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Would we act differently in the past than we act now?

Cover of "Cry Freedom"

Cover of Cry Freedom

I have been watching a classic movie today called “Cry Freedom” and also a documentary on “Robert E. Lee“. Sometimes I think to myself “I would never have acted in the way they did in South Africa in the last part of 20th century.” Then I stop and think how often I went with the “common wisdom” and it seems far more likely that I would have.

For example, I bought a home when it was “stupid not to buy a home in rising home values.” I am a single guy and didn’t need it, it was just about the same as the rent of my apartment. Rather than buy it, I should have continued to live in a way that was more modest and in line with my values. See that is the thing. It is so easy to be carried away with the crowd. Perhaps the hardest thing is to have an open mind balancing integrity with flexibility. It is hard to know when your ideas are best for your life, and when others ideas should be consulted.

I think in the past I often did what was unpopular and unusual. I didn’t face the wrath of the police or government which might have changed things. In the face of societal pressure we have to hold onto the things that make us human. I don’t think anyone has the right to say we would act differently in the past if we don’t also act differently in the present. Apple said in its advertising once “Think differently.” Do we have the courage to think in the thoughts and act in the steps of greatest minds in culture?

Listen I know that things are tough. I see each day people struggling to survive. The divisions that threaten to divide us are greater now than they ever have been. The people who hold the debt hold it and use it as a weapon against those who are less fortunate. It seems that the rich hate the poor. It seems that the political parties favor special interests than their own constituents. It seems that problems multiply faster than the time/money it takes to solves them. However each age faces challenges, and we are also uniquely equipped to handle them.

Hang in their folks! Every cloud has a silver lining.

“An iPod for Development”: Lifeplayer (via )

This is wonderful what it does. It makes me want one. For $80 what a steal!

"An iPod for Development": Lifeplayer This is so cool and I think I want one. South Africa based Lifeline Energy announced the launch of the Lifeplayer. You might want to consider trading in your iPod. The Lifeplayer seemingly does it all: It’s a cellphone, a radio, Mp3 and internet enabled-device all in one. Power comes from the sun, with a secondary energy source in the form of a hand-cran … Read More


Exotic box photo

Originally uploaded by B . N

Nice use of materials.

Why Service People Suck (via The Complainant)

I would argue that this person wasn’t really a technical person, but there is a time where you have to give up on old systems. Time is money as well.

Why Service People Suck Aw, I’m sorry we can’t fix your beloved but disgustingly outdated gadget; here, why don’t you buy this shiny new one at twice the price but half the capacity instead? This is a complaint from December last year, but I was reminded of it last Wednesday morning when I – well, you shall see, if you read on – and was irritated all over again. When I was in Matric (final year of high school for all you non-South Africans reading this), my very best fr … Read More

via The Complainant

How to get a Mac Girl • David Hoang

How to get a Mac Girl • David Hoang.  Clever.

6 Reasons to avoid Free Web Hosting

6 Reasons to avoid Free Web Hosting.  I have had some people use free web hosting and were happy with it.  Its hard to build traffic however, and show your professionalism long term.

Want to help kids in Africa?

out of Africa

Image by josef.stuefer via Flickr

Donate to 10 iMacs Are Now Part of Project Macfrica! They still need to cover some shipping and other costs.  Worthwhile goal.