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Where the Hell is Matt?

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Here’s yet another post with yet another video that anyone who has spent more than 2 minutes on the internet has seen. Except me. Mind you, I saw Matt Harding’s first two dancing videos, but the third one, which came out about half a year ago, had somehow escaped my attention until last week. You can watch it above, but you would be better off going to this link and watching it at the youtube website, where you can select the option of viewing in high definition. There’s something surprisingly joyful and uplifting about Matt’s videos.

You can learn more about Matt at his website. Among other things, you’ll learn that he now lives in Seattle. He made the first of his three videos on his own, but was sponsored by Stride gum for the next two. David Pogue, in his blog last week, had an interesting post about the difficulties Matt had filming one of the scenes in this latest video in HD. (That’s how I realized the third video existed.)

By the way, I can’t resist linking to a blog post from almost three months ago that draws an interesting contrast between Sarah Palin and Matt.

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Categories: Culture, Travel

Girl Effect

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

The video above on the Girl Effect may not be new, but I didn’t see it until yesterday. I recommend it. It had the effect, as Gail and I were in the midst of making our end-of-year charitable donations last night, of leading us to some organizations we were not familiar with, resulting in our making a donation to one of them.

Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, had a blog post yesterday that linked to the video, which is how I found it. You can also see it at the Girl Effect website, which has additional information. The premise of the girl effect, as Kristof explains, is that “foreign assistance often won’t work unless women are front and center. For example, educating boys has many benefits, but there’s pretty good evidence that educating girls is even more effective — primarily because it does more to reduce the number of children in the next generation. Moreover, men already tend to be in the labor force, while educating girls and training them or giving them capital tends to encourage them to participate in the economy in ways that bring real benefits to the household and to the entire economy.”

A fact sheet at the girleffect website notes that “when a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.” Also, “when women and girls earn income, they invest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.”

Two more videos after the jump.
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Categories: Culture, Education, Politics