Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Hallow's Eve...


"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."

~ William Shakespeare

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It Was A Beautiful Night with U2!


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Vancouver, BC - Oct 28, 2009: Irish rock band, U2 closed out the second leg of their 360 Degree World Tour Wednesday night at B.C. Place Stadium. Every U2 show I have ever seen (my 3rd U2 show, and my wife's 1st) has been nothing less than spectacular!

The New York Times described U2’s circular stage as being "part insect, part spacecraft, part cathedral." Resembling a contraption that one might see in a sci fi movie like “War of the Worlds”, the Claw as it is known houses all the lighting and speakers in its four, giant legs, and at the very top there is a huge video screen. It simply has to be experienced to truly appreciate it.

Our only minor critique is I felt their setlist leaned far too heavily on tracks from their last three albums while leaving out classic tracks such as Desire, Angel of Harlem & New Year’s Day to name just a few. All things considered, U2 is surely one of the few rock acts on the planet that can always be counted on to deliver up some pure spectacle and showmanship.

Setlist

1.Breathe
2.Get On Your Boots
3.Magnificent
4.Mysterious Ways
5.Beautiful Day "Blackbird" snippet
6.I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For "Stand By Me" snippet
7.Happy Birthday for Bill Gates
8.Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
9.No Line on the Horizon
10.Elevation
11.In A Little While
12.Unknown Caller
13.Until The End Of The World
14.The Unforgettable Fire
15.City Of Blinding Lights
16.Vertigo
17.I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight remix version,"Two Tribes" snippet
18.Sunday Bloody Sunday
19.MLK
20.Walk On "You'll Never Walk Alone" snippet

Encore 1:
21.One "Amazing Grace" snippet
22.Where The Streets Have No Name

Encore 2:
23.Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
24.With Or Without You
25.Moment of Surrender

video

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scuba Diver Australasia - Extraordinary Dives

Scuba Diver Australasia gave a full page spread to one of my photos in their November 2009 issue. Scuba Diver Australasia is a scuba magazine dedicated to the underwater world in the Asia Pacific. The official publication of the PADI Diving Society in the Asia Pacific, Scuba Diver Australasia was first published in 1979 under the name Scuba Diver. In 2000, it was renamed Scuba Diver Australasia. As of April 2009, the magazine has a readership of 90,000 across 48 countries.

Decorated Warbonnet
Deserters Pass, Queen Charlotte Strait, BC , Canada

With a cirri crown on its head resembling that of an North American Indian Chief’s Warbonnet, the aptly named Decorated Warbonnet (Chirolophis decoratus) ranks as being one of British Columbia’s signature fish species. Found at depths between 15 to 90 metres, this seemingly elusive fish hides in sponge burrows or crevices by day and tends to be seen out in the open during night dives.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SHARKS are worth more alive than dead!













Source: read the following article at a very informative shark news site http://www.sharkdivers.blogspot.com

New research shows the ocean predators draw a healthy chunk of the tourist dollar. WWF Australia spokesman, Nick Heath, says shark tourism is on the rise but shark numbers are declining, with estimates placing reef shark populations at three to 12 per cent of their original size in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef."We must do more to protect these top predators from disappearing on our watch, if not for the benefit of the environment, then at least for the benefit of the back pocket," Mr Heath said.

"A guaranteed shark sighting is worth its weight in gold to the tourism industry."

He said recent research by James Cook University found potential shark sightings were a major drawcard to the diving sector, with tourists willing to pay thousands of dollars to see a shark in the wild.

The researchers estimated up to 25 per cent or $1,375 of each visitor's expenditure in Cairns and Port Douglas in far north Queensland went towards the opportunity to see a shark.

Divers mostly want to see hammerhead sharks followed by whale sharks and tiger sharks, the study found. The group says more than 70,000 sharks are taken by fishermen each year in waters off north Queensland, many inside the Great Barrier Reef area.

Sharks thus come under particular threat because of slow growth rates, late sexual maturity, long gestation periods and birthing only a few young at a time.


Complete Story

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thank you, Palau!!!


“The strength and beauty of sharks are a natural

barometer for the health of our oceans.

Therefore, I declare today that Palau will become

the world’s first national shark sanctuary, ending

all commercial shark fishing in our waters and giving

a sanctuary for sharks to live and reproduce

unmolested in our 237,000 square miles of ocean.

We call upon all nations to join us.”


Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau,

in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly

on friday, September 25, 2009


For the latest information on Palau Shark Sanctuary click here http://sharksanctuary.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Shark News…without the sensationalism

Here's an excellent ocean conservation video from a site I just came across called, The Dorsal Fin

Overfishing from greenforum on Vimeo.

Friday, October 2, 2009

On Avoiding Writing

Came across this while surfing the Internet tonight. This was not only funny - but rings very true at times...


"Usually, writers will do anything to avoid writing. For instance, the previous sentence was written at one o’clock this afternoon. It is now a quarter to four. I have spent the past two hours and forty-five minutes sorting my neckties by width, looking up the word “paisly” in three dictionaries, attempting to find the town of that name on The New York Times Atlas of the World map of Scotland, sorting my reference books by width, trying to get the bookcase to stop wobbling by stuffing a matchbook cover under its corner, dialing the telephone number on the matchbook cover to see if I should take computer courses at night, looking at the computer ads in the newspaper and deciding to buy a computer because writing seems to be so difficult on my old Remington, reading an interesting article on sorghum farming in Uruguay that was in the newspaper next to the computer ads, cutting that and other interesting articles out of the newspaper, sorting... by width... all the interesting articles I’ve cut out of newspapers recently, fastening them neatly together with paper clips and making a very attractive paper clip necklace and bracelet set, which I will present to my girlfriend as soon as she comes home from the three-hour low-impact aerobic workout that I made her go to so I could have some time alone to write."


— P. J. O’Rourke

The Wit and Wisdom of P. J. O’Rourke