Help Diamanda Holmström come back home #helpdiamanda

This is the story about Diamanda Holmström, a soon to be 2 year old girl. When Diamanda was just 7 months old, she took her dad Kudo and mom Ulrika to visit her grandparents in Argentina. Shortly after arriving to meet her family, Diamanda got sick, really sick. Their five months of parental leave together with Kudo’s family and hence Diamanda’s grandparents has since then gone from bad to worse. Instead of watching Diamanda play and discover the world and her family – the family’s trip has been filled with the worst kind of worries; a sick child, YOUR sick child. Help Diamanda!
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Happy 1st birthday kid

You’re totally awesome and rock my world every day. You’ve changed my life for ever.
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Papa’s got a brand new style

So I finally got some time to play around with the blog, update WP and so on. I’m now running the latest WP and Elemin, a beautifully crafted CSS3/HTML5 theme from Themify (many thanks to Nick for all the support). I think what I like best about this theme is the mobile device/fluid resolution design. Try making your browser window smaller or browsing on an iPad/iPhone, why isn’t this a standard across the web?

Elemin has great sense of typography, good white space balance, and minimal graphics. It is a piece of art crafted with modern technology — Google font, CSS3, Javascript and HTML5. WordPress post formats was incorporated which allows you to write about various post types such as photo, gallery, video, quote, etc. (very much like Tumblr). The design is completely fluid and responive. This means the layout automatically adapts based on the user’s viewport. The layout never breaks no matter of what screen resolution it is being viewed on. It works on all desktop and most mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry. To see this in action, visit our demo site and resize your browser window or check it with a mobile phone.

I’ve also taken the time to update the lifestream – it’s now cleaned up and has Kivasupport, yay! There’s also support for comments now on lifestream posts, so that might be worth checking out as I normally share more across the web than I do here on the blog (e.g. my shared items in reader). I’ve taken on a monster-project to finally backup all of my images on Flickr, I expect to be done by 2015 or so.


Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris passes 300 million views on YouTube

About two years ago I wrote a brief report that Avril Lavigne’s music video for her track “Girlfriend” had passed 100 million views on YouTube. Today marks another achievement, however today it’s for Justin Drew Bieber, the Canadian singer (age 16 by the way) who started his career by posting videos on YouTube. Justin Bieber’s song named “Baby” ft. Ludacris passed 300 million views earlier today. Number two on the most viewed of all times list is Lady Gaga with Bad Romance, being outnumbered by 33 million views.

Not only has Justin Bieber passed 300 million views, the video has only been on YouTube for 6 months compared to 9 months for Gaga. Just amazing.

Here’s the complete top 10 live.

Happy $500 lent out via Kiva to me!

“Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.”

Today I’d like to congratulate myself for reaching 500 bucks lent out via Kiva! I reached it today when I lent the modest sum of $25 to Zikusooka Women’s Group-lugazi in Uganda. I think Kiva is fantastic and it’s really one of those places online were I can sit around browsing for a good hour or so, reading all of the amazing stories told by not-so-lucky entrepreneurs. Most of whom are driven, passionate, and possess all other possible traits that might be wanted in an entrepreneur in the “western world”.

The facts and history of Kiva is really something. In total, good people have contributed with over $155,400,000 to support other human beings around the globe that really just need a break to get themselves going.

Even though I thought that I’ve tried to keep my portfolio diversified as best as I could, meaning that I thought I hadn’t favourized any particular sector or country – it seems I was mistaken. This image shows a snapshot of my present and past loans:

Oscar Karlsten's Kiva portfolio distribution

As you can see, my favorite entrepreneurial country to lend to has been Peru, and it seems I’ve had a bit of a crush for the retail-sector when it comes to my “investments”. Luckily I browsed to the Kiva App Gallery by mistake today and found the KivaFolio-app. KivaFolio is an app that helps analyze your Kiva portfolio’s diversity across different sectors and countries, and recommends fundraising loans that would help to balance the portfolio. Great!

After taking the app for a test run it seems I should be lending more money to agriculture in Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, and Tajikistan. Maybe you should too?