A large NW Swell with a high wave period hit the North Shore of Hawaii on ‘Black Friday’ the 29th of Novemeber 2013
Nic Von Rupp
Jon Jon Florence
Filmed & Edited by Owen Milne
Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.
The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less, the world’s largest Internet retailer said. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take “some number of years” as Amazon develops the technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations, the company added.
The final day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach was met with pounding rain, thunderstorms, and a dying swell. By no means optimum conditions for Sunset, the 3- to 4-foot surf on hand still offered up enough of a platform for World Tour and ‘QS surfers alike to dramatically battle it out in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. By events end, the conditions began to glass off but the rain continued to pour as Hawaii’s own Zeke Lau defeated Damien Hobgood, Raoni Monteiro, and Frederico Morais respectively to take the win.
Throughout the duration of the contest—which included a day of massive 12-foot surf—Lau looked to be an event favorite as he weaved his powerful frame through an array of conditions. With his win today, Lau is now tied with Tahiti’s Michel Bourez for the Triple Crown title race. At only 20 years old, Lau has cemented himself as one of Hawaii’s next great hopes—something that the Honolulu native doesn’t take lightly.
Lau, who was awarded a slot into the Pipe Masters, will be looking to further his lead over Bourez and the rest of the pack when the holding period for final World Tour event of the season opens on December 8. “It feels amazing to represent Hawaii. For me, that’s the biggest thing. I really want to make Hawaii proud and take the Triple Crown title.”
For the first time in the history of this contest, organizers had to extend the event for an extra day due to an unseasonable flat spell for most of the waiting period. Not what you expect on the North Shore of Oahu at this time of year.
Typhoons are a fact of life in the tropical northwest Pacific basin and people of the Philippines know all about them. Before last week, that island archipelago had already been hit by three typhoons and a tropical storm this year. Knowledge of such tropical cyclones can be useful for planning long-term protective measures like the placement of seawalls and designing storm resistant structures. But in real-time situations, when the onslaught of a typhoon is imminent, the only relevant information is the location of the closest place that will be safe from the cyclone’s rampage and how you can get there. If the looming typhoon is larger than the island you’re on, and that storm is one of the strongest ever recorded, then there is no safe place to go.
Super Typhoon Haiyan is not the strongest storm we’ve ever seen. A handful of other super typhoons/major hurricanes have had higher wind speeds while they were out over the ocean. But while those infamous systems all lost some intensity before reaching shore, Haiyan retained full force as it hit the Philippines and moved inland with sustained winds of 195mph. That makes Super Typhoon Haiyan the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded on land. It’s the force you would feel if you stuck your head out the window while driving down the freeway at three times the speed limit… during a deluge.
Glas won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award(r) for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made.
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Jack Mitchell, whose bulging photographic portfolio of actors, writers, painters, musicians and especially dancers describes a pictorial history of the arts in the late 20th century, died on Thursday at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was 88.
Sad to read about this today. I was fortunate enough to meet Jack and have my picture taken by him as part of a photo shoot for a ballet company I was working with in the 1980’s. He has captured some of the most amazing images over the years and his work will be missed.
In surf of the XXL variety at Nazaré, the big-wave break in Portugal, Maya Gabeira nearly drowned when she wiped out and was consumed by an avalanche of water. The video below shows Carlos Burle attempting to rescue Gabeira on his jet ski on the inside; After a number of failed attempts to get her on the sled, Gabeira was forced to grab on to the tow rope and was engulfed by two more sets. The footage shows Gabeira unconscious and face down in the water before she’s finally rescued by Burle, who took her to shore and administered CPR. From there she was transported to a hospital, where she’s now in stable condition
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