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Thursday, March 3, 2011

UNDERCITY: Abandanded Underground Rooms in Subway

by Andrew Wonder

UNDERCITY from Andrew Wonder on Vimeo.

If you liked UNDERCITY, check out my next, even crazier adventure:

For updates and more adventures follow me on twitter​andrewwonder and check out my website

This is a film I made after some adventures underground with Steve Duncan ( last summer. We also have a teaser video which you can watch on my vimeo page (​5752275).

For more information about the video and our other adventures please contact Andrew Wonder (Director/Cinematographer) at

Steve and I just completed another underground expedition with Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge (​wiki/​Erling_Kagge). It was featured in a three page article on the front page of the NY Times metro section and was written by Alan Feuer (​2011/​01/​02/​nyregion/​02underground.html). We were also covered by NPR's Jacki Lyden whose report will be aired on 1/2/11 and posted on NPR's site (​2011/​01/​02/​132482428/​into-the-tunnels-exploring-the-underside-of-nyc).

Shot on a canon 5d mkii with canon 24 f/1.4 (version 1) with the zacuto rapid fire, Zoom H4N and a sennheiser g2 wireless lav. The zacuto was really great at being there when I needed it but also staying out of the way.

Nearly Extinct Rhino Babies Caught on Video

Nearly Extinct Rhino Babies Caught on Video

There may be as few as 40 Javan rhinos left in the wild — and in the world as none currently are living in captivity. (They may be the rarest large mammals on the planet.) Recently a motion-activated video camera in an Indonesian national park caught two very young Javan rhinos with their mothers on tape. Not only are they extremely rare, they also only give birth about once every four or five years.

“The videos are great news for Javan rhinos and prove that they are breeding in Ujung Kulon. There are no Javan rhinos in captivity — if we lose the population in the wild, we’ve lost them all,” said Dr. Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist at WWF-US. (Source: WWF)

(If you want to support Javan rhino conservation, you can donate to the World Wildlife Fund.)
Javan rhinos used to be widespread in various parts of Asia, but poaching decreased their numbers drastically. Traditional Chinese “medicine” has driven the price of rhino horn to as much as $30,000 per kilogram even though scientifically it has been proven to have no medicinal significance. The main ingredient of rhino horn is simply keratin, the same protein found in human fingernails so consuming rhino horn powder would have the same effect as eating one’s own fingernails. The superstitious false belief in rhino horn has fueled the poaching of rhinos for 2,000 years.

The news is especially good because Javan rhinos are solitary and prefer to stay far from humans, which makes it very difficult to study them. Javan rhinos live about 30-45 years in the wild,  and are herbivores. Any Javan rhinos that were kept in captivity did not do well, dying at about half their lifespan in the wild. They have no known predators other than humans.

Another large mammal on Java already went extinct — the Javan tiger. They were all shot, and their habitat was converted for agriculture. The situation for the Javan rhinos is dire, but at least there are conservationists trying to protect them. They are still at risk from poachers who want to cash them in for a quick sale on the black market.

Full iPad2 Specs vs. Competition: Who’s Best? [Infographic]

At the unveiling of the iPad 2 this morning, Apple's presenters noted that 2010 was the "year of the iPad," adding that 2011 would not be the "year of the copy cats," taking a stab at the competition before presenting the latest features of the all new iPad 2. How does the competition stack up? Check out this infographic to see for yourself.

Kimmel Kartoon - Charlie Brown and Charlie Sheen

The best YouTube video of the day has to go to a hilarious mash up that Jimmy Kimmel produced about Charlie Sheen. Jimmy Kimmel made a video of Charlie Brown being Charlie Sheen, which is absolutely funny!

Ten Awesome Charlie Sheen Quotes

Published by Nattyb

It’s not normally like us to jump on the bandwagon and make fun of celebrities who are on the front pages every single day for a week straight.  However, this entire Charlie Sheen is one of those once in a lifetime things that the press is really stretching to its outer limits.

And rather than blast the guy any further I thought we could focus on some of the lighter things in the life of Sheen.   Let us reflect on some quotes he’s made over the years.

Here are ten you’ll surely enjoy
*And don’t forget to check out the video at the end of this.  It’s amazing…..

On Probation
“I knew if I got loaded I was going away for a while. People would say, Oh, you’re just sober because you’re on probation.”

On Rehab
“I saw 28 Days. I don’t remember rehab being like a day camp or being that funny. Rehab is a dumping ground. It’s a big landfill.”
On Sex
“I was with one at a time with the other four watching. It was a little uncomfortable, actually. I wouldn’t recommend five at once. There’s just not enough guy to go around.”

On Rehab part 2
“Slash sat me down at his house and said, You’ve got to clean up your act. You know you’ve gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you’ve got to get into rehab.”

On Life
“Sure, I did a lot of things in excess. But if you look at the core, the foundation of what I pursued, what red-blooded young American male in my position wouldn’t”

On Reflection
“When friends asked me, Can we help? I’d say, Not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock. I used that line from Star Wars.”

On Two and a Half Men
“I’m gonna sue em all!!

On Crack most likely

I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars

On Himself
“I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it once your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.

On Drugs
“The last time I took drugs I probably took more that anyone could survive. I was banging seven gram rocks because that’s how I roll, I have one speed, go. I have a different constitution, a different brain, a different heart. I got tiger blood man.”

On his Sexual Exploits
“What’s not to love? Especially when you see how I party, it was epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards and all of them look like droopy-eyed armless children”

And perhaps the best quote of all:

Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness World Record for Twitter

 by Todd Wasserman 


Charlie Sheen may or may not be “winning,” in life, but he has won a rare honor: the “Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers” Guinness World Record.

Guinness community manager Dan Barrett says the agency “just researched and approved” the record this morning. According to Barrett, Sheen reached that milestone in 25 hours and 17 minutes. As of this writing, Sheen’s Twitter account, @CharlieSheen, has close to 1.2 million followers. Guinness did not have a previous record for that category, Barrett says. Sheen also set a Guinness record for “Highest Paid TV Actor Per Episode — Current” at $1.25 million.

Sheen joined Twitter March 1. In a matter of minutes, Sheen acquired more than 60,000 followers and a Klout score of 57 — without even tweeting. According to a report in Advertising Age, Sheen was able to get his account verified so quickly because Internet startup brokered his account with Twitter.
Sheen, of course, has been all over the news since he publicly disparaged Chuck Lorre, producer of Sheen’s successful sitcom Two and a Half Men in a bizarre interview with Alex Jones of InfoWars last month. Since then, Sheen has been interviewed by various other high-profile outlets making equally odd statements. The public meltdown has made Sheen a continual trending topic on Twitter and the subject of several YouTube parodies.

For Guinness, this is the second high-profile application of the brand’s records system to social media. Last month, the Nabisco cookie brand Oreo and rapper Lil Wayne squared off for the record for the most Facebook likes. Lil Wayne won that contest handily.
Image courtesy of Flickr, Ash90291.

Tropical Island Infinite Photo


Infinite Photographs

Click on an image and dive into a mosaic of hundreds of pictures of marine and terrestrial species found on the South Pacific island of Mo‘orea.

Photographs courtesy the Biocode Project and National Geographic contributing photographer David Liittschwager.

The Legend Returns, Electrified - VW Bus Concept in Geneva

by Christine Lepisto
The Legend Returns - Volkswagen Shows Concept Van with Electric Motor in Geneva photo
Image: VW Bulli
If the duration of the useful life of a product contributes significantly to a reduced ecological footprint, then the VW Bus is the model of sustainability. If the hours of joy accumulated by the people that spent time in a vehicle is a measure of value, then the VW Bus is a pearl of great price. But at some point the antiquated, fuel-guzzling, smoke-belching technology overtakes the environmental benefits of keeping that original VW Bus running. So it is with anticipation and great expectations that we await the serialization of Volkswagen's 2011 Geneva Auto Show concept car: a VW Bus reminiscent of the olden days but outfitted with promising modern technology.

The famous Transporter 1 (T1) has been dubbed the world's first van. Historians attribute the design to Dutch importer Ben Pon, who in 1947 sketched the idea for a boxed-in vehicle with front wheel drive and a rear engine after being inspired by a vehicle that VW workers had built for transport needs at the factory. The Bus went into production in 1950 and already by 1951 the iconic 23-window Samba bus was rolling off production lines. Since then, the van known as the "Microbus" to Americans, as "Bulli" to Germans, has entered millions of hearts, and will forever be associated with the Hippies although it carried an awful lot of ordinary families on vacations that linger in the memory years later.

But this time around, the "hippies" are lined up against combustion engines, even against the concept of personal transportation. How will the legendary bus make its mark on a new generation of people who are fighting a philosophical battle every bit as game-changing as that of the "flower children?"
The new VW Bus will have an electric engine option. The study envisions an 85kW (115 horsepower) engine, with lithium-ion batteries covering a 200km range. The retro bus will reach a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) with 0-100 in a modest 11.5 seconds. But could the new VW Bus take the greening of personal transport to even higher levels?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Microbus of the 21st Century goes down in history as the icon of a whole new model for personal transport? Can you imagine car-free masses reserving their electric bus at an agency like Zipcar for the occasions when they must step away from the public transportation infrastructure and venture on holiday to remote wilderness to commune with nature? Now, that would be electrifying.

Experts rate the chances of this concept car going into production extremely high, and if the Volkswagen webcam (click on concept car) is any indication, Volkswagen's four current people-carriers (Caddy, Touran, Sharan and Multivan) cannot stand in the way of the re-introduction of the retro freedom machine.

Hot Chicks Slapping Thighs on Brazilian TV Show

The girls on the show are on this competition, the last one standing (or sitting) wins.

This is the best show I’ve ever seen in my life. The girls are hot, they have tan lines, they’re slapping each other,  You can tell there is some animosity towards the end. I’m not sure waiving air at your thigh is going to make it feel better, but go for it. It had to have won some kind of award. Damn these chicks are nice.

quick note:
When they slap they scream a name of a person(Antônio Nunes), this is an inside joke of the show, it means nothing.