I had a meeting today with the rest of the organizing crew for the fundraiser I'm doing for child soldiers. Officially, the event is called... "I GOT SOUL BUT I'M NOT A SOLDIER". Amazing, right? Okay, here's the part where I need help.
Does anyone know of any organizations based out of Vancouver or the surrounding areas that deals with or works with child soldiers, children living in war torn conflict zones, children in general.... I'm looking for any sort of community group that works with issues surrounding war OR children. Example! A friend of mine gave me a contact for a group that works with Mobilization Against War and Occupation.
When working in a text field to be submitted (blog post, Basecamp entry, Writeboard version, long blog comment, whatever)...
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS select all text and then copy it to your clipboard, before you hit submit. On a Mac, this means hitting apple-a, and then apple-c, before you hit submit. On a PC, ctrl-a, then ctrl-c.
There are no exceptions to this rule. It must become habit. If you do not make it habit, then you will become complacent, and one day, you will have fine-tuned all your brilliant words into perfection, and you will hit submit, and you will learn the harsh lesson of the 2.0 overlords. You will lose it all. Either your wifi will crap out, or some server somewhere will be down, or something else will happen. Do not take this lesson lightly.
For added security, I highly recommend installing a multi-clipboard program on your computer. I use iClip and I love it. That way, I have access to the last 10 things I've copied and pasted, and it has saved me many times.
So... yesterday I was at Starbucks getting my usual coffee before starting work and I see this homeless person pick up some food and stand in line behind me. Unfortunately, he decides to steal it by leaving when no one is looking.
I don't know why, but I ended up following him out and grabbing a hold of the food and telling him politely thats bad karma. So we end up in a pushing match and grabbing each other out front of Starbucks. For some reason, I didn't feel threatened by this guy. I don't know why. I just remember trying to calmly talk to him and tell him that stealing is not cool and it is bad for karma. I told him that its about being honest. He was yelling of course. Screaming at me and yelling that why am I trying to be a good samaritan and mind my own business. This is all happening while we are holding and pushing each other in a kind of stalemate in front of the store...
However, the funny thing is there are so many people around and they are just standing there watching this all happen. It surprised me that no one came to help or break up the confrontation. hatever happened to society? Are people worried about getting hurt? Are they so oblivious nowadays? Do they not want to get involved because they consider it a hastle?
Eventually one of the Starbucks employees came out to help and the police ended up arresting the guy but then they let him go. It made me think that no wonder no one helps anymore.
I wonder how our society has gotten to this point...