We need the sharing economy

1280px-Teens_sharing_a_songA phrase that’s started to pop on my radar often is this “sharing economy”.

In the old days we’d share all the time. We needed to just to survive. Sharing helped the community grow stronger and people looked after each other as a result. I guess we don’t expect that to happen in the first world these days but there’s still benefits in sharing.

The phrase “sharing economy” represents the modern twist. “I’ll share with you… if there’s something in it for me” is the implication. There’s a trade. There’s a value exchange.

Here’s an example; Liftshare connects drivers with empty seats with people looking for a lift. If the deal is just to split petrol costs and not make any profit then car insurance companies are happy. Another firm, Bla Bla Car, has a similar deal but prefers “long distance ride-sharing” and has grown large enough to run TV ads. It’s understandable why people ask question like is Bla Bla Car safe but these sites let you find out about a potential ride long before you get a near a car. It’s more like social networking than hitchhiking.

Another sharing economy site is Just Park. I should have made better use of this as I’ve unused car parking spaces (I don’t have a car) in my name for my tiny little flat. If I have spaces when I move then I can register them at Just Park, for free, and then get paid if someone with a car actually needs to “share” the space with me. I guess the main difference between this and Liftshare is that there’s a profit aspect here.

A third brilliant example is FareShare. This sharing site collects food from supermarkets, restaurants and other organisations who won’t be using it any more (perhaps it’ll go off too soon) and then helps get the food to food banks. This is sharing food. This is how it used to be. What’s in it for the companies involved? I’d suggest that other than a big boost to their CSR they’re also helping to keep the local economy strong, the neighbourhood a pleasant place to eat and live while also working to ensure that eating out doesn’t become seen as the vanity of the rich.

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Have you come across the term “sharing economy” before? Why not share some examples of modern sharing done right in the comments below.

Are you able to walk with the Elegy?

In this striking short film we try and follow one girl and a strange coin as she approaches a mysterious door.

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Would you trade the coin for a trip into the unknown? Would you push past the door and into the darkness beyond.

Why?

Part Two: Where are all the aliens?

To understand what the Fermi Paradox is and the problems we face when thinking logically about aliens check out Where are all the aliens, part one, for the original video.

Part two of the video attempts to find answers to the Fermi Paradox but is the first to admit that we really don’t know.

One big challenge is technology. We have no idea whether we’re technically advanced race or not. Just how far can we develop? If we knew that we could estimate how far other races might have developed already.

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What do you think? Where are all the aliens?

It rained ice cubes in Gatlinburg

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Have you ever seen hail like that? These ice cubes are large enough to hold between your fingers. It seems all too likely that windows will break.

Is the weather getting stranger and do you think the changes are man made or not?

7 terrible fake ghost pictures

What counts as a terrible ghost picture in the first place?

There are a few answers; the photoshop ghost might be easy to spot, the original picture might already be famous or some popular smartphone app like Ghost Camera Prank might have been used. Badly faked ghost pictures are common on the internet. Some might argue that all ghost pictures are fake but that’s a debate for another day.

Here’s 8 of the worst fake ghost pictures according to In Pure Spirit.

Faked Scolastic Information

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The picture above is a fake. You can just see the “ghost teacher” or very large child floating above the students in the foreground. The original, seen below, is Robert Doisneau’s Scolastic Information. You can buy the original from Art Republic.

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Faked Dracula, Bela Lugois

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This is a famous picture from Bela Lugosi’s 1931 Dracula picture. It boggles the mind that anyone would thik to photoshop a ghost into it. Are we expected to think that the vmpire is real too? As evidence; the original can be bought as a poster from Art.com.

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Haunted Gothic Church of St Peter

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This fake ghost looks like it was created on a smartphone. You can see the so-called haunting sitting in what looks like a sofa on the right. The original picture can be seen in a blog post created by Andy Finnegan which tells us that the original is the Gothic Church of St Peter in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. You can see a copy of the original below.

 

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Ghosts in the snow

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This terrible picture is of Miranda Castle. The original photograph may have been taken by this Flickr user and published without permission to be shared elsewhere. That’s not stopped the original from being spread around the internet and in this case some one adding a horrible creature you can just see in the front left.

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Ghosts inside the castle church

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It might make sense to imagine there would be ghosts inside a church or ghosts inside a castle. Needless to say it may well make sense that there are ghosts inside a castle church. In this case the photograph does not prove ghosts are real. The original can be found among a personal collection at Roman Zakharii’s site.

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Edward VII and his ghost

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This so-called haunting of Edward VII is unlikely. The original picture can be found in Wikipedia’s archives and the ghostly spectre added to the image looks more modern than anything else. Do you think this is real?

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The ghost on the pier

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I suppose this is quite a nice idea. In this case the faked photograph begins life as a good photograph without any obvious hook to the supernatural. A figure is simply added in and suddenly the whole picture takes on a new life. The original, however, can be found on Redbubble by the artist SD Smart and there’s no ghost.

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Do you have any other examples of badly forged ghost pictures? Share them in the comments below. Perhaps you think the 7 ghost pictures above have been badly treated and that the originals don’t match up – after all, perhaps it’s the so-called original that’s been photoshopped.

Where are all the aliens?

The stats are a bit of a mystery. There should be plenty of chances for life out there in the universe. There should have been plenty of time for that life to grow, evolve and become a space travelling race.

The question is: where are all the aliens?

We don’t know. This is known as the Fermi Paradox.

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Where do you think all the aliens are? Does your religion hold the answer?

Pranking bookstores with “The Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice”

Prankster Obvious Plant created some pretend books and left them hidden at a local bookstore.

Imagine how people must have felt as they reached for this particular pretend book and discovered they held in their hands “The Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice”.

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The text says;

There’s no better place to start your journey into the world of satanic death rituals than Lord Bing Shipley’s Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice.

This simple introduction to human sacrifice has been purchased and enjoyed by thousands of people looking to strengthen their personal relationships with the dark Lord Satan.

Put your questions to rest and build the confidence required to get the job done right!

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Where does this rank on your prank scale? Funny or not?