IBM’s Trip to Become A Socially Integrated Enterprise
AUGUST 9, 2011
Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of rather interesting and insightful blog posts that have been covering IBM’s journey to become a social business. A journey that started back in 2001, but that it had its main roots well substantiated within the company for much longer.
10 Commonly Mispronounced Brands
MAY 12, 2011
There are many ways to pronounce a word; there’s a bunch of wrong ways, and then there’s the American way. But in the outdoor world, there are so many foreign brands that proper phonetics could make you look well-traveled and maybe even highly educated and cultured.
Whisky Will Power 9,000 Homes With New Biomass Plant
MAY 5, 2011
Whisky (also spelled whiskey ) is “a spirit distilled from malted grain. It is also, considered by many, a very tasty treat, the perfect way to top off (or start off) the night, depending on the person.
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder App Provides Database of Every Federal, State Land in America
APRIL 14, 2011
The brand-new (and free) iPhone App Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder from the American Park Network provides users with a searchable database of every single state and federal public land in America.
National Park Service Announces 17 Fee-Free Days for 2012
OCTOBER 18, 2011
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced that 2012 will boast 17 days of free admission to any park in the National Park Service.
How to Become a National Geographic Explorer
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. Wade Davis is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, storyteller and award-winning explorer.
Monsanto or Organic? Who to Trust With Your Food [infographic]
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
(Sources and much more info, linked below this text). In putting together this infographic (I have a larger version of the image if anyone wants it) it struck me that nearly all of the Monsanto endeavors I chose to highlight here, rode the same wave of public opinion.
JUNE 21, 2012
And of course, before the was “OAL” there was “Clean Coal” It’s unfortunate that Big Coal has Big Cash to peddle Big BS to further delay little wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal. More on Big Coal BS. From Coal Tattoo: Coal PR firm set up state’s anti-Obama meetings.
Greenpeace Attempts to get Asthmazon.com, Macrosoot, and iSmog to Quit Coal
MAY 9, 2012
3 cartoons for the price of none! Scroll down for all 3 cartoons: Take Action! Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all use asthma-inducing, climate destroying coal to power the “cloud” that stores your emails, photos, music and videos.
A Made in America Story: Petroleum-Powered Surfboards, Scandals.
MARCH 15, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. The last thing my buddy expected to find while checking out surfboards on Portland's Craigslist yesterday was an 11-foot aluminum-skinned foam beast with a two-stroke gas motor
Time Stops in Awesome Surf Video
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. Beyond awesome surf clips, this video from Rip Curl shows what they consider a technological world-first. The “30 camera array” (i.e., a line of cameras firing consistently as a surfer rides toward it) results in incredible frozen moments viewable from a number of different angles, almost Matrix -style. Oh, and they used GoPro HD video cameras to capture these moments. Related posts: Wipeout Wednesday: Cruel Surf.
Wouldn't It Be Nice if the World Worked Like This? | Wend Blog
FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Wouldn't It Be Nice if the World Worked Like This
FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Whether you are on a local trail, skiing in the backcountry or scaling peaks you are going to want a shell that is completely waterproof – no exceptions, no excuses, because when a storm moves in it’s the only thing between you and a shivering hypothermic disaster.
Infographic: Greenwashed–The Truth About 95% of So-Called Green Products
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Created by: Marketing Degree. Special thanks to Greg Voakes for sharing this infographic. Related Posts. Infographic Explains Environmental Impact of Surfing. Monsanto or Organic? Who to Trust With Your Food [infographic
Shit Wend Readers Say
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
By now you have probably seen at least one of the “Shit People Say” videos. The meme that shares the quirks and trends of various sub-cultures has gone viral and is seemingly unstoppable. The videos range from hilarious to offensive but for the most part, they’re totally true. Here are 5 videos I thought you Wenders would appreciate: 1. Shit Cyclists Say. Favorite line: “I’d totally be a Pro if I didn’t have to work.”
Mark Twain on Occupy Wall Street
DECEMBER 4, 2011
The great American writer and humorist whose two Occupy-supporting quotes are shared in the cartoon, would have turned 176 last week. If he were alive today (gross) he’d have been pepper-sprayed by now. Revolute!
Tuna to Greenpeace: Help!
NOVEMBER 22, 2011
More on unsustainable fishing practices and Tuna. From Greenpeace: The Tuna Industry’s Got a Dirty Little Secret. From PlanetSave: Annual Quota of Bluefin Tuna Caught in 1 Week. GreenPeace again: The harsh reality of longline fishing. From SeafoodWatch: Seafood Watch Pocket Guide.
Mountain Biker OK After Collision With 350 Pound Hartebeest
OCTOBER 17, 2011
Remember last week’s YouTube frenzy after the South African mountain biker was taken out by that massive buck ? The mountain biker, 16-year-old Evan van der Spuy, is OK. According to the AP , van der Spuy was competing in a race when the leaping hartebeest crashed into him.
Reel Rock Serves Up More Than Just Climbing Porn
OCTOBER 14, 2011
Last night, the Portland climbing community piled into the Bagdad Theater to watch the sold out and long anticipated Reel Rock Film Tour. We filled the seats, aisles and walkways to prove Reel Rock needs to bring us two showings next year. This year’s tour stands apart from years past.
Arizona Ski Resort Plans to Pump “Snow” Made of Treated Sewage Water on its Slopes
AUGUST 23, 2011
The Snowbowl Ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona sits somewhere along the range of inactive volcanoes called San Francisco Peaks, which, according to Mother Jones , are “volcanoes that contain the only alpine tundra in Arizona, at heights of more than 12,000 feet.
Meet T. Sprinkle
AUGUST 11, 2011
I’m not the only ridgerunner in my section…. Tristan Sprenkle (a.k.a. Sprinkle) hails from the small town of Kramer, Pennsylvania. “We We have a gas station and a pizza place,” he says. “If If you want anything that’s not there you have to drive to the next town. But the pizza is pretty awesome.”.
Parking Cars in Lithuania’s Bike Lanes Could Lead to Crushing Results
AUGUST 2, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. The mayor of the capitol of Lithuania, Vilnius, has apparently had enough with cars being parked in illegal zones such as bike lanes. Mayor Arturos Zuorokas is so sick of illegally parked cars, in fact, that he demonstrates a new policy in this video. Cars parked in non-parking spots will get just what they deserve; they’ll be run over by a tank. Naturally.
An Interview with Jonathan T. Scott–Sustainable Business Champion
APRIL 21, 2011
Jonathan T. Scott’s latest book, New Standards for Long-Term Business Survival , has just been published.
The Republican Book on $cience [cartoon]
MARCH 17, 2011
Since taking over the House, the Republicans have utilized their sway to continue their attack on the environment. Any time you fight to weaken clean air and water standards, carbon (etc.) emissions standards, and make every effort to
Saving Elephants, One Vial of Scat at a Time
MARCH 14, 2011
Today, I'm packing. After two years in the works, we're kicking off the Elephant Ivory Project in earnest on Sunday morning when Andy Maser and I fly to Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a case of
Music Monday: Telepath | Wend Blog
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
Telepath is a worldwide music project–one that has united a variety of talented global artists on this album, Crush, by way of modern technology. The man behind it all is Michael Christie (he goes by Telepath in his artistic endeavors
Wipeout Wednesday: Kayaking Can Hurt | Wend Blog
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Though kayak carnage doesn't appear to be the goriest of the wipeout genres, that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. From Paul: (Kerplunk.) YouTube Preview Image. From Jen: (It just sort of drops her.) YouTube Preview Image
Cyclist Completes 3,000 Self-Supported Miles in Less Than 13 Days
JULY 12, 2011
On June 26, endurance cyclist Jay Petervary completed 3,000 self-supported miles along the Race Across America (RAAM) route in 12 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes, setting a cross-country speed record and becoming the first person to complete the race unsupported since it began in 1982.
The Real Beach Boys: These Bulldogs Surf, Skate and Snowboard
AUGUST 11, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. This video will make you smile and probably laugh, too. It may also make you feel like a totally unskilled human and/or dog trainer because these guys are smart and talented to boot. Enjoy! Related posts: Wipeout Wednesday: Beach Bums. Toy Boarders Skate Along. Teva Saves Penguin’s Life By Making Him a Custom Boot
Oregon to Add Five Scenic Bikeways
OCTOBER 8, 2011
The state of Oregon, the only US state where bikeways officially exist, has voted to add five more designated bike tours to its state roads.
Man Stabs Mountain Lion with Pocket Knife to Save Son
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Jason Hobbs, like many of us, owns a pocket knife. But unlike you and me, Hobbs has within the week plunged his miniature blade into the muscular chest of an aggressive mountain lion.
Music Monday: Harmonica Guru
MAY 30, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. Try not tapping your foot slapping your knee. The man in the video–the harmonica guru–is Tom Walbank , a man born in England, living in Tuscon who’s a blues musician and the most amazing harmonica player we’ve ever heard. This video is from 2007, but we’re pretty sure even if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth another four minutes of your Memorial Day Monday. Happy long weekend!
Petition ‘The Lorax’ Speak for the Trees
JANUARY 25, 2012
Well’s 4th grade class doesn’t want the environmental message of the Dr. Seuss classic children’s book “The Lorax” to be lost when the feature film premieres in March. So the Brookline, Massachusetts 10-year-olds are circulating a petition through Change.org to prompt producers to include conservation education materials on the movie’s website and in the trailer.
“Apocalypse Later, Surf Now” Is like Point Break Meets Terminator Meets Cloverfield
JANUARY 13, 2012
Click here to view the embedded video. “Apocalypse Later, Surf Now” is a dark, gritty short featuring a group of surfers that choose to ride waves as the world around them erupts in a futuristic battle. There is no dialogue, but massive and strange-looking machines (alien vehicles???) loom in the distance while cool jets blow each other out of the sky, giving the impression that a war over the fate of earth is happening just above a good break.
Music Monday: Christmas with the Rat Pack
DECEMBER 19, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. In this week before the holiday festivities ensue, it feels appropriate to turn on the christmas tunes. Even if you are a scrooge who shrieks at the sound of christmas music, you’ll still enjoy baking, decorating, wrapping and swaying to the 2002 Christmas compilation of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Gravity Defying Freerunners Showcase Extreme Warrior-Like Moves
DECEMBER 10, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. To most of us, the leaps, jumps, flips, and dives in the video above seem dangerous, extreme and absolutely crazy. But to the featured athletes of the “Woof Poof,” balancing on railings and jumping off buildings is just another playful expression of creative movement—it’s Parkour plus Freerunning. The history of Parkour dates back to 1902 when French naval officer, Lt.
The Banff Mountain Dream Festival
NOVEMBER 2, 2011
I’ll probably never see the summit of Everest. I’ll likely not pilot a wingsuit from the snow-capped peak of the Eiger and soar like an eagle through the Swiss Alps. And even on my best day will I ever set a speed record climb to the top of Yosemite’s El Capitan. But I can dream, can’t I? courtesy of Cameron Martindell. The 2011 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has begun in Alberta, Canada to give vision to the dream of high alpine adventure.
Is This the Scariest Wave Ever?
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. In 2008, Sion Milosky, a Hawaiian native, paddled into what surfers around the world called the “Biggest Wave Ever Surfed.” ” “Hands down the biggest wave I’ve seen anyone paddle into,” Shane Dorian told Surfing Magazine. Sadly, Milosky drowned earlier this year at the notorious Mavericks break in Northern California. Though he’s gone, his footprint on big-wave surfing will never be forgotten.
The Most Incredible Time Lapse Video Ever
OCTOBER 7, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. This may just be the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Be sure to watch it with sound to get the full effect. Photographer Dustin Farrell is responsible for the awesome time lapse. “This video has some iconic landmarks that we have seen before,” Farrell says. “I felt that showing them again with motion controlled HDR and/or night timelapse would be a new way to see old landmarks.”
Fund an Awesome Bike Film, Win Cool Prizes
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Click here to view the embedded video. In 2007, the Ginger Ninjas set off on their first tour. Through Mexico. By bike. It all started when the band was singing a song called “Ride to Believe at a party and a strange asked, misunderstanding, asked, “What does that mean, ‘ride to Belize’? And then the band’s drummer said, “Ride to Belize! Let’s ride our bikes on tour all the way through Mexico to Belize!. So they did.