Love anime? Check out the world’s first anime prediction game

Crystal Ball is an anime prediction game from Singapore-based BlockPunk.net, the world’s first P2P anime studio that was founded by the former head of anime at Netflix and the producers of “Berserk”, “Devilman Crybaby”, and “The Animatrix”.

BlockPunk uses blockchain to allow fans to buy, collect, and sell digital collectibles. They can even suggest storylines and pitch their own anime.

Check out this e27 article for more about BlockPunk.

Thanks to fellow ex-Yahoo and now SeedPlus Managing Partner Michael F. Smith Jr. for the heads up. SeedPlus led the S$1.3 million (US$957,000) seed funding round of BlockPunk.

Let’s stop capitalism from destroying our planet

Greed is never good. Stop stealing our planet’s future and leaving it up to the next generation to deal with the consequences. Time is running out.

George Monbiot has an excellent opinion piece on how capitalism is destroying the Earth.

“At the heart of capitalism is a vast and scarcely examined assumption: you are entitled to as great a share of the world’s resources as your money can buy. You can purchase as much land, as much atmospheric space, as many minerals, as much meat and fish as you can afford, regardless of who might be deprived. If you can pay for them, you can own entire mountain ranges and fertile plains. You can burn as much fuel as you like. Every pound or dollar secures a certain right over the world’s natural wealth.”

Of decluttering and minimalism

Here’s a great blog post that explains the difference between decluttering and minimalism.

“The important thing isn’t how you do it, what you keep, or the number of things you ultimately wind up with. The important thing is allowing that shift in perspective—fighting against the cultural message that the things you own represent your success, that you must be busy in order to be productive, that who you are and what you have will never be enough—and recognizing that the most important things in life were never things.”

Sam’s Recognition Day

Reach for the stars. Congratulations Sam! Ellen Alarilla and I love you so much and we’re so proud of you.

Accompanied Sam on stage when she received her awards from Headmaster Jerome Castro.

After school, Sam and I continued Daddy Daughter Day by having tea.

We’ve been calling it Daddy Daughter Day since she was little, after watching “Daddy Day Care” for the first time.

Reimagining ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

I’m a huge fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and consider it one of the greatest TV shows of all time. I love this new comic book series from BOOM! Studios that reboots BTVS and reimagines what the characters would be like if they’re coming of age now instead of the 90s. The characters are still familiar, but it’s fun to see how their personalities and situations have changed due to a different set of experiences and access to resources that weren’t around or were difficult to come by in the 90s.

For instance, as one comment on a Facebook post puts it, some of the things that were nerdy or alternative in the 90s are more mainstream now, and it’s easier to find people who have similar interests thanks to online resources and social media. How would this different milieu change Buffy, Willow, Xander, and the rest of the gang?

This screenshot of Issue #3 is from the digital comic book I purchased on ComiXology. Yes, like some people, Anya can’t tell Sweden and Switzerland apart LOL.

Stop blaming consumers for climate change

It’s always easier to put the blame on citizens and consumers, for, say, alleged lack of discipline. Instead of addressing the root cause of many of society’s ills, namely the greed of politicians, businessmen, and the elite.

Here’s an excellent article from Fast Company.

“If just a few companies and countries are responsible for so much of global greenhouse gas emissions, then why is our first response to blame individuals for their consumption patterns? It shouldn’t be–businesses and governments need to take responsibility for curbing industrial emissions.”

What’s even more laughable is that wealthy nations, who bear most of the responsibility for climate change, put the burden on poorer countries.

Yes, as individuals we can and should contribute to change, but governments and businesses should stop passing the buck.

What do you truly desire?

In a fast-moving world filled with so many distractions, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what’s truly important.

Here’s a great reminder that we have to prioritize to live a life that reflects our values.

“You can clarify your priorities and get your life on track by asking yourself these two simple questions:

“What do I truly desire?

“and

“What is standing in my way?”

Live the life you want today. No one else will live it for you.

Happy 30th Birthday, World Wide Web!

Thirty years ago today, the World Wide Web was conceived. Here’s an important letter from the man who invented the web on March 12, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

“Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it’s understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. But given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.”

It’s time for us to take back control of the web.