005

Link: Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth

"This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore."

20 Apr 2005

Link: JON CARROLL

Unitarian Jihad: "Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere!"

29 Nov 2004

Link: John Quiggin: The end of hyperpower

Short post considering that the USA is no longer a true super power

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