Monday, July 30, 2012

They came to an understanding, or did they ???

You recognize it, of course, because it’s been on 12 billion Facebook walls along with its story: A bullfighter suddenly comes to a moral crossroads, the realization that his chosen profession is cruel and vicious, something he can no longer abide. And thus, mid-bullfight, he sits on the edge of the ring, an apparently forgiving bull standing before him, the former foe now a sympathetic ally.

This, appropriately, is bullshit.

Let’s think about this–which is something people haven’t been doing before slapping this photo and the sappy story tagged to it on their walls. First off, can you, as a rational, critical-thinking person, honestly believe that in the very moment a bullfighter is suddenly overcome with remorse for his chosen profession, the bull he’s been working toward killing, most likely half-crazed with a pain-inflicted fight response, is going to look at the guy sitting there in his despondence and think, in cow-thought language, “He appears to be coming to a decision of some great importance. He probably needs some time alone with his thoughts. I’ll just stand here passively.”?

No. That six-hundred-pound goring machine would smell the moment of weakness, seize it and put one of those nasty horns right through that guy’s spleen and laugh about it.

But let’s give it the benefit of the doubt, and say that the bull in question is in touch with his feelings. Let’s consider the bullfighter. Let’s say that, as in the case of Álvaro Múnera, the torero who is misidentified in the photo above, you have been a bullfighter since you were 14. You understand the bull and you understand how bulls act when you’re busily plunging swords into them while wearing painfully tight pants. You know–indeed, it’s been drilled into you–that you’re standing toe to toe with a fucking killing machine, the very species that has taken out people in your position because they slipped up for about the space of a heartbeat, if that. Given that, do you think that when your career-devastating moment of moral clarity hits you like a veritable bolt from the blue, you’d sit down three feet away from this murderous steak with a bad attitude? No. You might stop, yes. Perhaps you would leave the arena. You can do that. But would you sit down and give Mr. Angry Cow a free shot? Not unless along with your moment of clarity you also asked for a side order of suicidal.

So, no, what we are seeing here in not bullfighter and bull having a metaphysical moment of simpatico. It’s better than that. Because the truth of this captured moment highlights how people have just flung themselves bodily onto this bandwagon of pure manure and inflicted a wealth of disinformation on their friends.

See, what the bullfighter is actually doing is called desplante.  This is a thing that they do in bullfighting. It’s part of the show. The bullfighter sits on the rail to show his disregard for and dominance over the bull. Now, we should all be able to agree that when you decide to be a dick to a bull, the bull has no actual understanding what you’re doing. It doesn’t think, “Wow, is he ignoring me? Is he actually pretending I’m not even here?” No, it does not. I would imagine what it thinks is more along the lines of “moo.” The bull doesn’t care that you’re being a dick. So you’re just showing off for the audience. If the bull makes a move on you, bam, you’re over your mock despondence and jamming another pointy thing into its baby backs.

The only shred of truth in this ever-so-overshared photo is that Munera did, in fact, become an activist crusading against bullfighting. You know, 150 or so dead bulls and a crippling accident later. Oh, wait–did the story under the photo not mention that Munera quit after being gored and left paraplegic? Of course it didn’t. That would just ruin the narrative. And just to fire one more nail into this thing, that quote that runs with the picture, the one about him looking into the bull’s eyes? Also not from Munera. That was writer Antonio Gala, who is not, nor has he ever been, a bullfighter.

Boy-wonder Mathias elevated decathlon

Sports are filled with true-life fairy tales, stories that are more amazing than fiction. But even accepting that premise, the rise of Bob Mathias almost defies belief. 

One day the 17-year-old Californian is a regional prep star. A few months later, he's a national hero. Before 1948, Mathias had never participated in a decathlon. That summer in London, he won the Olympic gold medal in the grueling 10-event competition. 

Quite an accomplishment for anybody, but especially for someone who suffered from anemia in early childhood and had to live on special diets, pop iron pills, and take frequent naps to conserve his strength. He also suffered from the typical childhood illnesses -- chicken pox, measles, whooping cough and scarlet fever. 

Mathias overcame all and became a high school track star in, among other events, the discus, shot put, high hurdles, high jump and sprints. For a new challenge his coach suggested that Mathias expand his versatility and compete in the decathlon. 

If ever a coaching suggestion hit the target, this was it. Mathias became the youngest men's winner of a track and field event in the history of the Olympics in 1948 and four years later he became the first to win consecutive Olympic decathlons. Unbeaten in 11 decathlons in his career, he won four national AAU championships and three times set world records. 

Singapore’s Supertree-Powered Gardens By the Bay Opens to Public

One of the largest horticultural attractions in the world, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, opens to the public Friday, June 29, offering a unique fusion of nature and technology.

New Stadium for the 49ers

The plan for a luxury hotel, sports bar and entertainment complex on two parcels of city-owned land bordering the site of the planned 68,500-seat stadium are out. Former 49ers great Joe Montana and ex-owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. are participating in the efforts for the stadium and the entertainment complex for Santa Clara. Plans are aiming at finishing the stadium for the 2015 season.

Jamie Matthews, a City Council member who will become the new mayor of the city was excited about these efforts and what his town’s image will gain from this $937 million stadium construction. “This is an absolutely perfect fit for what we would like to see develop around the stadium as a supporting use, and having the cachet of Joe Montana raises the stakes for this being a destination.”

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Walk in the footsteps of giants

 Volcanic crashing and burning starting sixty million years ago led to the formation of the Giant's Causeway, a coastline that has inspired artists and photographers, stirred debate amongst scientists and captivated the imagination of locals and visitors for centuries. Made up of around 38,000 basalt columns that stretch out to sea, the formation of this otherworldly landscape can be explained by science. Locals, however, have their own story to tell.

 They say the Giant's Causeway was the stomping ground of giant Finn McCool, who lived in these parts nearly two thousand years ago. How else can you explain the Chimney stacks that mark his house? The Organ he built for his muscial son Oisín? Or the giant boot he left on the shore?

 Discover the story for yourself. Come to the Giant's Causeway Visitor Experience which opened 3 July 2012 and explore the science, myth and legends that surround the Giant's Causeway.

Home of the Week | Manhattan Beach

Five years in the making, this custom Mediterranean takes advantage of ocean views from its perch in Manhattan Beach's Hill Section. Designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, it also features a swimming pool, a two-story pool house with a game room and an outdoor kitchen with grill.

Location: 250 S. Dianthus St., Manhattan Beach 90266

Asking price: $9.995 million
House size: Five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 9,000 square feet

Lot size: 14,368 square feet

Features: Den, library/study, media room, gym, craft room, sauna, breakfast bar, walnut floors, antique fireplaces, stone counters, faux painted walls, murals, stenciling, koi pond, waterfall.

About the area: In the first quarter, 65 single-family homes sold in the 90266 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.425 million, according to DataQuick. The median price was unchanged from the first quarter of last year.


Agent: Jonathan Coleman, Real Estate West, (310) 991-0929

Saturday, July 28, 2012

That's what they tell me . . .

Rock Climber Alex Honnold Tackles Yosemite's Biggest Rock Faces ...

Alex Honnold is considered one of the most fearless (and consistently solid) climbers on the planet.—in a  "60 Minutes" segment (air date 10/2/11), he free-soloed the face of Sentinel in Yosemite while the cameras rolled—but when asked why, or to explain this difficult-to-understand activity he loves, he's a bit mystified. Sure, he likes the adrenaline, but that admission comes only after some prodding. The sense is that behind his big, deep brown eyes and humble personality ("Most people know me for my free soloing," he says, "but I actually solo pretty infrequently. I spend most of my time traveling around and climbing things with a rope on. I didn't start really climbing outdoors till six years ago.") is a fire he'd rather enjoy than analyze.
Aircraft Detection Before Radar

Aircraft Detection Before Radar....
I bet none of you ever saw this stuff before.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Catalina (pastel)

Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center Gallery

1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Email: Email venue
Phone: (310) 802-5440
Fax: (310) 802-5439

Tuesday & Thursday, 2-6pm; Wednesday, 4-8pm; Saturday, 1-5pm.


July 21, 2012 - August 23, 2012
Manhattan Beach Centennial Photo Exhibition
Archival photography by Robi Hutas, Manhattan Beach Historical Society, Hermosa Beach Historical Society, The Beach Reporter, and the Manhattan Beach Older Adults Program.

Manhattan Beach Open Champions

Mike O'Hara, far right, with partner Mike Bright, pose with Miss California after winning their first Manhattan Beach Open tournament against another beach legend, Gene Selznick, second from left, and Mike Higer.

Never resting on the five plaques that are still on the Manhattan Beach pier to commemorate his historic run from 1960-64 with partner Mike Bright ("he was a surfer dude who could really jump"), O'Hara's post-beach resume after winning 38 open championships in the sand took him from coach and referee to broadcaster, commissioner and consultant. 

"Don't cry for me Argentina"

BUENOS AIRES -- Exalted in countless books, a Broadway musical and a Madonna movie, Argentina’s Eva Peron now graces that country’s 100-peso note in commemoration of her death 60 years ago Thursday. In a ceremony, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she wants the Eva Peron commemorative peso note to become permanent, replacing one featuring Julio Argentino Roca, one of the country's early presidents.

“It seems to me to be an homage that we owe not only to her but to ourselves,” Fernandez told a gathering Wednesday at the presidential palace.

In the background was an enlarged facsimile of the bill, featuring a profile shot of the blond former dancer popularly known as Evita. She was the wife of President Juan Peron, who ruled from 1946 to 1955, and then again for nine months prior to his death in 1974.

The 100-peso note currently is valued at nearly $22.

Olympian Jack Davis "edged out"

Jack Davis, who died last week at 81, won 37 races in a row and held the world record in the 110-meter hurdles at 13.4 seconds.  Davis had identical times as the gold medalists in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games but was judged to be slightly behind.,0,511742.photogallery 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Indian rollerskater goes LOW in amazing limbo stunt 

ndia's Rohan Ajit Kokane, 11, already a Guinness record holder, flattened himself to cruise under a horizontal pole just 6.75 inches from the ground in an amazing feat that was captured on camera at a Hong Kong mall event.

Rohan Ajit Kokane, at seven, this boy was looking forward to creating a world record in limbo skating.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I wonder if today's batteries can match this ???

To demonstrate the reliability of the Edison nickel-iron battery, a battery-powered Bailey was entered in a 1,000-mile endurance run in 1910.

 (National Park Service / June 26, 2012),0,6960650.story 

      Of Mice and Men and Steinbeck             

Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Salinas is located 10 miles (16 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River,[3] at an elevation of about 52 feet (16 m) above sea level.[2] The population was 150,441 at the 2010 census. The mostly suburban city is located at the mouth of the Salinas Valley roughly eight miles from the Pacific Ocean and has a mild climate. The city consists mostly of late 20th century single family homes, some low-level apartments, ranging from modest bungalows to spacious luxury homes. The climate is ideal for the floral industry and grape vineyards planted by world-famous vintners. Salinas is an agricultural center and the hometown of writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels there, including Of Mice and Men.  The Steinbeck House (above) is in downtown Salinas.,_California

Inspiration by the Sea

Wayfarer's Chapel is one of the most historic places in Rancho Palos Verdes. Located in Portuguese Bend on Palos Verdes Drive South, the Chapel-also know as the "Glass Church," was built in 1951. Wayfarer's Chapel offers a unique small wedding venue with natural landscaping.

Beware !!! Beware !!!

Beware of the view from this spot on Via del Monte in Palos Verdes of the Torrance and Redondo Beach section of the South Bay (above).  You'll think you're in paradise.

Beverly Hills Office Space for Lease | Executive Suites Beverly Hills

This professional working environment is within walking distance from best shopping and dining destinations. Ideally located, the executive suites are situated in the distinguished Beverly Hills Triangle, corner Wilshire and Roxbury Drive. Clients will have access to professional on-site manager, individual offices and mini suites, T-1 internet, personalized answering devices and voice mail, reception services, and conference rooms among others
North America: 800.869.9595

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"iconic images"

Southern California lifeguard towers are iconic images. These towers are located in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance Beach and Palos Verdes. The photographs combine newer and classic images. The brightly colored towers were painted as part of the ‘Summer of Color’ exhibition, which was the largest public works exhibit in the United States. Towers from Malibu to San Pedro were painted as part of a project by Portraits of Hope to involve young people in public works projects. For more information, click on this link.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Striking artistry of multiple takeoffs at Hannover Airport,2_0_0_1_12814819_AO0Nw0MAAR74UAw2OARwGg%2BFuvk,2_0_0_1_12808950_AOENw0MAAFwgUAtClgMZ1BSMKwQ,2_0_0_1_12807614_AOgNw0MAAQM9UAsmjQoDjy%2FOoX0,2_0_0_1_12806683_AOgNw0MAAWc1UAsQdQ5y3xMNGBo,2_0_0_1_12804980_AO0Nw0MAAUueUArpxwB0wAgDvtM,2_0_0_1_12804055_AO0Nw0MAAGFlUAqksQ5pQWY%2BfUQ,2_0_0_1_12802789_AO8Nw0MAAJXwUAqimg45a0a%2FDY4,2_0_0_1_12800942_AOUNw0MAAUJWUAomagDTynqVtkE,2_0_0_1_12799760_AOYNw0MAASKIUAoQvgLJK18Lh58,2_0_0_1_12798502_AOoNw0MAAC4rUAoKKgqY33Pa6Gg,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=14a084e4466e04d5fced741a0487bb22&.jsrand=9467870

The Waterfall Island at Iguazu Falls,2_0_0_1_12814819_AO0Nw0MAAR74UAw2OARwGg%2BFuvk,2_0_0_1_12808950_AOENw0MAAFwgUAtClgMZ1BSMKwQ,2_0_0_1_12807614_AOgNw0MAAQM9UAsmjQoDjy%2FOoX0,2_0_0_1_12806683_AOgNw0MAAWc1UAsQdQ5y3xMNGBo,2_0_0_1_12804980_AO0Nw0MAAUueUArpxwB0wAgDvtM,2_0_0_1_12804055_AO0Nw0MAAGFlUAqksQ5pQWY%2BfUQ,2_0_0_1_12802789_AO8Nw0MAAJXwUAqimg45a0a%2FDY4,2_0_0_1_12800942_AOUNw0MAAUJWUAomagDTynqVtkE,2_0_0_1_12799760_AOYNw0MAASKIUAoQvgLJK18Lh58,2_0_0_1_12798502_AOoNw0MAAC4rUAoKKgqY33Pa6Gg,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=14a084e4466e04d5fced741a0487bb22&.jsrand=9467870

The stunning green vine snake,2_0_0_1_12814819_AO0Nw0MAAR74UAw2OARwGg%2BFuvk,2_0_0_1_12808950_AOENw0MAAFwgUAtClgMZ1BSMKwQ,2_0_0_1_12807614_AOgNw0MAAQM9UAsmjQoDjy%2FOoX0,2_0_0_1_12806683_AOgNw0MAAWc1UAsQdQ5y3xMNGBo,2_0_0_1_12804980_AO0Nw0MAAUueUArpxwB0wAgDvtM,2_0_0_1_12804055_AO0Nw0MAAGFlUAqksQ5pQWY%2BfUQ,2_0_0_1_12802789_AO8Nw0MAAJXwUAqimg45a0a%2FDY4,2_0_0_1_12800942_AOUNw0MAAUJWUAomagDTynqVtkE,2_0_0_1_12799760_AOYNw0MAASKIUAoQvgLJK18Lh58,2_0_0_1_12798502_AOoNw0MAAC4rUAoKKgqY33Pa6Gg,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=14a084e4466e04d5fced741a0487bb22&.jsrand=9467870
The largest raft of canoes and kayaks in the world,2_0_0_1_12814819_AO0Nw0MAAR74UAw2OARwGg%2BFuvk,2_0_0_1_12808950_AOENw0MAAFwgUAtClgMZ1BSMKwQ,2_0_0_1_12807614_AOgNw0MAAQM9UAsmjQoDjy%2FOoX0,2_0_0_1_12806683_AOgNw0MAAWc1UAsQdQ5y3xMNGBo,2_0_0_1_12804980_AO0Nw0MAAUueUArpxwB0wAgDvtM,2_0_0_1_12804055_AO0Nw0MAAGFlUAqksQ5pQWY%2BfUQ,2_0_0_1_12802789_AO8Nw0MAAJXwUAqimg45a0a%2FDY4,2_0_0_1_12800942_AOUNw0MAAUJWUAomagDTynqVtkE,2_0_0_1_12799760_AOYNw0MAASKIUAoQvgLJK18Lh58,2_0_0_1_12798502_AOoNw0MAAC4rUAoKKgqY33Pa6Gg,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=14a084e4466e04d5fced741a0487bb22&.jsrand=9467870
Moon bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei,2_0_0_1_12814819_AO0Nw0MAAR74UAw2OARwGg%2BFuvk,2_0_0_1_12808950_AOENw0MAAFwgUAtClgMZ1BSMKwQ,2_0_0_1_12807614_AOgNw0MAAQM9UAsmjQoDjy%2FOoX0,2_0_0_1_12806683_AOgNw0MAAWc1UAsQdQ5y3xMNGBo,2_0_0_1_12804980_AO0Nw0MAAUueUArpxwB0wAgDvtM,2_0_0_1_12804055_AO0Nw0MAAGFlUAqksQ5pQWY%2BfUQ,2_0_0_1_12802789_AO8Nw0MAAJXwUAqimg45a0a%2FDY4,2_0_0_1_12800942_AOUNw0MAAUJWUAomagDTynqVtkE,2_0_0_1_12799760_AOYNw0MAASKIUAoQvgLJK18Lh58,2_0_0_1_12798502_AOoNw0MAAC4rUAoKKgqY33Pa6Gg,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=14a084e4466e04d5fced741a0487bb22&.jsrand=9467870
Interstellar space travel may may be possible using lasers and antimatter

While interstellar journeys have been explored by researchers, one type of mission has not received much attention, namely the interstellar rendezvous and return mission that could be accomplished on timescales comparable with a working scientist's career.

Such a mission would involve an initial boost phase followed by a coasting phase to the target star system. Next would be the deceleration and rendezvous phase, which would be followed by a period of scientific data gathering.

Finally, there would be a second boost phase, aimed at returning the spacecraft back to the solar system, and subsequent coasting and deceleration phases upon return to our solar system.

Such a mission would represent a precursor to a future manned interstellar mission; which in principle could safely return any astronauts back to Earth.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Many Catalina visitors have wondered about the mansion high on the hill above Avalon Bay

William Wrigley, Jr. bought 99% of Catalina Island in 1919. He chose the setting for his new home on Mt. Ada (named after his wife, Ada) because it received first sunlight in the morning and the last rays at sunset. The Inn is 350 feet above the town and harbor. The building of the Wrigley's home was started in 1920 and completed in 1921. The couple enjoyed their home together through January 1932, when Mr. Wrigley died. Mrs. Wrigley continued to visit until 1947, when she suffered a stroke and lingered in a coma in Pasadena for 11 years. She died in 1958. From 1921 to 1932, the Wrigley's entertained a number of famous guests at their island home, including Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, and the Prince of Wales.

Mr. Wrigley also owned the Chicago Cubs professional baseball team, and invited them to hold their spring training on the island. Following Mrs. Wrigley's death, the home was owned by the Santa Catalina Island Company and used as a tourist attraction. In the 1970's, the home was given to the University of Southern California to be used as a conference center. In 1985, the present innkeepers secured a long-term lease of the property and created the successful business known today as The Inn on Mt. Ada. For the past 18 years in a row, the Inn has been awarded the Mobil Travel Guide 4-Star rating, a rating awarded to only the top 2% of lodging properties in the entire US & Canada. 

Michele Bachmann tops a team of conspiracy-crazed clowns -- TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION !!!

By David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times
Intensity !!!

David Strick took his camera on the set of “The Green Hornet” and came back with a revealing photo collection that shows the toil and tedium that go into the creation of a modern box-office hero.  Shown above is Jay Chou as Kato.

(David Strick/For The Times)

   Solar Tower in the Mojave Desert, California

                Could this be the future ???,r:2,s:768,i:283

Will it always be like this ???

Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare - Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami, Florida; Vincennes, Indiana; Syracuse, New York? Anyplace, everyplace, where there's hate, where there's prejudice, where there's bigotry. He's alive. He's alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because through these things we keep him alive.

Shawn Meadows
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Liza's at the Palace…(was)!"

Liza Minnelli, the Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning singer-dancer-actress and sometimes tabloid news staple, returned to Broadway in 2008 after an absence of nearly 10 years. Critics were quite forgiving of any apparent shortcomings in "Liza's at the Palace…!," which ran through Dec. 28 at the Palace Theatre in New York. In fact, many seemed to shower the love on the legendary 62-year-old entertainer.

Who says only kids can have fun?

A man splashes a bucket of water on participants in a water festival in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo: Lee Jin-man, Associated Press / SF

Twisted pleasure !!!

Jason Alessi jumps off a waterfall during the hot summer weather in Indian Falls, N.Y.

Photo: David Duprey, Associated Press / SF

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Crashing Waves and more . . .

A rolling wave crashes into droplets of rainbows behind a surfer.  Four to seven foot waves curled at the Manhattan Beach Pier on a 73-degree day last Thursday, and photographer Mara Laine was able to capture the rainbow clinging to the surf, as well as the up-and-coming surfer Natalie Anzivino.  A spectacular photo by Mara Laine 

LED bulbs are the wave of the future

By now you probably know that LED bulbs are the wave of the future, but we just came across an update that makes them even more technologically advanced – the world’s first LED light that can be remote-controlled right from your smartphone! INSTEON, a home automation manufacturer, just debuted their high-tech new bulb and demonstrated how it can be turned on, off and dimmed with as many controllers as you want – including your smartphone and tablet.

Monarch butterflies sit atop a representation of Mission San Carlos Borromeo ...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This photo by RJ SANGOSTI/THE DENVER POST won 3rd Place in the Sports Action category

Zach Pattyn falls off his sled, Friday, during the Snowmobile SnoCross at the Winter X Games in Aspen.

Beautiful job of capturing the pitcher's motion in a still photo

Some came to run and some came to see . . .
Don't get in the way of the herd mentality

During the famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, bulls will be released into the streets and couragous reckless young men will try to run with them. The trick, I’ve been told, is to not get in their way since when the bulls start, almost nothing can stop their herd mentality to just keep running.
Chalk one up for the bull !,r:3,s:68,i:383
The Flying Bull
Running with the bulls (or from the bulls, or both) !!!

Congressman Barney Frank to run with the bulls

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank announced yesterday that he was so inspired by the story and photos of two American brothers gored during the Running of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain yesterday that he plans to participate next year.

“I thought this whole event was simply a testosterone-laden macho spectacle,” said Frank, “but clearly, there’s…uh…more going on here.  Something deeper, more penetrating.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I believe by experiencing the event first hand, I’ll be better able to articulate it.”