Thursday, April 30, 2009

WOLVERINE Makes a huge contribution to charity!

Along with the much-anticipated release of the new X-Men film, the film's star, Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) has made an extremely generous set of charitable contributions to two organizations that were pitched to him by his TWITTER followers.

Behold the power of Hugh Jackman!
Behold the power of Twitter!
Behod the power of the people!

Click here to listen to Ryan Seacrest's interview with Hugh Jackman.
Click here to read the full story.

Quips & Quotes

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


Thank God for days like today. Some people look at the shortness of human life as an unfortunate reality. Today in history, I am thankful that people have an expiration date. It is important, however, that the generation to follow has learned something from the one that is passing.

On this day in 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces, ending Hitler's dreams of a "1,000-year" Reich.

Click here to read the full story.

Quips & Quotes

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink."

George Orwell (1903 - 1950), "Politics and the English Language", 1946

TECH: Solar power in Haiti - There's hope!

More than 1.7 billion people around the world have no domestic electricity supply, of whom more than 500 million live in sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank). Without electricity, many development goals remain dreams that will never be achieved.

But in a first for India, a village is now entirely powered by solar energy, kick-starting its development and reversing the decline common to many villages.

Click here to read more.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WEB TIP: Reverse Phone Lookup

Listen up friends! While this will not work in Haiti, here is a handy little web gadget that allows you to quickly find out who is calling you in the states.

Click here to give it a try.

Slumdog Millionaire - Filmmaking & Social Responsibility

Exploitation is easy... and it always comes on the wings of altruism. For all of you who adore Slumdog Millionaire, take a deep breath. The God's must still be crazy.

MUMBAI, India - Rubina Ali's house is flooded with sewer water, and her feet itch. She's discovered a world of creepy-crawlies in the opaque gray water: scorpions, rats and slithery creatures with lots of legs.

Two months ago, the child star of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" was worrying about what to wear to the Oscars. Now she has come home to a very different problem: How to get the fetid water out of her family's one-room shack.

Eight Oscars and $326 million in box office receipts have so far done little to improve the lives of the film's two impoverished child stars.

Click here to read the full story.

Quips & Quotes

"When faced with a defining moment, you can either define the moment or the moment will define you."

Author Unknown

Quips & Quotes

"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."

R. D. Laing

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"Personally I have struggled massively with the dilemma of talent vs desire. Choosing desire may not always be the easiest thing to do. It may seem a waste to leave those natural talents behind and strike out in a new direction. But at least you’ll feel alive."

Meri Williams, Talent vs Desire, 05-29-06

Quips & Quotes

"Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student."

George Iles

Monday, April 27, 2009

UPDATE: Some changes coming

Friends of the blog,

Just a quick note to let you know that we are trying to add some value to our blog by increasing the quality of content offered here. Now, in addition to CIMT-specific anecdotes and updates, we will be adding the occasional tech tip, industry buzz, or other media-technology-related snippet as a way of keeping you "in the know."

For those who are wondering, we will still continue our Quips & Quotes service too.

There you go!
That's all for now.
You can thank us later.

Googling Yourself - A better way to Egosurf

The act of Googling oneself has become the digital age's premiere guilty pleasure — an activity enjoyed by all and admitted by few. The phenomenon has even been the subject of scholarly research. Last year, a team of Swiss and Australian social scientists published a study concluding that the practice of self-Googling (or "Egosurfing" as it's sometimes called) can partly be traced to a rise in narcissism in society but is also an attempt by people to identify and shape their personal online "brand."

Google has now made it a little easier to stand out from the maddening crowd. Now all of the John Smith's can have a shot at showing up on page one of a Google search.

To read the full scoop, click here.

INDUSTRY: New York Times bows to Twitter

In an ongoing effort to remain relevant and on the cutting edge of social media, The New York Times seriously considered a purchase of the social networking app, Twitter. There's just one problem... the NYT can't AFFORD it!

Click here to read more.

Quips & Quotes

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."

Henry C. Link

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946), Outline of History (1920)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

ALERT: HD-DVD owners take note

Warner Home Video through their website has announced that they will now allow HD DVD owners to exchange their old Warner HD DVDs for the Blu-ray version. This may be the last chance for owners of the now defunct high definition format to salvage some worth from their film libraries before sacrificing the discs to the dumpster gods.

For more information,click here.

Quips & Quotes

"Friendship is a verb."

- Stuart Wood

Friday, April 24, 2009

UPDATE: Back from Haiti

For those who are keeping up, we have just completed a wonderful (and I do mean WONDERFUL) trip to Haiti with friends and partners, John and Merline Engle. John is the co-director of Beyond Borders Florida and presently resides with his family in South Eastern Florida.

I was blessed to meet John for the very first time through our Haiti networking site, HANDS Across Haiti, several months back. Now, after lots of hanging and eating and coffee and phone calls, we can both say that we have logged our first trip to Haiti together as well.

Thanks to John and Merline for their incredible hospitality and friendship. They are both a treasure from God. Haiti is blessed to have them on her side.

Stay tuned for more announcements as this relationship continues to develop!

Quips & Quotes

"It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin."

Katharine Butler Hathaway

Saturday, April 18, 2009

2nd Video Update From Haiti


Here is a nice piece that we finished in Haiti to promote Beyond Borders Florida's 35 laptops program.

Special thanks to Kyle Hufford for the use of his Canon 5D Mark II

Friday, April 17, 2009

Video Report from Haiti

Here is a nice piece that we finished in Haiti to promote Beyond Borders Florida's 35 laptops program.

Special thanks to Kyle Hufford for the use of his Canon 5D Mark II

Friday, April 10, 2009

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Haiti's Digital Storytellers

Here is a nice piece that my friend and colleague made from the footage we were able to collect in December of 2008. If you have trouble reading the subtitles, please click the video and watch it directly at his YouTube page.

Nice work, Kyle.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new."

Og Mandino (1923 - 1996)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light."

John W. Gardner (1912 - 2002)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us."

Alexis Carrel (1873 - 1944)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Quips & Quotes

"Nothing is as far away as one minute ago."

Jim Bishop