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Happy Native American Day!

September 28 is an official holiday in the state of California – Native American Day. Established in 1998, it is celebrated in our schools and government offices, but mostly ignored everywhere else. Only a few states (South Dakota, Tennessee) have a similar holiday, and there is no Federal recognition.

That’s really sad – we should have a nationally recognized day to celebrate Native Americans.

If you live in California there are some festivities to enjoy. San Diego is hosting a series of events, here is one:

Running Grunion storytelling

Abel Silvas will combine comedy, storytelling and mime, offering an interpretation of Native American history and culture from past to present.

And just outside Los Angeles:

To experience the distinctive cultures of California Indian people firsthand, we invite you to attend a free public celebration, featuring traditional Native American bird songs, music, art, and food.

Finally, in Sacramento Valerie Taliman will receive the Native American Women in Leadership Award:

An award-winning journalist, Taliman received the Richard LaCourse Award from the Native American Journalists Association last year for her groundbreaking investigative series on missing and murdered First Nations women. She continues to highlight violence against women and the racism inherent in violence against Native families. in her articles for ICTMN.

 

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WordCamp – attend a WordPress mini-conference – #geek

With 17% of the web using WordPress it’s no wonder there is a WordCamp every week. More than that with 75 scheduled for this year. These ‘unconferences’ are informal gatherings of like-minded people from bloggers to developers to creatives. The content is based on those attending and has a heavy bias towards the local community.

From WordCamp Central:

WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.

 

Definitely worth attending for the networking and geekery alone. To find one close to you here is a list of WordCamps. I found mine and it is in Los Angeles on September 15, 2012.

I’m excited to attend, get my geek on, and learn a ton about WordPress. Hope to see you there!

 

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Two sustainable surfing events from Grain Surfboards – in York, Maine and Encinitas, California

If you’ve been following the evolution in surfing then you know it’s going green, big time. There are movies, controversies, and several surfboard companies. Grain surfboards is one of the leaders, their bio:

Began in the basement of a home minutes from the waves in York Beach, Maine. Mike LaVecchia combined his love of board sports with a passion for traditional wooden boat-building techniques to create works of art for riding waves. Brad Anderson joined as co-owner shortly after and, with the help of some friends, Grain has grown into a full-fledged surfboard manufacturer. Stated simply, we’re committed to building, promoting and riding surfboards that have less impact on the environment and more impact on your surfing. The Grain tradition includes reducing the impact of surfboard production by using locally harvested, sustainable-yield wood products, creatively reducing or reusing any waste left over, and developing techniques for employing greener materials.

 

A wooden surfboard from Grain Surfboards. (image: Facebook)

Another huge element to this green revolution is the DIY movement, something that’s been in surfing since the beginning. While in the past that meant finding lighter foam materials and stiffer chemical compounds, today that means recycling everything. From the wood in an old skateboard, to the surfboard you broke in half, or even trash found on the beach. Combine these two movements, green surfboards and DIY, and you know just what these two events from Grain surfboards are about.   Continue reading

Next Apple event for iPhone 5 set for September 12 – maybe also for iPad mini

iMore has learned that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past.

The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. We haven’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. It seems likely the new iPod touch will make an appearance on September 12 as well, though we haven’t heard any specific information about that yet either.

Last year, the iPhone 4S was announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and released 10 days later on October 14. The event included minor updates to the iPod line, notably a white iPod touch 4. This year, the iPad 3 was announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and released 9 days later on March 16. The event included a 1080p Apple TV.

 

Source: iMore - Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini event planned for September 12, iPhone 5 release date for September 21

 

And, one more rumor from 9to5 Mac about a new iPad:

Finally and probably most controversial, Apple will be updating its full sized iPad line with a thinner design less than a year after release. The new, new iPad design will be tweaked with a new back side mic and a less hot thinner design.

 

 

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Ai WeiWei reviews London’s opening ceremony for 2012 Olympics – criticizes Beijing’s

Brilliant. It was very, very well done. This was about Great Britain; it didn’t pretend it was trying to have global appeal. Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn’t need a monumental Olympics. But for China that was the only imaginable kind of international event. Beijing’s Olympics were very grand – they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn’t enjoy it. The government didn’t care about people’s feelings because it was trying to create an image.

In London, they really turned the ceremony into a party – they are proud of themselves and respect where they come from, from the industrial revolution to now. I never saw an event before that had such a density of information about events and stories and literature and music; about folktales and movies.

At the beginning it dealt with historical events – about the land and machinery and women’s rights – epically and poetically. The director really did a superb job in moving between those periods of history and today, and between reality and the movies. The section on the welfare state showed an achievement to be truly proud of. It clearly told you what the nation is about: children, nurses and a dream. A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.

 

Keep reading: The Guardian - Olympic opening ceremony: Ai Weiwei’s review

 

 

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Adventure playground is open! – mud slide, rafting, fort building, rope bridge

The kids will get dirty.

At this Central Park adventure, kids will hammer, saw wood, make forts, push themselves around in the shallow water on a raft and do all sorts of climbing, jumping and whatever they choose. Kids can raft on a small pond, navigate a rope bridge, use a cable slide, go down a mud slide and more. Bring a spare change of clothing, a plastic bag to put the wet clothes in and close-toed shoes for safety.

Parents will not be allowed to tell the kids, “Don’t get dirty.” Sorry mom or dad. The dirt is what this is about and you must just butt out!

This summer-fun event is held annually. Adventure Playground runs mid-June through mid-August. This experience is suitable for kids six to twelve years old. It is only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Adult supervision is provided and a small fee is charged. For information and group reservations, phone (714) 842-7442.

Location: Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Avenue , Huntington Beach, California.

 

A google user: “I loved going here when I was younger. Tons of fun!! The rafts and the mudslide were cool and the tree house building area was my favorite! I recommend it.”

 

Source: Beach California, City of Huntington Beach

 

 

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MLE – Major League Eating – championship contests for eating any kind of food

MLE - Major League Eating is the world body that oversees all professional eating contests. The organization, which developed competitive eating and includes the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, helps sponsors to develop, publicize and execute world-class eating events in all varieties of food disciplines.

The world’s top competitive eating stars — such as Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas, Patrick Bertoletti, Eater X Tim and Bob Shoudt — are all Major League Eaters.

MLE conducts approximately 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and generate more than a billion consumer impressions worldwide each year.

Events:

  • World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship
  • World Slugburger Eating Championship
  • World Pulled-Pork Sandwich Eating Championship
  • Rib-Mania Eating Championship
  • Oyster Eating World Championship
  • Pepperoni Roll World Eating Championship
  • World Gyro eating Championship
  • Cheesesteak Eating Championship
  • Sweet Corn Eating Championship
  • Deep-fried Asparagus Eating Championship
  • World Cupcake Eating Championship
  • World Crawfish Eating Championship
  • World Catfish Eating Championship
  • World Class Corned Beef Eating Championship
  • Cake Eating Championship
  • PB&B Sandwich Eating Championship
  • Meatball Eating Championship
  • Pickle Eating World Championship

 

…and 100s more – MLE Eating Contests

 

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San Diego Surf Film Festival – beach clean-up and handplane demo

This weekend is the San Diego Surf Film Festival and if you’re attending, you might want to come to this community event.

On Saturday morning (8-10 AM) the festival is hosting a beach clean-up and handplane demo at La Jolla Shores.

There will be coffee, sweet treats, bodysurfing, and a give-away, in addition to the clean-up:

As a community driven event we’re inviting everyone to give a little back to the environment. Join us at La Jolla Shores for a beach clean up as part of the San Diego Surf Film Festival’s events!

The wonderful H2O Trash Patrol will be hosting with us and bringing buckets & trash pickers BUT if you have your own please BringYourOwnBucket!

Pannikin will be providing the coffee, there will be sweet treats from Healthy Creations, and we’ll be there with some Saturday stoke.

We’ll also be giving away four pairs of tickets to the film festival to the biggest trash collectors of the morning.

Look for the SDSFF and H2O Trash Patrol banners and a pop up tent set up on the grass near the north end of the La Jolla Shores parking lot.

The bodysurfing demo will be in association with *enjoy handplanes with all types of handplanes to try out.

Facebook for Good: new update creates thousands of organ donors

Would you share your organ donor status on Facebook? You share what you’re making for dinner, how your garden grows, where you’re going on vacation…But what about your organs?

Mark Zuckerberg is hoping you will.

On “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and company Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is letting those U.S.- and U.K.-based users add whether they’re an organ donor to their timelines and the story behind the decision to become one. There’s also a link to the official donor registry for those inspired to become a donor.

via Tech Now

 

That was this morning and by lunchtime, of that same day, the news had gone viral:

“As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800% from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!”

The wait list can range from six to eight years, depending on the organ needed.

Donate Life California CEO, Charlene Zettel, said, “today, statistically, one-third on [the wait] list will die before an available organ is presented to them.”

via Tech Now

 

In the place where you normally update your status, there is now a "Life Event" section.

Handplane Hoedown – try out new handplanes for bodysurfing

There is a new trend in surfing, well, rather bodysurfing. A group of environmentalists and shapers have begun crafting the most beautiful handplanes. These items are mini surfboards that you strap to your hand and get low in the water. They let you go fast, real fast and barrel on almost any wave.

Ed Lewis of Enjoy Handplanes describes how it works:

The second best part about Handplanes (first is how much fun they are) is that all of them are made out of recycled or sustainable material. Some are made out of wood, others out of broken and trashed boards.

A few of the companies are putting together a Handplane Hoedown to try out these things:

  • Saturday, May 5, 2012
  • Sunrise to ???
  • Southern California – San Clemente State Beach
  • Facebook Event Page

This is not a contest in any way, shape or form. Just a day of fun (ie. Fish Fry) to celebrate the handplane. NO POSTERS, NO BANNERS, NO SALES, NO T-SHIRTS. All word of mouth. This event is for everyone, from the first time garage made handplanes, to the super refined handplanes that are being sold in shops. If you’re into the food tray thing, bring that too. There will be representatives with Demo Planes from Hess, Surfcraft Co-op, Enjoy, and Brownfish, plus any and all other company’s are welcome to bring handplanes for the masses to try-out. Please spread the word via facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.

Hess Handplanes
Enjoy
Brownfish
Surfcraft Co-op

 

// Thx to Enjoy Handplanes