sexta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2009

Amazônia sofreu destruição de 17% em cinco anos, diz ONU

In the past 5 years Amazon loses enough trees to cover Venezuela. holy shit.

sexta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2009

Bush Hangover

You know... I'm actually feeling hungover after all that fuckin' Bush crap of 8 years. I'm actually feeling quite angry all of a sudden... I think I'm angry because of the amount of Bush's crimes we will forget in the near future.

quinta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2009

Come Away With Me

Here's a little film about the many flights I took in 2008.

Inauguration Day

I can't say that Obama moves me. He is too professorial. I like it when he smiles or tells a subtle joke. What moved me the day of the inauguration was the whole thing - that fact that the US could finally show (not just say) that we are no longer a racist nation (or at least in its majority). The image of the Rosa Park bus riding behind the motorcade was particularly moving to me. That first reverend saying the Our Father was inappropriate... Why would an American do that on such an occasion. It's called petulance. Fuckin' idiot. The last reverend on the other hand summed up the hopes for American diversity wonderfully and with humor: Black, don't step back. Brown, stick around. White, get it right. Yellow, stay mellow, Red, get ahead. We can finally truly smile about race. Wish I was there with my brother and cousin.

So here we are with a new president in the US. Will it make a difference? So much of the tension between the west and Islam exists because of the unresolved Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And I can't say I'm too confident in Hillary as Secretary of State. After all, it was under Bill Clinton that Israel (Netanhayu) got away with murder in doing nothing about the constant squatting of Arab land by Jewish settlers. James Rubin (the jackass) did nothing. Clinton did nothing as well. After all those accords, all the negotiations, they let Israeli squatters set the tone for decades to come. I don't doubt that Hillary will do and say the right things in Africa, the UN and elswhere... It's about Israel/Palestine. I have my doubts that Hillary Clinton will be anything new under the sun.

sexta-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2009


Jesus... it took me years to find this video! I've been looking for it since I first saw it in Barcelona 9 years ago! Lack of web-presence can be very annoying. How can such a good video be so hard to find?

quinta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2009

quarta-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2009

While searching for Paradise....

At least once a week I go into Google Earth just browse over our Planet. I start off far out in space, set the planet a-spinning with my cursor and the stop it abruptly with a click- - an action that used to require an entire arm and hand and a real globe. After stationary I click on the zoom-in button and soar downward to someplace somewhere. When I reach a few kilometers above the ground I scan around looking for beautiful places. I click on those Panaramio pictures as well. Well, yesterday, while searching for paradise I zoomed in from outerspace right on to this image... two nuclear craters from the 1950's tests at Enewetak on the US Marshall Islands, one of them neatly capped by a dome. How considerate. Time to go back into space.

segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2009

Any form of dialogue that involves power OVER the other instead of power WITH the other has no chance to bring about lasting peace.

From my skypefriend Danielle.

No Wonder the Earth is Getting Warmer

World Air Traffic Over 24 Hours - For more funny movies, click here
Well... in 2008 I was in at least 40 of those moving dots...

Some make war. Some just wanna fly.

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

Go Back to 1947 Borders: Spread the Word!

From a design perspective the 1947 UN Partition of Palestine and Israel is the most intelligent division of the two territories. With the use of a simple overpass or tunnel each country would have contiguous borders. A Palestinian or an Israeli could drive a car from Lebanon to Egypt in their own countries without needing to drive through the other's country.

Incredible how the Israelis have been gobbling up Arab land for all these years and no one does a thing. Incredible that East Timor and Montenegro have gained independence in the past years and Palestine nothing. The UN's darkest day will be if Kosovo gains independence before Palestine. Nothing will be more shameful.

domingo, 4 de janeiro de 2009

Retrospective 2008

Plane-spotting on Google Earth

Found this plane flying south of the Fort of Copacabana between Ipanema and Copacabana.

quinta-feira, 1 de janeiro de 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Fix my back.
Learn the viola caipira (10 string Brazilian Country Guitar)
that's all.