Archive for the ‘Hero’ Category

German shepherd dog leads police to fire

April 24, 2010

Good dog!  More of the story here.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

January 26, 2010

Jeff Sheng photographs closeted men and women in the U.S. military.  The power of his photos comes from settings and subtle gestures that hide the subjects’ faces, but just barely.

[Via Andrew Sullivan]

The Dogs of War

January 3, 2010

A Tribute to the Military Working Dog.

US Army photo by Spc. Aubree Rundle

Team Hoyt

November 13, 2009

This video of a father swimming, cycling and running the Ironman Triathlon with his disabled son has been out for a couple of years but it’s always worth another look.

Find out more about Team Hoyt here and here.

Disney heroes beefcake

October 24, 2009

Artist David Kawena depicts various Disney princes and heroes in jarringly homoerotic poses.  Below is Eric from The Little Mermaid.  More here.


[Via Everlasting Blort]

Troop greeter documentary

April 25, 2009

I’ve posted about troop greeters previously, and now there’s a documentary that delves into the complicated lives of these caring seniors who welcome our troops home at the airport in Bangor, Maine.  The Way We Get By is screening in select cities and will be available on DVD soon.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

RIP Space Bat

March 20, 2009

Most folks have heard by now of the wayward bat that tried to hitch a ride on a space shuttle.  Sadly but unsurprisingly, the little fella didn’t make it.  Here’s a moving tribute to his memory.  Space Bat, we love you!

The Phelps pot fooferaw

February 2, 2009

Sullivan also has a smart opinion about the revelations that [gasp!] Michael Phelps parties:

And yet this absurd ritual takes place in which Phelps has to pretend he did something dreadful and we all have to tut-tut and frown and furrow our brows, and the sponsors cluck and the press preens – while the only conceivable news is that a 23 year-old had a good time at a party, breaking no professional rules since he was not competing when he was goofing off.

My guess is that this will blow over quickly.  Phelps is just too rich of a cash cow.  His corporate overlords will not allow his career to be slaughtered — certainly not in the name of a failed drug policy.

A billion spectacles

December 23, 2008

Josh Silver has a vision, one that will improve the eyesight of a billion people worldwide by 2020.  Many people, particularly the impoverished, suffer from poor vision without any means of obtaining corrective lenses.  Silver has invented an ingenious set of glasses that can be tailored by the wearer to improve his/her vision without the help of an optician.  His hope is to mass produce the specs for a dollar or so each.  What’s awesome about his plan is not so much the primary impact of improved vision (which is admittedly pretty awesome) but the secondary impacts of an ability to work and function in society and contribute to one’s own economic well-being.  Silver’s idea is both simple and revolutionary, and it has the potential to do so much for so many for comparatively little cost.

[Via Dark Roasted Blend]

Homeless hero dog in Chile

December 12, 2008

The first part of the video, when a dog gets hit by a car, is tough to watch.  But you’ve got to see how a second dog tries his best to save him.