Friday, November 12, 2010

Mutual Assistance: Wounded Vets & Abandoned Dogs

This just makes such perfect sense: I am sure abused and abandoned dogs suffer pretty much the canine equivalent of PTSD.
Struggling with post-traumatic stress, veteran David Sharpe says he found a dog at a shelter that saved his life. Now, with a group called P2V, he pairs other vets with rescued pets.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

And Waves! How Surfing Joined The Dominant Culture

This is a promo I can get into. The intersection of surf and culture, the ocean and the beach, together IS the surf. Gonna glomm onto the film. Watch this space for a review when/if I can find it...
The late sixties, early seventies were all about change: in society, the surfboards we rode and the way we rode them. Jamie Budge's classic surf film "The Californians" shows from a perspective of "Four Years After" how far we had come. The long and short of it. The best of the old. The newest of the "new"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Proudly Pit Bull!

Best dang dog, ever...Via LifeWithDogs (sine qua non, around here):
Another important creation from Kenn Bell that you’ll want to set aside time for, Pit Proud does much to dispel the Pit Bull myths that continue to threaten this misunderstood breed. Proponents of the dogs will note that this is a very complete piece for it’s relatively short length. It’s clear that this was a labor of love.

Do note that there are five or six seconds of dog fight footage included – important for historical accuracy, but troubling to see nonetheless.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hanging Ten Off A Sailboat! Radical

Via BoingBoing:
This is what luck looks like. Luck, combined with a whole lot of skill. Notice the person at the front. I'm sure they're locked in with a harness, but that would still be a wild ride.

The harbor is Svaneke, a town on an island in the Baltic Sea. According to this thread at the Wooden Boat Forum, local guides say you shouldn't even attempt entering Svaneke harbor during strong onshore winds. I have no idea what prompted this crew to take a shot, but I'm guessing they decided the alternatives were worse.