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CrisisScope.org–A website for the weary

(An ongoing concept, though I’d like to see a site like this take shape soon.)

Mission statement:

“The purpose of CrisisScope.org lies in its name. This website focuses with crises, natural or unnatural, motivated by man or a greater force. Perhaps there are more popular things to deal with—celebrity culture, for one, or politics—but one eye, at the very least, has to be turned to those things from which others turn away. And yet, we are not just an eye, but a scope, a site determined to zoom in on the very worst conditions on this earth and record every find. To get the clearest image, we cannot simply stand in a safe zone and pan the lens around; rather, we must travel as close to the truth as possible. Both the crises and our findings may be disturbing, perhaps searing to the mind, but all the better; this domain would be worthless unless it directed the public to the most accurate depictions of hate and tragedy possible.

The most important part of the URL, however, may be the .org at the end. This sight was not made simply to “raise awareness,” however pivotal a first step to change that may be. Rather, we are here so that any given crisis we report on might be resolved. We are here so that, by the end of our time, there might not need to be a CrisisScope.org. Through donations, activism and personal support, that dream might just come true.

Thank you for visiting the site. Our goal is not to keep you up all night from the images and descriptions you view, but rather, to have you play a part in giving the victims of these crises the rest they deserve.”

Website Overview:

CrisisScope will feature a “Crisis Bar” on its main page. It will list, in order of severity, the top ten disasters and atrocities unfolding in the world. A “Crisis Rating” might accompany each item to give a rough idea of the relative magnitude of each.

Four links will lie within each individual bar: one, a general overview of the situation, two, media (some graphic) that will serve to foster understanding on the viewer’s part, three, links to groups and campaigns associated with the crisis, and four, direct links to charities operating in that region.

Links outside the Crisis Bar will direct readers to a re-post of the mission statement, a section called “VictoryScope,” which will list some of the most successful recent humanitarian campaigns, press releases, contact information, a summary of the world’s most impactful charities and a “donations” box for site purposes.

If there is sufficient user demand for the feature, the web page might allow users to keep a running financial account on the site from which they could quickly donate to relief efforts for any given crisis.

Advertising will be kept to a minimum, but humanitarian organizations (Red Cross, Worldvision, etc.) may have the opportunity to establish links on the site.

Concept by Kenneth Burchfiel. Webpage by…?


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An Overview (read this first!)

(Here’s an abbreviated paraphrasing of the overview: this blog acts as a way for me to archive and share fictional, nonfictional and visual content that I’ve been working on. It’s mainly for my own personal use (as I’m in need of a repository for my writing and graphics projects), but you’re more than welcome to look at the categories (labels) to the right of this post, click on a section that interests you and browse through what I’ve put up so far. Have fun!

Perhaps I speak for a lot of writers when I say this, but I don’t really know what to do with my work. Much of it lies on my hard drive; much of it is bound in Moleskine books. If I’m looking for a specific piece, I have to fumble around in the annals of My Documents to get it.

Schreiben Depot (rough translation: Writing Depository) is meant to fix that problem–if only for my own benefit. In the following months, I plan to put up new and old content into eight categories: short fiction, long fiction, journal pages, maps, Albeit (an invented city of mine), articles, poems and other. I’ll do my best to date each one, but rarely do I jot the time of writing next to a piece. Content that I had an especially fun time working on will be marked with an asterisk or something similar. (Really old material will probably receive a marking, too, so that you don’t mistake stuff I worked on when I was seven as indicative of my current ability. 🙂

Though I deeply appreciate your stopping by to check out this page, keep in mind that it’s intended for my personal use. Schreiben Depot is not a journal. You’re not going to see any tips about the best shopping in Whateverville or my take on the latest vacuum cleaners. This blog serves as an archive of my past and present (mostly literary) work; I would be humbled if you enjoy what you read and see.

Many thanks for stopping by my little writing depository. As the subhead says, feel free to test the waters.

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