It’s summer and I feel like this orangutan (loungin!)
Our neighborhood now has raccoons, two of them. They are weird too. Last week, I was writing outside and they popped up on the fence, right in front of the dog, and started cooing at me. Like they wanted milk or something. Then the other night, like 3am, there was an epic battle on a neighbor’s tree between the raccoon’s and possibly the possum who used to patrol this territory. There was all sorts of scratching, hissing, branches shaking, and yelling to wake us up.
Just to show you how awe-inspiring the gallery is – Dolomites, Italy (part of the Alps).
Fishermen were casting their lines into the urban waters of Washington, D.C., into a river notorious as one of the dirtiest in the nation. What’s more, according to a recent study, they represented a small fraction of the 17,000 or more residents of this metropolitan area who are consuming fish from a river that has all the markings of a Superfund site.
Sometimes you just can’t believe it, the article even says that a sewer line directly dumps a billion gallons of human waste every year.
This is Comic Store Heroes, a wild and wacky adventure into the subculture of comic book super fans, where dreams are everything… and with a bit of faith and spandex, they really can come true.
Amid the dark and dangerous shadows of New York, the real life Gotham City, shines a bright light that lures comic fans from every corner: America’s largest comic store, Midtown Comics. While dealing with eccentric super fans, daily battles for geekdom supremacy, men dressed as bananas, and one million customers a year, boss Gerry is also preparing for the biggest day of his comic year – New York Comic Con. And it’s just six weeks away!
So he’s put his main men, Thor “The Marketeer” and Alex “The Negotiator” on the case. Thor has to track down a comic celebrity to appear at the store’s Comic Con booth, while Alex has to buy 10,000 old comics from super-collectors to then sell at the Con as well as completing a personal mission for his boss: finding Gerry’s elusive holy grail comic, “Hot Stuff, The Little Devil No.1″. This was the first comic Gerry ever read as a kid, and without it Midtown Comics wouldn’t exist. As an incentive, Gerry has offered Alex a cash bonus if he finds it. But it’s gonna be a hell of a challenge – it’s one of the rarest comics in the world!
Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, presented by the National Geographic Society, immerses you in the science and history of field archaeology. Walk in the footsteps of beloved film hero Indiana Jones as you embark on this interactive museum adventure.
This unique exhibition features :
A vast and exclusive collection of Indiana Jones film props, models, concept art, and set designs from the Lucasfilm Archives
An interactive tour of legendary sites that sheds light on historical myths such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail
A rare chance to see some of the world’s most impressive material remains and real-world artefacts from ancient societies from the collections of the world-renowned Penn Museum and the National Geographic Society archives
A handheld multimedia guide that lets you personalize your exhibit experience
An interactive quest game that let’s children of all ages test their skills and explore the exhibit content in a fun, innovative way
Currently, in Spain but coming to Southern California in October 2012.
In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach Mount Everest’s summit. According to National Geographic “the expedition had climbers carrying loads approaching 44 pounds apiece. Today, ultralight gear cuts significant weight from a climber’s load—often half the weight, or less, of Hillary’s pack load.”
Here are the high-tech pieces that Hilaree O’Neill, a 39-year old ski-mountaineer, will carry as she treks up the same path as Hillary and Norgay did 59 years ago.
The North Face - Prophet 52 Backpack
Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe
Smith Optics’ I/O Interchangeable Polarized Goggles
Scarpa’s Phantom 8000 boots
Black Diamond’s Sabretooth crampons
Tiny handheld radios & cellphone
The article also goes on to compares today’s technology to what Edmund Hillary used.
The ice axe:
1953: Made by Claudius Simond in Chamonix, France, Hillary’s ice axe was constructed of forged steel with a European ash wood handle.
2012: Weighing just 12 ounces, the Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe (above) has a hollow aluminum shaft and a stainless steel head. It measures 20 inches in hand—about a foot shorter than Hillary’s.
The Air Canada Center…has identified three areas where it can most affect its impact on the environment: Energy, Waste and Water.
Energy is the largest component of MLSE’s footprint. It is a required commodity, but we do not take its management lightly. We endeavour to minimize our environmental impact through:
Deep-lake water cooling which eliminates the need for air conditioning compressors
Using steam produced centrally instead of using many boilers
Lighting controls on office floors to reduce light levels
Overnight temperature set back
Variable speed drives on pumps and fans
Updating fridges to Energy Star
Aggressive plans to upgrade lighting throughout the venue and office tower
Proactive internal program aimed at reducing electricity usage and plug load in office tower
Over a one year period, Air Canada Centre holds on average 180 ticketed events with 2.75 million attendees coming through the building. This amount of traffic combined with the amenities of a sports and entertainment facility, produces a large volume of waste. MLSE is cognizant of its waste and in 2009 alone will be diverting over 500 metric tonnes of organic material from landfills to farms where it is converted into clean soil (compost). We are also recycling 375 metric tonnes of material per year. Some of our successes are:
MLSE is always looking at ways to reduce water usage and to ensure our business does not contaminate our water system. Some of the ways we have done this are:
Utilizing environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and chemicals
Installing faucet sensors in our washrooms
Installing aerators on taps
Filtering the water that makes our ice through reverse osmosis, instead of treating it chemically
Treating the water in our ice making plant with “”anode technology”” instead of with chemicals
Welcome to the 20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival!
While 1,200 people attended the inaugural Festival, today the Festival has expanded to become the world’s largest showcase of environmental film, attracting an audience of over 30,000 (in Washington D.C.).
The 20th anniversary Festival, our largest and most ambitious yet, presents 180 engaging and thought-provoking films, including 93 Washington, D.C., United States and World premieres, from 42 countries.
A centerpiece of our 20th anniversary year is a retrospective of the work of Academy Award-nominated director Lucy Walker, who will screen her latest film, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.