Teahupoo, Tahiti is widely known throughout the world of surfing as having the most powerful break on the planet. There are certainly larger waves found breaking at other places in the world, but none that break with such impact and ferocity as found at Teahupoo.
On Aug 27th 2011 during the Billabong Pro waiting period is what many are calling the biggest and gnarliest Teahupoo ever ridden.
Chris Bryan was fortunate enough to be there working for Billabong on a day that will go down in the history of big wave surfing. The French Navy labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water.
Kelly Slater described the day by saying “witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people’s lives all day long, it’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”
Taylor MilesI have been fortunate enough to have Travled Around the world twice in my life, visited 38 Countries, met amzing people, experienced what life is really about. the point of this is not to boast or brag, but to motivate anyone, espeically the youth to GET OUT and Travel the World.
These experiences will change your life forever. You will learn things about yourself, and the world that you could never learn in a classroom. Don’t make excuses just do it. If you are out there contemplating a radical trip…don’t hesitate reach out to me and I will answer any question you may have. Honestly one thing that can make this world a better place would be for more people to experience and recieve an education of REAL Travel.
17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey.
After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I put together this time lapse video of the many amazing places I came across.
To follow the journey and learn more about each scene visit http://kienlam.net/around-the-world and www.kienlam.net
Original Music: “Places and Faces” by William Lam. Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video. He’s also my little brother. Visit www.kienlam.net to download the MP3. If you want to commission William to write music, email him at MetaphysikaSounds@gmail.com
Shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5.
Photography and Video Edited with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
Music composed in Logic Pro.
Special thanks to Dan Hirons, Joey Seich and Carol Trieu for all your help, support and patience.
To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you’ve left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video.
To my family, thank you for bearing with me and worrying about my health and safety with every dodgy bus ride and new country I found myself in each day.
Where did this idea of Christmas come from? Why do has this original spirt of Christmas turned into this massive commercial mess? Not trying to be a Ba humbug, but its reality. What do we really need? Do we need more material possessions, more debt, more stuff? What we need is more culture, more love, more values, and a true selfless spirit of giving without expectations for getting something in return.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict ushered in Christmas for the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics on Saturday, urging humanity to see through the superficial glitter and commercialism of the season and rediscover the real significance of the humble birth of Jesus.
The 84-year-old pope, celebrating the seventh Christmas season of his pontificate, also urged that those marking the holiday in poverty, suffering or far from home not be forgotten.
At the start of a Christmas Eve service, he was wheeled up the central aisle of St Peter’s Basilica standing on a mobile platform which he has been using since October.
The Vatican says it is to conserve his strength, allow more people to see him and guard against attacks such as one on Christmas Eve, 2009, when a woman lunged at him and knocked him to the ground. He is believed to suffer from arthritis in the legs.
But he seemed to be in good shape during the solemn service in Christendom’s largest church as choirs sang, cantors chanted and organ music filled the centuries-old basilica.
Benedict, wearing resplendent gold and white vestments, urged his listeners to find peace in the symbol of the powerless Christ child in a world continually threatened by violence.
“Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity,” he said in his homily to about 10,000 people in the basilica and millions more watching on television throughout the world.
Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, literally “Christ’s mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ,[ celebrated generally on December 25[as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations,is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
The precise day of Jesus’s birth, which some historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown.In the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted also in the East. Theories advanced to explain that choice include that it falls exactly nine months after the Christian celebration of theconception of Jesus, or that it was selected to coincide with either the date of the Roman winter solstice or of an ancient pagan winter festival.
The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6, in connection with Epiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for the Armenian Apostolic Church and in Armenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2011, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6 on what for the majority of the world is January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Ethiopia, Russia,Ukraine, Macedonia and also some people from Moldova (2/3 of them) celebrate Christmas, both as a Christian feast and as a public holiday, on what in the Gregorian calendar is January 7.
The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations, includingChristmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Kris Kringle among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
Hey Rubber Neckers out there. You can zoom into your city and see exactly where Traffic fatalities happend in your neighborhood. I know creepy right. it shows the date and the age.
369,629 people died on America’s roads between 2001 and 2009. This is official data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - and produced this powerful map using OpenStreetMap.
You can zoom around the map using the controls on the left or search for your town using the box on the right
If your curious about Traffic related death relative to other countries.
US Prison Overpopulation
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009 — about 1% of adults in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or on parole. In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009 — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.In addition, there were 86,927 juveniles in juvenile
Federal Prisoner Growth Since 1950
Prison Population by Race
Great work by Rick Mereki
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films…..
= a trip of a lifetime.
move, eat, learn
“We must know ourselves, not just intellectually in the realm of ideas and theories, and not just emotionally or devotionally, simply accepting blindly what we have heard or read. Such knowledge is not enough. Rather, we must know reality experientially. We must experience directly the reality of this mental-physical phenomenon. This alone is what will help us be free of our suffering.”
If your interested in finding peace check out Vipassana Meditation.
Other Resources on Vipassana Meditation:
Confucious says …
1. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
Golden Rule- This is common sense. derrrrr
2. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
Know what you don’t know, know what you know.
3. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Experience is the only TRUE Understanding. If you want to understand you must EXPERIENCE it.
4. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Don’t Judge people. EVERYTHING and has some value weather we understand or not.
5. “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”
Value Truth, Integrity and Character
6. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Cerpe Diem - If its worth doing do it wih 110%
7. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”
There is NO Failure, only valuable learning expriences. Thomas Edison about inventing the light bulb said: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
8. “He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”
Be Skeptical. Think and study before you believe.
9. “He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
Always learn, study, and improve continuously!
10. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
Improve yourself first before you try and change the world. Happiness is found within yourself not outside.
If you want to read more I suggest you check out my motivation for this posted by Eric Allen Bell
The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town.
They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha’s reply.
|–||Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.|
|–||Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.|
|–||Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.|
|–||Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.|
|–||Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.|
|–||Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.|
|–||Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.|
But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.
The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.
|–||Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.|
LIVE your life to its fullest extent. :)
We must know ourselves, not just intellectually in the realm of ideas and theories, and not just emotionally or devotionally, simply accepting blindly what we have heard or read. Such knowledge is not enough. Rather, we must know reality experientially. We must experience directly the reality of this mental-physical phenomenon. This alone is what will help us be free of our suffering.