Six Degrees of Separation- Do you know this guy?

Man who lost his camera with over 2,800 photos in Amsterdam

**UPDATE** – They have found the guy!! The power of facebook!!

Facebook; you may love it, you may hate it, you may waste most of your days browsing through it, but one thing it certainly has going is that it makes the world a smaller place. The guy in the picture above lost his camera in Amsterdam this week..a camera containing over 2,800 images of his no doubt amazing trip throughout Europe. Some one has since then found the camera in a train station in Amsterdam  and has posted the photo above and the message  below, which has been shared over 13,000 times on facebook in the last 10 hours, in an attempt to track down the owner;

“My father in law found a red Nikon Coolpix camera on 2012-06-20 in the train at the station Amsterdam Amstel in the Netherlands. His photos show a trip throughout Europe from about 2012-05-07. Since 2012-06-15 he stayed in Amsterdam. We would like to give him back the camera and the photos. Please Like, Share and spread this photo around so we can give him back his camera! Thanks!”

 Losing a camera is bad enough but losing one with over 2,800 photos…that’s devastating. TRUST ME, I’ve been there and I felt like a little part of me had died.(You can read about my camera/ballon adventure HERE!) That is until some kind stranger found it, tracked me down and gave it back to me. And it felt like all my dreams had come true at once. So, can you make this guys dreams come true? Email anke.appel@gmail.com if you have any further information that could help. Let’s hope some really good Karma comes to the guy that found the camera too, just for good measure! :)
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Who is Joseph Kony?

Who is Joseph Kony? Kony is a Ugandan guerrilla group leader, and head of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is known to have abducted and forced more than 30,000 children to fight for them, turning young boys into child soldiers and forcing them to kill their own parents or face death themselves, as well as turning young girls into sex slaves. This is not new, this has been going on for over a decade!!

What is Kony 2012? KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. The time has come for us to unite and make it known that this war and this brutal mistreatment of children must end now!

Watching this video sent shivers down my spine and seriously gave me the chills. It is disturbing to see what the children have been through (and are still going through!) but also uplifting that we as ‘the people of the internet’ have the power to make a change and stop this war. We can make all the difference. Don’t ask “Who am I to stop a war?” Instead ask yourself, “Who am I not to?!”.

So as to give a balanced blog post that does not simply regurgitate a video shared on my facebook wall, I would like to direct you to the blog ‘Visible Children’, which gives a critical review of the Kony 2012 campaign. The post talks about Invisible Children as an organisation, the break down of their finances, whether military intervention is such a good idea and how ‘reliable’ their statistics are. The last paragraph of their review really stood out to me and I think it’s something we should keep in mind.

“If you want to write to your Member of Parliament or your Senator or the President or the Prime Minister, by all means, go ahead. If you want to post about Joseph Kony’s crimes on Facebook, go ahead. But let’s keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.”

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Bye Bye Bad Blogs

Too much Soju...

Blackout Korea; This site displays photos of people passed out in public all over Korea. Too much soju, too much cass. Too far from home. This site has been featured on many other sites, some newspapers and magazines and appears to have caused a lot of controversy in the last year. It has now been made private on blogspot, so that only 100 people can access the posts. However all the photos are still floating about online. I guess, like the famous quote from The Social Network movie, “The internet isn’t written in pencil… it’s written in ink”. Those photos are here to stay.

English Teachers Out; I was going to write about this site after hearing that they were using pictures from Blackout Korea and comparing them to photos of Abu Gharib, somehow comparing the foreigners (who took these drunken photos) to Prison authorities in Afghanistan who captured, abused and tortured people. But as it appears the site has recently been shut down, I will say no more.

Texts from Korean Girls; Considering how much I love the hilarious site “Texts from Last Night, I decided to check this one out. However apart from maybe a few giggles, it is actually pretty awful and I guess pretty racist. I mean OF COURSE their English is bad…can you imagine if we, as english speakers, tried to text people in Korean…Disaster.com! In fact I decided to try this out on google translate to see just how disastrous it would be…

Example of a txt from the site, ““I will make you eat kimchi and sex”

Here is what she may have wanted to say, “I will make you Kimchi and we can have sex”

Korean (thanks google translate) “내가 김치를 공급하고 우리가 섹스를 할 수”

Then back to English(google translate)… “I have sex with kimchi and we can supply”.

So….yeah it could have been worse! the good news is this site has not been updated in over 5 months so I guess even the founder realised what he was writing about was in bad taste.

There are SO many wonderful blogs that you SHOULD check out, but are there any blogs that you feel are just plain AWFUL??

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Sending Justin Bieber to North Korea?!

So a few months ago, an elaborate viral campaign was set up here, in an attempt to send Justin Bieber on a tour of North Korea.  The head ache enducing starlet wouldn’t have stood much a chance of survival in what many people refer to as ‘the scariest and most isolated nation on earth’.

Even if the rising star was given permission to enter North Korea, it wouldn’t be much of a tour considering the capital has only one night club and the majority of the population would probably be banned from going anyway.  

 

The site owners released a statement saying they were not doing this prank to cause hate against Bieber or to try to send him to North Korea, but that they were “simply trying to making it look like his biggest fan base was in North Korea.” Funny, considering the poor north Koreans don’t even have internet access and couldn’t vote for themselves!

Justin Bieber

 

One funny comment I saw when it turned out, sadly, that we WOULDN’T be going to North Korea was;

 “What the hell is this!? I Specifically asked for Justin bieber to sing for MY birthday? NOBODY disobeys Kim Jong Il! Nobody. Not even Justin Bieber”.

Another said;

” Yes send him here to Best Korea…North Korea is Best Korea”. (posted by Kim Jong Il himself?! ;0 )

Too funny.

Despite the intentions, good or bad, this entertaining little news snippet made me think who else we should send to North Korea, should we be given the chance… what do you guys think? I shall start with my top 5… (which could well change..!)

1. Janice from ‘Friends’.

2. The whole cast of ‘The Hills’. Gah.

3. Nikki Graham from Big Brother.

4. Sarah Palin.

5. Cast of Twilight.

Oh and ANYONE who consistently invites me to play farmville on facebook. Gah.

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The best things in life are free…NOT!

So last Friday I came across a facebook group advertising free tickets to the Korean Formula 1 races. I was skeptical at first, because I knew the tickets were selling for 150,000 won or more, so why on earth would they give them out free to the public. The facebook event organiser, Chad Raquel, informed us it was for foreigners only and it was a scheme run by the government promoting the Korean F1 and showcasing the country as a foreigner friendly place to be.

I clicked attend, not willing to let such an opportunity pass. Despite my skepticism I also remembered that the Government were currently running a series of free weekend trip to seaside towns and villages to promote tourism in Rural Korea(Rural20), so why not promote the F1 by giving out a few 100 tickets to foreigners. However it was puzzling that the whole process was via facebook and not some official website.

A few friends of mine decided to fork out 50,000 for the return bus to the racetracj in Mokpo, 4 hours south of Seoul, which departs Sunday morning at 6.30am. So you must sacrifice your Saturday night out, pay 40 bucks for a bus in the *hope* that it’s not some scam where 600 stupid foreigners stand waiting in Parking lot 7 for tickets which will never magiacally appear.

So I just clicked onto the facebook group to confirm it was all going ahead before I finally paid my deposit for the bus to discover the whole thing has been cancelled. No email went out to alert people who may have already started the trip there, such as people from Jeju or Munsan or other such places. They simply placed a note on the event saying they apologize but the free tickets have been cancelled blah blah blah with no reason why!

 

So instead of making themselves look good they are going to cause an uproar, especially if 600 angry people are left standing in some random carpark Sunday afternoon. Stupid  lies. Gah.

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