Z played this video last night as we all hung out. They use a lot of YouTube to play music, where in the States we just plug in someone’s iPhone, but nobody really has an iPhone here. The minute I heard this beat, I knew that it was going to be MY song of the trip. In fact, I knew it was going to be hands down my favorite song of 2014, and one that I’ll put on playlists for years to come. The video accurately represents the streets of Tunis.

     The reason there’s so much trash is because the garbage men have been on strike, demanding higher wages. And that the government buys them each a house. Locals say this has been going on-and-off since the revolution, but D says that people who lived here before say it’s always been a problem. It’s sad because the beautiful scent from the jasmine plants that blanket the city are often interwoven with wafts of trash. Also, for a religion that prides itself on cleaniness, it sure does live in a lot of filth. These dualities are what makes Tunis such a cool fucking city.



Callum Cooper - Mine Kafon


Mine Kafon, a concept by Massoud Hassani

Massoud Hassani was born and raised in Kabul. During his childhood he built toys powered by wind power to race with his friends.
Today, 20 years later, he uses this idea presenting an invention intended to remove some of the 10 million mines spread across Afghanistan. The cost of manufacture is minimal mostly when compared with each mine disabled, vulgo, another life saved. Tottaly worth watching.

Directed by Callum Cooperx, the video is also a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it’s among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.

Bonan matenon, miaj infanoj.

Ŝi estas mia hundo, Ellie. Ŝi kaj mi sidas ekster kune; ni ŝatas ĉi tiujn trankvilajn, belajn matenojn. Mi pensas, ke ŝi bezonas mian kafon pli ol mi!

Kiel vi fartas, ĉi matene?

Good morning, my children.

She’s my dog, Ellie. She and I are sitting outside together; we like these calm, beautiful mornings. I think she needs my coffee more than I do!

How are you this morning?

[Corrected some grammatical errors with advice that was offered by a kind Esperantist. Dankon, @fuckyeahvaleyard :) ]