Archive for May, 2012
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Some of the most fun gifts to give aren’t the sentimental ones, but the gag gifts for that special someone in your life you just love to prank. Whether it’s A Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday or just-because occasion, we’ve put together a list of some great gag gift ideas from around the web just for you:
- Prank the Monkey – This gift idea is the perfect choice for someone you know who enjoys playing gags on others too. It’s an entire book of prank ideas and how to set them up. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- PC Prankster – We just love this plug-and-play (or should we say plug-and-prank?) gag gift. Just insert it into your friend’s computer and watch the madness that ensues. As a consolation for his troubles, of course, you can actually give him the Prankster for use on someone else.
- Annoyatron – Wish we’d thought of this one! If you’re going to use it at work, we recommend choosing a victim who works in another department, out of hearing range. After “serious” consideration, we’ve decided that a good location would be your friend’s carry-on bag.
- Dr. Fart – Liven up those interminable waits in the customer waiting room at your service center, or at the doctor’s office. Explain to other patients that you’re here for a colonoscopy if you’re sitting in the doctor’s office, and if you’re waiting in the service room tell the other car owners that you came in for a new muffler.
- Mooning Gnome – Spring is here, and friends are tending to their gardens and landscaping chores in earnest. What could be a more friendly gesture than to bring along one of these fine additions to your friend’s backyard paradise? We’re sure she’ll love you for it.
- Pig Snout Mug – There’s just something about the subterfuge and subliminal message of giving this gift to someone that we just love. On the surface, it looks like a thoughtful enough gift… that is, until they use it. Who looks at the bottom of a coffee mug, right?
- Fake Lottery Tickets – We have to admit, these are rather cruel. So you’ll probably want to double up on your order. Of course you’ve got people already in mind for one of these, like that server at the restaurant who kept you waiting for ten minutes while she gabbed with her friends at another table.
- Tattoo Sleeve – Wear them to a board meeting with your sleeves rolled up. Let your teen wear them to breakfast, and show them off to Mom. There’s no shortage of scenarios for these, so you’re sure to find the right recipient or setting to have some laughs with these.
- Ugly Bug Calendar – A wall calendar only Grissom from CSI could love. Or you, when you give it to your friend for her birthday. It’s a refreshing change from all those lighthouse, pets, and Chippendale’s calendars she can get just anywhere.
- Butt Station Desk Organizer – For the co-worker who has everything, a suitable place for holding it all. You can even choose the color of your little Gumby-like character with the funny-looking desk chair.
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
The importance of internet access in the development of nations has led to a number of efforts to get third world countries connected, and has been met with mixed results. The infrastructure, topography and/or the remoteness of many areas has presented a challenge in getting much of the world online. The following are ten attempts to provide internet access to third world countries:
- One Laptop Per Child – With a mission to empower the world’s poorest children via education, OLPC seeks to provide every child with an affordable connected laptop. They are currently working on connecting Latin America, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Mongolia, among other countries.
- Google – Google’s Internet Bus Project brings an internet-enabled bus to India in order to educate people about the internet and how it can benefit them. You can follow the project as it progresses at this site.
- Green Wi-Fi – Using solar Wi-Fi, they provide “last mile internet access with nothing more than a single broadband internet connection, rooftops and the sun” in places like Lascahobas, Haiti.
- Connect Africa Initiative – begun in 2007, the program sought to bridge technological gaps in the African region employing the aid of several IT companies as well as the European Commission, China, and India.
- Connect the Caribbean Initiative – Attempting to “connect the unconnected by 2015”, this project is the Caribbean version of the ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) Connect the World initiative, and is hosted by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators (CANTO).
- Connect Asia-Pacific Summit – One of ITU’s projects, which seeks to establish global connectivity by the year 2015, this one is an effort to provide information and communication technology to the Asia-Pacific region.
- Connect Arab Summit 2012 – Partnering with the League of Arab States, the United nations agency for information and communication technology, the ITU has established this region as part of its over-arching initiative to connect the world by 2015.
- O3b Networks – In an effort to connect the “other 3 billion (O3B) people to the internet, O3b networks is creating a global internet backbone to serve several billion consumers, businesses, and other organizations in 177 different countries.
- United Villages – A company whose mission is to bring the internet age to remote communities utilizing a “store and forward” concept. Villagers store their data and email on a local server, and United Villages’ internet-equipped vehicles gather all this data, drive to a Wi-Fi or cellular -equipped city, and forward it over the internet.
- The United Nations, on June 3, 2011, declared internet access to be a basic human right. “Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states.”
It’s only a matter of time before the internet bridges connections in third world countries around the world, helping to catch them up with all of the countries who already have unlimited access. Soon enough we really will be fully connected.
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