Monthly Archives: June 2015

Contrarian Thoughts Concerning Do-gooding (Altruism, Charity)

Providing humanitarian aid and economic assistance to developing countries has always been a controversial subject.  Two recent articles in a popular magazine and journal provide some contrarian reactions to popular beliefs. Sarah Begley in Time (6 & 13 Jul, 2015) … Continue reading

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Do Robots Need to Resemble Humans?

By Lev Grossman (Time, 8 Jun 2015) If it takes so much backbreaking math, why teach a robot to walk?  Why bother? Predator drones don’t walk.  Roombas don’t walk.  R2-D2 doesn’t walk.  The attachment to legs and really the human … Continue reading

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A Quick Visit to Playgrounds in Kigali, Rwanda

I met a UN contractor through this blog.  We agreed to meet in Kigali, Rwanda, and he would going me some of UN’s work with preschools and primary schools (including playground equipment) in the rural areas around Kigali. On Sunday … Continue reading

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An Assessment Visit to the Batwa Pygmy Community in Southern Uganda

The Batwa pygmies were moved from their original homeland when the Impenetrable Forest National Park (best known for its mountain gorilla population) was established.  They’ve had an awkward time adjusting to their new environment which is just adjacent to the … Continue reading

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Changes in Ugandan Mountain Community of Kyarumba

The small community of Kyarumba, Uganda, is located in the southern end of Rwenzori Mountains (aka Mountains of the Moon).  It straddles a wild river that is prone to flooding.  The community recently got electricity. In January 2015, I met … Continue reading

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Computer-training Center in Masaka, Uganda

In January (2015), my son-in-law and grandson installed a small computer-training facility in a LDS Chapel in Masaka, Uganda.  The LDS chapel was chosen for several reasons: secure location; rooms available Monday thru Saturday, availability of a relatively high-speed Internet … Continue reading

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Constructing at Swing Set at an Islamic Primary School near Arua, Uganda

Today we met up with staff from the Islamic University in Arua, located in the northwest corner of Uganda, and headed 30 kilometers over a rough to a large Islamic primary school (Hirai).  The goal was to construct a 4-seat … Continue reading

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