regularity and thanks

Thank you to everyone that emailed links/suggestions to me since yesterday, and to Damien for the link which probably resulted in most of those emails. No news yet on any interviews/offers. Back to regular posting, with a quick link dump:

Robert Scoble's link to the Make Me Switch blog has come under heavy fire in the comments, a lot of people arguing that the money should be used for better causes. I agree in principle, but Make Me Switch isn't a bad idea either.

One such better cause is available at WanderingScribe. (via Bill Dyke) WanderingScribe is a homeless London blogger who has lived in her car for five months and was featured on the BBC on Monday. Bill is also homeless, an Englishman in Amsterdam, who has a very interesting blog about his own experiences.

A more pessimistic view on Kaavya Viswanathan, That Girl Who Writes Stuff. (See earlier post) And lastly, the DaVinci Code courtcase judgment code has been broken – details via The Guardian.

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5 Responses to “regularity and thanks”


  1. 1 Damien Mulley April 28, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    Wasn’t it John Finnis who talked about the various types of good and them being incommensurable? There’s always going to be a cause that is better than the one you have. Collecting for the homeless? What about sick kids dying of cancer? etc

    If people are so worried about money being given to someone they think doesn’t deserve it as much as someone else then they should do something themselves. At least this guy was upfront and honest about what he wanted it for. No guilt trip with child actors acting malnourished.

  2. 2 poetbloggs April 29, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    Another site ran an alternative mac fund in protest to Make Me Switch. They succeeded in fundraising enough money to donate a new Mac to a school after only a few days.

    Donating is really about personal choice and gulit (played upon by some charities, “child actors, acting malnourished”. Make Me Switch is not meant as a serious alternative to charity.

  3. 3 Damien Mulley April 29, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    Trouble is people are trying to label it as such. I wonder is it jealousy that some guy has the balls to just straight out ask for money for a luxury item?

  4. 4 poetbloggs April 29, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    I know I’m jealous, there was a huge internal struggle before posting about looking for a job.

    “Should I just ask for a new mac and work freelance? Or ask for help finding a Job?” – Is it too late to back?!?

  5. 5 Bill Dyke April 30, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the link, poet. We should all start blusking. I’ve just been given a good luck charm by a Venuzelan guy in the coffeeshop “de Graal” so I’m feeling lucky. I think the trick with sponsors is to offer something back and not to seem desperate. I’ve been on and off the streets of Amsterdam for seven years. Been there and done it all. Still feel lucky.


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