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Solar power is providing a lifeline of hope to migrants in Greece


No blog post is going to do justice to the difficulties of being a migrant, crossing the Mediterranean, and finding yourself in an impossible position in Greece.

One thing that makes the journey a little easier is cellphones, and by extension access to resources abroad, and family and friends at home. But staying charged up when you’re in refugee camps is presumably difficult, which is something that one team of students is trying to remedy.

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As Reuters reports, a group from Edinburgh University has come up with a solar-powered phone-charging station. They have installed two units so far, in partnership with Greek solar technology company Entec. Each unit has 12 plugs powered by solar panels, theoretically enough to charge hundreds of phones per day, all free of charge.

Apparently the hardest part of the project wasn’t technological — it was avoiding red tape in Greece. “Initially it was quite difficult. Everything in Greece is quite bureaucratic,” one of the students said.


The team isn’t stopping with two units. Another three are in the works with money from a crowdfunding campaign, and the ultimate aim is to reach dozens of camps around Greece.

It’s not the first project that aims to help migrants with cellular technology. A cell company in Canada made headlines by offering refugees free service and free handsets on arrival in Canada, a move that’s been copied around the world. Access to a basic smartphone often means access to online banking, news reports, communications and helps with finding jobs and housing.

 



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MEGAPLEX is a Must Watch Video Explosion of 80s and 90s Nostalgia


If you grew up during the 1980s and the 1990s like myself, you gotta check out this video created by Smash TV called Megaplex. It’s the ultimate audio and visual nostalgia trip: a mashup of over 80 movies, fake trailers, and more edited together with some retro music from the era. This thing is absolutely ridiculous in the greatest of ways and it made me miss the good ol’ days. Here’s the note that came along with the video:

Megaplex is the most insane double feature the world has ever seen. With a running time of 80 minutes and thousands of cuts from more than 80 movies, Smash TV has spent the past year and a half cramming the most entertainment possible into every second. It’s dense enough to pressurize these diamonds in the rough into gleaming treasures.

Megaplex is the long awaited followup to the critically acclaimed Skinemax, much more fully realized, utilizing myriad editing and layering tricks picked up over the past five years. Deeper, darker, and definitely more bizarre.

Borrowing from the Grindhouse tradition and from Tarantino’s more recent tribute, Megaplex is a double feature that both members of Smash TV worked on independently.

As a palette cleanser in between, Smash TV is proud to present Coming Attractions, a 15 minute collection of vignettes editing together previously unexplored genres and style

Prepare to relive the awesomeness of the 80s and 90s. The first part of the double feature is called Turbo and the second part is called Beyond. They are both NSFW. The video was created by Ben Craw. Below the video, you’ll find additional details on the double feature.

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