Category Archives: Viva!

Greenpeace responds to P&G’s new effort on deforestation – Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co. pledged today to work with palm oil suppliers and farmers in Indonesia to ensure that rainforests home to endangered animals aren’t destroyed.

Cincinnati-based P&G said it will require suppliers to submit plans that “demonstrate how they will ensure no deforestation in the supply chain for their mills by 2020.”

The announcement was applauded by the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, which had stepped up pressure on P&G to guarantee that palm oil used in brands such as Head & Shoulders shampoo, Gillette shaving gel and Olay skin care products isn’t purchased from plantations that clear-cut forests.

Nine Greenpeace activists were arrested March 4 after some of them rappelled from the 12th floor of P&G’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati to unfurl protest banners that called attention to the plight of Sumatran tigers and orangutans who live in rainforests.

via Greenpeace responds to P&G’s new effort on deforestation – Cincinnati Business Courier.

Smart car tipping targets San Francisco drivers [w/video]

Apparently, some delinquents in San Francisco, bereft of bovines to tip, have taken to tipping Smart ForTwos, like some absurd, real-life version of the tractor-tipping scene from Cars. Witnesses told KRON-4 in San Francisco that eight people, wearing hoods, were responsible for tipping three Smarts. While the vehicle above was tipped on its rear hatch, the other two were tipped on their side and roof, respectively.

via Smart car tipping targets San Francisco drivers [w/video].

NSA Bestows Highest Honor to Native Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers Henry Bake and George Kirk, operating a portable radio set in the South Pacific, 1943

Award Will Be Displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will host an award ceremony Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. for the 2013 Cryptologic Hall of Honor award given by the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. One plaque will reside at NSA headquarters and a second will be on display at the museum. This will be the first time in agency history that the award is given to a group and not an individual.

Speakers at the event Speakers at the event include Kevin Gover (Pawnee), NMAI Director and Trumbull D. Soule, deputy chief of staff at the NSA.

via NSA Bestows Highest Honor to Native Code Talkers.

Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin | Tam Nguyen – New York Photographer

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

via Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin | Tam Nguyen – New York Photographer.

Today’s Paper – The New York Times

Today’s Paper - The New York Times

TESTED 2014 Triumph

Thunderbird Commander

WHAT IS IT? A British take on the All American Big Boy Bike.

IS IT EXPENSIVE? Intimidation has a price, in this case, $16,194 with the $495 destination charge.

WHAT’S UNDER THE TANK? A liquid-cooled 1,699 cc 2-cylinder that Triumph claims is the biggest parallel twin in any motorcycle.

via Today’s Paper – The New York Times.

Scooters Against TB

This initiative of Sandoz is in line with South African Government’s five-year (2012 – 2016) National Strategic Plan on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and TB, and supports the provincial plans to revitalise its primary health care programme.The scooter initiative of Sandoz not only provides a workable solution to a problem, but it is also a very visible demonstration of community involvement and private – public partnership to help eradicate TB.

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Eleven photos that define ‘American Cool’ | Art and design | theguardian.com

What do we mean when we say someone is cool? A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will explore this very theme, through photography, history and popular culture

‘Cool is the opposite of innocence or virtue. Someone cool has a charismatic edge and a dark side.’

via Eleven photos that define ‘American Cool’ | Art and design | theguardian.com.

American Cool | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young created the modern usage of “cool” in the 1940s. At first it meant being relaxed in one’s environment against oppressive social forces, but within a generation it became a password for stylish self-control.

This exhibition does not reflect our opinion of who’s cool. Each cool figure was considered with the following historical rubric in mind and possesses at least three elements of this singular American self-concept:

1.) an original artistic vision carried off with a signature style

2.) cultural rebellion or transgression for a given generation

3.) iconic power, or instant visual recognition

4.) a recognized cultural legacy

via American Cool | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.