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Washington Post Series on Cheney – The Angler

The Washington Post has just concluded a four part series on Vice President Dick Cheney called ‘The Angler’, playing off the code name given the Vice President by his secret service detail. Cheney is in fact an avid angler – one of my roommates once had his afternoon of fishing in Montana interrupted by a small armada of secret servicemen escorting the VP along the river.

Staff writers Barton Gellman and Jo Becker engage in the kind of long-form journalism few publications seem to have the resources or the interest in pursuing these days. Here are the links to each of the parts in the series:

  1. ‘A Different Understanding With the President’
  2. Pushing the Envelope on Presidential Power
  3. A Strong Push From Backstage
  4. Leaving No Tracks

Gellman also appeared on Charlie Rose a few days ago to discuss the piece, a conversation worth watching in it’s entirety below.

John Heilemann on Steve Jobs

John Heilemann takes a look at Steve Jobs in a Box for NY Magazine and notes “It’s a stunning box, a wizard object with a passel of amazing features (It’s a phone! An iPod! A Web browser!). But for all its marvels, the iPhone inaugurates a dangerous new era for Jobs. Has he peaked?”

Rev. David Kirk, founder of Harlem’s Emmaus House, a community for the homeless, remembered

The NY Times had a rather remarkable obituary for Rev. David Kirk, a community leader who established Emmaus House in Harlem. Excerpt below. Audio available from NPR’s All Things Considered in Remembrances: Rev. Kirk, A Leader of Aid for the Poor.

Father Kirk, for decades a presence in the civil rights and antiwar movements, established Emmaus House in the mid-1960s on East 116th Street. It was conceived not as a shelter but as a community for the city’s homeless men and women and was modeled on the Emmaus movement, begun in France after World War II to aid the poor.

The Emmaus (pronounced ee-MAY-us) movement takes its name from the story in the book of Luke in which the resurrected Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus.

Not long after it began, Emmaus House moved to 160 West 120th Street. In the mid-1980s, it moved again, into the former Charles Hotel on Lexington Avenue at 124th Street. The building had long been known as a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes. As Emmaus House, it provided long-term housing to more than 70 people, and its community kitchen served 500 lunches a day.

It also offered a variety of programs, from teaching job skills like woodworking to providing social services for drug addicts and people with AIDS. Each resident was paid the same weekly stipend as Father Kirk: $25.

Toward The Near – Houston Film Commission Short Films on YouTube

Another cool film from the Houston Film Commission Short Films on YouTube

Social Innovation Conversations: Pura Vida Coffee

From the Social Innovations Podcast comes a talk from John Sage, co-founder and CEO of Pura Vida Coffee. John tells the story of his friend Chris, a friend he met through a Christian fellowship group when they were both in the Harvard Business School. While John went to work for a start up tech company in Seattle before they shipped Windows, Chris went to Central America to work in non-profit work. At one of their annual reunions, Chris brought John a bag of coffee from the town where he was living. John, then working as a consultant to Starbucks, recognized the quality and was astonished at how cheap it was. The idea for Pura Vida was born to meld the social goals of living wages for coffee farmers and a quality product to create a sustainable business model that fed back to the community. Available now at HEB.

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LOLcats are in your internets, making u….um, LOL

Since I spend the better part of my life staring at the internet – for work, actually, lest you think I’m even more pathetic than I actually am – I’m not always aware of what is and is not commonly knowledge among normals. I was reminded of this when I started talking about LOLcats the other day and saw that all-too-familiar look on my girlfriend’s face. After a miserable attempt at explaining the phenomenon, meme even, I turned to the internet and found more explanation than I can shake a stick at. Of course, you really have to experience it for yourself. Here’s the most succinct exposure to this I could find:

Read up – Anil Dash: Cats Can Has Grammar, Slate: You cannot resist lolcats, I can has cheezburger, Laughing Squid: Roll Your Own LOL, Not Just for Cats Anymore

Houston Film Commission Short Films on YouTube

I recently stumbled on these The Houston Film Commission Collection on YouTube. I present:

72 oz. Steak

and…

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Classic.