I'm sad to report that Irene McGee, former MTV Real World castmember turned media literacy activist, suffered a tremendous loss on Friday night when her San Francisco apartment burned up in an electrical fire. Irene is a grad student at San Francisco State University and host of the excellent No One's Listening podcast. The fire took the life of one of Irene's cats (the other escaped with severe burns) and destroyed almost everything in her apartment including her clothing, schoolbooks, diaries, family heirlooms, podcasting equipment, etc. When I reached Irene on Saturday, she was in a drugstore buying a toothbrush, bawling. It makes me sad that such an awful thing would happen to her. Irene's a really sweet, kind-hearted person. Right now, she's couch surfing and trying to figure out how to get her life back together. If you'd like to help, Irene's friends set up a PayPal account on her behalf (Link). A benefit in the Bay Area is also in the works. Thanks in advance for anything you can do.
• Irene McGee's radio show Link
• Irene McGee's NoOne's Listening videos Link
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.