2006.05.30

Tribe Wanted

03.57.39 - Mark

TribeWanted looks like an insanely neat project. I've talked before about how for the technology geek in me, I love cutting my connection to the net and heading out into the wilderness to recharge. I can't think of anything that twist those two passions better than an hybrid community that use the internet to tie itself together as it builds a sustainable physical presence on an island in Fiji. I would love to be among the first tribe members to hit the beach and build the beach huts.

Hummm...

Via Boing Boing
LA Times Article

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2006.05.15

Local "News"

14.40.42 - Mark

There's a reason Local news paper's are suffering in the technology age, and its not just blogs and citizen media:

Local News

It's the fact that stuff like this is showing up on the front page of smaller newspapers. This example is the bottom half of the Mount Airy News' front page for Saturday May 13th. We have 1) a standard end of the year/spring brawl at a local high school 2) Information about a teddy bear "festival" where some shop will be selling $100 + teddy bears and 3) a primer on the history and origins of the Teddy Bear - as ripped off a corporate site and rewritten by some PR person in charge of the festival.

Earlier in the week the same local paper reported on how our city schools are in the "Top ten". They're not quite sure what the top ten list is for, but we're on it (and we're going to dismiss the fact that we're one of the worst school districts in the state - you know, go with the flow.)

Like I said, its not just citizen media that's bringing about the death of local newspapers.

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2006.03.03

Freecycle

13.46.56 - Mark

I ment to post this yesterday, but I was too out of it to do much of anything yesterday afternoon. I'm on a couple of the local freecycle mailing lists. It's a neat idea, but like a lot of online activism things, its probably a lot better in major population centers. Reguardless, the local lists get a few hundred posts a month depending on any moderation or membership requirements.

Lots of the posts are bland, wanted or offers of bags of cloths and books and as pointless as coupons, and I could see how somepeople could get frustrated with the deluge of junk but occasioanlly some interesting items are posted. From scrap electronics to vehicles, to one "Wanted: The gift of life" (Stokes County NC Freecycle list)

I'm a 42 year old male with Diabetes and ( ESRD ) kidney failure. My kidneys haven't worked in over a year now & the surgeon tells me that I have about four years left. I need someone with type O blood to be tested as a possible match. If you don't know your blood type and are interested we can have it checked. There is no cost to you to be tested or to donate.

My father is past the age limit and brother had kidney stones,this is all the family I have but they can't help. A living donor is preferred over a cadaver because the success rate is much higer. PLEASE won't you give the gift of life?

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It's not exactly inline with freecycle, as it's not exactly trying to keep something out of a landfill, but it is building a community. I find it neat how groups are always finding new ways to apply technology to better their circumstances, and even if that (and a handful of other posts) don't mesh with the national movement, it is still creating a network of digital neighbors.

Of course there's also that fact that I find it hard to believe that someone could get angry over someone trying to extend their life, since at least one peson gave the list-admin some flack over approving the kidney post.

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