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."