Life Is Good

lolcattery is a strong indicator that there has never been a better time in human history to be alive. Sending a message around the world used to take months rather than moments, and being illiterate did not matter much when you might encounter two books in your life. Now information and energy are so cheap that we use a global communications system to circulate captioned pictures of cats with odd grammar and spelling. We have so much free time that this has spawned a lolcode programming language, and serious professors of linguistics consider lolcats.

Your needs are so easily satisfied that you can spend a considerable amount of time pretending to be a digital elf. This blog is effectively a meta-discussion of being digital elves, and it is available to you for free in your home with frequent updates. You can delve into irrelevant crap like fake online lesbians or whether two imaginary spaceships pretended to bump into one another. You cook make-believe food in-game while eating a pizza you had delivered to your home.

Admit it, modern life is a pretty sweet deal. If you get a chance, you might toss a few dollars to folks in countries where information is still rare and expensive.

: Zubon

14 thoughts on “Life Is Good”

  1. Another opportunity, somewhat along the same lines though in a different vein, would be collaborative microlending such as thru http://www.kiva.org, a service I have been working through for a few years.

    If you haven’t heard of it before, microlending is the provision of small, no-interest loans to budding entrepreneurs in developing countries to enable them to start and/or expand their businesses. The payback rate is rather astounding, all things considered (96% or thereabouts, I believe).

    It’s another facet of the “give someone a fish, they eat for a day; teach them to fish, they eat for a lifetime” type of philosophy. Just another suggestion.

  2. Yep. It’s still a “charity”, in that you need to approach it as an expenditure, not an investment (at least, not an investment on your own behalf).

  3. Sorry, I deleted my comment as I misunderstood yours. Now your new one makes less sense. I thought you were claiming high returns on investment but you were talking about loan repayments. So, nevermind.

  4. […and being illiterate did not matter much when you might encounter two books in your life…]

    But now, thanks to the internet, even such species as trolls are partially literate! Yeeey! :)

  5. Now I had to watch all the cutesy you linked which took me two hours and it is all your fault!
    :)

  6. Microloans: the Nobel peace prize-winning approach to charity. I wish I could get a 96% repayment rate from people I know in my country to whom I lend money at 0% interest.

    Also, if anyone has a link to a charity that reliably feeds people in the third world without having the food confiscated by warlords and dictators, that would be great.

  7. Warlords and Dictators need strong, healthy bones to rape pillage and plunder. Thats why the Darfur support networks are still in business.

  8. I looked into this sort of stuff during the Tsunami.

    I usually use Save the Children which has one of the highest rates of money actually going to people. The Christian Children’s Fund has about 80% rate of money going to the people too.

    I sure as hell don’t donate to the International Red Cross or UNICEF, talk about waste and corruption.

    Charity Watch: http://www.charitywatch.org/
    Charity Navigator: http://www.charitynavigator.org/

    Some other groups that rate charities:
    Guidestar, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance (WGA), and the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA). Don’t know if they have websites.

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