Today is our 6th birthday at charity: water.
To celebrate, we filmed this video on the ground in Rwanda to support our September Campaign: http://charitywater.org/september
Thank you for joining us! In 6 years we've been able to bring clean, safe drinking water to over 2 million people — all thanks to your support.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men′s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo′s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men′s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
Have you seen Tron? Well you should. It’s awesome. I am not saying it is great because of the acting abilities, screen play, or anything like that but I like it because it does a great job depicting our technology driven future. (If you dont care about technology then at least watch it for the amazing costumes and out of this world lighting effects). One of my favorite costume pieces in the movie is the Identity Disk. It is a disk worn on the back by all characters which houses a hard drive tracking the entire life of a user (i.e. the smart phone today). The only other information I can tell you is that the disk is the focal point of all the conflict in the movie. Muuahh go watch it! The idea of this disk inspired me to create my own interpretation (not a 3-D printer version) and here is how it all came together (see videos below):
In 2008, the US racked up a $2.3 trillion tab on healthcare. For perspective, that number represents 16% of the US total Gross Domestic Product! 16%! That equates to the US spending more than $7,681 per resident on health care costs, nearly 13% more than any other country in the world. Why is that? For starters nearly 70% of our country is still overweight and it is only getting worse. It is no surprise that diseases of the heart is the number one killer in America totaling to 28% of all deaths. We are a country that forgot about health and only thinks of convenience. And why not? Aside from the obvious issue of fast food, have you been to the grocery store lately? There are aisles and aisles of instant food ready in minutes. The other day I saw frozen, pre made, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I mean is it really that difficult to spread peanut butter and jelly on two pieces of bread? What have we become? More importantly what are we teaching America’s youth? It is downright shameful and we owe future generations more than debt and obesity.
In a world dominated by mobile it′s impossible not to be connected at all times. We seem to live off of those few minutes before a meeting starts to text, call, and consume away. We want more. We need more. But when do we have time? As a Los Angeles driver I could tell you time stands still during that 35 mile, 2 hour commute with nothing to listen to but the radio and your thoughts. Introduce the Connected Car. What will it connect to? You name it; mobile devices, the Internet, and eventually, the electric grid.
In this world of Facebook and Twitter, VCs seem to be in turmoil over investing into every new social application they find. No one wants to miss out on the next billion dollar idea. But what will that idea be? Will it be social? Is there even room for another social medium? More importantly would it even matter? It’s great that I can scan a product barcode from my phone, share the product with my friends, and then possibly buy it with Facebook credits. I am certainly not saying that this achievement should not be respected but there are bigger problems at stake.
Finally. You have survived 2 years without breaking your phone and it’s upgrade time. You have earned it. So what are you going to do? Do you simply upgrade to the new iPhone or should you consider a switch? Fortunately for me, I was able to take a test drive of two phones. After much internal debate I narrowed my already limited At&t selection down to the Samsung Captivate and iPhone 4. The following is my review: