In honor of Earth Day, I have found two new websites that connect us globally. One connects us through beauty via technology and the other through recycling inginuity via technology.
- The Eternal Sunset… (http://eternalsunset.net)
I love this website because it takes me to real places across the planet and lets me peak in to their world. What do I see? The sun setting. That’s it. No drama, no people (for the most part), no commotion. It’s just a real time view of the sun setting, where ever it may be setting any time day or night. Because somewhere on this planet the sun is setting for someone. Some of the pictures are beautiful, some of them not so much. But it takes me to another place in another time and reminds me of how small the planet has become although I feel very small in it. Here’s some more info on The Entrnal Sunset:
Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different webcams, chasing the sunset around the globe. This service is currently provided through the use of 261 west-facing webcams across 48 countries.
Eternal Sunset is a virtual space where time is passing but where the daily cycle of day and night has come to a freeze at sunset; a space where the sun is always going down but never goes under. Complementing the increased efficiency and productivity associated with the internet, Eternal Sunset celebrates the romantic beauty enabled by that same technology.
- .Swaptree… (http://swaptree.com)
What do you get when you cross Craigslist, Limewire & Dumpster Diving? You get Swaptree. Don’t we all have old books, dvds, movies, etc. that just sit around on shelves or in drawers that take up space and are rarely if ever touched. Many of these items get thrown out or just take up space. But what if you could swap with someone who wanted that very book for another book that you have been dying to get your hands on.
Well here’s a small way to save a few trees. It’s easy an fun. Log on to Swaptree, list the items you have that you want to get rid of and immediately you will see what someone is willing to swap you for it. Click on the item you want and view the details of the swap. All you pay is for shipping or find someone local to swap with and meet at your local Starbuck. I did a test run and found out I could get a copy of the Office: Season ? for swapping Toy Story. Now that is a deal! Especially for the moms out there who, if you are like me, have baskets full of movies the kids will no longer watch!
So in the privacy of your own home you can help save some trees and watch a live sunset in Paris. Doing good via technology.