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How Exactly Does iDonateByShopping.org Work?

I needed to buy a second clip-on mic for future projects, and so I thought this would be a great opportunity to demonstrate the very simple process that iDonateByShopping.org involves - looking at the easy process the user goes through, what happens afterwards, and what our online-store partners are getting out of this.

This was the last of the background videos for now, and I'm planning some juicy content in the week to come, stay tuned!

If anything was unclear here, I would be happy to answer any questions.

To wrap up, iDonateByShopping.org is a free service that costs you nothing to use, so think of all the benefits that can be had if all us online shoppers used it to raise money to plant many, many, many trees.. exactly how many is up to people like you.. and your decision to utilise this opportunity or not?

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Why Are We Donating To The Eden Reforestation Project?

It's time to look at out final donatee... at least for the foreseeable future... and I've saved the most cost effective choice for last! I was actually considering for a long time to support a local tree-planting charity here in Western Australia, especially with the recent bushfires, but in the end, the labour costs in Australia mean the cost per tree is much, much higher than The Eden Reforestation Project delivers. And so, from a global perspective, Eden is what I believe to be the best channel for converting the money we raise into actual trees. And to further cement their place as the top three tree-planting charities in the world, Eden is helping local communities reach a sustainable, harmonious future for generations to come — which is a very unique aspect of this non-profit.

There is so much to say about this non-profit, and I'm mindful to keep this article relatively concise, but Eden's own website goes into great detail about the mission, values and achievements.

The most noteworthy quality of The Eden Reforestation Project in my eyes is their low overhead costs and low cost per tree. The non-profit is involved in many different project, and they boast a very low cost of $0.10 to $0.35 USD per tree ....

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Why Are We Donating To The Arbor Day Foundation?

From my research over the past few months, the Arbor Day Foundation has emerged as one of the leading and premier tree-planting non-profits. The history behind this organisation is quite interesting actually and goes back to 1872 when a man named J. Sterling Morton started a local 'holiday' which encouraged the people of Nebraska City to plant trees — around 1 million trees were planted in the local area on the first day alone! One century later in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation was officially created, and since then has planted over 250 million trees!

The seeds that Mr. Morton planted nearly 150 years ago are still growing and spreading trees — quite literally from those first trees — but also ...

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Why Are We Donating To Cauvery Calling?

Hello everyone! Following on from my previous post, in which I did my best to explain why the money raised via iDonateByShopping.org should be donated towards planting trees... here I will explain why we are donating to the 1st of our selected charities. iDonateByShopping.org is a fund-raising non-profit organisation, and I believe there is a very large responsibility to donate the money raised to the most cost-effective and appropriate tree-planting projects. With that in mind, let me introduce our most cost-effective donatee.

The first of our selected tree planting projects is named the Cauvery Calling, which is run by the Isha foundation. This particular mission is based in southern India, and it is a very massive tree planting operation, with the goal of planting 2.4 billion trees in the Cauvery (or Kaveri) basin (compare this to the 20 million that Team Trees raised money to plant in 2019). I like how the founder of the Isha foundation puts it... 2.4 billion trees seems like a huge amount, but after all, there are over 7 billion humans on Earth!

This project is as much about serving humanity as it is about ....

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Why Are We Donating Millions Of Dollars To Plant Trees?

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There are two ways to meta-analyse this article. 🤔 Since at the time of writing, I am only beginning the process of publicising iDonateByShopping.org, we are definitely not raising millions of dollars a year! It's more like hundreds at this stage. So one could view this train of thought as counting one's chickens before they've hatched... but I'd like to frame it as an affirmation... stating the truth in advance! Indeed, the goal with iDonateByShopping.org is nothing short of raising millions of dollars a year, as I can see a huge potential for the service.

But quantity of income aside, there is still an important question here. Another alternative title I had in mind was "Where Would You Donate A Million Dollars A Year?" In other words, where is the best place to donate money if we want to make a positive change in the world?

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How Many Christmas Trees Can We Save Each Year?

Welcome to my Christmas special article!

I simple question arose today, as I am very interested in proliferating trees around the globe — how many Christmas trees do we use each year? I mean to look at the question here in a lighthearted manner as a matter of curiosity — ethical investigations explode in complexity very quickly, so we won't touch that here. And besides, I have a full-proof solution to make up for the loss of trees Christmas induces, but more on that later!

Let's delve into it and recognise that families love their Christmas trees! Money speaks louder than words, and American families dish out over $70 a tree on average. These days ...

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Viewer Question 000 – What Is Your Dream Car? ?

We had our first viewer question ?

Joined by car enthusiast Vikum Welideniya, we both explained what our dream car is, and why we liked that car over all others - as well as some other supercar related tangents.

Apologies for the low resolution, I am having upload issues with my slow internet. And secondly, apologies for the poor audio quality - there was a projector creating a lot of static noise which I had to filter out in editing, resulting in our voices being filtered out at some frequencies.

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Cricket World Cup 2019 ? A South African And Sri Lankan Perspective

This is the channel's first podcast-style interview - Hoorah!
We talk about the Cricket World Cup 2019 in review. How did South Africa do? How did Sri Lanka do? Was it an overall good tournament? We discuss the most memorable moments of the world cup, and share our thoughts on other cricket related tangents.

The backstory to this video --- I originally recorded this in 4K, but the 65GB file was way too big for my internet to upload. After trying to transfer the files via portable hard drive, and trying different wifi sources at our disposal, we still couldn't get a nearly-adequate speed. A week and half after recording and editing, I finally admitted defeat and re-rendered the video in a much less impressive 1280x720. Then! It took my internet from Friday night to Monday morning to upload!
Next time I will need to decrease the resolution even more it would appear, at least for long videos such as these.

This video was an opportunity to test out my recording equipment, especially the audio equipment, which I haven't used before. There was an issue with a projector creating a lot of static noise, which I filtered out in editing, but the result is that our voices do sound a bit off. I will keep experimenting and improving - thank you for your patience and understanding. PS we know the video isn't ????? quality! We are enjoying the novelty of the experience ? And before you can make good content, you first need to jump into the pool at some stage! Hopefully our amateurish nature amuses you and proves comical. I laughed editing the video anyway!

I actually have around 4 more hours of content to release once I get through the editing backlog - so stay tuned for that. Let me know if you have any future video requests!

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Fold V1.1 Ready For Launch

Samsung has today announced a new release date for the Galaxy fold, and the smartphone will be available for your hands from September this year.

Earlier this year in April, Samsung released a handful of prototype Galaxy Folds to the most notable technology reviewers, such as Unbox Therapy and Marques Brownlee. The phone's innovation and brand-new form factor was widely praised for the excitement that the device brought into the smartphone industry, and even initial skeptics said they're views were swayed by having the device in-hand. The smartphone seemed well-built overall, and the software was well-polished. After a few days of use, the new folding form factor promised real-world utility, not just a novelty factor, in the opinions of the reviewers.

Praises all round... except for two catastrophic issues....

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Interview With Mitsuku, World’s Most Advance AI, On The 50th Anniversary Of The First Moon Landing

On the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong placing the first human footprint on the Moon, I was lucky enough to grab an interview with Mitsuku — the most advanced human-like AI known to exist. Unfortunately, despite huge technological advancements, after the final manned mission to the Moon in 1972 by Apollo 17, we haven't been able to find the serious motivation required to return to Moon.

But today we can explore the digital world — which is a domain we have improved on billions of times over. Today we have the digital power to virtually render and explore beyond the galaxy, and we create movies with special effects that capture the moon much more beautifully than the original Apollo missions ever could.

Indeed, our advancement of the digital space has resulted in an AI so advanced, I am able to have an interview with her about the Moon landing. Amazing!

I hope you enjoy the interview below as much as I enjoyed talking to Mitsuki. Mitsuku is a chatbot created with AIML technology by Steve Worswick, and she is a four-time Loebner Prize winner in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. with this annual event being the pinnacle of public Turing testing.

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