The Buy One, Give One Effect

It’s 2006. TOMS Shoes is founded. Hardly the first Buy One, Give One foundation but one that many people will recognize in the years to come. Regardless of what circle you find yourself in you have probably heard about TOMS. They sell simple shoes and glasses and give you a sense of accomplishment when you buy them, because you just put a pair of shoes on another person’s feet half way around the world.

(c) TOMS

(c) 2015 TOMS “One for One”

The Problem -> Solution

First the problem. In America our poverty level is $11,670/year for one person.[1] Compared to the rest of the world our poverty level is higher than 85.32% of the rest of the world.[2] Now this hardly tells the whole story. Barter systems exist in many parts of the world that don’t account for the currency conversion, but there is no denying there are people in need in this world.

A lot of people and organizations have tried to be the solution. Most of the ideas have good merits and big problems as well. Often it’s the ideas that specialize and focus on one of the smaller problems that end up getting somewhere. TOMS wanted to get shoes on the feet of people in third world countries. How to pay for it though? Donations might work at first but you are relying on people giving money. Instead they went the B1G1 route. The idea is simple. Get a consumer in a more wealthy part buy something and then use part of the profits to buy/make something for someone in need.

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The Con Is On.

First rule of the con.

“Find somebody who wants something for nothing, then give him nothing for something”

A Perfect Lamborghini LP670-4 SV replica for sale. FOR ONLY US$38,000!!! Seems legit, right?

A Perfect Lamborghini LP670-4 SV replica for sale.
FOR ONLY US$38,000!!! Seems legit, right?

Cons are all around us. Some are obvious. (Or at least I hope this is obvious…) Like buying a “Perfect replica!” of a 1.8 million dollar car for “THE LOW LOW PRICE OF ONLY $49,000!!!!!!!!” This is what the completely legitimate, nothing fishy here, company called Super Replicas (Aka Top Gear Replicas, aka Top Gear Carbon Copies, aka We Seem Totally Legit Right?) is offering.

Side Note: I use sarcasm a bit but I realize in text it maybe a little hard to follow so anything in italics is sarcasm or hyperbole.

Now at first you should be thinking to yourself “Does this seem too good to be true? Why yes self! It does!” Most good confidence schemes will understand for any con to work they have to convince that side of you that it is both too good to be true and yet also true at the same time. Let me show you.

Random Person: Hey there, hold up.
You: What’s up?
Random Person: Can I give you $100?
You: Sure.. What’s the catch?
Random Person: No catch. I just want to give you $100.
You: Why?
Random Person: Well I just inherited a lot of money and one of the terms is that I give half of it away so I’m giving random people $100 in hopes it will make their day.

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Humans Need Not Apply

Robots. In the movies they are usually the clumsy helper or deadly enemy. Today we think of them more as over priced, over sized, stupid helpers. They are here to serve us, but could that change?

This video outlines a future where even the most impressive resume won’t get you the job. It’s a longer video (15 minutes) but well worth a watch.

[youtube http://youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU w=640&h=360]

 

-Martin

To the top of Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower. 650 meters off the ground. And apparently a great opportunity for urban exploring. Do not try this. Also if you have vertigo you might not want to watch this…

 

 

Check out the photos from the adventure on their 500px page.

-Martin

Coding. 01000011011011110110010001100101. Watch this!

Code. Code is what makes all of this possible. From the HTML that is the foundation of this webpage to Objective-C that is the foundation of the OS on my Mac. (Yes. I am a Mac guy) It’s important. And when done right the user should never know what code looks like.

But users aren’t the people making money. They are the one spending it. Young kids are growing up with this technology and they are absorbing it like a sponge. I am 21 and wrote my first lines of code during Easter on a family vacation. I’m sure I still have the Javascript file somewhere. It was a Hello World pop up. Then I made it ask questions. And like any 13 or 14 year old I had it make jokes about peoples ages. Things like “WOW! You’re old!” and stuff like that.

Coding is an important thing for people to learn. Just like those teachers in high school telling you that advance calculus class is super important.  Coding is similar. Some people taking those calculus classes will use it later in life but a lot of them won’t. However it will still help them. It will help to expand the way their mind work. Give them a different way to look at problems that aren’t about math.

So regardless if you learn Python, Java, HTML, Lua, BASIC, VB, or C++. Learn a language.

Oh and watch this video first.

-Martin

Google Glass. This changes everything… Again.

Google Glass. I’ve talked about this before (One small step for man… one giant Leap for mankind). It’s old news. So why bring it up again?

Simple answer? Google is probably paying me to talk about it… Well they aren’t (but if you’re from Google I take donations and sponsorships.)

First off they have great new video that looks like it was taken by an old cellphone. Awesome! Who doesn’t love bad looking, not even full HD, with blown out highlights, video?

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