SHARKWATER – In Theatres March 23, 2007

So far only showing in Canada and New York, this one sounds like a the documentary to counteract the deleterious hysteria started by “Jaws”.

For environmentalists, the film is a must-see; for everyone else, Sharkwater is gripping storytelling, a kind of cross between the sheer biological poetry of ‘Winged Migration’ and engaged politics of ‘Bowling for Columbine’.”“A contemporary masterpiece, combining modern-day ecological drama with some of the most provocative shark footage to ever see the light of day”Mongo Nikol,

Cingular launches U.S. mobile banking

Cingular launches U.S. mobile banking | Technology | Reuters
AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson talked about the mobile banking service in a keynote speech at the CTIA wireless technology conference on Tuesday. In Japan they use their cell phone like a credit card at Soft Drink Machines and parking meters. While this announcement was interesting and you can click on the link to see if your bank is participating, what really blew me away was this quote from Stephenson :

“…while four babies are born every second in China, about 25 people are signing up for wireless services in the country.”

Tastemakers: Chefs

Tastemakers: Chefs –
You no longer have to live in New York or California to taste the best food in America. That’s because young chefs have set up shop in smaller cities and rural areas, many in order to be closer to the farmers and ranchers who supply their raw materials. For others, it’s because the palates of small town diners have grown more sophisticated.

It’s no wonder Americans now dish out nearly half their food budgets on dining out, according to the National Restaurant Association. Sales in the industry have grown steadily for more than 15 years and are expected to increase 5% in 2007, to $537 billion, with $181.6 billion of that coming from full service restaurants. Click on the link for the list of chefs in pictures, as well as the rest of the article.

Home on the Revenge

A city councilman, Mark Easton, lives in this neighborhood. He had a beautiful view of the east mountains until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built. Apparently the new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so MarkEaston, mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance. Mark and his new neighbor had some great arguments about this as you can imagine – not great feelings. The new neighbor had to drop the roof line – no doubt at great expense.

Recently Mark Easton called the city and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home. Mark didn’t like the look of these vents and asked the city to investigate. When they went to Mark’s home to see the vent view, this is what they found… Continue reading “Home on the Revenge”

Extreme to Death – Dan Osman

Outside Online – Dan Osman | Outside Online
At 35 years old, Dan Osman had long since become a famous name in the world of extreme—many would say senseless—risk environment. For close to a decade his bizarre specialty was jumps like the one at Leaning Tower: single-rope plunges from bridges or cliffs that Osman would make for videos and commercials and, more often, just for the sheer hell of it. By the late eighties Osman had made a name for himself as an accomplished rock and ice climber and as a no-ropes free soloist. Check out this Speed Climbing Video that Rand Marks sent us as an example.

. But Osman’s interest in the sport was flagging. In 1989, working with a top rope to put up a 5.13 climb at Cave Rock that he called Phantom Lord, he fell 50 times trying to place a single bolt above a particularly torturous move. In the process he discovered that he was more exhilarated by the falling than the climbing.

“I’m not sure why,” Rogalski said. “Maybe when a couple of the hot French guys came along and did Slayer on sight—a 5.14 route that took Dan a year to put up. Sometime after that he sort of drifted away from serious climbing and got very into the jumping.  5.14 is a perceived degree of difficulty level that climbers use to catalog various climbing routes. Here is an 11 miniute video primarily on the jumping and addiction to the fear of death that Outside covers in this article on Dan.

Creature that has not had sex for 100m years

Creature that has not had sex for 100m years-News-UK-Science-TimesOnline
A tiny creature that has not had sex for 100 million years has overturned the theory that animals need to mate to create variety. Analysis of the jaw shapes of bdelloid rotifers, combined with genetic data, revealed that the animals have diversified under pressure of natural selection.

Researchers say that their study “refutes the idea that sex is necessary for diversification into evolutionary species”.

The microscopic animals, less than four times the length of a human sperm, are all female, yet have evolved into different species that fill different ecological niches. Two sister species were found to be living together on the body of a water louse. One of them specialised in living around the louse’s legs and the other stayed close to the chest.

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