As the Indian Ocean tragedy continues to reach epic proportions with over 76,000 people dead, companies like Amazon and Apple have turned over their home pages to the relief effort.
Go there and see what you can do to help.
"COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 28 -- Devastated coastal areas across South Asia struggled Tuesday to prevent hunger and outbreaks of disease as dazed survivors searched desperately for the missing two days after a tsunami surged across the region. The death toll rose to nearly 40,000 people, a large percentage of them on this island nation in the Indian Ocean." - John Lancaster, The Washington Post
UPDATE - A good clearinghouse of information on what is happening and how to help can be found at WikiNews.
"All three lives -- Cartier-Bresson's, Newton's, Avedon's -- followed unexpected trajectories, with significant detours, geographic and otherwise. Cartier-Bresson, after reinventing himself several times over, stopped taking pictures altogether in 1974 and devoted the remainder of his years to drawing, like a monk giving himself over to meditation. Newton, who changed his name once and his continent of residence several times, appeared to be a semifictional character, his flesh-and-blood existence indistinguishable from the ironies of his pictures. Avedon trafficked in confection and then in the absence of confection, the two apparently opposing halves finally resolving to make him the greatest portraitist of his time. In combination, the three demonstrated that the camera is less an extension of the eye than of the subconscious mind, with all of its riches and all of its snares. They showed that photographic truth is never literal, is often tangled up with artifice and always speaks to the emotions before addressing the intellect." - Luc Sante
"In April 2003, as the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was ending, the Pentagon projected in a formal planning effort that the U.S. military occupation of the country would end this month.
Instead, December 2004 brought one of the deadliest single incidents of the war for U.S. forces. More than 80 casualties were suffered yesterday by U.S. troops, civilian contractors and Iraqi soldiers when a U.S. base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was blasted at lunchtime."
"The Washington Post Co. said today it is buying Slate in an effort to boost the newspaper company's online traffic but does not plan any editorial changes at the eight-year-old Web magazine." - Howard Kurtz
This has been rumored for a while, I was hoping we would go for Salon, but Slate ain't bad either. Look for more excitement as the Post tries to move into the 21st century with the help of the Gates family. Is this the first mixed-media family (Graham and Gates) marriage?
"As Web logs proliferate -- Technorati, which tracks 5 million blogs, estimates that 15,000 are added each day -- the boundaries between public and private are being transformed. Unconstrained by journalistic conventions, bloggers are blurring the lines between public events and ordinary social interactions and changing the way we date, work, teach and live. And as blogs continue to proliferate, citizens will have to develop new understandings about what parts of our lives are on and off the record.
In 1890, when Louis Brandeis, the future Supreme Court justice, and Samuel Warren, his former law partner, wrote their famous article on the right to privacy, they worried that the press and the camera were threatening the privacy of daily life. In the age of blogs, all citizens, no matter how obscure, will have to adjust their behavior to the possibility that someone may be writing about them." - Jeffrey Rosen
"Within the heavily guarded perimeters of the Defense Department's much-discussed Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the CIA has maintained a detention facility for valuable al Qaeda captives that has never been mentioned in public, according to military officials and several current and former intelligence officers.
The buildings used by the CIA are shrouded by high fences covered with thick green mesh plastic and ringed with floodlights, officials said. They sit within the larger Camp Echo complex, which was erected to house the Defense Department's high-value detainees and those awaiting military trials on terrorism charges." - Dana Priest and Scott Higham, The Washington Post
"WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - President Bush on Tuesday bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on three of the central architects and executors of the war in Iraq, one of the president's strongest efforts yet at putting a formal stamp of success on a war whose outcome is still a question." - David Sanger, The New York Times
"It's not hard to envy the Pixies. After more than 10 years apart, the members reunite, only to find that fans (and, if anyone cares, pop critics) love them more than ever. There are sold-out shows, glowing profiles, ecstatic fans. By now you've probably read at least one article about how the Pixies helped inspire a generation of bands, about how much Kurt Cobain loved them, about how water tasted different before they came along, about how the sky used to be a slightly different shade of blue." - Kelefa Sanneh
How do you keep today's information consumers buying your print product? In this visually sophisticated world, you must deliver a visually sophisticated and compelling product. Its not an option to be grey and boring; you have to be better than that to stay in the game.
Even given the strength of their website and its obvious importance to the future of the company; day in and day out, the printed New York Times stays in the game.