The Port-au-Prince Earthquake

(ReliefWeb)

The capital of Haiti has been struck with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that the Haitian government is estimating has taken the lives of 200,000 people. This tragic loss of life in the wake of horrific devastation has gripped my heart, and the hearts of many others, as the horrible images and stories pour out of Haiti.

International humanitarian aid efforts have been working around the clock since the beginning of the disaster and there always remains a need for private donations to help get aid out faster to suffering Haitians.

Google has donated $1 million to relief efforts and have a donation page where you easily donate to a charity of your choosing with a Google account.

Save The Children and World Vision are both accepting donations that will directly effect the people of Haiti.

Mobile customers can text from their mobile device the word “HAITI” to the number “90999” to make a $10 donation the Red Cross, as described in this press release:

According to AT&T officials, wireless customers of the company can send $10 donations to the Red Cross International Relief Fund by sending a text message from their mobile device. Standard text messaging rates may apply. The company officials said that a customer has to simply type the word HAITI and send it to 90999. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes, to which the customer replies “yes” to finalize the donation. 100 percent of all money donated will be passed on to the Red Cross, the company officials said.

(I am not certain if this works on all mobile networks, but apparently it does.)

Micro-blogging and Net-Culture

aaaThe Good Times (a free Santa Cruz weekly) just ran a cover piece on Twitter and general disgust at this idea of micro-blogging.

The phenomena is growing so fast that 2009 may come to be known not as the year America swore in its first black president or nationalized its banks, but the year America learned to think and communicate in 140 characters or fewer.
What was once just a colorful special-needs classroom on the Internet is starting to look like a steel spike aimed at the heart of what remains of our ability to construct and process complete grammatical sentences and thoughts.
– Alexander Zaitchik

While I agree the limiting communication down to one-hundred and forty characters is not beneficial to good human communications, I believe many simply fail to understand that Twitter has the ‘TINYURL’ feature to solve this exact problem.

I can write a lengthy weblog of much deliberations and manifestations … then I might Tweet of this link to the Tweeters that Follow this Twitter user.

And suppose someone is quite pleased with this confine of characters. Then they need never open a full-blown weblog, and be satisfied with micro-blogging to their heart’s content.

All else sounds like a natural side-effect of the impounding growth of Net-Culture.

Net-Snobbery.

I am also mildly offended that Zaitchik seems to not ever become familiar with the Terms of Service and Site Policies of the very topic of his article. It may not be so but it appears he simply didn’t do his homework.

Eric Lightborn
http://ericlightborn.blogspot.com
April 30th 2009

My Net-Insanity Has Reached an Apex (Internet Security)

I am the Internet Security Nihilist!

This is the “feel free to rip-me-off” attitude, only as far as all this net-chatter & net-postings goes anyway.

I have officially become a Twitter-geek.

I have, or will, join any social network they create.

(Look daddy! Every time a bell rings, a social network gets it‘s wings!)

I have been doing this for a lot longer than you might think for a twenty-six year old. The internet-geek itself thing, I mean.

Now all my multiple profiles, and some blogs with little Twitter Update windows, are integrated. I can text message randomness “on-the-go” into my cell phone and everyone can see it. (Until they tear it off their profile settings. Nobody mystified ever ASKS THE WIZARD HOW TO DO IT anyway, so…)

Furthermore, anything I do on Twitter is re-posted into Facebook instantly & thanks to these wild little things running about called Apps that I know of at least one person who is doing fine right now, thanks entirely to.

My cycle of internet-madness is now complete., more or less.

Why do this?

Am I so trendy that just because something is catching on that I must go immediately partake?

I make no personal apologizes about being ’trendy’ and constantly in on the latest ’fad,’ but that’s not why I am doing the Twitter. I see the internet as having two functions and most everything else is just dressing on the side. (Images, Videos, etc.)

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Connectivity and Useful Information.

CONNECTIVITY: While communication itself is something far beyond the limits of 150 text characters, the essence of all primal communication comes down to one simply concept.

Saying: “I’m here! I’m existing, right now!”

The “What Are You Doing? / Status Update” phenomena may baffle some, but I remain a fan.

I remind fellow bloggers you can widen your audience significantly by using these features in any free social networking settling. (Copy and paste, copy and paste!)

Read My Blog! This is Not a Commercial! Read My Weblog Today! No ads! Non-profit American citizen blogging made for you!

If you can “text-speak” you fit almost anything into 150. Leading out to your real thoughts in weblog format.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Reviewing my ever-growing links list on this blog is one way to find what I call useful information. Reading almost any blog posting I do most likely has some form of useful information, as far I see it.

I always enable and post non-spam comments.

I am willing to review almost any information laid before me and try the use the motto of ‘source me’ as a standard. I stay off right-wing sites but am not against their existence.

However, I will say that at least one of them engaged in illegal activity over the past presidential campaign of America and faced no legal repercussions.

This is not my job.

A watch-dog watches his post nothing more. So let’s hear it is my response to any conservative or libertarian. Give me your useful information and I’ll give you mine.

To those who stand only to hear their own opinions echoed back at them I warn you that might have deal with someone with an independent mind in the comment section. Sometimes perhaps “independence” is not what is going on, but let’s hear it anyway.

My useful information is this: Research the Web-lingo “Pic Collectors” and run a keyword search on “Facial Recognition Software.”

Ever driven by a stop light at most any major intersection of America? You’re on candid camera!!