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The Wanderlust of #Vanlife – A Sublime Video from The Atlantic Perfectly Encapsulates Why I Drive a VW Van. And Why You Should – or Shouldn’t.

by Chris Dixon

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Screen grab from The Wanderlust of #Vanlife video from The Atlantic. 

The friendships, the adventures, the breakdowns, the stories, the memories with my wife and kids. Here’s to keeping planned obsolescence at bay – courtesy of a terrific video from The Atlantic. 

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The Utterly Fascinating, Stone Age Indian Ocean Island Where Once You Step Ashore, You’re Dead

by Owen James Burke

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Sentinelese primarily use their bows and arrows to hunt reef fish in the shallows, but they’re also important tools for defense. Photo: Radcliffe-Broewn, c. 1909.

On a tiny spit of land called North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal (known as Chiö-tá-kwö-kwéver, to its inhabitants) live a people known to the outside world as the ‘Sentinelese.’ The island and its people have been getting a fair amount of attention lately because of their ability to remain among the few cultures that have succeeded in evading the sociological and technological nightmares the rest of the world has created for itself.

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This Is How Tiny Plankton Cool the World’s Oceans

by Owen James Burke

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Above: Bright green swirls show a massive phytoplankton bloom off Patagonia, South America, December 2010. Image: NASA.

During summer months in the Southern Ocean, when one might suspect that waters would be cooling and algae blooming–as in the northern hemisphere’s summers–a fancy little phytoplankton is hard at work.

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Living In a’ Kingston. Beauty and Struggle in Jamaica’s Metropolis.

by Inilek Wilmot

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Sunset over Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: Ishack Wilmot.

Soon after the rich and wicked city of Port Royal sank into the sea in a biblical 1692 disaster that reads like a latter day Sodom and Gomorrah, the town of Kingston rose from the ashes. Before Port Royal was destroyed, the Liguanea Plain upon which Kingston was built was farmland with fishing shacks dotted along its coastline.

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After Port Royal’s destruction, many surviving land owners from the wicked city were allowed to rebuild along the shore of the broad Liguanea Plain – across the vast harbor from old Port Royal. The government of the day did not intend for Kingston to be any larger than Port Royal and a stipulation was made that the transplanted land owners could not purchase more land than they had owned before. But how things would change.

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This Is How Subsistence Fishermen Hunt the Danajon Bank in the Philippines, By Night

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Thomas P. Peschak/NatGeo.

Fishing, almost the world over, is better at night. No one knows this better than those who live–and subsist–by shallow reefs, which come alive at night when otherwise vigilant critters grow hungry and let up their guard up to go on the prowl.

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In a Post Apocalyptic World, Zombie Surfers are the New Locals in this Oddly Serene Music Video

by Carolyn Sotka

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Still from Air’s Nicolas Godin‘s new music/surf video.

When I made my ‘bucket list’ at the start of my 40th year, I never would have guessed that my two top goals, learning to surf and being a zombie, would cross over in such a bizarre and appropriate way. Check out this weird yet strangely relaxing music video from Air’s Nicolas Godin. The video features zombie surfers, played by South African pros Michael February, Simone Robb and Matthew Moir.

Set to Nicolas Godin‘s new solo recording “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” or Stay Away from Sin, Godin is one of the duo that makes up the French retro-futurist Air.

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The zombie surf video was directed by The Sacred Egg and produced by Riff Raff Films.

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Bucket list #1, become a zombie on the Walking Dead (with the surprise bonus of meeting the amazing Andrew Lincoln). Photo by Iliana Sanchez Taylor. 

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Still from Air’s Nicolas Godin‘s new music/surf video.

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Glowworms Light the Sky of a New Zealand Cave with a Sea of Stars

by Carolyn Sotka

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These 30 million year old cave formations are a majestic backdrop to the bioluminescence of the glowworms. Photo by Joseph Michael.

Arachnocampa luminosa is a species of glowworm endemic to New Zealand and a fungus gnat  that hangs down from the ceiling of caves with a silken thread. Both larvae and pupae are luminescent and although males stop glowing after a few days; female’s glow increases, likely to attract a mate and prey. Its Māori name is titiwai, meaning “projected over water”.

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The Waitomo Caves in the North Island and the Te Ana-au Caves in the South Island are the best known habitats, both caves having become popular and highly frequented tourist attractions. Photo by Joseph Michael

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This Is the World’s First (Entirely) Catch and Release Aquarium

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot: Hakai Magazine’s video, “Catch, Borrow, Release.”

Every March, the Ucluelet Aquarium on Vancouver Island, Canada sets out to catch specimens for their hands-on exhibits, and every December, the aquarium closes and the critters are released.

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