Jihad and More!

From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria — What a fascinating story (with video!) of a young man who decides to join Isis.

There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths.

On a lighter note, Alto’s Adventure looks like a beautiful iOS game.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – This movie should get made!

Henry Hill Dies at 69

Henry Hill dies at 69; mob informant was subject of ‘GoodFellas’

Hill was a onetime member of the Lucchese crime family in New York. His criminal endeavors included participating in the 1978 heist of $5.8 million from the Lufthansa air cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport — the largest single cash robbery in U.S. history — and helping fix Boston College basketball games in the 1978-79 season.

1986 Fresh Air interview with Nicholas Pileggi – Pileggi wrote the book Wiseguy and then Goodfe

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Get a Leg Up: The Power of Angelina Jolie’s Pose

I really enjoy this analysis on why Angelina Jolie striking that now famous Academy Awards pose had people so riled up. Strong women are scary.

The mean-spirited reaction to Jolie’s alluring pose, I suspect, had little to do with body image issues, and more with the ancient emotions, often inculcated in the masses with the emergence of a strong woman: fear and envy. The latter is easy.

Another Horse Dies in Connection With HBO’s Luck

Another Horse Dies in Connection With HBO’s Luck

“Three horses have now died and all the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of thoroughbreds,” PETA vice president Kathy Guillermo said. “Racing itself is dangerous enough. This is a fictional representation of something and horses are still dying, and that to me is outrageous.”

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Google’s dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness

Maybe Google views themselves as adept as Apple, and are convinced that cutting off any “weaker alternatives” is the only way to get, what they believe to be, the superior WebM codec into the real world. I bet they even believe that someday this decision will be heralded as a great step forward. Like Apple with the floppy drive.

A nice tidbit on Google’s “openness” stance:

If openness is so important that Google is willing to remove features from Chrome, there is no way that the company should be shipping Flash in Chrome.

And:

… <video> will now become: the iOS fallback tag. Flash will remain the preferred solution for “real” browsers, and the only people using <video> will be those catering to iOS.

Fallback tag? With the way things are going, iOS will NOT be considered the fallback!

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Inside Job – Fantastic episode of This American Life, “the inside story of one company that made hundreds of millions of dollars for itself while worsening the financial crisis for the rest of us”.

A hedge fund named Magnetar comes up with an elaborate plan to make money. It sponsors the creation of complicated and ultimately toxic financial securities… while at the same time betting against the very securities it helped create.

Great photographs of New York / He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died / Google makes a grand entrance into the embedded font game / The Only Summer-TV Guide You’ll Ever Need

My Daughters Art

The Delicious Tools extension for Google Chrome now has over 10,000 users and has been maintaining a rating of 4 out of 5 stars! Most recently we’ve added a customizable keyboard shortcut, making this a fantastic option for personalized, unobtrusive and simple bookmark saving in Chrome, on both the Windows and Mac platform. Thanks to pix0r for some big time contributions on this fun little open source extension.

View and share Flickr photos in the style of The Big Picture, Boston.com’s excellent photo blog, with the The Big Pictr Flickr mashup. A beautiful way to browse photos, here’s a set from a Susan and I tagged with ‘camping’ on BigPictr.com, a bit buggy but a great idea. If you’re like me, we now expect all photography online to be as big as the Big Picture these days. It’ll be tools like BigPictr.com that will bring that possibility to fruition. Speaking of photography, Divvyshot.com looks like a promising tool to pool your photos together based on a particular event. Round up your family’s digital shots in a single spot.

Randomness: Following up on 2008’s “Growing Up Online” comes Frontline’s “Digital Nation” good stuff / The best looking sites using Typekit / The New York Public Library Jazz Loft Project exhibition opened this week at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and will run through May 22, 2010 / Great television still exists, you just need to turn off your TV to find it: Party Down, available on Netflix Watch Instantly / ShadyURL.com, a great tool for making your URL’s suspicious and frightening / Take screenshots below the fold with the Webpage Screenshot Chrome extension / Chrome 4 now natively supports Greasemonkey / Pretty darn basic, easy to use, handy framework for iPhone web app projects: iWebkit / Constantly forget which veggies and fruit are most important to buy organic? This handy Shopper Guide to Pesticides iPhone app cuts right to the chase and gives me a list, plain and simple.

To express my hate for Facebook I created a couple of poorly designed, badly kerned T-shirts. Because just like Facebook, I too can offer up worthless crap: Facebook: Cultivating Meaningless Relationships and Facebook: The Cure For Culture. If you’re not afraid to express hate on an American Apparel Tee, then here’s your chance.

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Fortune Magazine’s Why business loves Charlie Rose had some interesting words from the article: affectation: a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display. primacy: the state of being first in importance. protean: Exceedingly variable; readily assuming different shapes or forms. seriatim: in a series; one after another. canard: a deliberately misleading fabrication. | The banner image comes from the set of Holga images taken by Susan and myself during last summer’s cross country move.