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Chimpanzees, Dolphins and Extraterrestrials

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

(Photo by zooeurope via Flickr)

What do these three things have in common? Well, for the first two, more than you think. For the latter, ET may not even come close to the iconic image from the 1980s Spielberg flick.

Let me elaborate.

Chimpanzees and Dolphins

Maddalena Bearzi and Craig Stanford discuss their findings from years of studying dolphins and chimpanzees, respectively, in “A Bigger, Better Brain.”

Their compares these two animals with each other and their big brained cousin – humans. Of course, humans, chimpanzees and dolphins aren’t the only animals with big brains. But they do seem the most intelligent.

The best part of this piece, besides the interesting behavior of both chimpanzees and dolphins, was the beautiful description of the two animals in their natural habitat at the beginning. One detail of this description particularly invoked an image.

“Each sits sleepily on the branch supporting his or her nest, peeing quietly onto the ground many meters below,” wrote Bearzi and Stanford.


Students Experience Yosemite

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

From March 15 to 18, high school students from Sandy Spring Friends School trekked through California’s Yosemite National Park where they learned about the park’s history and ecology from the Yosemite Institute. I followed them on one day as they hiked the Snow Creek Switch Back Trail. Take a look at what they did and listen to how some of the students reacted to the program.

Photos from L.A.’s Famous Farmer’s Market

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Earlier this week, I took a stroll over to the farmer’s market at Third and Fairfax by the Grove shopping center. Here is a set of photos from the L.A. landmark.

Dan Goodsell Paints Mister Toast

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

First, you heard Dan talk about storytelling. Now, watch him in action!

Taking the A Train To the B Side

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We were playing the greats in front of a great.

Somehow, my high school managed to get Maynard Ferguson, a trumpet player known for his killer high notes and be-bop sounds, to play in the auditorium. The high school jazz band had the task of opening up the show.

Here is a clip of Maynard playing MacArthur Park.



Listen to Mister Toast

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Dan Goodsell, the creator of Mr. Toast, talks about being an artist in this short audio clip.

Movie posted by AFunnyBunnyPanda

Septic Systems Banned In Malibu

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Ken Seino was surfing at Malibu’s Surfrider beach in August 1997 when he found himself paddling through raw sewage.

He got back to shore and washed off as thoroughly as he could. When he got home he washed again.

No matter how much he washed, that day would stay with him the rest of his life.

The next morning he woke up with a 103-degree fever, and an infection that lasted three weeks.


Sonya Shelton: Being Present

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

In high school, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. By 23, she had done it.

After graduating from California State University Long Beach in 1988, Sonya Shelton wrote for Screamer, a now defunct heavy metal magazine. She had not worked at Screamer long before she was promoted to editor.

“I had a list of bands I wanted to interview before I even started college,” Shelton said. “I got to interview them all.”

Sammy Hagar was at the top of her list. She interviewed him while he was still with Van Halen. She also interviewed Motley Crue, Robert Plant, and Iron Maiden.

After accomplishing her goals, Shelton found herself at a crossroads. What should she do next?


Wearing a red and black lace-print shirt, black slacks, and boots, Shelton hardly looks like someone who would have been such a heavy metal fan. She does not look like the first female abbot for the Dharma Zen Center either.

Shelton’s journey to abbot was more than 10 years in the making, ending only a few months ago.