60 Minutes 2011 reports on family homelessness are must-sees

They titled the report, “The Hard Times Generation” and it was a revealing look at families fighting homelessness.

60 Minutes: 14 minute video: “Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars”:

60 Minutes: 2 minute video: “Something with a roof: Scott Pelley asks homeless students to describe their ideal homes, they have only a few modest requests: a roof, a bed and most importantly, their families.”:

Read the story behind the report.

Related Stories:

CityPaper: “One Occupy legacy: it gave the homeless cover to live in public.”

Metafilter: “Inequality highest in thirty years across most of the developed world.”

Esquire: “Income Inequality Is a Symptom, Not the Disease”

thestateman: “Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income”

NYTimes.com: “How Anger Took Elites by Surprise”

NYTimes: “Camps Are Cleared, but ‘99 Percent’ Still Occupies the Lexicon”

CSMonitor: “Homeless children at record high in US. Can the trend be reversed?”

Billy Bragg: “Billy Bragg: The biggest enemy we face is… the deadly lure of cynicism”

Salon: “How 2011 became the year of compassion”

A parent who finds a way to build an App helping his Autistic son

The Startup Toolkit profiles Aeir and profiles the person behind it, Joseph Hill. It is an inspiring story: “A man, a mop, a year, and an app – Joseph Hill on Aeir Talk”.

How Firefly fans won a fight for free speech on a campus

YouTube.com: “Don’t Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech (feat. Neil Gaiman)”:

(via Boing Boing)

Potato Chip… Science

I’m giving this as a gift this year. Looks like lots of fun 🙂

Potato Chip Science.Home.

YouTube: “The Potato Chip Science Kit”

“Superwoman Was Already Here”

brain pickings links to two great presentations that get you thinking about education by introducing you to Montessori philosophy: Superwoman Was Already Here: The Montessori Philosophy, Animated | Brain Pickings.

Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” covered by Eddie Vedder

YouTube: Pearl Jam – I Won’t Back Down (Gorge ’06):

Personal practice for the week is this. What an awesome version of a great song.

Chris Poole: “It is not who you share WITH, it is who you share AS”: on identity

YouTube: “Web 2.0 Summit: Self Expression through Social Media- Chris Poole”:

The Matrix and its influences: on storytelling

Rob Wilson’s project releases its latest, this time on The Matrix, showing its influences inline, including a snippet of the 4th Doctor in “The Deadly Assassin”:

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

Understanding the Maker Movement

YouTube: Maker Faire: “The Long Slow Make: Understanding the Maker Movement”:

“Anil Dash shares his observations and insights into the development of the Maker movement He sees it as a kind of political movement that is apolitical in nature but also radical and inclusive. This conversation with Anil and Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE magazine and Maker Faire, touches on the social context of making, and what it means for individuals, families and communities. How will a “long, slow make” transform our society?”

Check out the post at Boing Boing: “Understanding Makers, a conversation with Anil Dash & Dale Dougherty” for more.

A Ramones concert clip from 1977 courtesy of Boing Boing and Dangerous Minds

Wow this must have been an amazing show. The video is high quality. If you were there, you were bound to be affected. Boing Boing: “The Ramones at their best in London, 1977”.

YouTube: “Ramones – It’s Alive (The Rainbow) 1977 HQ “: