December 27th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Eric Sheptock
The D.C. homeless man is using social media to advocate for other homeless people. He says he got a leak fixed at one homeless shelter and stopped harassement of homeless people at another. Using computers at libraries, Sheptock communicates with nearly 1600 e-mail contacts, 5,000 Facebook friends and hundreds of Twitter followers. He has two blogs and a Facebook fanpage. Sheptock says he's now trying to use his popularity to start a movement that reduces homelessness and improves shelter conditions. Read the Washington Post's story about Sheptock. His story is not without its critics.

Oskar Schindler
A New York judge has allowed a memorabilia collector to sell what the collector is saying is the original "Schindler's list." The Telegraph reports that the list is said to contain the names of more than 1,000 Jews that Oskar Schindler saved during the Holocaust. There had been a ban on sale of the list, according to The Jerusalem Post. The paper reported that an heir to Schindler's widow previously tried to prevent selling the list.

Blizzard stranded blogger
For every stuck traveler, your voice was heard Monday through the clever tweets of one of your brethren, Jason Cochran (@bastable). Cochran was, at least as of this posting, among the hundreds of passengers stranded at JFK Airport in New York which closed due to blizzard conditions. He tweeted that he was there for more than 17 hours including four hours in a plane on the tarmac waiting to fly to London. is reporting that Cochran's tweets began at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. phil

    He was born on Nov. 7th, 1978 if memory serves.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ProtoMan

    Hmmm interesting. Thanks for the tip. Nobody would want to find me though. Lol How can a user I'd give you that information?

    December 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    @Fred...I hope that satisfied your questions. Thanks for being interested.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    hey Phil and all

    December 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Hay tomcat! Is it snowing down your way yet? he he Have any of your fire-hoses frozen? What do you thaw them out with when they do? Seriously, have you ever considered fighting fires with a foam slurry?

    December 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil are an intelligent person and I'm sure you can figure that out all by yourself if you put your mind to it.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    no to the snow and yes have used foam lite water on spills and at tanker fires

    December 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Remember, I said "unique" s/ doesn't work on the generics. And it helps if you are truly interested in and concerned for other people. Everything we ever posted online is archived and can be retrieved. So we should all be careful what we say.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ProtoMan

    Ok well noted. 🙂 thanks for the tip.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProtoMan

    As for the talking heads: Many people don't have all the information required to make a sound decision on a given topic, so they will take someone else's word for it. Many in the news business push certain buttons to illicit a response from the consumer. They know humans have predisposed biases and little time to investigate the facts.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    ProtoMan...Hey! That's what whitekong would have said! Are you....nawww. anyhoo, did you read my boxing day post on the London board. So far, it hasn't illicited a response. From our previous discussions, thought you might be interested.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    ...and I appreciate how you referred to the news reader/viewr as a consumer. Say's a mouthfull.

    December 28, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    tomcat...where'd ya go? I'm off to bed and will find you tomorrow. You too ProtoMan. I wish I weren't so tired. I really enjoy you guys. gn

    December 28, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fred Bartkowski

    Thanks Phil.

    December 28, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fred Bartkowski

    So what is basically a big check valve had no chance against this much pressure?
    And if the only issue is head pressure or weight of the mud what was the problem?
    If the burst rate of the pipe was not exceeded then the weight of the cement was incorrect according to the explanation you provided.
    Is it possible that this "anomilous" pressure is to be expected at this drill depth?

    December 28, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
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