from Our Take on Your Take:

In the shadow of Mount Merapi

November 5, 2010

Workers clear trees that had fallen due to lava flows after Mount Merapi volcano erupted at Kuning River, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on November 5, 2010. Your View/Sigid Kurniawan

A cow killed by ash cloud heat from an eruption of Mount Merapi volcano is seen at Argomulyo village in Indonesia's Sleman district of the Indonesia Central Java province November 5, 2010. Your View/Sigid Kurniawan

Soldiers carry a body from Argomulyo village in Indonesia's Sleman district of Central Java province November 5, 2010. Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted with renewed ferocity on Friday, killing another 54 people and blanketing the surrounding area with ash. Ten days of eruptions have now killed nearly 100 people and forced the evacuation of more than 75,000. Your View/Sigid Kurniawan

These three images from Indonesia of the devastation caused by Mount Merapi's volcanic eruptions stand out in the way they capture the scale of the disaster and how it has affected the livelihood of people on the island.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You still have your tonsils, Ms. Clinton?

November 4, 2010

hillary event 490

Hey, Buddy! You on the other end of the walkie-talkie! So this is your first time setting up an overseas event for Secretary Clinton? I'm sure it'll go fine. What's your name?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

What the hell have those kids done now?

November 3, 2010

Blog Guy, it's been two whole months since you've seen a sign of the approaching Apocalypse. Isn't it about time to lower the threat level for your readers?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Oh, the gowns! Oh, the humanity!

November 2, 2010


What a glittering evening this is, folks. The celebrities are arriving now for our Lux Style Awards. With us here is a man who came all the way from Hollywood to help set up our arrival festivities, and he's the best in the business. Sir, what should we call you?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Another fall flood of bad TV shows?

October 26, 2010

I scour our vast photo file every day, to make sure my readers are seeing the goofiest stuff possible. Sometimes I see photos that speak so eloquently about the endurance of the human spirit that I just get goose-bumps.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

The skewed narrative on Pakistan flood aid: “help me or I’ll kill you”

September 10, 2010

handsOne of the arguments that comes up frequently for helping the victims of Pakistan's floods is that otherwise Islamist militants will exploit the disaster, and the threat of terrorism to the west will rise. It's an argument that makes me wince every time I read it. 

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Is a plane that different from a forklift?

September 9, 2010

Blog Guy, I'm planning a dream vacation to China, but I'm worried. I read that China has found that nearly 200 pilots have falsified their resumés . Please assure me that's all been taken care of now.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Down the River: What Is To Be Done?

September 5, 2010


On Friday, Sept 3, a boy stands outside a house destroyed by flood waters that swept through Mehmood Kot a month ago. Residents of Mehmood Kot have been waiting a month for relief aid, which they say they have not received. (REUTERS/Chris Allbritton)

from Oddly Enough Blog:

We’re crashing? Can I still get Duty Free?

August 30, 2010

There was an incredible story last week, which I can't get out of my mind.

NBA/British Airways apologized after an emergency message was played in flight by mistake, warning passengers they might be about to crash into the sea.

from Photographers' Blog:

A hurricane named Katrina

August 26, 2010

Elton Driscoll, Jr. carries a U.S. flag that he removed from a hotel down the deserted and boarded-up Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans August 28, 2005.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking

While covering Hurricane Katrina ripping through New Orleans five years ago, it struck me how the individual events that unfolded in the aftermath echoed similar tragedies I had photographed around the globe.