Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Storytelling changes the world...

Shaun's TEDxChapmanU talk enlightens us all about the importance and urgency of taking care of the world's oceans. Through storytelling in his IMAX films, he combats ignorance and inspires us to do our part in taking care of the environment.

Shaun MacGillivray is the Producer and Managing Director of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the film company that has created the top 10 highest grossing IMAX films in history, including Everest, To Fly, and The Living Sea. Shaun is also heading up the company's One World One Ocean campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at restoring the world's oceans.  He is currently producing the company's forthcoming IMAX films, To The Arctic 3D, Everest: Conquering Thin Air 3D, and One Word One Ocean 3D, and most recently produced the award-winning Grand Canyon Adventure 3D. The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world. Shaun graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in economics, then went on to receive a graduate MFA degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. In addition to IMAX films, MacGillivray Freeman also creates feature films, tv shows, online films, social media campaigns and educational outreach.

Friday, August 24, 2012

THE Cloudbreak...

Eko House

This ones for the Design Fox,,, for when the cloud breaks ;)

A prefab, modular, solar powered, composting toilet, insulated core...



1% High Impact Partnerships

How brands and non-profits can create meaningful progress and brand- value through collaboration on environmental issues. Panelist Topic-Focus: 1% for the Planet: A rap-session on High Impact Partnerships. Panelists will explore how brands and non-profits can create meaningful progress and brand-value through collaboration on environmental issues. In this breakout session companies from the 1% for the Planet network will explore how partnerships between businesses and causes of sustainability can create brand-value and important progress on environmental issues. Hear first hand experiences related to the challenges and opportunities of brand-integrated environmental philanthropy from some of the high impact leading members of the 1% for the Planet network. Melody Badgett - SVP Marketing, 1% for the Planet (moderator) Jeff Cresswell - COO, Klean Kanteen Sue Harvey Brown - Marketing Manager, Patagonia Footwear Katie Wallace - Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Voyage of the Cormorant

Chris Malloy and the Farm League crew spent a couple of days with Christian Beamish and the Cormorant along the California coast to create this short vignette for Christian's book The Voyage of the Cormorant.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Slater's Stick....

Kelly's board for the US Open..... a crazy looking 5 fin set up for the mush they call Huntington. Funny thing is apart from the tail being a squash in the pic's below i saw him riding about the same size board (5'9") in Fiji last year in about 8 foot surf at Cloudbreak going absolutely bannanas.

 Slater in Fiji on his 5'9", he must be stoked not ever needing to pack boards over 6"0" these days!

Friday, August 10, 2012


1 Giant Mind is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and education of the effects of collective ‘eyes-closed silence’.

Eyes Closed Silence (ECS)

The term ‘Eyes Closed Silence’ (ECS) refers to any mental process including most common practices of meditation, prayer, observance of the breath, and contemplation that induces a set of integrated psychophysiological changes termed as the ‘relaxation response’.

Physiological Changes observed to varying degrees in the relaxation response are:
  • Increased blood flow to the brain
  • Increased Alpha brain wave activity
  • Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Muscle relaxation

Psychological changes observed to varying degrees in the relaxation response are:
  • Increased awareness
  • Increased attention
  • Increased clarity and perception
  • Lowered anxiety
  • Experience of being calm and internally still
  • Experience of feeling connected
  • Experience of feeling deeply rested whilst remaining awake.

FM's neighbour... Laurie "Lozza" Towner, doing his thing!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

John Butler - Ocean Rerecording

his special re-recording was captured in 'The Compound', his studio in his hometown of Fremantle Western Australia in February 2012. Having performed the track to a worldwide audience over the past 12 years, 'Ocean' is today available FREE as an MP3, grab your copy here: 

"OCEAN is a very interesting aspect of my life. It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can't put into words. Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does 'Ocean'. The song was first recorded as part of my first album/cassette, "Searching For Heritage", which I sold when I busked, then for my first self-titled studio album 12 years ago -- "John Butler (1998)". The song has been watched online incredibly over 25 million times in various formats, nearly always live, be it from MusicMax Sessions or from one of the many festivals I have had the pleasure to play. I'd like to thank you for your continued support over all these years; it means so much to me. I would like to thank you by offering this first studio recording of 'Ocean' in over a decade as a free download. I recorded it in my favourite studio, The Compound here in Fremantle Western Australia, a studio you helped me build. This marks just another fleeting moment in a career that is very much ongoing. I look forward to bringing you many new songs and albums into the future and continuing this amazing journey with you ALL. THANK YOU, J.B"

free download at

Even The Rain - Official Trailer...

a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamaba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Headless Bob

Just released: new UN-Water Status Report for Rio+20

On the occasion of the Water Day @ Rio+20,
UN-Water released its Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resource Management. Based on surveys of over 130 countries, it analyses global efforts to improve water management.
Read more
Download the report in PDF

President Clinton Talks B Corps

Former United States President Bill Clinton speaks about B Corporations and the importance of shared value after his keynote speech at Resource 2012 at Oxford University. See this full video in its original form here:

Out of Control...

Dan Malloy and Dane Reynolds cruise from their Ventura homes to Emma Wood State Beach for a quiver swap.

Plastic Biofuel..?

16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel! by Timon Singh, 07/21/12

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Azza Abdel Hamid Falad, egyptian teenager, plastic recycling, catalyst, egypt, plastic recycling, biofuel, biodiesel, aluminosilicate,Plastic waste photo from Shutterstock Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately – if they’re not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems, then they’re figuring out how to use the country’s plastic waste for fuel! Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad has found that an inexpensive catalyst could be used to create $78 million worth of biofuel each year. Egypt’s plastic consumption is estimated to total one million tons per year, so Azza’s proposal could transform the country’s economy, allowing it to make money from recycled plastic.

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Azza Abdel Hamid Falad, egyptian teenager, plastic recycling, catalyst, egypt, plastic recycling, biofuel, biodiesel, aluminosilicate, What Azza proposes is to break down the plastic polymers found in drinks bottles and general waste and turn them into biofuel feedstock. (This is the bulk raw material that generally used for producing biofuel.) It should be noted that this is not a particularly new idea, but what makes Azza stand out from the crowd is the catalyst that she is proposing. She says that she has found a high-yield catalyst called aluminosilicate, that will break down plastic waste and also produce gaseous products like methane, propane and ethane, which can then be converted into ethanol.

Speaking about the breakthrough, Azza said that the technology could “provide an economically efficient method for production of hydrocarbon fuel” including 40,000 tons per year of cracked naptha and 138,000 tons of hydrocarbon gasses – the equivalent of $78 million in biofuel.

Azza has already been making waves in the scientific community and has been presented with the European Fusion Development Agreement award at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists. She is now looking to get her findings patented through the Egyptian Patent Office.

Unsurprisingly, Azza’s proposal has generated a lot of interest from the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, which is seeking to reduce its waste. With the amount of plastic waste in the Middle East, not to mention the world’s oceans, any breakthrough such as this is happily received.

We can’t wait to see what Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad does next and we’re sure she has a bright future ahead of her.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Noah Beschen Age 10.

Shane showed me this clip a few days before they released it. I thought it was so cool to see Noah tearing - and how similar they look in the water. Can your dad do air rev's?? haaaa

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Round 1 Win at US Open.!

Super Trawler

In less than three weeks, there’s a blockbuster hitting our shores that you don’t want to see. It’s super-sized, super-destructive and its trail of devastation is coming to an ocean near you!

One of the world’s largest fishing boats, the Dutch-owned FV Margiris, has just finished fishing out the waters off West Africa, where it hammered already-exploited fish stocks and left it even harder for local fishers to catch fish. Now, an Australian Fishing company, Seafish Tasmania, want this factory trawler to plunder for small fish that are critical to marine ecosystems in waters off Tasmania.

Ironically, after the fish are caught they’ll be sold to African countries for human consumption for a measly $1/kg.

It’s difficult to fathom the size of this giant vessel - at 142 metres long and nearly 9500 tonnes it makes most Australian fishing boats look like bath toys. A floating factory and freezer, it can process over 240 tonnes (that’s 240,000 kilograms) of fish PER DAY and can store 6.2 MILLION kilograms of fish cargo.

But the devouring net of the super trawler won’t just catch small fish. Dolphins, seals and seabirds will likely be accidental victims of this massive trawler. The ‘excluder devices’ designed to protect threatened species are in no way guaranteed to work for a net this size.

Even the species spared from the net will feel the destruction of this factory trawler. The small fish it scoops up are a vital food source for critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, rare marine mammals, seabirds and other big fish that are important ecologically, as well as to recreational and other commercial fishers.

Our Ministers for fisheries and the environment have the power to prevent this industrial super trawler operating in Australian waters, but they need to hear you don't want it here. Opposition is growing but we need to make our voices louder. We need to speak up. We must convince them to turn this boat around.

The impacts of this decision go beyond this single fishery. Please make your voice heard and send a quick message to Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig and Environment Minister Tony Burke here…

Thanks for your help,
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