I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.
RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. #belaflek takes his #banjo back to where it came from: #westafricanbanjo
My absolute favorite song in grade 8. I still know every word. And if you know me and my cheese brain, that’s saying something that I managed to memorize every lyric :)
I was supposed to spend yesterday in an airplane, hurtling from San Francisco back to Boston. Instead, I ended up in a fifteenth-floor conference room in Chicago with 30 aspiring web developers, getting them excited about coding.
What? How? Rewind:
It’s April 2011, and Jesse Farmer and I meet…
It’s a little ridiculous that Diana and I are both fellows at the same center and we haven’t yet sat down to chat but I loved this post by her and love her blog in general. Check it out.