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Address to global audience (re: Virginia Massacre), Second Life updates (COKE!), and iPhone delayed again!

Today’s a sad day for the world out there… before I write about some tech love, i’d appreciate it if you read this:

Another gunman in school incident that really brings about a lot of issues…

These are the basics of the tragedy:

– Lonely,  disturbed and frustrated student loses it and takes it out on the student body

– Guns were as usual…simply bought like any other grocery.

What has brought my attention is the media’s focus on:

– his ethnicity (it wasn’t an issue when there were other shootings eg Columbine, Dow, Greenville )

– The media’s negligence to focus less on Cho as an American permanent resident but more on his Korean ethnicity.

As a person in the same ethnicity/situation as an Australian, with Korean ethnicity, I ask this question.

I’m proud of being both Australian and Korean, yet when something goes wrong it would be the ethnicity that becomes my profiling…the country that declares me has in effect disowned me, yet if I were not of a minority would this occur?

I do not hold any contempt, anger towards anyone and wish that this tragedy had never occurred but it now brings about an issue wherein, how the general population will react.

Will there be another LA riot style follow up?  Where people that are just of the same ethnicity will feel hate like those of Islamic faith?

We as fellow human beings should look at ourselves before pointing the finger at others, and I believe the media and a nation has not taken responsibility by disowning a citizen of their nation. We aren’t all perfect, I have more than many flaws but it is my solemn wish that this stems not into a rally of hate and blame, but to the addressing of errors, such as the failure to address a student that was clearly ‘disturbed’, gun laws that are too loose, student harassment, security in schools.

This is my personal take on the tragedy and I give my deepest condolences to those affected in Virginia.

Ok…so changing the subject…(sorry about the heavy tone)

So following up on Kzero’s Nic Mitham’s Second Life brand map, cool tech website ZDnet has compiled an image gallery of brands in Second life.

Coca Cola has also entered Second Life with its ‘virtual thirst‘ promo where entrants can build and launch their own designed coke machine. Checkkit (spoken like Ali G, Borat‘s alter ego)

Also the iPhone has been delayed again as this article states that it may just have been pushed to June…reasons in the article!

Hope all are well and I hope that my ‘essay’ has not offended or deterred in any way…if so please let me know but as a parting note for today…Please comment your views, on tech too mind you!

I won’t be leaving any funny pictures today, (sorry Quissay!) in remembrance of the tragedy but I will leave you with 3 quotes.

“Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

President Richard Nixon 

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”

Ralph W. Sockman 

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mohandas Gandhi

I dream of a strong, courageous and tolerant global populace that does not long to destroy itself.

April 18, 2007 Posted by | american, borat, harassment, iphone, korea, school shooting, Second Life, security, USA, virginia, virtual world | 7 Comments

Free SMS via Gmail, new car smell bad for you? Youtube freedom, USA vs China and iPod sales!

GO TO MY NEW SITE!!!!!!!!!! THIS SITE IS ABANDONED!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks

Pandadan

Let’s start straightaway!

Free SMS via Gmail

This little gem allows users to send free SMS via Gmail (the link has 10 more cool ‘hacks’)

The question is: new car smell is bad for you????

Ok so we all love new car smell yes? well here’s big news! It’s toxic!!! 😦 (the link has how to greener your car tips too!)

Youtube Freedom in Thailand Round 4!

In a short things aren’t going down too snappy for Youtube, therefore pressure is on them to conform to ‘local political and cultural standards.’

USA vs China Piracy wars

So we all know pirated DVDs, books, music aren’t a new thing. The US has decided to blast China concerning piracy, is this a good move? We’ll find out! My personal view is, you can’t REALLY stop it but making it a little bit harder and pissing off China isn’t the best idea. Not saying it isn’t a bad idea and it shouldn’t happen…hmmmm this is a highly debatable subject let me know what you think! Comments Please!

iPod reaches landmark sales

iPod has finally caught reached 100 million slaves! Sales!! (hehehe sorry had to do it…I like Apple, I really do…)

Well it’s now quoted as the fastest selling music player in history and its lovable for the young and old!! Hurray iPod!!!

Now where’s my iRiver…..lol

Let’s end the post once again with our trademark humorific graphic!

wonder woman

Wonder Woman….your the best! (Borat would love this)

Hope you all enjoyed!

April 9, 2007 Posted by | borat, China, freedom, gadgets, gmail, green, Humor, Humour, iPod, social, tech, USA, youtube | 5 Comments