We Know What You Are Doing

I Know What You Did 5 Minutes Ago is a comedy routine by a man named Tom Scott based on the privacy settings people have (or lack thereof to be more exact) on their social networking sites.  You would be amazed at the information people make public: phone numbers, check-ins at their own home, whether they are currently home or not, mother’s maiden name, how much they hate their boss, etc.

This video was the inspiration for 18 year old Callum Haywood to start a website called We Know What You Are Doing, that queries Facebook’s Graph API and outputs the results.  The raw JSON output can be found here.


The lesson to be learned is simply know your own privacy settings.  Make sure everything is set to what you want.  Don’t make everything public.

Petition Site That Cares: Care2 – largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

Care2 – largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare..

Randy Paynter, CEO and President of C2, started this site in 1998.

The idea is simple: Make it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle and impact the causes they care about most.

When he was 13 he was traveling with his father up the Amazon in a thatch-covered boat.  His father was an ornithologist (study of birds).

“What struck me most was the contrast between the remote tribes living in harmony with the rainforest, and the poverty and deforestation in the most “modernized” towns we visited”, said Paynter on the About Us page of the site.  He saw that the world was terribly out of balance and began to believe that we each have the power to make positive changes in our world.

“The answer came in 1998.  The Internet.  Finally, the power to mobilize the world was at hand.  I raised money from some kind and crazy souls, and then really lucked out in finding two extraordinary partners — Matt McGlynn (now our chief technology officer) and Camilla Eriksson (now our vice president of eCards.  In September 1998, we launched Care2 from my tiny apartment” Paynter writes.

The website is driven by those who wish to make changes in this world.  They are a certified B Corporation.

The Butterflies





The butterflies on the logo are designed after a Physics concept called “The Butterfly Effect“.  It symbolizes to them that one person can take a small step and make a difference.

You can earn butterfly credits by taking various actions like signing a petition and taking the daily action.  These credits can be redeemed for gifts that make the world a better place.

There is an online community and plenty of fun topics and polls.  you can create groups or join existing ones.

Taking Action

There are so many petitions you can sign on a wide array of topics and issues that you may support.  There is a daily action that you can do and earn credits for.

There is also a whole section on Healthy and Green Living.

I have been signed up for emails through this site for some time now.  Some of my other blogs are based on these emails about petitions available tailored to the issues I am concerned with at the moment.  I have always had a good experience with this Organization.  Enjoy, and help by taking your own little steps…we can make a difference!

PlantMyPhone – Recycle Your Old Phone and Plant A Tree

PlantMyPhone – Click here to sign the pledge and receive and for more info!

Unfortunately at this time this offer is only for people in the United States.

Trees are planted currently in 12 countries:

Belize, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, and Zambia.

Link to the Press Kit

Photos from Planting Projects

How It Works

Step 1:

Send in your phone, free postage.  You can print out a label or request a free mailer bag

Step 2:

PlantMyPhone responsibly recycles your phone and sells the recycled materials to fund tree planting.  Trees per Phone!!

Step 3:

PlantMyPhone emails you about how many trees you planted!!

The following was copied from their website:

We all know that recycling is good for the planet, but why? Recycling your old cell phone enables you to make a difference in the well being of the planet because it limits resource consumption and keeps toxic chemicals out of our home environments.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each year 140 million cell phones are retired, and the rate of cell phone turnover is increasing. Additionally, it is suggested that there are currently 500 million retired cell phones that have already been discarded but not recycled. This stockpile of old cell phones could be put to good use if they are recycled. PlantMyPhone partners with recycling services that are ISO14001 certified and follow policies that ensure that materials are not exported to other countries or sent to landfills. This means that the materials in the phones are properly disposed of in the United States, in ways consistent with strict environmental guidelines. None of the materials are sent to landfills in the United States or abroad.

When a cell phone is recycled, the phone is taken apart and the pieces of the phone that are still useable are used to reconstruct phones to be sold in other markets. The remaining pieces, as well as cell phones that do not contain parts that can be reused are used instead for raw materials recovery. For every 1 million cell phones recycled, 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium and 35,274 pounds of copper can be reclaimed. Both of these recycling processes are beneficial to the Earth because they reduce the mining of precious metals and cut down on the energy and resources used in production of new cell phone parts.

Why Trees?

“The symbolism – and the substantive significance – of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis.”

Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

New Reality Transmission

New Reality Transmission.

You can sign up and/or follow on facebook.

The following is from Learn More on their site:

“We are a fulltime international team of physicists and mathematicians.  Our mission is to finalize an historic discovery of how gravity, electromagnetism, the nuclear forces, space, and consciousness are part of the same unified field…a realm of information, where consciousness literally interacts with geometry at the quantum scale to create everything that we define as reality.  Unfortunately, we are not staffed to handle incoming e-mails or contact from the public or the media at this point.

Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2

Our world is accelerating toward a big event…a major change.  Some feel this big event relates to 2012 cataclysms.  And some think it will be the collapse of world economies.  Also related to these scary beliefs, is the apocalyptic vision of a “Mad Max” world of ecological destruction, where mankind goes one step too far in plundering our planet’s natural resources.

And still others foresee a tipping point, where the changes brought about by the Internet will be eclipsed by the power and speed of the next wave of technology, perhaps involving genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.


But many sense that this coming change will be a new age of harmony for our species, like the

Age of Aquarius

Age of Aquarius.  One thing is clear.  The majority of the 6.7 billion people on Earth today sense that something big is about to happen.”

“So what do you think will happen?  And does it really matter what you believe?

Christians say that mere belief or faith in something happening can make it occur.  And Buddhists believe that reality and our perception of reality are exactly the same thing.



Is reality more like a dream, where if you believe you can fly, you actually do?

A growing body of scientific studies from around the world confirms that these spiritual ideas may have a firm theoretical ground in physics.

For example, a “placebo controlled clinical study” means that the power of belief is removed from a pharmaceutical drug test.  The mind can actually dissolve a cancer tumor if the patient actually believes she swallowed a pill with a drug in it.  Even if there is nothing in the pill.  And according to the most well tested theory in physics, Quantum Mechanics, your consciousness changes reality.  In this theory, the phenomenon known as the collapse of the Quantum Wave Function is what brings reality into existence.  This is a fancy way of saying that one’s conscious observation of small unseen waves actually causes those waves to “collapse” into matter.  In other words, conscious observation materializes particles into existence.

So if we believe that we will experience 2012 cataclysms, could this tip the scale and cause such possibilities to occur?

And is it possible that we can heal our planet and prevent cataclysms?  Could we visualize world peace into existence through a massive pulse of belief transmitted by one million people around the world at the same time?

The best guess today from quantum physics is, “yes, probably”.

The 11-11-10 New Reality Transmission will be a pulse of belief sent into the Reality Matrix, which will swirl the flow of our group reality towards an experience that will be more interesting than cataclysms and wars.  It comes from the heart with no selfish intentions in mind.  And it is based on science, not fanciful delusion.  Picture this pulse of group belief as a spiral shaped beam, where each person who joins the pulse increases its intensity.

In the quantum realm, location does not work the way it does in our everyday perception.  Your location can be at work or at your home computer.  You will join the website at the designated times and simply project your belief for 11 minutes.

There will be 11 days in a row of group reality transmission, with the first one beginning at 11:11 pm EST on 11-11-10. Why all the 11’s?  The short answer is because it’s pretty and poetic and things of the heart give power to the pulse of belief that we will transmit into the future.  The longer answer is more theoretical and cannot be adequately explained here.  It related to the geometry of certain thought patterns within the Reality Matrix.

Use your intuition to make a decision on whether or not your consciousness exists outside of your body.  And decide; does it exist even when your body dies?

If your intuition leads you, then jump into the beliefs with all your heart.  Go for it.  Next visualize your conciousness as a swirling cloud around your body that creates the perception of your physical existence.  Imagine that this cloud is waiting for you to give it instructions.  Again, listen to your intuition.  And if it feels true, then choose to believe it firmly.  Now, in your mind’s eye, see your voretx cloud rapidly spiraling as it waits for you to steer it into action.

It’s your choice.  You can create your reality just like you subconciously create your dreams every night.  But if you are oblivious to this ability, then your life is like a flag being blown in the wind…and you’re like a passenger riding on a train going in circles.  So visualize that your mind’s attention is gently taking control of the spiraling cloud, which can change the Reality Matrix of your world.  See it.

Now point your spiraling consciousness vortex out and forward towards Earth’s future.  See a calm and harmonious world blossoming after a massive planet wide awakening takes place in the months ahead.

Viualize this awakening as being a shocker, similar to our whole species believing the Earth is flat on Friday and then on Monday realizing with delight that it is actually spherical.

Make pictures in your mnd of CNN announcing breaking news of the empirical proof that human consciousness exists outside of the body…the scientific validation of the existence of the soul and of the interconnection between all souls.

Imagine that under the crushing weight of this official new reality, there is a crumbling of the brittle old house of fear-based mental delusion in its three forms.  Fear of dying becomes a joke.  Fear of people taking your gold becomes silly.  And fear of people laughing at you becomes irrational.

Envision the true cooperative hearts of our planetary family coalescing like millions of rain drops on giant green leaves.

Now stop a minute and ask yourself a question.  Is this audacious reality possible?  If there’s nothing you can think of which makes it absolutely impossible, then by definition it’s possible.  And therefore large numbers of us can literally will it into reality with our minds.  So continue “programming” your consciousness vortex with this template energized by belief and activated by visualization.

See pictures in your mind of people around the world abruptly awakening from a trance and realizing that their group belief controls their group experience of reality in exaclty the same way we create the reality landscapes within our dreams.

See the whole planet being hit with the surprising understanding that reality is exactly like a group dream, where there are two ways to exist.  the first way is how we’ve dreamed for eons; the lie in which we’ve relinqueshed our reality control and been pushed around by our nightmares and limitations.  the new way will be to wake up and take control and fly together in a new fearless reality that we co-create like a beautiful group mosaic.

So envision our species enlightened by this major scientific discovery of the Reality Matrix which leads hundreds of millions of us to wake up and fearlessly change the story we are experiencing together.

Now, see your consciousness vortex interwining with one million others, who are all projecting this New reality Transmission into our future at the same time.

For 11 minutes for 11 days in a row at 11:11 pm EST, we will all lock our minds’ eyes into these visuals.  So, as you join us, amplify both your belief that it is actually working and increase the color and brightness of the picyures you are envisioning.  Belief and visualization are your two keys to creating within the Reality Matrix.”


Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon

Amnesty International

Image via Wikipedia

Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon.

Sign up to Write for Rights: December 4-12 2010


They can bring FREEDOM to prisoners of conscience. They can demand JUSTICE for survivors of torture. They can offer HOPE to human rights defenders at risk.

Your words can SAVE LIVES.

Each year hundreds of thousands of people across the world mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 by taking part in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon – the world’s largest letter writing event. We write letters to demand that the rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. In doing so, we show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses and work to bring about real change in people’s lives.”


1. SIGN UP to Write for Rights! Participate as an individual, or host an event and invite friends, family, and members of your community to join the call for human rights. Check out our Write for Rights! map to find an event near you.
2. SPREAD THE WORD! Tell everyone that you plan to Write for Rights on Facebook and/or Twitter. Encourage others to sign up for Write for Rights! by texting or emailing this registration link: www.aiusa.org/writeathon

3. Get your RESOURCES in November. Everything you need to participate in Write for Rights! will be available on this website, including case summaries, sample letters, promotional materials, and helpful tips for holding a successful Write for Rights! event. Participants will receive an email when these additional Resources become available. If you’d like hard copies of these items or have questions, email us: writeathon@aiusa.org.

4.  WRITE and MAIL your letters. (December 4-12 are the key dates, but feel free to start earlier or later.)

5. TELL US HOW IT WENT! We want to hear from you: did you meet your letter pledge goal? Do you have great ideas on how we can make next year’s Write for Rights even better? Be sure to complete the very brief online evaluation form (available in November) or send us an email: writeathon@aiusa.org.

No More Junk Mail

Drowning in Verizon junk mail

Image by Night-thing via Flickr


This is a safe site and it is to either Opt-In or Opt-Out of credit/insurance junk mail either electronically for 5 years or permanently by mail.  It is a good way to green your mail.  I know right now I receive these things I don’t want and always cringe to have to toss out: Geico, PennySaver, and other store/coupon booklets.  There is usually a number in the PennySaver (or whatever your area calls it) that you can call and tell them you don’t read it.

This site allows you t opt-out of notices for Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion.


This is a site where you can put yourself on the “Do Not Mail List”.  It is a fully automated mail list remover.  It costs $19.95 per year and you have the option to plant a tree with American Forests.  You will successfully opt-out of catalogs, magazines, book-clubs, and non-profit mail.

Town Hall | CAMM Worldwide

Town Hall | CAMM Worldwide.

On November 17 at 12pm ET, join host former Vice President Al Gore, inventor Dean Kamen, astronaut Sally Ride and young people from around the world for an interactive discussion exploring youth attitudes toward math and science education.

In order to participate, bookmark the above link and return on November 17th at 12 PM ET.  You can sign in using a Vokle, Facebook, or Twitter account.  You can submit questions and chat with other viewers.

There are so many countries that are ahead of us in math, science, technology, and engineering.  The U.S. is ranked 35th in Math and 29th in Science.

80% of all jobs created in the future will require math and science.  Here is a link to a video with children from other countries vs. children from the U.S. talking about what they do in school or during their day!!

Pledge to connect the young people in your life to after-school opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Former Vice-President Al Gore

Dean Kamen – founder of DEKA Research and Development Corporation and FIRST, which is an organization dedicated to motivationg the next generation to understand and use science and technology.

Sally Ride – American physicist and former NASA astronaut.


1. Why is it that other countries celebrate math and science while we often portray them as uncool?

2. Do you think math and science skills are important to your child’s future?  Would your child agree?

3. How can we change attitudes about science and math so that kids today are inspired to take on these subjects?

From the CAMM website- ABOUT CAMM

“To better understand how attitudes and beliefs among young Americans contribute to our poor rankings, we traveled to three countries that rank significantly higher in math and science literacy – Finland, China and Australia – and interviewed young people, parents and teachers about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related issues. We compared what we heard from these nations to responses from interviews conducted here in the U.S.”

Here is what they heard:

  • Youth from outside the U.S. take it as a given that if they want to be successful in life, they have to do well in math and science. We did not hear this from the U.S kids.
  • Youth from outside the U.S. are more aware that they will compete in a global marketplace and not just against kids in their own country
  • Outside the U.S., there is much less of a social stigma attached to being smart and doing well in school. In fact, the smart kids are considered cool.


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