“The Kiva community is a hopeful corner of the internet. In some ways what we witness every day on the website is all of these micro, radical acts of hope in a very cynical world.
There are a lot of people who don’t believe that things can get better — that the trend lines and the headlines show that things are only going to get worse. What is so wonderful about the Kiva community is that you know you are not alone in believing that we can improve things.
By now it’s no secret that Naughty Dog’s Last of Us is a phenomenally successful video game. It sounds cliche but it truly is a game changer in the field and although it contains a fair amount of violence (I would not recommend it for the squeamish or young ) it is a work of art in so many ways!
I’m not going to even attempt to go into this in any detail except to offer up a wonderful post that I came across today. While the textual content is about sound design, which actually is what I was looking for, the accompanying 16 videos in the playlist offer some fantastic insight into the artists and the development process that went into the creation of this AMAZING game.
Simply the BEST game I have ever played.
So, after watching the sport since before I was an adult, I am finally treating myself to a trip to Formula 1 race – the pinnacle of automotive sport. In Montreal no less
With this in mind I’m a bit more ‘into’ it this year and so I’ve been curating a F1 collection of things I find interesting using Flipboard.
If you’re like minded or even remotely curious, I have gathered together several of the team ‘launches’ plus all of the pre-season testing play-by-play that our beloved motherland the BBC has shared with us. I will be adding as the year progresses. It’s shaping up to be a fine scrap although I worry the beginning of the season will be rife with DNFs.
I’m reading a brilliant article in F1 Racing magazine – an interview by Maurice Hamilton with F1 technical genius Adrian Newey.
In the article Adrian’s first F1 car (the March 881) is brought to light. One would never have guessed from the graphic below that Adrian would go on to rule the F1 world some 20 years later.
I have the utmost respect and admiration for the quiet gent with a brain the size of mars !
The fine folks at wikipedia have a great page up on Adrian that I invite you to read for yourselves… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Newey
A couple of weeks ago one of my officemates was showing me the Michron kickstarter campaign for a external programable camera trigger. This reminded me of one of the most impressive time-lapse photo sets I’ve ever seen. Then today, I came across another. Check these two true works of art – they are beautiful !!!
The first one, titled “Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull”, was created by Sean Stiegemeier and it captures the Icelandic Volcano event of 2010:
The second work of brilliance, “Ancients”, was developed by Nicholas Buer and through it he shares with us the beauty of the nightsky in remote Chile:
Truly remarkable work gentlemen !
I received a very nice email this morning:
You’ve received a total of $6.15 in repayments on December 17, 2013!
Your first thought is probably along the lines of ‘how can you be possibly get excited about a whopping six dollars and fifteen cents’ ?
Well the reason I am pleased is because this email means that a gentlemen named Husein in Lebanon and a gentlewoman named Rosa in Peru have been successful in using my VERY MODEST Kiva micro loan to grow their businesses (selling fruit in the case of Husein and raising Cattle in the case of Rosa) to the point of being able to repay their loans.
I simply cannot over emphasize how the most modest of investments in hard working individuals half way around the world can be impactful in the lives of not only the people who take out the loan but their entire families, villages, … AND yourself.
Husein for instance borrowed a total of $1,000 and is on schedule to pay it back by October of 2014 while Rosa borrowed $750 and is on schedule to complete her repayment by April of 2014.
Kiva does a nice job of supplying additional information related to the country in which the borrower resides. Here is a summary of some of the more compelling facts (as I see them):
- $5,900 is the average annual income
- Kiva is currently facilitating 167 loans in Lebanon
- To date, loans totaling $12.2 Million US dollars have been facilitated by Kiva
- $6,717 is the average annual income
- Kiva is current facilitating 323 loans in Peru
- To date, loans totaling $43.7 Million US dollars have been facilitated by Kiva
So you can see that these loans that these individuals are taking out represent MONTHS of wages – significant investments they are making in themselves AND that by combining the modest investments of people such as yourself you can have a real, substantive and lasting impact in the world.
Congratulations to Husein and Rosa !
Courtesy of your hard work and that of Kiva you made my day a bit brighter to boot. Thank you very much and best of luck