Mar 242011
 

Wow!  Impressive picture!  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any clear views of the super moon as is came over the horizon.   That’s OK though, when you have these types of photos to enjoy at your disposal, there was no need.

Image of the Day: 'supermoon' puts other full moons to shame

We hope you didn’t miss that huge moon on Saturday…but if you did, don’t fret. Just browse the gallery below for some spectacular shots of the "largest" full moon since 1993.

Image of the Day: ‘supermoon’ puts other full moons to shame
Megan Wollerton
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:00:00 GMT

Aug 032010
 

After a couple experiences with some of the adult versions of these tearing up my pond and eating my fish to the tune of a few hundred dollars, I’m still holding quite the grudge against them.  I know their just trying to make a living and survive, and I feel for that, but they’ve unfortunately have grown way too comfortable in neighborhoods and around the human population.  Yeah, you can make the “We encroached on them” argument, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve built a reputation as a pest because of their persistent, destructive manner.

Either way, I can’t think off the top of my head any animal that doesn’t look cute when their age is measured in weeks.  This little guy is doing wonder for their reputation in my eyes:

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Jun 092010
 

Doing what I can to spread the word…

I understand that people and humanity have certain ‘needs’, but I also understand what a ‘NEED’ is. 

In recent months, members of a right-wing nationalist group in Japan have been protesting outside the Tokyo office of Unplugged, the Japanese distributor of The Cove, criticizing the film as a betrayal of Japanese pride. The group uses loudspeakers to shout slogans like "eco-terrorist", and have even protested outside the home of Unplugged CEO Takeshi Kato.

After a flood of angry phone calls, three movie theaters in Tokyo and Osaka have cancelled showing The Cove due to threats of protests outside of screenings. Citing fears about the safety of moviegoers and nearby businesses, these theaters have been intimidated by this small group of extremists in what amounts to censorship of the film.

Kato said in a statement, "Since The Cove won the Oscar, our office and my house has been relentlessly attacked by propaganda activities. Now these attacks have begun on theaters. [These theaters] made a tough decision. The Cove is not anti-Japanese film. We need to debate the content in constructive way. We lament that we are losing opportunities to see the film about Japan, in Japan. We will continue to discuss the situation carefully with other theaters and exert maximum effort to release The Cove."
A letter supporting the release of The Cove was signed by 55 public personalities in Japan, saying that the suppression of the film "underlines the weakness of the freedom of speech in Japan."Despite the nationalist group’s attempts at threatening and intimidating the Japanese distributor and exhibitors, the film is still scheduled to screen in 23 other theaters on June 26th.

Ric O’Barry, former Flipper trainer, is currently in Japan for the premiere of the film and will be talking to media and other groups leading up to that date.

Watch Director Louie Psihoyos’ reaction to this censorship.


Video of nationalist protestors outside the home of Takeshi Kato, CEO of Unplugged, the Japanese distributor of
The Cove.

Censorship of The Cove in Japan
Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:28:00 GMT

Nov 162009
 

Been a while since I posted anything…just ran across this amazing video from National Geographic posted on Gizmodo!:

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen was in Antarctica to capture shots of leopard seals. One approached him, jaws wide and ready for biting…and if you haven’t heard the rest of the story yet, you need to watch this brief clip.

I’m not man enough to dive into freezing waters to document the lives of animals that could rip off my head without a second thought, but I’m sure glad that YouTube exists so I can sit here in my underwear and enjoy the experience vicariously.

National Geographic Photographer Meets Deadly Leopard Seal [Photography]
Mark Wilson
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 19:34:48 GMT

Oct 022009
 

From Gizmodo.

 

Wildlife photographer Michael Nichols wanted to photograph a 300-foot-tall redwood in a dense forest with no clear lines of sight. So he built a custom camera rig to take tons of close-ups to stitch together.

The result is a stunning composite of 83 different shots of this incredible tree. Look for a huge foldout of the image in the October issue of National Geographic, and here’s a video of Nichols talking about the process of capturing the image.

Custom Camera Rig Allows For a Stunning Vertical Panorama of a Giant Redwood [Nature]
Adam Frucci
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:40:00 GMT