Category Archives: Fun

Vinoth’s Wedding Video

Thought I will spend some time editing my brother’s long wedding video into a short seven minutes. Here is the final product.

Fireworks really suck. – Slate Magazine

Fireworks shows will be the highlight millions of Americans’ Fourth of July celebrations. Back in 2009, Troy Patterson denigrated the “nonsense” tradition that has been an integral part of commemorating Independence Day since 1777. We are republishing Patterson’s repine in honor of the holiday. Happy July Fourth!

via Fireworks really suck. – Slate Magazine.

10 US companies control your life

It may be obvious that Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes are both made by Kellogg’s, but did you know that Hot Pockets and L’Oreal share a parent company in Nestlé?

A ginormous number of brands are controlled by just 10 multinationals, according to this amazing infographic from French blog Convergence Alimentaire. Now we can see just how many products are owned by Kraft, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, P&G and Nestlé.

(Disclaimer: We are not sure how up-to-date the graphic is. For example, it has not been updated to reflect P&G’s sale of Pringles to Kellogg’s in February.)

It’s not just the consumer goods industry that’s become so consolidated. Ninety percent of the media is now controlled by just six companies, down from 50 in 1983, according to a Frugal Dad infographic from last year. Likewise, 37 banks merged to become JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CitiGroup in a little over two decades, as seen in a 2010 graphic from Mother Jones. Huffington Post

via PressTV – 10 US companies control your life.

BOSCO VERTICALE « stefano boeri

Bosco Verticale Vertical Forest is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city. It is a model that operates correlated to the policies for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders Metrosbosco. Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe.The first example of a Bosco Verticale composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall apart from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.

via BOSCO VERTICALE « stefano boeri.

Japanese Man Excels at Four-Legged Running

Limbering up in the suburbs of Tokyo, this is the fastest human on four legs.

Meet Kenichi Ito, a man who’s dedicated almost a decade of his life perfecting a running style resembling that of a monkey.

Speeding away 100 meters in just under 20 seconds, his current role-model is the African Patas monkey.

But Ito says that his affection for simians started at an early age.

[Kenichi Ito, Four-Legged Runner ]:

“You know my face and body kind of looks like a monkey, so from a young age everyone used to tease me, saying ‘monkey, monkey’. But I wasn’t really bothered because I really liked them, and somewhere inside of me I had this ambition to adopt one of their traits. So when I occasionally saw a monkey that could run fast, I knew I’d found it.”

The 29-year-old scouts the Internet drawing inspiration from other four-legged creatures.

So far he has developed six distinct forms and his top-speed “gallop” even earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

But living out his passion isn’t always easy.

[Kenichi Ito, Four-Legged Runner ]:

“In the streets around here I get stopped by the police, so I went up into the mountains for about a month for a kind of four-legged running training camp. But on the first day, a hunter mistook me for a wild boar, and he tried to shoot me.”

Conventional or not, Ito’s lifestyle has proven to be inspirational as he’s converted about 100 others across seven countries.

As for Ito, living on four limbs continues to be serious monkey business.

via http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-17/japanese-man-excels-at-four-legged-running.html