Code.org video — what they don’t teach you in schools #whattheydontteachyou

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This video from code.org has brought back so many memories of my journey to becoming a coder. To make a long story short coming from the caribbean, coding was basically a skill that only the elite of the elite had on the humble island of Antigua. However, with the power of the internet I was basically able to self teach myself how to code in my first language of PHP. I would never forget the day that I actually installed it correctly and showed the phpinfo() output to the browser screen. From that day on my world changed forever.

I credit code.org for making this video because what coding teaches you is how to solve problems even real world problems. Problems that you face on a day to day basis. Problems that the world faces. I believe that with technology we can eradicate poverty, end world hunger, end unnecessary violence the list goes on. I know its a tall order but lets begin with this statement:

—- code begins —-

using savingtheworld;

namespace OnceCountryAtaAtime{

public object[] DoSomethingGoodOneDayAtATime();

}

—– code ends —–

We just need to define more of this structure.

Dane Alexander

Fighting Hunger in a First World Country

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Fighting Hunger In The First World

Fighting Hunger In The First World

I used to help out my cousin in a Chinese Food Restaurant. Every night we used to throw away 2-3 large garbage bags of perfectly good edible food. I used to wonder about how many restaurants, stores and eateries are doing these things, yet in cities all over the world people are basically finding it very difficult to find even a single grain of rice to stave off hunger.

Well having said that my idea is a pretty simple one. Build a service whose main goal is to handle food that’s being thrown away, to clean (if possible) and distribute within a short time to the people who really need it. We have the technology to cryogenically freeze someone (HA HA HA) why can’t we do that to preserve perfectly good food from getting spoilt. We also have the technology to detect bad fruits and veggies (BBC Link To Article) , why can’t that be altered to check the food to see if it is “going off”.

Build a service that restaurants (with the confidence to actually partake in, change some laws)  can hook into via an alerting mechanism for the pickup service to come and take away unwanted food. Pass it through a checking and cleansing process then distribute to   those in need.

How does a company like this make money to be self sustainable. The idea of hooking into the service means that restaurants actually pay to use the service in the first place. Seeing that this society is trying to be green healthy and for the people, I believe some restaurants, eateries would pay for this service and hence become more reputable as an “honest” company.

Tell me what you think about this? Why it’s feasible or not?

Dane Alexander

If The Metro Could Donate 1p To a Good Cause.

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Just think about it. If the metro would donate 1p (or cent or any currency of your choice), for every payable touch in on the underground, to a charity of your choosing, then that would be a good justification for raising rail fares. I could imagine the email header!

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What would our travel services need for such an undertaking, well a new interface on top of their transaction handling. I’m not aware of the technology behind our travel cards but I am confident that whenever we touch in, a unique reference that is stored on our card gets passed to some identification device, and, a database somewhere is being updated of this check-in process. That unique reference can then be checked later on another service to see whether or not you’ve been signed up to donate 1p for every payable transaction and donate that money to a holding pot. So instead of your hard-working money filling somebody’s pockets, instead its

  • Feeding someone in need
  • giving someone shelter
  • funding a really cool charitable project
  • The possibilities are endless.

Millions of transactions happen daily on travel undergrounds throughout the world… I’m pretty sure that this would be a win win situation for a lot of people involved. Just think about it, even if someone steals your travel card hey they’d be doing someone a favour.

Dane Alexander

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