November 10, 2011

Surfer thinks he’s Jesus

Ok the title is deceiving. He doesn’t really. But he’s practically walking on water here… Right?

Surfing has always been something that I enjoy doing, but scares the living daylights out of me! ( yea, I said that “scares the living daylights out of me” like an OGma)

I believe that people who surf the big waves are seriously cut from a different cloth. There is no way I would ever EVER surf a wave higher than three feet! Ok, Im a wuss.

ANYWAY, there is a point to this post, but someone had too much coffee again and tends to get tangential (yes, that’s a word) when she’s strung out on caffeine.

HERE IT IS! THE POINT!
Garrett McNamara (this guy)

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… broke the World’s Record for successfully surfing the biggest wave, 90 feet!!

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Full article here

Aaannnddd here he is in action.

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November 8, 2011

Happening Now

Estimated 3 million muslims voyaged to a valley located near the city of Mina, Saudi Arabia during a ritualistic pilgrimage, or hajj.
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This is no joke! So many people that, last year during the same voyage, close to 400 people died! Some cases due to the fact that bridges they stood on could not withstand their total weight.
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Full article here

I was going to write on how amazing this is with people coming together for a certain belief and compare these people to the everyday American and question our belief system here. Thankfully, the very famous and well-articulated Malcolm X not only attended a pilgrimage, but wrote an amazing explanation of his experience that pretty much blows anything I would have written out of the water.

“There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white. America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought patterns previously held.”

Malcolm X

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November 6, 2011

Watch out Edison: Coca-Cola bottle lights

Think twice before you throw away that old Coke bottle. Just cut a hole in your roof, pour some water and chlorine in that old bottle and stick it in your roof for light! Right? It’s just that simple….

Or not really….

But when you’re forced to live most of your daytime indoors and without light like these people…
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…you might get a little creative with how to obtain cheap and efficient light in your house.

And that is just what Iliac Diaz did in his Isang Litrong Liwana campaign, or, “A Liter of Light” campaign in Manila in Southeast Asia.

Hmmm… Edison and Coca-Cola join forces? Anyone want to start a bet?!? I got 5 on it!

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November 4, 2011

Something you should see

So this is a bit outdated, but was just brought to my attention by a good friend of mine who knew I would drop my jaw in wonderment at the sight and explanation of this phenomenon

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Full article here

Sum up: the floods in Pakistan forced the spiders living on the ground to take refuge in the trees until the water receded. Eventually, after the flood water remained for longer than predicted, the spiders created their own homes in the trees, creating this amazing sight!!

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Even more amazing is the spider web’s contribution to the low malaria cases during what could have been a disastrous time for any flooding city. Mosquitos that usually roam the still waters are now finding themselves caught in these giant web traps.

Yea, this is amazing. Who is doing this? I’ve always been a strong believer in the fact that the universe is a crazy and mysterious thing that I will never fully understand and this is just one more thing that strengthens that belief. Unbelievable. I am extremely thankful for simple, yet intricate designs of nature such as this one that keeps me hungry for more information each and every day.

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November 3, 2011

Go Get ’em Oakland!!

So the word “occupy” has been springing up in everyday conversation with friends, which means it is becoming “sticky,” as Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point would describe the new craze. And I say craze because, having written my senior thesis on protests in the US, I came to the conclusion that protests spreads just like any other fad or fashion trend out there. It only takes a few celebrities to back the trend until the masses follow suit. And with major protestors like Noam Chomsky and Cornel West involving themselves in this movement, it was only a matter of time until almost every major city in America (and some outside of America) involved themselves in this major “Occupy x city” movement.

Aside from protests and their trendy factor, I also learned the characteristics of the ideal type of protestor. That is, the people who have less to lose simply because they have lost everything already. Most of the time, these are the students because they usually have no image yet created in the community and have no house or family to take care of. In other protests, it is literally the people who have lost their homes and jobs and have nothing to lose anymore so have no choice but to fight.

Enter Oakland, California:

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Full Article here
Ranked this year as the most dangerous city in California, Oakland is quite surely ranked as the most dangerous in terms of protests in California as well.

I can contribute this conclusion to the fact that people in Oakland are far worse off than, say, people in Long Beach where the population is huge but not ENOUGH people want to risk their livelihood for a protest. Things are getting bad in Oakland because they have all their cards out on their table. This is their last “Hoorah” for change.

Now, I am not disregarding the crime rate in this city and its contribution to the size and impact of their protests there, but the crime rate and the poverty rate go hand-in-hand and this is a true sign of people who are completely fed up with where they see their economy going.

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My hat’s off to you, Oakland.

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October 28, 2011

I’m Sorry for my Absence

Ok I already apologized in my title so I’m not going to do it again! (Ok, i’m really sorry!)

Anyway, I’ve been immersing myself in creativity lately since it IS fall which means it’s the time to let your creative juices flowing! Do it yourself!!

Here is one thing I found today that is super amazing and can be done in any city

Floating Lanterns:

Ok so Thailand has floating lantern festivals where thousands are released at once. They’re like mini hot air balloons.

BUT i found them on Amazon for pretty cheap here!!!!

Go have a floating lantern party in your own city!

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And I promise I will never have a month-long absence again. I PROMISE!

September 30, 2011

Not Expected, But Super Amazing

These are two amazing speeches by people who you might not necessarily think could give such an inspirational speech. Lesson learned: never underestimate the power of a human being.

 

Charlie Chaplin’s speech from his 1940 satire “The Great Dictator”

 

Speech given by 12 year-old Severn suzuki in 1992 in front of the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro.

 

Nearly half a century apart and yet we are still addressing the same issues. Why haven’t we progressed as humans? And what do most consider progression? Technology, wealth, population growth? What about the development of our mind?

 

It seems that, when it comes to the statehood of our intellect, we have progressed only in the ways to keep our mind stagnant

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September 28, 2011

Happening Now, NOT in the 1940s

My boyfriend introduced me to this amazing blog that follows the massive protests happening in America right now against everything that defines big business and monster government.

 

This video is disheartening because of how far we HAVE NOT come in this battle against what limits us. However, I think it’s enough to frustrate the common person and spark an ounce of activism in anyone.

 

At least I hope so…

 

sidenote: they are shouting “Shane” not “Che” as I first thought and immediately rolled my eyes at.

 

Here is Noam Chomsky’s encouragement and [always] wise words on the subject:

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

Noam Chomsky

More photos and updates here

 

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September 22, 2011

New Game Show: Name that Creature!

Close up view of a very interesting little creature. Any ideas?

it’s a maggot! It’s a close-up colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM)! So weird.

More Pictures here

Maggots have faces? Who knew.

This reminds me of Horton Hears a Who.

The little people on that little fluff ball that everyone else thought were insignificant because you couldnt see them. And now here we are looking at a detailed picture of a maggot face and he KINDA looks like Heimlich from A Bug’s Life.

And I’m pretty sure he has a soul.

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September 21, 2011

Percent Percent

1% of the American population is considered a millionaire.

50% of our Congressman are considered to be millionaires, some even billionaires.

Conclusion:

50% of our representatives in Congress only represent the opinions of 1% of our population. You figure it out.

Source: NPR

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