December 27, 2009 : 7:29 PM
Many Ways to Give
For some reason when I'm on Holidays (or vacation as they say in America) I always feel the urge to donate money. I'll struggle for a week on which TV to buy, looking at features, deals, discounts all in the effort to save a few hundred but then see an ad for Fred Hollows foundation and feel this insatiable urge to donate $1,000. I also had this funny notion that someone there would see my donation and call me personally to thank me for the donation. But alas I got a generic printed letter as if I donated $20 and a bunch of junk mail (a pet peeve).
After seeing this video from Mother where they donated $10,000 USD as cash in a briefcase it got me thinking. It's not the amount that matters it's the gesture. Sure donating $10,000 via an online transaction is nice, but dropping that wad in cash to an actual person, video taping it and putting that video online gives you much more bang for buck.
In fact a briefcase of cash is the best way to pay for anything. I realise now that putting the deposit on my unit would have been much more dramatic (read: awesome) had I filled a briefcase with $60,000 and marched into the bank. I also missed an great photo opportunity.
Seriously though I have a point, so back to my main point.
Donating money to a charity is easy to do if you associate the donation with something tangible. $500 seems like a lot of money but if you say "Well that's just one months Adsense revenue" it has more meaning.
Here's a few ways to easily donate some money to charity without really feeling the pinch.
In fact any revenue you make from your site you can donate. For Bannerblog I donate 25% of it. This ends up being a sizeable chunk of my yearly contributions.
Client Gift = Donation
No Friday Drinks
% of ????
No Coffee Wednesdays
The Coin Jar
Provide Links to Charities
And remember don't donate in little pieces save it up so you can do one big grand gesture like the briefcase full of money.... no just kidding, give regularly. You'll feel much better.
Posted at December 27, 2009 : 7:29 PM
June 30, 2007 : 1:56 PM
Incandescent light bulbs to be banned
I didn't hear about this back in Feb but it seems Australia will ban standard lightbulbs in 2009. See an article on it here.
By forcing people to buy the more effecient compact fluorescent bulbs we'll save a huge amount of C02 and most people want have to do anything.. This is great news and I hope other countries follow. We may not have signed the Kyoto agreement but at least this helps.
Posted at June 30, 2007 : 1:56 PM
July 28, 2002 : 2:11 PM
Virus emails are annoying, but if you operate on a MAC then most are harmless to you. I just enjoy opening up the random attachments. I've received porn, things to do lists, letters talking about breakups and resumes. It's kinda like getting wrongly addressed mail to your house and you read it.
Microsoft should make it impoosible for virus's to fake the email sender and also access the address book. Or i guess the general public just have to be a little more aware and never open up .exe files from random people.
Or everyone could switch to MAC :)
Posted at July 28, 2002 : 2:11 PM