The New York Observer on Startup Life (Boston, NYC, & Bay Area)

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who spent two years in Boston working on his start-up and is now in the process of moving to New York for a new project called Breadpig, said he spoke at Angel Bootcamp and was astonished to see the number of angels who had shown up. It was an encouraging sign for Boston, he said, which always seemed to him like it would be a perfect place for early-stage start-ups if only there were more angels.

"You give these college kids a cool environment where they can go out and get drinks when they need to and hang out with people like them who are working on similar kinds of problems, and then give them funding to live off of—that's pretty much the stew," said Mr. Ohanian, who has invested in three Boston-based start-ups as an angel. "The missing component for Boston, really, is just that there aren't many people funding these kids hanging out in their apartments."

I still think of you oh so fondly, Boston (Cambridge, really, but even saying that I really mean Somerville). Hug.

Blighted Pakistan: Swamped, bruised and resentful

Into the void have stepped aid organisations, local and international, as well as Islamic charities, some of which are hardliners. Among the religious outfits active in flood relief is Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a supposedly banned group linked to the horrific November 2008 terrorist attack on civilian targets in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital.

Such groups may now gain in popularity at the expense of the national government, led by the secular Pakistan Peoples Party, and the provincial government of North-West Frontier, run by the Awami National Party, which is also secular. Pakistanis have not been inclined to back religious groups in elections that were held fairly, but the generally hapless and lofty rule of the two secular forces since they came to power early in 2008 is worrying.

As if Pakistan didn't already have enough problems caused by this horrendous natural disaster.

Charming Donk-umentary (Donkey Documentary) from Lamu, off the coast of Kenya

A documentary about a small island with 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, and just 2 cars.

Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya, is "the donkey capital of Africa." It is a place where there are donkey traffic jams, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey sanctuary, where donkeys are the key to earning a living, and where a young boy's fondest dream is to one day have a donkey of his own.