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This blog is in hibernation. Part of the reason is I don’t have time to take a lot of pictures these days. Until it wakes up, you can check my twitter which is frequently updated: http://twitter.com/#!/DavidYSee

Have you ever wondered, while reading through the latest furniture catalog, what it would be like if the scenes depicted were from a real household? Then wonder no more. Catalog Living is a hilarious peek into the picture perfect world of furniture catalogs, a world riddled with underlying drama and intense mystery.
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“Gary hung the chandelier for me as a surprise. Why heavens no, I’ve never raised my head enough to see what it’s hanging from. Let’s just enjoy our limes under glass.” (via Elin Hand)

For the coffee lovers: 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee (via)

My friend Kris, about to finish his M.S in Information Technology recently told me about the Programmed Data Processor (PDP-1). It was among other things, the first computer one could ever play a game on. Here is a quote from the instruction manual released with the computer in 1960. It describes the groundbreaking but luckily not groundbreaking (in the other sense) computer:

Line 3, “INTRODUCTION”:
“Conventional 110-volt power is used, neither air conditioning nor floor reinforcement is necessary, and preventive maintenance is provided for by built-in marginal checking circuits.”

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Poor people in the third world have countless struggles. Among them is the lack of access to loans. That is, money from loan sharks that charge up to 60% a month in interest is readily available. This prevents millions of poor farmers and entrepreneurs from being able to help them selves out of poverty. There is a great way to solve this problem though and it’s called microcredit. In short, kind people, as opposed to loan sharks, give loans to poor people who pay back when they can. Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus pioneered this, but here comes the news, you can do it too! In case you were wondering, this is not a way for you to earn money. It’s a way to lend them out.

But why not donate instead of lending out? Well, there are times for both. Donations save lives and are essential for aiding victims of natural disasters, drought, war and, well you get the picture. The idea of microcrediting though, is to enable the poor to help them selves. It is development from the grassroots and upwards, not the other way.

At kiva.org you can lend out your money to help people all over the world, I recommend you check it out! Today I was given an opportunity to help people in the Preak Treing village in Cambodia finance a little grocery store. That’s 25 well spent (or maybe lent) dollars.

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