Category Archives: World

London Bomb Blasts on Flickr

My heart-felt sympathies to the victims of today’s bombings in London. It’s a terrible thing.
Here are some of the links for photo coverage via Flickr:
London Bomb Blasts
http://www.flickr.com/groups/bomb/
Hearts for London
http://www.flickr.com/groups/heartsforlondon/
tag queries:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/blast/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/bomb/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/bombing/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/bombings/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/terrorist/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/terrorists/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/7july/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/july7/

Culture Maps

"Culture Maps are brief sketches of the customs of various countries related to their business practices and social interaction. Each includes cross cultural comparisons on Hofstede’s dimensions of power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism, masculinity, and language contextualism. They are not intended to be inclusive stereotypes, rather they are intended to help the student of international [...]

Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz, the number two person at the Pentagon, has been nominated by the United States to be the new president of the World Bank.
In an interview Friday with Reuters, Wolfowitz said, “I am not going to impose the U.S. agenda on the bank.“
How can this be? If it is true, why would President [...]

Volunteer Registration in South Australia

Remember that the best way to help is to donate funds to organizations with relief efforts in the affected area, but news.com.au reports that World Vision Australia is asking for South Australian volunteers to help in relief efforts in Southeast Asia:
Appeal for disaster relief volunteers
December 30, 2004
A VOLUNTEER register is being set up for South [...]

How Do I Volunteer as an International Relief Worker in Southeast Asia?

On my previous post about Quake/Tsunami Relief and Resources, Greg, Erin and Gail ask how they might go to Southeast Asia themselves for a few months as volunteer relief workers.

I sympathize. I know how frustrating it is to be living a normal life here while others need help there, wondering how best to help.

In [...]

Hands around the world

A Flickr group, Hands to S.E. Asia, is posting images of their hands as a gesture of support and positive energy.

They have a topic with links to sites accepting donations.

Quake/Tsunami Relief and Resources

UPDATE: Also see How Do I Volunteer as an International Relief Worker in Southeast Asia?
Via Jon Lebkowsky:

Volunteers have set up a The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami blog to gather and coordinate information about resources, aid, donations, and volunteer efforts in response to the devastation in Southeast Asia.

My sympathies to all affected.

Turning Japanese

Looks like a great place for English speakers to shop for denshi jisho (electronic Japanese-English dictionaries): The Japan Shop.
My friend Gen points out a good shopping guide, Mark’s Japanese-English-Japanese Electronic Dictionaries (denshi jisho).

The Power of Nightmares

I recommend finding and watching a 3-part BBC documentary by Adam Curtis
called “The Power of Nightmares.” It was recommended to me by Euan
Semple.
The basic premise is that the war on terror is a phantom willed into existence
by the neoconservatives and Islamists. Curtis tells the story over a period of
about four decades, covering the [...]

SpaceShipOne wins X Prize!

Congratulations to Rutan, Melvill, Binnie, and everybody else involved!
I’ve been waiting for this since 1996, when the competition was first
announced. Or since the mid-70’s, when my best friend and I used to
dream about being astronauts.
And it’s Burt Rutan that wins! Rutan has always done amazing stuff –
I’m really happy for him.