High speed trains in the US would definitely be the way to travel, at least on your coast. Japan, China and Europe already have them. This concept driven by UK designer Paul Preistman, takes it a step further. His vision for local movable platforms that pace the high speed trains and transfer passenger creates a true non-stop train. Futuristic design is a step closer reality.
DONT TRY THIS AT HOME. YOU WILL DEFINITELY BREAK YOUR NECK! Darren Taylor is a world record shallow diver. Diving from 36ft up into 12 inches of water, he is definitely a pro. He’s more pro at yelling how glorious he his after the dive though. To beat today’s heat in NJ I think I’m going to start my shallow dive career off by jumping off a milk crate into a kiddy pool from walmart with a case of a beers, wrap an american flag towel around myself and scream how great I feel. Thats a nice day.
Don’t dive like this dude.
Vic Armstrong started in a world of live action movies and is now working in a world of CGI where more actors are doing their own stunts and the stuntman profession is clinging to life. Dubbed the worlds most famous stuntman, Vic Armstrong has done stunts for 007, Indiana Jones and Superman. His most famous scenes included the bridge scene “See You Hell!” from Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom and the tank chase scenes of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. He now spends most of his time directing stunts for movies like Thor, Spiderman and The Green Hornet. Vic chronicles his work of the last forty years in his book “The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman”. Whats bugging me is that live action is what made Indiana Jones great and CGI is what ruined Indiana Jones The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Swinging through the jungle on vines with monkeys, come on get real. That one scene destroyed any hope the movie had of not scarring the franchise permanently.
Top Gun was released May 16th 1986 and turns 25 today. Here’s a classic Quentin Tarantino monologue giving his take on the homo erotic undertones of it from the never heard of 1994 romcom “Sleep With Me”.
Yosemite National Park’s main attractions Half Dome and El Capiton are solid granite rock mountains and a mecca for the rock climbing world. Conquering the 3000+ ft faces of each is life achievement for those who love to climb rock. Here are some photos courtesy of Natl Geographic and photographer Jimmy Chin and Lynsey Dyer
Bullying has been a hot button issue for more than a year now. Bullying is as old as us being monkeys and everyone seems to have a different view on it. Whether you don’t care and think it builds character for those being bullied or it’s a behavioral problem with the bullies and our society. Whatever your take, everyone can benefit from watching ”The Bully Project” and getting some real insight into what goes on. Especially since most of us ZP readers are 20 somethings with no kids and are no longer connected to the vicious high school popularity scene. The Bully Project is a documentary thats making some noise at the Tribeca Film Festival and is poised to be a driver behind tackling the issue of bullying.
On this Earth Day following the disaster in Japan it’s important to remember that we are all in a long term committed relationship with Mother Nature and if we are a shitty boyfriend she will soon reign blows upon us. Maybe its the access to information or maybe there have been more natural disasters in recent years, there’s studies to argue both, but no matter how you look at it Mother Earth is a force to be respected and treated well. At any given moment she can stop our hustling civilization dead in it’s tracks if she feels like it. Here are NASA images of three major blows from mother nature in the past year. Seems like people are starting to see the big picture though with more focus than ever on clean and sustainable solutions, so that’s a positive this year. Do something most of us normally wouldn’t do today and pick up a random piece of trash and put in the garbage or recycling. Happy Earth Day!
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Sick of the 80′s sounds comeback in alternative pop music. I’m not yet but I think I will be soon, enough already. LA based band Fitz and The Tantrums bring back something else to alternative pop, soul and motown. The band is a cross between soul and indie pop. There’s been a slow rise is soul and jazz coming back to pop music since Amy Winehouse broke through a couple years ago. There are two vocalists but the female voice Noelle Scaggs really contributes the soulful influences of the music. Bottom line if you are fan of motown you will like these guys.
Fitz and The Tantrums – MoneyGrabber
Fitz and The Tantrums – Breaking The Chains of Love
Instead of a movie this weekend why not take in a freakshow? Mutants and freaks once roamed the country with traveling carney folk making a living off their strange looks and acts. The common freak is not hard to find at least if you live a major city but the original freak show traveling troupe is a rare find. Theres a few that still travel the country and here’s their home bases in case you want to catch the act. A freak show and some magic mushrooms could be good time or the worst time ever.
Venice Beach Freakshow
Venice Beach, CA Top Performers: Wolf Boy, the 5 legged dog and 22 two-headed animals