nchenga’s Web 2.0 roundup: Links and comments

How many online services did you sign up for, use once or twice, and then never return again? In my case, that would be lots of ’em. Some of them are really popular services like Digg or Mister Wong, where I just haven’t found a personal use case, or I’ve got a substitute or workaround. […]

Tumblelog

I wasn’t aware of this definition: A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or […]

Today is Pi Day

I heard about this yesterday evening on BBC radio: March 14, written as 3-14 in the United States date format, represents the common three-digit approximation for the number Ï€: 3.14. It is often celebrated at 1:59 p.m. in recognition of the six-digit approximation: 3.14159. Some, using a 24-hour clock, celebrate it at 1:59 a.m. or […]

new at chiperoni.ch: learning italian

3 years after my last italian classes in Lugano, i’ve enrolled for yet another italian language course for advanced learners. Today was the first lesson. And it looks like it’s going to be fast-moving and challenging. I’m introducing a new category at chiperoni.ch, learning Italian, in which I’ll post notes and useful links from time […]

On Microfinancing

zapped into this TV report on microfinancing: Mikro-Kredite Basically, microfinance provides loans and insurance to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. An alternative and maybe more effective way to fight poverty… These two institutions were mentioned in the report: OikoCredit Procredit Holding [update] Another similar institution is: Opportunity International Bank of Malawi […]