Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar and collector of exotic cats

Dick Dale and “Elsa” his pet Lioness

Dick Dale is forever amazing. Our thoughts are with him as he undergoes surgery on August 4th.

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Picture of the day

A photo taken from space of the Amazon river during flood season in 2008.


Shark kisser

You may have noticed in the news that there has been numorous shark sightings lately. This women enjoys kissing sharks in the wild, go figure.

Inspected Gadget: Waterproof Canon Powershot D10

Capture your Wet Water Week memories with the Canon Powershot D10. While it claims to be “waterproof” we all know that is quite a big thing to say – so reading deeper in the specs it’s actually waterproof down to 10 meters. A nice touch- it’s also dust resistant, which might work out in a carpentry or sculpture environment… or maybe if you’re Indiana Jones. OK, back to the camera specs – it’s got lots of goodies you expect from a Canon point-n-shoot these days: 12.1 megapixels running through Digic 4 image processing, face detection, high ISO (3200), image stabilization, 16:9 widescreen photo mode, and two video modes (though not HD). Get it.

Back of the camera and controls view after the jump – buttons look big and bumpy enough to handle underwater.

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Moraine Lake

Situated in the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, Moraine Lake is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth. Due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposits, the glacier-fed lake glows the most beautiful blue.  The hotel which sits on it, Moraine Lake Lodge, isn’t too shabby either.

the Ultimate River Adventure: Grand Canyon Rafting

15 Days on the Grand Canyon, O.A.R.S. is the only way to do it.

Sample itinerary after the jump.

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Vetturale di Natura

Water has been represented throughout the history of art. Leonardo Da’Vinci studied water as an artist and as a scientist. He believed, “water to be to the world what blood is to our bodies”. Read more of Leonardo’ thoughts after the jump.(Water Lift, pictured above)

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Alligator Feeding Frenzy

“I ain’t never seen so many gators in my life!” For real.

In the swamps of Okefenokee in Georgia.

4 Dive Watches to buy when you find Buried Treasure

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon ($82,999.99)

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Lonnie Johnson, Inventor of the Supersoaker

On the origins of the Super Soaker:

“I was working on a heat pump that used water as a working fluid, and I made some jet pumps for it. I accidentally shot a stream of water across a bathroom where I was doing the experiment and thought to myself, “this would make a great gun.” The original one that I first made actually had the pressurized water and the air inside a Plexiglas body. After a number of iterations, I eventually put the bottle on the top. ”

Popular Mechanics, October 2009

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Consider the Lobster

The Maine Lobster Festival gets underway this week on August 4th. The late David Foster Wallace wrote a fantastic piece for Gourmet back in 2004 about the festival and its main attraction.

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Lunchtime Laughter

“Newly” discovered Deep Sea Prehistoric Marine Life

Over 1,400 meters below the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia.
“If you go down that deep, you are going to find new species”

Blu Takes On Global Warming

This guy just keeps pushin’ it.

More photos on Just’s blog

“Water Will Be the Coal of the Future”

If you have an hour and seven minutes to spare, Paranormal Tv presents Cold Fusion: Fire from Water.

Morning Dose of Awesome

Adriana Lima washes ashore

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