Tuesday, January 20, 2015

OT: Rucksack Appeal: A UK chairty

For my readers in the UK, I thought I'd feature this charity for the homeless, located in the UK, that I thought was pretty interesting. (And there's no reason why my US readers can't help out as well if you feel so inclined.

The Rucksack Appeal is a charity whose goal is to collect rucksacks (or backpacks, as we say in the States), fill them full of necessities, and give them to the homeless.

Their URL is http://www.aokrucksackappeal.org.uk/.

They've been working for a couple of years now to help the homeless in the UK, and are putting together a variety of charitable events to help raise funds to fill rucksacks, such as holding a poetry competition, an art exhibit that sounds pretty interesting - it will focus on all aspects of homelessness and be held in St Stephens church Bournemouth at the beginning of July.(See their website for more details).

The Kaiser Chiefs, an Indie Rock band, are also going to help them out on the night of Feb 10, 2015. (Remember the English put their day before the month). They'll be asking for donations outside the the concert at the BIC.

So, if you're Anglophiles, or if you're in England, check out the Rucksack Appeal and help them (and help out the homeless) if you can.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ever wanted to improve your posture?

Think about a smart back brace.

An inventor is crowdfunding to get the funds to manufacturer his smart back brace.

Here's his campaign video:

If you're not familiar with crowdfunding, it's a business and entrepreneur funding model, where average people like you and I make pledges on sites such as Kickistarter.com, IndieGoGo.com, etc and in return - if the product is fully funded, we receive rewards, such as a back brace at a special price.

If the product isn't fully funded, then the money we pledged is returned.

So, check out the campaign webpage and see what you think of it.

Check out the link to his video, so you can see what it's all about:


Thursday, January 1, 2015

1 January 2015, Thursday: Happy New Year

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to get back to posting in this blog on a daily basis.

I only hope that through the next few months the morons who are proving to the police that they are the mindless thugs that the police think they are, will get a grip and turn over a new leaf.

And of course I hope the people suffering under ISIS et al get a reprieve and someone civilized can take over in that part of the world.

Today is the Rose Bowl... I can remember decades ago when all the main bowls took place on the same day... now we've had weeks and weeks of crappy bowls from crappy teams... kind of dilutes the status of the name "bowl."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Getting ready for the new year

Haven't posted in here since Dec 14 ...

New Year's goal is to get back to posting in this blog every day... regardless of how really depressing the news is....

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Arrogance goes before a fall...

I've never liked the little homily, "Pride goeth before a fall." There's nothing wrong with being proud of yourself and the work you do.

Being arrogant about it - that's something else again.

So when Johnny Manziel started his first game today, I was expecting him to be crushed, and he was. No Tebow magic from Manziel - he couldn't do anything right.

And the fact that everyone who sacked him or intercepted him did his little "Money" move - just the icing on the cake.

I wasn't able to watch most of the game, unfortunately - company came over and I had to play scrabble.... but I *think* I heard the announcers say that Manziel was going to be starting for the rest of the year....

So I'll get a chance to see him next week and expect to enjoy it.

I don't think the guy is as bad as Ryan Leaf - at least I hope he's not that bad (in that he'll do drugs etc and end up in jail), but I don't think he's going to last long as a football player.

It's such a pity that the Jets didn't give Tebow a chance - or that Tebow refused to turn himself into a wide receiver or something...but that ship has long since sailed, anyway....

Saturday, December 6, 2014

If they'd just be constructive instead of destructive...things might change

I found an article at the Politico form August 15, 2014, entitled What I Did After Police Killed My Son. It was written by a white, Retired Air Force lieutenant Colonel.

10 years ago, in Wisconsin, his son - white- was apparently slightly intoxicated,  had his hands handcuffed behind his back, but was shot in the head by a Latino police officer. Within 2 days the investigation was over and the officer cleared - because in Wisconsin, it's the police who review these things apparently, not a civilian review board.

Did the white residents of this Wisconsin city riot and destroy their town?  No. Mr. Bell filed a wrongful lawsuit and won - albeit after many years. He also started a foundation to get Civilian Review Boards to investigate when police officers kill someone, rather than the police - at that law was recently passed in Wisconsin.

And so, okay, it took 10 years.

But now we've got this ridiculousness in Ferguson, Missouri. The black populace didn't get the verdict they wanted.  Instead of immediately banding together and filing a wrongful death lawsuit, and contacting Michael Bell and saying, "Hey, how can we get such a law passed here in Missouri?" a group of folks destroy their town. (And apparently, if another article in the Politico is to be believed, the cops protected the "well-off" i.e. white neighborhoods, and left the black section to the rioters and looters, who of course destroyed it all.

And what has all this rioting and looting accomplished?  Nothing but destroying the businesses and employment of a lot of people, and confirming to a certain segment of the population that their prejudices about the black population were and are right.

One good thing will come of this - and not before time - mandatory uniform cameras on all police officers. This is actually a great idea and it's a pity it wasn't introduced 10-20 years ago. Hopefully the camera films the action by remote and it goes to a place where the recording can't be tampered with... and then the conduct of the police officer and the individual being arrested/detained/whatever will be available for all to see.

(Having said that, the officers in New York who tried to arrest the poor guy selling "onesies" (one cigarette rather than a whole pack) were filmed - and yet people who view what happened still can't decide who was in the right and who was in the wrong... I guess it all depends on what you want to believe...)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Micro-investors - 6 days left to help Russian-Israeli-Brooklyn singer produce her first CD!

Sasha Daniel is a professional singer, the daughter of professional musicians who immigrated from Russia to Israel to the United States.


There's 6 days left on her crowdfunding campaign to produce her first album and she's a little over halfway there.

Let's push her over the top.

But first... how will you know if you like her music?  Easy, take a listen to her videos below.

If you like what you hear, why not go over to her campaign page and pledge a few dollars to get her CD when it's released.