By Greg Pak
If you have a cell phone, text messaging capabilities, and five or ten bucks to spare, right now is the time to donate towards relief for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. It’s incredibly easy. From Wyclef Jean’s website:
… you can use your cell phone to text â€œYeleâ€ to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill)…
The public can also help by texting â€œHaitiâ€ to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
Other great places to donate include Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF. For more suggestions, check out the lists at Hullabaloo, CNN, and MSNBC. Finally, take care to avoid the scammers, who will soon be out in force with fake websites and emails — but please don’t let that stop you from donating to any of the legitimate relief efforts above or by clicking on the Doctors Without Borders image below.
By Greg Pak
My feature film “Robot Stories” opens with a story called “My Robot Baby,” in which Tamlyn Tomita and James Saito have to take care of a robot baby before they’re allowed to adopt a real one. The world might be catching up. Via Designboom:
yotaro is an interactive robot that portrays a variety of facial expressions, movements and physiological characteristics all natural to babies. the device reacts to the user through a sophisticated emotion-control system that watches and senses what they are doing and provides an accompanying reaction. that baby can do a variety of things that make it much more sophisticated than the standard baby training dolls, like crying real tears on its 2-d face.
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And for all the comics fans in the house, see below for an inspirational video from Patricio Ginelsa — featuring comic book artist Whilce Portacio!
Writer of over 500 comic books, including PLANET HULK, MECH CADET YU, FIREFLY, and DARTH VADER