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See our friends at Ride Nature featured in the Naples News on, with photos, mission and explanation of their latest trip to Nicaragua.

Photo by David Main

Surf’s up! Naples company, Ride Nature, spreads good vibrations on Nicaragua trip
In mid-May, eight young people from Naples — boarder types, you know, surf, skate, snow — head off to Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America.

All but one have never been there before. Don’t know what to expect. Don’t even speak Spanish.

Instead of luggage they have a multitude of big, fat boxes, bursting at the seams, filled with clothing, shoes and sports gear. They’ve come to Nicaragua to give it all away, but exactly to whom, they don’t know yet.

They don’t have much money. They really don’t have a clue. What they do have — in abundance — is hope.

Photo by David Main

On May 18, Koch, Shannon, Shadley, Koch’s 19-year-old sister Emily, brothers David and Kenny Main, Morgan Leonard and Matt Selva, all from Naples, arrived in San Juan del Sur.

For the next week, the group visited schools and towns. From donations and fundraisers in Southwest Florida, the Ride Nature team was able to give away more than 400 articles of new clothing, nearly 50 pairs of new shoes, 23 skateboards and six surfboards.

They also gave away about 20 soccer balls, 24 baseballs, and school supplies to several of the local schools in San Juan and Rivas.

“It went better than we ever hoped for,” Koch said. “Personally, it also made me realize how blessed I really am. Many of the people there lived in shacks. I saw how simple there lives are but how happy they are.

“I’m grateful for what we have. There’s so much more we can do.”

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A brief moment of reflection. Rest In Peace, a Tribute to Guru.

The brainwave causes vessels to circulate like constellations reflect at night off the lake
word to the father and mother earth, seeking everlasting life through this hell for what its worth
look listen and observe and watch another sea cycle
pullin my peeps to the curb, heed the words, its like ghetto style proverbs
the righteous man sacrifice to get what they deserve
cannot afford to be confined to a cell, brainwaves swell, turning a desert to a well
experience the best teacher thoughts will spring like streetsweepers
little daddy street preacher, illustrious feature
narrator you select accompanied by Deck plus the DJ you respect
seven and a half combined over the frontline
the ten percenters promotin slander in the air time
bear in mind jewels be the tools of the trade
sharp blades heavenly praise and dues are paid

Above the crowds above the clouds, where the sounds are original
infinite skills create miracles,warrior spiritual
Above the clouds raining down
Holdin it down
– Guru

Contributed by: Gemmy Jay of OurNewEnvironment

If you don’t think this is the future, I suggest you take another look.

“Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin”
by Nick Bilton

The group Mr. Negroponte heads, One Laptop Per Child, has developed a slate computer set to be released in 2012 that will cost less than $100. Plastic and, he said, unbreakable, the computer will resemble the iPad and will “use so little power you should be able to shake it or wind it up to give it power.”

Some computer developers envision tablet computers so flexible that you will literally be able to roll them up and slip them in your bag or pocket — just as you would do with a newspaper or magazine today — and then unfurl them on the train.

The military is helping lead the way to that future. Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center is working with the United States Army to build flexible, nonbreakable screens and devices for use on the battlefield.

“Truly bendable displays have other engineering challenges to solve just beyond making the screens bend,” said Nick Colaneri, director of the flexible display center. “Still, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some start to make it to market in innovative designs in the next three to five years.”

“You’ll be able to cut, paste and exchange your favorite passages, using them in the same promiscuous way we now use online text and video to argue, think, or express how we’re feeling,” Mr. Thompson said.

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This video was posted in October 2007 by Professor Michael Wesch, Professor at Kansas State University.

The awakening is and already has been in motion.  Life changes, will you?

A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.