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5 MORE Ways You Can Help Your College Go Green
5 MORE Ways You Can Help Your College Go Green

Photo: Tulane Public RelationsYou’ve graduated. That doesn’t mean that your relationship with your alma mater has to end.In fact, you hold much more influence over your school now then you did when you were a student on campus.Every college and university wants to keep alumni happy; they’re crucial to building and sustaining a school’s endowment.

What Makes Travel Abroad Unique, and Why Should Americans Do It?
What Makes Travel Abroad Unique, and Why Should Americans Do It?

Why is it so important to travelers and travel bloggers that Americans do or don’t travel abroad?There’s plenty of reasoning about why Americans don’t travel abroad. Travel bloggers speculate on whether it’s fear of a big, scary world, or ignorance of other cultures, or short vacation time, or the simple fact that there’s a helluva lot of stuff to do in the U.

Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?
Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?

Photo: simminchSome say yes, calling foreign aid a form of neo-colonialism that does not alleviate poverty, but in fact perpetuates it.I had a particularly privileged friend during high school—let’s call him Joe. On Joe’s sixteenth birthday, his father bought him a brand new Audi, a truly sweet piece of machinery.

My 5 Hilarious Travel Photos
My 5 Hilarious Travel Photos

If you missed the big announcement on Monday, this is my entry in the 5 Hilarious Travel Photos contest.Entries have already started trickling in, which you can read by scrolling down and looking beneath the “recent readers” widget. I’ll be adding all the entries as they are submitted, up until the April 22 deadline.

3 Ingredients for Creativity; Music, Exercise & Nature
3 Ingredients for Creativity; Music, Exercise & Nature

Sometimes it seems impossible to muster a creative keystroke.That is when I fall back on my 3 ingredients;Music, Exercise & Nature.Most of my ideas for stories, videos, articles and projects-yet-to-be come when I am either on my bike or running.It is precisely when I am not at the computer, trying to think and be creative that I am able, with the help of my 3 ingredients, to get real creative work done.

Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques
Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques

Don’t leave that pocket yoga guide – or more importantly, your breath – at home.So you survived, and possibly even thrived, Thanksgiving with your family or friends.Nobody got hit in the face with a ham/turkey/tofurkey/turduken, got raging drunk and spoke of Uncle Harold’s penchant for wearing women’s pantyhose, or swallowed a bottle-cap and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery in the middle of the night.

What does one page of a UN report cost?
What does one page of a UN report cost?

How much could one piece of paper cost? Feature photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Photo: BekathwiaThe United Nations… it’s a great idea. But the logistics of holding the world together is messy… and expensive.A few years back, I took a tour of the United Nations.I stopped by the information desk and noticed a stack of booklets, each stamped with the date.

The Role of the 21st Century Traveler
The Role of the 21st Century Traveler

For many travelers visiting a country wracked by the scourges of war, famine, or poverty, it is an overwhelming experience.My own visit to Cambodia earlier this year provoked a variety of emotions in me: from the shock of begging lepers in the streets of Phnom Penh, to the outrage of hearing personal accounts of the Khmer Rouge and their systematic genocide in the late 1970’s.

What’s The Worst Thing That’s Attacked You?
What’s The Worst Thing That’s Attacked You?

Where there’s jungle, there’s nasty creepy crawly creatures lurking to sting, bite, or paralyze you.Or at least that’s what we’re led to believe when listening to local guides with a macabre sense of humour.During my travels, I’ve survived encounters with deadly Fijian sea snakes, tarantulas in Australia’s Outback, and even a face-to-face stare down with some local Vancouver deer.

Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com
Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com

What is it?Slideroll.com allows you to create simple, elegant flash slideshows online and publish them to any website.Who Makes It?A guy named Geoffrey P. GaudreaultWhy should you use it? I’ve been on a mission to find the best free Flash slideshow generator, and I think my search may have finally reached its end.

The End is Near
The End is Near

The time has come for Christine Garvin to move on.Christine and Carlo in NYCI wanted to let you all know that after over a year and a half of co-editing BNT, I will be leaving at the end of November.I’m sad to go, and will miss you guys dearly, but I’m in the process of taking on a few different projects that will take up a lot of my time.

Pocket Cultures invites Matadorians to participate in writing contest
Pocket Cultures invites Matadorians to participate in writing contest

Tell a story about a children’s game for your chance to be published by Pocket Cultures.Our friends at Pocket Cultures are putting together a book and they want to give you a chance to be in it.Several MatadorU students and grads write for Pocket Cultures, a website whose mission is to ” increase connections, awareness and understanding between different cultures.

The Evolution of My Christmas
The Evolution of My Christmas

The only certainty is change.WHEN I WAS a little kid, I remember tip-toeing to my stocking to see if Santa had visited yet. It was after midnight. Where was my stuff? I’d go back to bed, toss for half an hour (I was way too excited to sleep) and check again. Still nothing. Then I’d finally fall asleep until the morning and the stocking would be full.

Interesting Blog Post on Social Media and Activism
Interesting Blog Post on Social Media and Activism

Check out this blog post on GIGAOM, written in response to claims by Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point) that social media is irrelevant when it comes to “real activism”: Gladwell Still Missing the Point About Social Media and Activism. The comments in particular are very interesting.For me, the key paragraph in the post is this:But as sociology professor Zeynep Tufekci argues in a blog post responding to Gladwell — and as we argued in a recent post here — the point is not that social media tools like Twitter and Facebook cause revolutions in any real sense.

Beginner’s Guide to Dumpster Diving
Beginner’s Guide to Dumpster Diving

If there was ever a mantra from the Great Depression, it was “Waste not want not.” If there was ever another time that the statement holds just as true, it’s now.Photo: inhisgraceI grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and in my youth there were one or two days a year for “Big Trash Pickup.” The entire town put bulky items that weren’t worth holding onto out on the curb; the wilier citizens were free to comb through the discarded belongings before the garbage men picked them up.

Wrestling With a Missed Connection in Chile
Wrestling With a Missed Connection in Chile

The latest in the Blast From the Past series revisits a road romance that never happened.MANY YEARS AGO I sat at a desk with a blank airmail letter and poured my heart out to a girl in Portugal I had briefly met, had a long conversation with, and then fell for. It was silly, irrational, and embarrassing.

SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)
SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)

Take 44 mins one of these days and watch this. It won “Best Environmental Film” at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2011.Enbridge wants to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta oilsands (the dirtiest oil in the world) to the west coast of BC through the Great Bear Rainforest, so tankers can cart off the oil to other nations.

6 Recommended Photography Podcasts
6 Recommended Photography Podcasts

Documentary Photographer Ryan Libre shares his list of recommended photography podcasts.PHOTOGRAPHY podcasts have been essential to my progression as a photographer.They have taught me so much about photography gear, business skills, places to publish, as well as provided endless example of projects, and given me the chance to dig deeply into the philosophy and history of the medium.

No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?
No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?

English teaching in Japan is still a lucrative gig, but the days of easy money and great benefits might be coming to an end.After teaching English in Japan with the JET Program for two years, I saved enough money to travel in Southeast Asia for over a year and launch my career in travel writing.I lived rent free, didn’t work very hard and sent home about $1,500 per month.

Ignorance or Bravery?  A “Moral Holiday” in Indonesia
Ignorance or Bravery? A “Moral Holiday” in Indonesia

Photos: authorAn American gets in over her head searching for challenge and adventure, and comes to understand something quite different from what she set out to learn.“Is it a man of a war?” I asked my boyfriend. In an instant, the scalding burn of the sting had progressed into an ache, shooting its way to my groin from the blisters it had left on my ankle.