Originally posted on NewsFeed:
Marc Ankenbauer has spent a surprising amount of time jumping into “freezing cold lakes for charity,” as his site puts it. Several years ago, Ankenbauer had what he rather bravely calls a “brief bout with cancer,” as though having cancer could ever be called a bout, and as though even the briefest cancer experience could really feel all that brief.
The way he describes his activity of lake-jumping may seem at first a vague euphemism for something else, but Ankenbauer does precisely what his website claims: for the past decade he has traveled through the back hills and the off-trail woods of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (comprised of Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park across the border in Alberta, Canada) and has been jumping in every one of its 168 lakes, using any publicity to solicit donations for an organization that offers programs for cancer patients.
There’s something brilliant in the way Ankenbauer approached his mission. His goal was simple—he wasn’t skydiving, base jumping, or anything so irresponsibly brash that everything he did was covered by a blanket of self-aggrandizing showboat machismo to overshadow his actual cause. He did something that was by no means easy (getting into the lakes is only half the battle—actually finding them in a huge international park is a feat on its own), but jumping into the frigid waters of lakes in Canada and Montana is endearing and in the spirit of the organization he was supporting (Camp Mak-A-Dream).
Originally posted on 2Summers:
So here I am, back in America. I landed at Dulles Airport yesterday morning. I’m really happy to be back in Washington D.C. — much happier than I expected to be. I’d forgotten how much I like it here.
I’m staying with my friends Bob and Tim in their lovely apartment in Shaw. I didn’t know much about Shaw, which is in the Northwest quadrant of D.C. near Howard University, before this trip. It’s a beautiful part of town with an interesting history. Hopefully I’ll tell you more about it in a future post but at the moment I’m too tired.
Last night we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant nearby. (Again, I’ll definitely have more to say about that in a future post.) I snapped a few pictures of the neighborhood during our walk back home.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
At its press event on Tuesday, Apple(s aapl) reviewed some of the changes in iOS 7 and announced September 18 availability for the new software. Much of what Apple showed off at its event was a recap of the software presentation at its WWDC event earlier this year.
So which devices can get the update next week? iPhone 4, 4S and 5 handsets, iPad 2 or better, the iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod touch.
The software represents one of the most radical changes to iOS since the original iPhone debuted in 2007. Icons are generally flat while the overall color scheme is more vivid than in the past. The new software also includes features such as AirDrop for wireless file sharing, a new Control Center and Notification Center, an improved multitasking interface, native camera filters and support for the new iTunes Radio service.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
After months of rumors and speculation, Apple(s aapl) on Tuesday took the wraps off of two new smartphones, including the iPhone 5c. This is the first time Apple has unveiled two new phones at once. The iPhone 5c is a colorful, budget-priced smartphone with similar specs to the iPhone 5.
Introducing the device, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “In the past we’ve lowered the price of the current iPhone, making it accessible to more people. This year we’re not going to do that… The business has become so large, this year we’re going to replace the iPhone 5.”
The iPhone 5c is made of a hard-coated polycarbonate that comes in green, white, blue, pink or yellow. The entire back and sides of the phone are made from a single part so you won’t see any seams, part lines or joins, and the inside is made of aluminum that also functions as an antenna.