One Day on Earth: Documenting the World’s Story

One Day on Earth is pretty much the coolest thing ever. It’s kind of exciting. Basically, it’s an organization made up of multiple NPOs and other companies, photographers, videographers, and just normal people like you and me taking a look at what’s going on all in one day.

Here’s their site description:

On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the second annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.

Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth’s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.

They have a trailer from last year’s One Day on Earth video (10/10/10):

One Day on Earth is a great way to bring everyone in the world together for one day. The births, the traffic incidents, the sunrises and sunsets, the every day life of everyone on Earth. It’s a beautiful way to remind us that we’re all people living on the same planet going about our lives. That’s some unifying stuff!

 

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Lamenting Hyrule

Why can’t video games be remembered and appreciated for what they were? I suppose every generation says this, for the Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation, etc. even the GameBoy, but man do I miss those days where the video games of my youth were not some plot-less slasher, or a way to steal cars or teabag your fallen foes (although those certainly existed then and do more-so these days). Hands-down my top three video games were always Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy X – and boy do I miss them.

Recently I’ve thought about reviving them, repurchasing an N64 or even setting up the Wii to download Zelda, or getting a PS2 … but then I play Civilization instead, because I still have the newest version on my laptop, too lazy to buy the old games, and smart enough to realize I don’t have the time to play them like I used to. Sure, there’s the old Mario Kart which has been readapted for the Wii that I can still play, and I know there are constantly new RPGs coming out every year, but somehow it’s not the same. Somehow not playing as Link, Sora, or Tidus – not using the Keyblade, or playing Blitzball, or storming into the temples in Spira just seems empty.

There are things about our childhood that we treasure simply because it always holds a special place in our hearts. Much like the book series of Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia touched me at that young age, so did these games. Not the games that were vulgar enough to corrupt me as such a young girl, but games that were good vs. evil, games where you had to actually use your head (or your guidebook for those lucky people..) to figure it out and outsmart the enemy – who was somehow always bigger, stronger, and more numerous! As we grow up I think we lose track of the bigger picture in life because we’re so caught up in the now – how many drinks we’re going to have every weekend, how many times we’ve updated our Facebook or checked Twitter..

Sometimes it takes a fantasy world to remind us of our own life and that it’s bigger than we think it is – or it can be if we let it. Also, this post has now prompted me to go enjoy my childhood memories!

Ode to Fall

Autumn. The sun shines through the leaves as they change colors, turning as a deep blood orange, rays of warmth through the coldness of winter. The in-between. There is something beautiful about this time, when life seems to hang like a fine thread, embracing both the ice of winter and the warmth of summer, and somehow finding both. And neither. Where birds still sing to you, trying to wake you up to their beautiful song instead of your alarm clock, a reminder that life goes on, whether you are part of it or not. But you get up, because you inherently desire to embrace the last vestiges of warm weather. A reminder that you’re still clinging on to warm, lazy summer nights. But not in fall. The mornings are cool reminders of the day ahead of you, the bustling of the city streets, people walking past you, pulling at their jackets and sweaters to keep them warm. When it rains you can see your breath, you can smell the snow in the air. When you go hiking the air is crisp and fresh, and you are surrounded by beautiful trees, and the sounds of birds chirping in the distance. The valley below looks warm and inviting, the trees a bright fire that grows beneath your feet. There’s something about the cool fall weather that makes you feel so pensive. Maybe it’s because you can feel the earth changing, growing older, or maybe it’s because at the end of a long day, you can simply wrap yourself up in a nice, down blanket, open a good book, and sip some tea. Watching the leaves fall down around you. Because it’s Fall.

Isolation at its best.

There are three kinds of people. Those who seek out isolation as a way to be alone for whatever reason, those who balance out their crazy, hectic lives with a little solitude and serenity, and those who cannot be by themselves many times because they are uncomfortable with their self and the thought of being alone in the world. Whatever the reason, people today have an odd way of living their isolation out to extremes. Whether it’s through iPod headphones, watching movies/Netflix on our phones or even on our laptops, technology has made our lives extremely lonesome. We no longer depend on people for our every day needs. If we need to contact someone, sending a simple two-letter text can suffice instead of getting off our butts and visiting them, or calling to chat on the phone. Even driving in a car for hours to and from work is isolating in itself – blast your music and you can’t even hear the cop sirens chasing by you, or the ambulances on their way to save a life. By living in a bubble it can be hard to see what’s going on around you and care.

People seem to think that if they were to care about anything, they’d have to care about everything – and seriously, who has time for all that nonsense?! I’ve met a fair few people in my day who I can honestly say are compassionate. That doesn’t mean they obsess over every little aspect of life, but they empathize with life as a whole. See the big picture not just the world you want to see. Others I’ve known tend to find one thing and focus on it – for some this is charity work, in its many forms. For others it’s politics – and lord knows, living in the DC Metro area, there are plenty of those! But it seems to me that there’s a fine line between the compassionate type of care and the obsessive type. For plenty of political activists, this becomes evident when they would rather fight than actually logically defend what they believe, when being open-minded is an assault on their “knowledge.” I find that the best arguments are those in which the people actually know what they are talking about, both sides of the argument and why they chose the one they did. Much like putting on their headphones, it’s easy to simply believe in something without making an active decision. But like solitude, knowing the Whys are what separates us from the animals of the earth.

I happen to be one of those people who likes their solitude. Not in ignorance, but rather in observation. By listening instead of speaking, hearing instead of talking, looking instead of ignoring, reaching out rather than pulling back, we can gain a knowledge and understanding of the world that most people don’t have. It doesn’t matter about what, just that you’re constantly evaluating the world around you.

Modern technology has made isolation unavoidable. You can either embrace it or avoid it. Instead of losing ourselves in being alone, or going the opposite route and being too scared of ourselves or (sometimes lack of) our thoughts, why not use your time by yourself, in meditation, noticing the world around you and your place inside of it. Noticing the people you interact with and what makes them who they are. When people realize that you are capable of understanding where you are as a person, you gain respect.

Hello world!

Starting a new blog opens so many doors to new thoughts and adventures that I can write about! Since you don’t really know me (or at least not virtually yet) let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a recent graduate from a very good public university…spent 3 years in college and it was the best and worst time of my life. Learned a lot (I would hope) considering I’m now several thousand dollars in debt. A lot changes in 3 years – people who you thought were your friends turned out to be your enemies at worst – stagnant friends at best – while others suddenly appear in your life as the best people you could ever hope to meet. I turn 21 in 10 days, and I’ve decided that the biggest piece of myself I’ve come to realize is that I’m a complete and total Contradiction. Let me explain:

1. I was a history major, have always been a total history nerd and am therefore incredibly obsessed with Tradition and Conservative notions. On the other hand…I’ve done my share of partying (perhaps drugs) and the lifestyle that goes along with it, and am one of the most laid back open-minded people I know.

2. I live in 2011, like to have control in every relationship/friendship I’m in, and yet everything about being a housewife calls to me – cooking, cleaning, folding laundry, and families :o) and the 1960s is my favorite time period.

3. I have a knack for the business world and love economics, military history, accounting, marketing, and statistics – but I choose to be a stipended Intern for a Non-Profit instead because it’s more rewarding (and no I clearly don’t mean money-wise).

4. I was a huge party girl in college, and yet I’d rather be home with hot chocolate and tea, reading Ender’s Game, Jane Austen, Jurassic Park, or Twilight any day.

5. …and I am totally able to wear heels while still playing Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, and Final Fantasy. Yes..it’s possible.

And guess what? I’m not alone! I’m pretty sure everyone has similar traits and so in a way none of these things make me unique. But being chronically ill since i was 11 years old has made me a pretty good judge of everything involving human nature and the concept of life. Something I’d like to share with anyone I can, and in turn know more about other people and their wants, desires, and thoughts.

So welcome to my blog! I’m the Modern day Briseis – being caught between two worlds is arguably the most informative place to be, it allows you to know both sides of life and appreciate either one for its beauty.