June 12, 2011

Sunday Stories

On second thought, I figured it'd be best to just post these here.

There were some really exceptional stories in today's Sunday Times (not a surprise). I still have to go through the Arts & Leisure and Sunday Magazine sections, but if anyone is interested, I'd suggest checking out the following:

From the front page:

Photobucket U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

"In an anonymous office building on L Street in Washington, four unlikely State Department contractors sat around a table. Josh King, sporting multiple ear piercings and a studded leather wristband, taught himself programming while working as a barista. Thomas Gideon was an accomplished hacker. Dan Meredith, a bicycle polo enthusiast, helped companies protect their digital secrets.

Then there was Mr. Meinrath, wearing a tie as the dean of the group at age 37. He has a master’s degree in psychology and helped set up wireless networks in underserved communities in Detroit and Philadelphia.

The group’s suitcase project will rely on a version of “mesh network” technology, which can transform devices like cellphones or personal computers to create an invisible wireless web without a centralized hub."
Photobucket For the Executive With Everything, a $230,000 Dog to Protect It
"This 3-year-old German shepherd, who commutes by private jet between a Minnesota estate and a home in Arizona, belongs to a canine caste that combines exalted pedigree, child-friendly cuddliness and arm-lacerating ferocity."

Photobucket The Mets’ Bat Whisperer
Photobucket Clemente’s 3,000th Hit Was Muted Milestone in Ambivalent City
Photobucket First in Mud at Belmont: Long Shot Ruler on Ice
“At the half-mile pole, I was hearing whips cracking behind me, and I could hear guys chirping to their horses, and all I’m doing is picking up the tempo,” said Valdivia, a 36-year-old from Peru.

A major drama was unfolding behind him with the Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who was cut off out of the gate by Mucho Macho Man and became tangled with that colt and another one, Monzon.
Photobucket 24 Hours in Sports: One Reporter’s Quest

Photobucket Before Reality TV, Life in an Actual Bubble
Photobucket Making Room for Art That Really Moves


Also, photos are emerging of Gabrielle Giffords, which seem to have been released sometime this morning:

Photobucket In Facebook Photos, a Smiling Gabrielle Giffords (AP)
Photobucket Gabrielle Giffords: First photos reflect Giffords' recovery (Arizona Republic)

Speaking of The Arizona Republic, they've had some great stories on the Wallow Wildfire that's sweeping across the eastern half of the state. They also produced this stunning map, which illustrates the spread of the fire day-by-day.

The map got mention on several national news outlets, as well as by Charles Apple, the former design editor of The Virginian Pilot. And I have to mention another shout out by Apple, who recently praised The Plain Dealer, in Cleveland, for their awesome front page package on Terrelle Pryor.

This is a tangent, but I've been pretty wowed by the design work going on at The Plain Dealer (See: this and this and especially this).

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