Archive for November, 2006

The Meatrix 2½

Free Range Studios have just released the latest excellent movie in the Meatrix series. Watch them online. They are 3-5 minutes each…

The Meatrix

They have also done a load of other Flash movies including the superb Store Wars.

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Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day is the single day during the year that you are encouraged to buy nothing. It is here to make a stand against so called "growth" which has turned us into a consumption crazy society.

Spread the word for Buy Nothing Day – Friday November 24th. No purchase necessary.

Buy Nothing Day.

  1. Adbuster facts:
    • For more information on Adbusters, Buy Nothing Day, or to watch Kalle Lasn’s 2004 Buy Nothing Day interview with CNN visit www.adbusters.org
  2. Buy Nothing Day facts:
    • The first BND was organized in Vancouver in September 1992, an idea by artist Ted Dave, as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.
    • In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, which is the busiest shopping pre-Christmas weekend in the US. Outside of North America, BND is usually celebrated on the following Saturday.
    • Despite controversies, Adbusters managed to advertise BND on CNN, but many other major TV networks declined to air their ads.
    • Soon, campaigns started appearing in US, UK, Israel, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway. Participation now spans over 65 nations.
  3. Shopping and consumption facts:
    • Per capita consumption in the U.S. has risen 45 per cent in the last 20 years.
    • Although people today are, on average, four-and-a-half times richer than our great-grandparents were at the turn of the century, Americans report feeling “significantly less well off” than in 1958.
    • A recent article in New Scientist featured research suggesting that the more consumer goods you have the more you think you need to make you happy. Happiness through consumption is always out of reach (New Scientist, 4th October 2003, Vol.180, Issue 2415, p44. Available online after registering at www.newscientist.co.uk).

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Beer advent calendar

Create your own beer advent calendar this Christmas.

beer advent calendar

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Top ten most populated cities

Some interesting city population trivia for those pub quizzes.

1 Tokyo 35,197,000
2 Seoul 22,770,000
3 Mexico City 19,411,000
4 New York 18,747,320
5 São Paulo 18,333,000
6 Mumbai 18,196,000
7 Delhi 15,048,000
8 Shanghai  14,503,000
9 Calcutta 14,277,000
10 Moscow  13,750,000

I had a list from the WHO but then I found what looks like a more detailed list on Wikipedia so this top ten data comes from there.

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Global rich list

This site is well worth a visit. It tells you how wealthy you are compared to the other 6 billion people on earth. You may find the results surprising.

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