Saturday, January 30, 2010

Haiti

Similar to many other people, I've been following the events in Haiti over the past two weeks and had the desire to do something to help. As a student, with plenty of time on my hands but little cash to give, my first thought was to "go and help." As I started looking at what exactly that might entail, I discovered that flying there, now or in six months, is probably one of the worst things that I could do. In this excellent post from "Good Intentions Are Not Enough" the big reasons for staying away are touched on.

Convinced that I'm better off staying here, I'm still left wanting to contribute - and I mean doing more than simply hitting "donate" on itunes (which you should still do if you haven't yet). While I haven't found something to sink my teeth into, there are a few projects I wanted to share for those of you with language skills or technical skills:

All of these provide ways to help, without leaving home. I'm sure there are many other options. I would encourage you to think about your skills, how they can be applied in this situation, and then try to put them to good use. While it may seem like it's on the other side of the world, you can reach out from wherever you are.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

UK OnDemand Websites

I've been missing Hulu.com ever since I left the US. Finally found a decent set of alternatives - although some sort of aggregation would be a plus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od
http://demand.five.tv/WatchNow.aspx
http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/
http://www.adultswim.co.uk/video/
http://www.mtv.co.uk/videos

These probably all just work in the UK, but if you're floating on this island not a bad set of choices...