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…The Rickshaw Run is 2,000 miles of crazy?

Rickshaw Run Logo

Having been to India and seen the craziness that is the rickshaw firsthand, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to travel 2,000 miles in one, but that is just what 34 teams from seven countries are doing for the Rickshaw Run charity adventure.

Rickshaw Run Map

Traveling from Cochin in Southern India through “police, mechanical disasters, shocking pot-holed roads and heart-stopping winding mountain tracks”, the teams will pilot their rickshaws to Darjeeling in Northern India over the course of two weeks (or more for some unfortunate teams).

Rickshaw Run Rickshaw

The rickshaws are 145 cc, two stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, four speed, three wheeled death traps with 7 hp and a hydraulic expanding show to slow you down from the top speed of 55 kmph (though they go faster down hill). The roads are described as “average, bad, terrible and non-existent depending on where you go”. At the end of the run, the rickshaws will be donated to local taxi drivers who are usually forced to work day and night just to pay off the huge debt they take on from purchasing their rickshaw, and donations will be made to Mercy Corp, the trip’s fundraising partner. I just wish good luck and good vaccinations to those who participate.

[Rickshaw Run]

[Via: PistonHeads]

…MacHeist is over and the bundle is a steal?

MacHeist

The heists are over, and MacHeist has started to sell the bundle, an amazing collection of award-winning applications, for a ridiculously low $49 (over 80% off the normal price). As an added bonus, when you buy the bundle, 25% of your purchase is donated to a charity of your choice. Already, the value of the bundle has reached $288.75, and if 10,000 bundles are sold, the value will increase to $356.74. Those who participated in all of the heists, and who purchase the bundle (provided that 10,000 of them are sold), will received a combined $608.24 worth of applications for only $39. I applaud the MacHeist crew for the amazing MacVenture they managed to put on. The heists were challenging, far reaching, and above all, fun, the apps are beyond what I think anyone expected, and the price is unbeatable. Hopefully this ushers in a new breed of interactive sales games, creative selling methods, and a growth of the independent Mac developer community as a whole. So if you like great deals, Mac software, and charity, head on over to MacHeist and buy the bundle. Hubert would want you to.

[MacHeist]

…There are eight Diggsonalities?

Valleywag is starting a series of posts called Diggbait, a blatant (and smart) attempt to get onto the front page of Digg. Thankfully, it’s being done as a charity drive (in addition to the nice and easy advertising), with various and hopefully numerous people and companies agreeing to donate $10 per Diggbait entry that gets onto the Digg front page to Child’s Play, a charity that donates toys to kids in hospitals around the country (and who doesn’t love that). Their first entry, The 8 People You Meet On Digg, is a very funny, and very accurate portrayal of the various Diggsonalities. Included are The Überdigger, Kevin Rose’s Special Friend, The Mastur-Digg-baiter, and The Value Adder. Read through for a full description, and don’t forget to Digg me down.

[The 8 People You Meet On Digg]

[Child’s Play]

[Diggbait]

[Via: Digg]

…Gerald Fraller is selling his soul?

Win My Soul

Gerald Fraller has seen better days. Gerald Fraller is a little down on life right now. Gerald Fraller is looking to turn his life around. Gerald Fraller is selling his soul. That’s right, his soul. This isn’t just some run of the mill eBay soul sale though. Buying Gerald’s soul means buying a contractual agreement that covers many parts of Gerald’s life, and lucrative parts at that. What kind of value does Gerald’s soul have? Well, I guess that all depends on the results of Gerald’s life, but here’s a run down of what’s included (in the words of Gerald):

  1. A clause, which entitles the buyer to a percentage of my taxable income for the rest of my life with a guaranteed minimum of $500.00 per year.
  2. A clause, which entitles the buyer to the right to chose the first name of all of my children. The name has to be gender specific and cannot contain profanity or derogatory words.
  3. A clause, which entitles the buyer to a percentage of profit ownership of any intellectual works that I create. The buyer will have no control over the direction of the works or how I manage or sell the works. They are just entitled to a % of the profit in addition to clause 1.
  4. A clause, which will require me to provide a report on each year of my life after the sale to the buyer on an annual basis.
  5. A clause, which leaves a percentage of my estate to the buyer in a legal and binding will.
  6. A clause, which stipulates that I must write a book, after the sale of my soul is finalized. I will have up to 2 years to complete the book after the contract is signed.
  7. A clause, which will require that I perform a set amount of community service each year.
  8. A clause, which requires that I donate blood a minimum of twice per year.
  9. A clause, which requires that I include organ donation in my will.
  10. A clause, which requires that I will plant a minimum of two trees per year.
  11. A clause, which provides the owner of my soul the option to pick the date of my wedding.
  12. A clause, which requires that I send the owner of my soul a birthday card and present every year on my birthday.
  13. A clause, which allows the owner of my soul to decide one new years resolution for me.
  14. A clause, which provides the owner of my soul the option to plan my wedding.
  15. A clause, which provides the owner of my soul the option to decide a message to be inscribed upon my tombstone.
  16. A waiver of recourse. I will sign away my right to dispute this contract in any way. The contract will be final and binding.
  17. A complete release of all liability to the buyer for any actions that I take during my possession of the soul.
  18. Penalties for failure to meet the clauses in the contract.
  19. A buy back clause. There will be a clause that allows me the option to buy back my soul for the price of $1,000,000.00.
  20. A clause, which allows for the owner, if said owner is not satisfied with the performance of my soul, to resell my soul at a price determined by the owner. The owner is entitled to 100% of the profit from the resale of my soul. However, any sale or transfer of my soul must receive my final approval.

So what are we talking in terms of dollars? Well, you’re contractually guaranteed $20,000, but if Gerald’s life goes as planned (his plan), your stake in his soul could be worth more than $100,000 over the course of his life. That’s not even counting the profits from intellectual works, the 80 pints of blood, the 80 trees, the 1600 hours of charity/public service, and the joys that come with knowing you own someone’s soul. Plus, part of the proceeds go to a good cause, so donate now for a chance to win Gerald’s soul, you never know when you might need an extra.

[Win My Soul]

[Via: The Presurfer]