Google and the OLPC project have teamed up to show stories of children who received the little green laptops. Since these stories come from the developing world, they've turned out a bit different than Gawker or your cousin's LiveJournal. Our first blog entry comes from Darfur.
Day has been lame. Stood in line for nine hours to get water for the family. When I got home, played this vocab game and won 30 grains of rice. Not sure how they'll send the rice to me. Bummer because I could have used some dinner. GTG, baby brother's crying again. Probably just his dysentery. God I do NOT want to change that diaper.
We are so glad to have this computer! The entire village has spent hours laughing at the many videos on YouTube (Grandma Kalkot says hello to Dr. Diet Coke and Dr. Mentos the firework makers!).
The only problem is that due to our lust for the computer, we have abandoned our farms, our hunting, and all other useful work. Yesterday I caught one of the men with the laptop, hitting himself between the legs while watching a movie of a man and woman wrestling. I fear our tiny island community will be wiped out as we sit gaping at the green machine.
DEAR MOST EXCELLENT READERS, I HOPE YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED FOR WHAT I AM TELLING YOU. I HAVE ULTIMATE FAITH IN YOUR COMMENTING AS GENEROUS AND TRUSTWORTHY. MY FATHER, A COLONEL IN THE DIGG ARMY, DEPOSITED 5,000,000 PAGEVIEWS IN A BLOG POST, BUT HE WAS UNFORTUNATELY BANNED BEFORE HE COULD RETRIEVE THE FUNDS. KNOWING YOU READERS TO BE TRANSPARENT IN BUSINESS, I ASK YOU TO LEND ONE DIGG BY GIVING ME YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION, FOR A DEPOSIT THAT WILL HELP US FREE THE PAGEVIEWS. SINCERELY, BANGURA BANGURA.
Got time between public hangings, so I have a moment to tell you about this great Facebook group I found, "In Honor of Mall Victims." It's in memorial to the nine victims of the senseless shooting in Omaha, America. There is good news on the group, such as that the mall has bravely opened less than two days after the tragedy, to defend people's rights to get 20% additional off a red tag sale price. I was so touched by the love of the Facebook users, many of whom bought teddy bear icons for the families of the victims, that I tried to invite my friends to the group. Unfortunately they were all killed by a suicide bomber last week.
Dear OLPC, I need to confess. Jealous that kids in developing nations were getting cooler computers than my mom's iMac (it's the cherry-colored one), I posed as an orphan from Madagascar to get a laptop. Now I'd like to return it, after I've read about the plights of the many children who need this opportunity to expand their world. Plus World of Warcraft lags like a bitch and my guild is pissed.