We have just adopted a new dog, and his name is Mika. He’s a West Siberian Laika that we got from a farm in Indiana where the couple that lived there rescued animals to help out the county they live in. He’s registered, and his papers trace his bloodline back a hundred years to Russia. He’s a sweet boy that’s gentle, very loving and full of personality. We could not have asked for a better dog, and we already love him so much!
Flattr is the worlds first social micro-payment system
The idea had already been initiated in 2007, but the first release was in 2010 due to typical geeky laziness.
Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore the option to send donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…
Flattr solves this issue. When you’re registered to flattr, you pay a small monthly fee. You set the amount yourself. At the end of the month, that fee is divided between all the things you flattered. You’re always logged in to the account. That means that giving someone some flattr-love is just a button away. And you should! Clicking one more button doesn’t add to your fee, it just divides the fee between more people! Flattr tries to encourage people to share. Not only pieces of content, but also some money to support the people who created them. With love!
Flattr has no different user types. We know that everybody that create also uses other content. And vice versa. We make no difference between people.
Flattr can be used as a complement to accepting donations. Or to having advertising on your blog. Or to help getting small donations you never get for your open source software.
To Start A Flattr Account And Donate Click On: Flattr.Com
My wife Heather is a promise from God that I will have a friend forever.
A three-year-old Pit bull named Ruger saved his family from a violent intruder in Valparasio, Illinois on Wednesday. Twenty-year-old Jayne Casteel said Ruger protected her and her son after a stranger forced his way into her apartment.
Jayne said she woke to change her son’s diaper around 3 a.m. when she heard a knock at the front door. Peering through the peephole, she saw a man she recognized from a few weeks ago, who had stopped by her apartment looking for someone who did not live there.
Jayne cracked open the door with the chain still in place, and asked what the man wanted. He told her his car had broken down and he needed to use her phone. When she told him her phone was out of order, he replied “Oh really?” and kicked through her screen door door and punched through the front door, breaking the chain.
Jayne screamed as the man knocked her to the ground. She had gone to the front door with her three dogs and her son and when she fell, Ruger immediately came to her defense and clamped down on the man’s arm. Jayne told the Chicago Post Tribune the man “barely got in the house” before Ruger dragged the man back out of the house by the arm.
By this time, Jayne’s fiance Nathan Asbridge and a friend who is living with them, heard her and her son’s screams and followed the man out of the apartment and began punching the stranger and his accomplice who had been waiting outside. Ruger also bit the intruder a second time on the leg. The two suspects soon ran off.
After the encounter, Jayne explained Ruger is usually very gentle and “a big baby”. She believes Ruger lept to the family’s defense because her toddler began crying after she was pushed. She added they had trained hiim to be protective of her son when he was just a baby. “I’m so proud of him,” Jayne said of Ruger.
Valparaiso police are now hunting for the suspects. They found blood, two shoes and a glove at the scene which may help in locating the criminals. Jayne described the man as white, average height and around 200 pounds, wearing dark-colored basketball shorts without a shirt.