Jon Krakauer on Greg Mortenson

Jon Krakauer gives an update on where Greg Morten­son, author of Three Cups of Tea, is these days after being revealed to be a fraud and abuser of dona­tions to his char­ity. Turns out, quite well actually:

Turn­ing a blind eye to his dis­hon­est words and deeds, the CAI board of direc­tors has con­tin­ued to pitch Morten­son as the organization’s moral exem­plar and guid­ing light, and still pays him $176,000 per year, accord­ing to the lat­est finan­cial records released by CAI.

Incred­i­bly, Morten­son has attempted to build actual bridges to try and help con­nect his lies:

And here’s the kicker: It was Morten­son who per­son­ally arranged for this bridge to be built and paid for with CAI funds, accord­ing to Zaman Ali, a res­i­dent of Askole who helped build it.


When our heroes turn out to be sleaze­bags, self-​​deception is eas­ier than fac­ing the facts.

Presentations — A New Field Guide by David Sparks

David Sparks has just released a new book in his Field Guide series enti­tled “Pre­sen­ta­tions”:

This Pre­sen­ta­tion Field Guide explains how to plan a pre­sen­ta­tion that will con­nect with your audi­ence, the tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry to cre­ate a stun­ning pre­sen­ta­tion, and walks you through pre­sen­ta­tion day to make sure it goes off with­out a hitch.

The book includes 5 chap­ters (The Trou­ble With Pre­sen­ta­tions, Tell a Story, Apple Keynote, Other Pre­sen­ta­tion Soft­ware, and Pre­sen­ta­tion Day) and 44 screen­casts, audio inter­views, and other rich media assets to help you make your next pre­sen­ta­tion riveting.

It’s avail­able in the iBooks store for $10.99 or in a PDF ver­sion direct from David’s site.


Direct link to video trailer for Pre­sen­ta­tions Field Guide

Pre­sen­ta­tions, along with the other Mac­Sparky F also a great demo of what’s pos­si­ble with iBooks Author, Apple’s free pub­lish­ing app for the iBooks store.

Be sure to check out pre­vi­ous books in the Mac­Sparky Field Guide series includ­ing Mark­down, Paper­less, and Email.