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Mundaneum – A piece of pre-internet history

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Mundaneum – A piece of pre-internet history

Mundaneum – Mons, Belgium

Recently I was at the Google Belgium offices in Brussels for a certification class and noticed a piece of what seemed to be an old archive closet. It turned out that it was part of a Belgian project from 1895 aimed to collect and store information from all over the world with more than 12 million index cards and documents:
The “Mundaneam” project
Read on and be amazed…

The web time forgot

New York Times

Some consider it a forerunner of the Internet (or, perhaps more appropriately, of systematic knowledge projects such as Wikipedia etc…) The inventor himself had dreams that one day, somehow, all the information he collected could be accessed by people from the comfort of their own homes. Ultimately, this project was never realised as the Mundaneum project soon faced the scale of the technical development of its era.

Watch this video and be amazed!


Learn more about the Mundaneum on
Google Arts & Culture

In 2012 Google announced forming a partnership with the museum in Mons, Belgium, dedicated to a long-ago venture to compile and index knowledge in a giant, library-style card catalog with millions of entries — an analog-era equivalent of a search engine or Wikipedia.

Interesting Links


“The web time forgot” (New York Times)

Manu Mateos, Paul Otlet, el desconocido abuelo de la Web, Xataka On, 25.05.2014, Spain
Matthias Verbergt, Hoe een Brusselaar in 1934 Internet bedacht, De Morgen, 28.05.2014, Belgium
Carina Kolodny, This Man imagined the Internet in 1895, The Huffington Post, 29.05.2014, USA
Maria Popova, The Birth of the Information Age: How Paul Otlet’s Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our World, Brain, 09.06.2014, USA

Pokémon GO for Nonprofits ???

Pokémon GO…

On July 6th Pokémon GO was released and it changed the world. People all over the world get up, go outdoors and walk around to catch Pokémon’s.

Pokémon GO is an AR (Augmented Reality) Game which means that you can actually be a character from the popular Pokémon cartoon series shown on TV early 2000. The game sits on top of Google maps and shows virtual places and Pokémon’s on real maps. To play the game you physically need to go to these places.

Augmented Reality

It is the first time an Augmented reality application was successfully implemented on such a large scale and it will not be the last! Already inventive people are looking how to benefit from this new phenomenon.

Read the article
How-Pokémon GO can lure more customers to your local business

A closer look

To understand the opportunities of this new game you need to know only some basis facts. – Pokémon players walk around in real world  to catch Pokémon’s in a virtual world

  • Players need Pokéballs to capture Pokémon’s.
  • At Pokéstops you can get Pokéballs, Pokémon eggs and other Pokémon stuff.
  • Pokémon can be lured to Pokéstops to catch them.
  • Pokémon’s can battle each other in Pokémon Gyms.
  • To get extra Pokéballs, Pokélure modules and other items you need Pokécoins. Pokécoins can be earned playing the game, but you can also buy (using real-world money) Pokéballs

More about playing Pokémon Go
Pokémon GO Wike pages
How to play Pokémon Go

Pokémon for NGO”s

So how can NGO’s benifit from all of this…?

Some interesting articles
Yes, Your Nonprofit Can Capitalize on Pokémon GO
Pokémon Go and nonprofits

Opportunity 1: use what already exists

Pokémon Stops & Gyms are scattered over the world in cities, museums, art installations, public, historic and touristic places. If you are lucky to have one in your location, use it to your benefit by posting about it on social media and get people to visit your location

Opportunity 2: take action

Use a Pokélure module that will attract Pokémon’s to a Pokéstop for a limited period of time (30 minutes). Announce the lure and attract players to your location/event.

  • More about luring Pokémons in this article
  • You can submit a request to have your location considered as a Pokémon GO Gym or Pokestop via this Niantic support page.

Have a look at this great example of the Lexington Lions Club!

Do you have ideas how Lions can use this game and other augmented reality for doing good?

Let us know!!!

Express your social media awareness

SMiLE wallpaper images – for SMiLE friends & followers

As a companion to the #LCICon 2016 SMiLE pin the SMiLE core team has designed several unique SMiLE smartphone wallpaper images – ideal as lock screen or wallpaper for your Apple iPhone (Android smartphones will be covered soon). The images are a special gift to all SMiLE followers and friends.

Using the images on your smartphone show clearly your social media awareness and sharing SMiLE’s vision for social media use in Lions everywhere. Give your device the special Lions social media touch – make yourself unique!

Lions SMiLE smartphone wallpaper (iOS design #1)
Lions SMiLE smartphone wallpaper (iOS design #2)
Lions SMiLE smartphone wallpaper (iOS design #3)


Related resources (artwork):

More SMiLE artwork and images can be found in our resource section: “Resources -> SMiLE Artwork


Mifi – Or how to stay connected during the Fukuoka convention


Mifi stand for Mobile Wifi.

Mobile Wifi?
Mobile Wifi is Wifi from a mobile router.

Mobile Router?
A mobile router is typically a small battery operated device with a local SIM card (local to the country of your travel)

So what’s it about? Well as we will travel to Japan for the Lions International convention in Fukuoka, we want to stay connected to use Social Media, Google Maps, Google translate, Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, etc., etc… But traveling abroad means roaming costs for connections using your personal SIM card…

Preparing for our Pre convention trip, we looked for an affordable way to stay connected and we came across several Wifi rental services. They rent you a mobile router with local SIM card with (unlimited) data throughout Japan (up to 95% coverage)

How does it work? You order your mobile router and state your hotel and time of arrival. The service will deliver the mobile router to your hotel so it is available for you upon arrival. The delivery also includes a pre posted envelope to return the device just before your flight home!

We ordered using the Japan wireless service and according to our order confirmation the total cost is 5600 JPY (+/- 50 USD) for 8 days, unlimited data allowing multiple devices/people to connect to the Internet.


As this is the first time we make use of such a service, the information above is purely informative. You should do your own research on the service, the companies and its providers before ordering. A good place to start are online reviews…

Google Easter Eggs

To old to enjoy an easter egg hunt?… Try searching them online!
Or have a look at the ones we found in Google…

Do a Google search for: Askew

Do a Google search for: do a barrel roll

Do a Google search for: Zerg rush

Do a Google image search for:
Atari breakout

Look for easter eggs in all major software products, browsers, etc

Happy Hunting

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.


Let’s have some fun with Social Media!!!

LionSelfieDuring writing the articles about searching for images on Creative Commons and searching Facebook using hashtags, I got inspired by the great Lion Selfie image on Flickr and the hashtag ‘#weserve’ to start a new hashtag ‘#lionsclubselfie’ to have some fun!!!



So what is the plan…

  • Make a selfie of yourself or with some other club members during a club activity or fundraising.
  • Only one rule! the selfie must have a Lions logo in it.
  • Post it on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #lionsclubselfie (read searching Facebook using hashtags article)
  • Check and see Lions Club Selfies by searching the #lionsclubselfie hashtag (read searching Facebook posts using hashtags article if you never done this before)

Or click the buttons bellow (NO Facebook or Twitter account needed to view the selfies!)

SelfiebuttonSMiLE     SelfiebuttonFacebook       SelfiebuttonsTwitter


Have fun!

selfie tomputor

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