When Boat Shoes were Boat Shoes

Fun fact from history (wikipedia):

“Modern boat shoes were invented in 1935 by Paul Sperry after noticing his dog’s ability to run easily over ice or snow. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes’ soles, inspiring a shoe perfect for boating.”

Inspected Gadget: Portable Water Purification

Portable water purification helps people in underdeveloped nations all over the world, protecting them from disease and infections caused by cysts, protozoa, microbial waterborne bacteria and viruses like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Humanitarian organizations are striving to lower the general cost of these devices in order to provide them to many members of the population of third-world countries. In the meantime, the pricing on these is much more in reach for those of us in developed countries, even though we already benefit from cleaner water sources and more advanced water filtration systems. The catch? You can’t take your city or town’s water source with you, so you might not be so lucky while out enjoying mother nature, and trying to keep hydrated during your adventure… or in a country with questionable water cleanliness, and would prefer to not be running to the bathroom for your whole trip. Here are some portable options for you.

The pocketable personal version: SteriPEN Traveler Handheld UV Water Purifier is a small device that you dip into an existing cup or glass of water, and then simply stir until it notifies you the purification cycle is complete. A bit 007-ish but probably the easiest one to pack.

The Katadyn Exstream Purifier Bottle is ingenious – it’s a purifier that sits inside a familiar sports-bottle shape. Fill it from a stream or other water source, and let it purify as you continue your journey. For the adventurer.

On the higher end sits the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. It’s more like a heavy duty pump which can supply filtered water at the rate of 1 quart per minute – that means it can handle 1 to 4 people while remaining quite portable. For black-ops and campers alike.

More photos after the jump.

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Spofford Lake, New Hampshire. August 2009

Lunchtime Laughter

Classic SNL

Waterfalls Around the World

The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

Measuring 108 feet in depth, the dive pool at Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium is the world’s deepest. The pool contains an astounding “2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water.”

via, the scuttlefish / myinterestingfiles

Dolphin Teamwork + hydroplaning

I simply love this piece on the sardine run around the coast of Africa. The images caught around the :52 second mark are outstanding.

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sushiborg Yukari

Sushiborg Yukari is an interesting project by Sputniko that is a twist on the tradition of Nyotai Mori, the Japanese practice of serving Sushi on naked women. She is a cyborg designed to serve sushi on her rotating belt, and is equipped with enough intelligence to begin to grow weary about the way she was designed,

“When Yukari’s programmed intelligence develops enough to understand her functionality as a sex object, she struggles to accept her role – slowly, Yukari attaches knives to her own body, modifying herself to become a lethal weapon, plotting to one day escape the Sushi restaurant she now feels captive with in…”

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Friday’s Vault


Picture of the Day

Deion Sanders getting baptized

via, @si_vault

Surf Jets

First time I saw these was on the Neistat Brothers show.  Sick

The More You Know: The Most Dangerous Species in the Mediterranean

Click here to see it huge

Alex Lukas

It wouldn’t be Wet Water Week without showing the work of super homie talented artist, Alex Lukas.

River Pools

Caught this one in Beacon, NY.

Loss of the Pilot Boat Jacob A. Westervelt (No. 19)

This is an essay written by my Grandfather, Norman Tengstrom, about the sinking of the Pilot Boat Jacob A. Westervelt (No. 19) and death of my great great great grandfather Captain John O’Keefe off the New York Harbor. I also included a gallery of the Captain’s log at the end (amazing script).

“The New York Pilot boat Jacob A. Westervelt was run down and sunk by the New Hamburg screw-steamer Saxonia on Tuesday morning, April 20, 1858, her Captain, John O’Keefe, drowned.  Captain O’Keefe was one of the most intrepid and capable of our pilots, and was a brother of Maurice O’Keefe, deputy U.S. Marshal.”

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Saelee Oh and Eric Nakamura: Breathing Underwater

“Eric Nakamura and Saelee Oh collaborate for the first time to make a one minute stop motion animation short. Using simple materials such as paper, wood, and tape, Nakamura and Oh bring an aquarium to life with imaginary sea creatures one frame at a time with a digital camera. The collaboration process was organic and unscripted. Custom soundtrack was created by Bay area musician, Goh Nakamura.”

via, Juxtapoz

Vogue Italy turns the Oil Spill into a Fashion Editorial

Cause you know, American Vogue is way too prude for that ish.

Water & Oil, photographed by Steven Meisel

model: Kristen McMenamy

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Inspected Gadget: Personal Submarine

Fancy a personal submarine? Perhaps the 1000 feet diving depth is just too much, and you’d prefer to stay on the surface in your own pedal-powered English channel boat?

Hammacher Schlemmer never disappoints with their selection of water goodies.

How to Scale and Gut a Fish

Something you should probably learn just in case you ever want to man up.

Directions here and a filleting video after the jump.

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