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Silhouette Spirits

Silhouette Spirits


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Amazing Animal Abstract Artiste

Well, I have to give my Nutty Nunzi a big animal artiste credit for this intriguing fine art image you see before you. I discussed with my canine what I wished to achieve in an image I had conjured in my mind.

How I’d like him to join me. Specifically I needed him to create a wonderful abstract art composition to be splashed across the colorful sunset sky. He was intrigued and agreed.

Oh, and I also told Nunzi he had to time his creation at the perfect fraction of a second that someone comes running by–you know, to add an element of depth and scale to our image. He nodded. Oh, and also make sure you get them on the left side of the frame. He nodded again. Oh, and do it all within the next 90 seconds before the sun sinks into the sea.

Nunz got a bit exasperated, but he did grin and said—”sure no problem”. He then looked all around this way and that, evaluating the scenario, checking out the sun, and then gazing down the shore, spied someone running down the beach. He waited, but not too long. Yet not too soon. Then he set his mighty paws to churn churn churning up his medium of choice, the sand.

And, oh, I’ll be damned if the beast didn’t set about timing it all, creating it all, melding all the complex elements with ideal technique, perfection and overall aplomb. And wha-la! And even voila! An astonishing creation was thusly achieved!

As you can see, Nunzi indeed produced an impeccably complex and intriguing composition that is alive with ebullient vitality and energy. Simply amazing. The canine is indeed an animal artiste extraordinaire! The Guggenheim will be hearing from us.

Venice-sunset beach-couple dance pose-silhouette spirits

Yeah, yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I broke the main rule/restriction of my Silhouette Spirits series—no posing or setting up of people. Or dogs or seagulls or sailboats or whatever happens to end up in my images.

Yep you’re thinking I surely just got some models and posed them, just-so, for this image. It’s so obvious, they didn’t just happen along by themselves and position themselves thusly, and so on. Well I got a stack of bibles that I’m swearing on here and I’m telling the truth. And the truth told to me by this couple’s friend who was standing nearby.

She explained that the couple is getting married soon and they decided to practice their first-dance routine here. Thought it’d be cool at a romantic sunset setting. So they went dancing and twirling all around, this way and that.

And I, at a distance, was fumbling rumbling running on the sand, this way and that. Going high and low, fast and slow, trying to keep the sun in the frame in a good spot, and zooming the lens in and out for the most affective perspective, and adjusting the exposure manually because… well I won’t bore you with more technical junk.

Let’s just say it ain’t an easy thing to do and to capture, and it took over 50 snaps, and admittedly, a big dose of dumb luck to get this one perfect romantic image.

And no, I didn’t do anything in processing to manipulate the look of that wow sun as a couple of friends asserted I must’ve done. Nope. That unusual freaky looking orb can occur on it’s own. Once in a blue moon, the sun will conspire with various aspects of fog/mist/clouds at the ocean horizon, bouncing the light to and fro, and achieving those segmented vibrant color layers and bizarre shape shifting.

And that tall tale is the true story. I hope this couple, who really seemed to be head over heels in love, has a wonderful wedding. And l’m grateful to them for cutting up a sandy rug for me, and I hope they live happily ever after. Thank you kindly, whoever you are!

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Venice - beach sunset - group silhouette atop sand dune

Yipee & Woohoo!!!

Although I don’t usually give titles to photos in my Silhouette Spirits series– Yipee & Woohoo would be the title for this new one. Yep, lots and lots of yippee & woohoo! With vaccines and herd immunity going all over the place, people are getting together again, and getting happy and hugging and having more and more fun again.

Although I don’t usually give titles to photos in my Silhouette Spirits series– Yipee & Woohoo would be the title for this new one. Yep, lots and lots of yippee & woohoo! With vaccines and herd immunity going all over the place, people are getting together again, and getting happy and hugging and having more and more fun again.

The group of friends in the photo were having a particularly mighty fine time as they watched the ocean sunset and toasted to good times. And I had a mighty fine time witnessing theirs. I shot a bunch of photos from afar with a long lens to better compress the figures against the sky. I chose this particular image because I liked that one of the guys is in mid motion of tossing his hat high in the air as he yelled woohoo! And a healthy and happy me—gratefully and wholeheartedly agrees.

Nunzi playing w dog atop sand berm - sunset silhouette venice beach

Battle For High-Ground Supremacy

After the sun disappears below the ocean horizon, I enjoy watching the battle between the evening cool blues above, fighting for domination over the daytime’s warm yellows below. Much like these two slightly ferocious beasts are battling for high-ground supremacy.

This evening was an especially nice battle to gaze upon with the yellows putting up a particularly vivid fight and producing some mighty fine purples for all us creatures below to enjoy. But as is always the case, evening blue inevitably dominated the skyscape and the twinkling stars applauded. But tomorrow, hopefully, another sunrise will bring forth anew the eternal struggle of yellow and blue.

PS – Since my ankle is being chewed on as I type (ouch), I’m forced to declare that my beast, on the right, was the clear winner of this brutal hilltop battle. And (ouch) and he is a very brave and strong and mighty canine who always wins all the time… Truth be told, these two “warriors” soon ended up laying down next to each other while they enjoyed gazing upon the pretty sky.

Had a mighty fine sunset yesterday. And an even finer best friend Nutty Nunzi by my side, I know how much you wanted to to go chasing those screeching Terns swooping around you Nunz. So I really appreciate your patience and posing . Such a good boy! Nuff said.


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The thing I like about this image are the multiple depths created with the various different positions of the figures near and far.

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Racing The Sun

I was running late as I raced down the beach to snag the sunset before it vanished. Which was gonna be real soon. I was hoping to create an image for my Silhouette Spirits series and was thusly searching all around for silhouettes. Now one of the rules I set for this series is that I can’t use models or stage anything, so I have to just capture real people doing whatever they happen to be doing at the moment. No manipulating.

Down the beach to my left was a child fishing and that looked like it had interesting possibilities and I headed in that direction. But then my dog, Nunzi, gave a bark and I turned around in the other direction to my right. He was cocking his head in that odd fashion a pooch does when they’re trying to figure out something they see of interest. Which for Nunzi could just be an interesting seabird swooping around since he’s a bird dog.

But nope, no bird of note. Nunzi turned back to look at me again and barked more emphatically. Then in the distance I was able to see a group of people doing something but couldn’t make out what exactly. I looked back at the fishing kid which was looking like there were some good visual possibilities going on. Tick-tock, tick-tock went the sunset clock. Less than five minutes remaining. I’m pondering if a fishing kid in the hand is worth a group in the beach bush? Arf! My fine canine was voting for the bush. I went with the arf!

We raced down along the surf as the sun raced down to the horizon. Who would win? As I finally reached the group, it seemed I won big-time–the visual possibilities were wonderful. There were a couple dozen people, all wearing headphones, dancing and gyrating to some silent song and basically acting as perfect silhouette models for me. Such luck! It was perfect.

Breathing hard, I collapsed on the sand and crawled around, composing some shots while my shadow models did wonderful posing, unbeknownst to them. I was able to shoot for only a couple of minutes before the sun said bye-bye. But I thought I very likely got a mighty fine image. I made sure to give my fine canine all the treats I had in my pocket. He made a great call. Arf!

Back home I checked out the bounty of good captures and this image here is one of my all time favorites. I even gave Nunzi half of my steak that night. I wouldn’t have won that sunny race without him. Arf!

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Venice Beach CA - Surfer carries board, boy dances as the sun sinks into the ocean at sunset
Venice Beach CA – Surfer carries board, boy dances as the sun sinks into the ocean at sunset

This month’s photo I’m calling A Tale of Three Silhouette Spirits. The silhouette surfer on the left had several mighty fine rides and was jauntily singing a merry tune of triumph as he quickly splashed by me. The young boy was in his own world, just enjoying the moment by dancing and twirling round and round to his inner tune, until he would tumble down in laughter. And then joyously leap up and repeat his Astaire routine.

The silhouette guy on the right had wiped out pretty bad, and was exhausted as he limped and staggered out of the sea. But I bet he’ll rise from the ashes and do better on another day. And that’s my tale of these three spirits on this day.

Which brings to mind a teller of tales, gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, who said… “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” A motto I find instructive as I try my best to adapt to these strange times. And I do hope you’re all doing well in these challenging times too.

For this month’s photo, I have to give official creative credit to my furry friend, Nunzi Mancuso, who added his stunning abstract art composition to this image.  He calls it “Flying Super-Duper Sunset Sand”. Without his unique contribution, this image would be only an average creation and would not merit inclusion in my Silhouette Spirits series

Nunzi is quite a ferocious digger and even claims to be ranked in the top ten of worldwide Digging Dogs. I had no idea there was such a thing but apparently a new canine digging event will be in the next Olympics. One thing I can surely attest to is witnessing him creating very impressive doggy dens. His excavations are often over two feet deep and four feet long and his paws churn so fast that he is done in under ten minutes. Quite the achievement.

For this month’s photo, I have an incredibly rare image of Hephaestus, Greek god of fire, in the act of catching his sun ball with his mythical magic mitt. Yep, I shot him on the mythological island of Krocylea which is damn hard to get to. It took several hours of flying atop Pegasus, and let me tell you it was not an easy ride. Not much padding on that winged horsy and my butt still aches.

Anyway, you’ll also notice by Hephaestus’ side is his mighty guard dog Nunziberus who loves playing games of fetch with the sun ball. His serpent tail becomes a wagging blur whenever he flies up and catches the fiery orb.

Yeah, I had a grand time hanging and playing with these guys. Although gods, they treated me well and were just like regular down-to-earthish nice fellows–with a twist. Yep we had a great time together. That is, until Poseidon’s bratty son splashed right out of the sea and wanted to join in on our fun photo shoot. But that’s a whole other mythic tale and I–

Huh? What’s that? You’re not buying this, dear reader? I sense you’re a wee bit skeptical. Think I’m exaggerating? Possibly even fibbing a tad? I swear to Zeus every word is absolutely true! Don’t believe me? Hmm…

Alright, alright, alright. Ain’t you ever heard of creative license? You know, when you get to exaggerate and embellish a little here and a little there. Or claim you’re a “creative” and outright lie a big bunch. Well I got one of them licenses hanging right here on my wall. I’ll text you a pic if you want. If you don’t believe me?

Ok, ok, so it isn’t really the fire god, Hephaestus! There I admit it. You happy? Just some regular boring father type guy with an un-magic baseball mitt. And yeah it wasn’t a sun ball, just a nerf-ball he was tossing to his little son. But sometimes when it was thrown and flying across the sky, at the right angle, it appeared like the baseball mitt was snatching the setting sun. At least if you have a somewhat twisted imagination like mine.

And that noble god dog is really just my average dog, Nunzi. Who delighted the little kid by snagging and fetching errant ball tosses. Sometimes digging a quick hole and spitting the ball in it– which caused the kid to laugh hysterically.

So all in all, it’s just another plain photo added to my Silhouette Spirits series. Just an average guy catching a ball in his mitt in the instant when and where the setting sun was dropping. Ok, move along now. Nothing special to see here. Move along.


This one was taken from high atop Venice Mountain. Just kidding, there aren’t any mountains at Venice beach. But every winter these sand berms are constructed in the winter to protect us from the storm surges that can rollick the beach.


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Such a dilemma! I’m vehemently arguing with myself. Can I allow this image in my Silhouette Spirits series if I don’t have any humans in it? All my other ones do. Can there be spirits without peoples? A few frames before, I indeed had humans included in the foreground.

But damn it, I like this photo the best. Not even sure why. Maybe the simplicity of form? The sparklines of the sparkles? The strong foreground silhouette of the pier pilings contrasted with the more delicate sails in the background?

But I concluded all those points ain’t the point. Is this non-human photo legal to have in this series? That is the question. After arguing back and forth a while, I had to be honest. Nope. It’s not legal, case closed. I hate it when I lose an argument with myself due to a dumb thing called logic. So I put the image away. Forgot about it. Sigh.

But today my mind came up with a small “yeah but”! Then a bigger YEAH BUT! No humans in the image? Yeah but… there are human’s on the boats! And then that means there are spirits, and one of them is likely silhouetted against something. Whah-lah! In the court of my muddled mind, the gavel is slammed, and the verdict is officially rendered—it is indeed legal to have this in the Silhouette Spirit series! Case closed.

I love it when I win an argument with myself. Onward, I’m putting this one up and sharing it with the world. Good job, Greg. Brilliant insights!

PS – Uh, this is embarrassing. A little while ago, I was enhancing the photo, and I, um, I enlarged it quite a bit. And gosh, I noticed a teeny tiny human perfectly silhouetted on the back of the larger sailboat. So all the above points are pointless. Many moots. Please forgive my silly muddled mental arguing. It’ll never happen again.

PSS – Ok, it will surely happen again. Always does.


This image stands out from the others in this series because it doesn’t have the vibrant saturated coloration of the previous photos. So I guess we could call it a subtle spirit. I’m fond of its strong composition lines, and it conjures a serene relaxed feeling of this moment in time.


Venice - sunset - long view, high angle - pier, tiny silhouetts

Most of the photos in the series usually have the silhouette figures large and prominent in the image. But this one is a bit different in that the people are kind of ant-sized. Big sky, medium ocean and tiny humans. Kind of the natural order of things anyway.


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So I’m gazing out at the unusually tranquil sea and I’ll be damned if I’m not witnessing a miracle–someone walking upon the water. Well it looked like that. But I really know better but this little kid nearby didn’t and excitedly exclaimed that a man was walking around on the ocean. Because viewing this guy from shore, looking into the shimmering sun and reflections, you can’t see his paddleboard, but he’s stepping back and forth on it, and creating an apparition which sure conjures up miracle time.

A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll

A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll

As my dog Nunzi scoots down the beach ahead of me, I can’t but feel some trepidation on this nasty late night walk. Creeping along the deserted stormy shore, pitch black, no moon and no starlight, wind howling, ocean raging, and to me it all adds up and seems like it could be the perfect setting for a spooky horror movie. One where I would be the perfect dumb character who gets snatched by some supernatural something or other.

WHACK! I almost leap out of my skin when the diabolical wind tosses down a large palm tree branch that smashes right behind me and my startled pooch simultaneously lets out a loud yelp.

Photography of dog walking along stormy Los Angeles beach at night

Dog walking along stormy Los Angeles beach

As Nunzi whimpers beside me, I admonish him that it’s his own fault we’re out here in this scary setting because when I returned home, admittedly after being gone for hours, he insisted a romp along the beach was absolutely mandatory. Since the storm died down and the rain had stopped, I relented. But as the angry surf and nasty wind conspires and blast sheets of cold spray at us, we both agree it’s time we get our butts back home.

We start trudging back and of course the rain starts up again. Swirls of sand are blowing off a berm, and as I squint my eyes, I swear I can see ghostly apparitions mixed in with the particle tornados. Hey, I was sleep deprived and had a long shooting day of flashing strobes and my eyes were beyond beat.

But I didn’t have time to ponder the apparitions because–OOF! I trip over a driftwood log, fall and get tangled up in a large slimy mound of seaweed. I lay there and wince at the pain I feel throbbing in my ankle, which I’m thinking could now be sprained.


A Stormy Spooky Strange Stroll

Nunzi kindly runs back to me and licks up my face—good boy. I try to get up but I slip back down into the slippery seaweed tentacles.

Ok. Now I’m thinking this would be the perfect moment when the movie monster descends upon us. Or maybe that sketchy homeless guy I noticed lurking under the pier is about to descend upon us. I also noticed he had a large pitbull, perfect for eating my gentle canine. And maybe the guy has a meat clever too and will choppity chop and then and then… Continue reading »

Head in the Clouds

Just wanted to share a few of my recent cloud and skyscape images. Though my commercial photography is earthbound and people oriented, the past few years I’ve become a sky shooting fanatic on the side.

I was always one of those students staring out the window, captivated by the clouds rolling along and the light dancing dynamics, and tuning out whatever was transpiring in the classroom. And frequently getting admonished by my teachers for daydreaming and being unresponsive to whatever else was going on–“and for the third time, Greg, can you answer the question or perhaps just give us a weather report?” And often followed up by notes to my parents about my lack of concentration, and focus, and on and on. But here, in focus, are a few of my recent faves.


Ocean sunset silhouettes

For the past year, I’ve been working on a personal project–Bellissima Venezia–creating images of my Venice neighborhood while walking my dog. And. I wanted to share a few silhouette photos from the project that I’m fond of. Since I first started out as a photographer, for some reason I’ve been fascinated with capturing silhouettes and shadows. I know one aspect which draws me to it, is that they add drama, mystery and interest to an image, emphasizing the shape of the subject while creating strong focal points in the composition. And I just find that it’s fun attempting to capture silhouettes, especially when they’re fleeting.

Video List


Hero Saves NY Subway ManMystery Hero Rescues Person From FireTeens Save Bus Driver & PassengersMan Assists Poor Community With FoodJungle Animals Viewing Their First Mirror –  Funny IFC Show Maron Dog Swimming With Wild Dolphins Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Dogs Driving Cars – Dancing With My Baby-Me Further Up YonderAnimal Odd CouplesCardboard BikeBaby Twins Rock OutKen Block Gymkhana 5Andrew Bird EyeoneyeCurb Your Enthusiasm EpisodesBack to Water – 10 Biggest Jumps EverBicycle Sounds10 Bets You Will Always WinVanishing Point – Why Spiders Don’t StickTop Ten Funny BabiesEarthLuckMasters Of Camouflage – OK GoWhen Harry Met Sally 2

Video | man helps poor community with fresh food

Richard Joyner has led his rural community of Conetoe, N.C., to better health by helping students grow and distribute 50,000 pounds of fresh food a year.




Video | young teen heroes save bus driver and passengers

When a school bus driver had a heart attack and the vehicle careened out of control, a couple of middle school students heroically saved the day.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---teens-save-bus-driver-&-passengersIt was a normal day for middle school students in the small town of Milton, Washington as they rode the school bus, until their driver suddenly lost consciousness and started flailing uncontrollably. Suffering from a heart attack, driver Ryan Callis let go of the steering wheel, and the bus careened out of control. Almost immediately, 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick ran to the front of the bus, grabbed the wheel, and steered to the side of the road, while taking the keys out of the ignition. Fellow seventh grader Johnny Wood, who had recently learned CPR, ran to the incapacitated driver and began chest compressions, while another student called 911.



Video | mystery hero saves man from home fire

When an elderly man is trapped in a burning inferno, a stranger happens along, bravely rescues the man and then disappears.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---stranger-saves-man-trapped-in-home-fireIt was a lazy Saturday morning when fire erupted from a duplex in a small neighborhood in Fresno, California. Robert Wells, 73 years old, who was hooked up to an oxygen tank, could not get himself out.  He had difficulty breathing and walking by himself and was desperately trapped. The people who crowded around the scene were in a state of panic and didn’t know what to do, especially after a propane tank explosion accelerated the fire that continued to ravage the home. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a man braved the fire and pulled Wells out to safety, carrying him on his shoulders.

Then just as quickly as he entered the scene, the man disappeared; and the neighborhood couldn’t find him for days after the incident despite his heroic act being recorded.

Video of mystery hero saving man

Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Hero Who Saved Man

Video | a hero saves a stranger’s life in NY subway

When someone had a seizure on a NY subway platform and fell on the tracks, a brave man sprang into action and saved him.

Incredible-acts-of-heroism-by-ordinary-people---saving-person-from-subway-train-deathWesley Autrey, now dubbed the “Subway Superman,” was waiting on the platform with his two little girls when he noticed a man suffering from a seizure, causing him to fall onto the tracks. Knowing there wouldn’t be time for the train to stop, Autrey jumped on top of the man, praying he could keep him from flailing long enough to allow the train to pass on over them both—a clearance of 21inches high. Wesley and the man topped out at 20.5 inches.

Video of Subway Superman

Video of Wesley Autrey on Letterman

Websites List


Buildings Of The Year – Top 10 Inspirational SitesStillTasty wikiHow Earthporn Animal Wellness FoundationHarvard Business ReviewSuTreeWhat’s Alan WatchingFunny Or DieAllMyFavesPat’s Papers

Funny Dog Video | freak outs after taking baths

Dogs Freak Out About Taking Baths

Does your dog freak out whenever you want to give them a bath? These goofy canines do so in very strange ways which are hilarious and very entertaining.

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Funny-dog-video-compilation-showing-dogs-freaking out after-taking-baths

The Arts | stunning animal creations from living human models

You may think you’re seeing a frog–but in fact you’re seeing five human beings, painted and intertwined to create an incredible art illusion by Italian artist Johannes Stoetter.

Body paint artist Johannes Stoetter makes stunning frog animal creations from human beingsInspired by nature, Italian artist Johannes Stoetter turns living models into animals, fruits, flowers, or blends them with the surroundings. These impressively detailed paintings take up to five months of thorough planning and up to eight hours of work to complete. The winner of the World Bodypainting Championship says that the key to success is to love what you’re doing: “I think I observe the world, nature, colors and shapes with very clear eyes and an open heart. And painting is my big passion.”

Johannes Stoetter body painting art video

You’ll have to look really close at this picture of a beautiful parrot to realize that it’s not a parrot at all. The rich red-and-gold plumes are, in fact, a woman’s limbs painted to perfection. The incredibly clever photograph is the work of 35-year-old body painter Johannes Stoetter. Continue reading »

Video | comedic film-maker creates hilarious Vine illusions

Zack King can make traffic disappear, jump through the closed doors of a moving train and steal the Eiffel Tower–and he does so with imaginative fun in his very short films known as Vines.

Zach King, Vine & funny Youtube illusionist comedian steals Eiffel Tower in France videoHere’s What You Need to Know About Illusionist Vine Star Zach King  —  By Laura Lane

Known as the Final Cut King, Zach King is a bona fide Vine star. While other popular Vine users post six-second pranks, mash-ups or jokes, King’s Vines are also comedic, but they stand out from the crowd with his astonishing illusions that use major motion-picture-quality special effects.

In a recent Vine, King grabs the Apple logo from his computer and turns it into a luscious silver three-dimensional apple and takes a bite out of it. “I definitely got lead poisoning, I think,” he tells PEOPLE. “I looked for edible spray paint and I couldn’t find any.” In another video he turns a lazy friend acting like a couch potato into actual potatoes. And in his most popular Vine, he takes a souvenir from Paris with him: the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading »

Business & Life Hacks List

Business & Life Hacks

Being happier at work

What is disruptive innovation now?

You’re already more persuasive than you think

The new science of customer emotions

Mindfulness As A Productivity Tool?

Marketing – Why Some Videos Go Viral

Lessons From The 20 Most Popular TED Talks

Proof That Life Experiences, Not Things, Make You Happier

How To Impress Anyone In 30 Seconds

12 Things Successful People Never Reveal At Work

Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Sleep Remedies


Podcasts List


Story Worthy – The Adam Carolla Show Smartest Man in the WorldHang Up And Listen Science Friday Mohr StoriesThe BugleSlate’s Political Gabfest – Fresh Air – Dana Gould HourManners For The Digital AgeSlate‘s Culture GabfestMarc Maron’s WTFThe Tobolowsky FilesKevin Pollak’s Chat ShowBrainStuff

Video | aliens among us–beautiful deep sea creatures

Mysterious and stunning alien life is indeed with us on Earth today, and they’re hanging out in the darkest depths of our oceans.

The term deep sea creature refers to organisms that live below the photic zone of the oceanThe term deep sea creature refers to organisms that live below the photic zone of the ocean. These creatures must survive in extremely harsh conditions, such as hundreds of bars of pressure, small amounts of oxygen, very little food, no sunlight, and constant, extreme cold.

These creatures live in very harsh environments, such as the abyssal or hadal zones, which, being thousands of meters below the surface, are almost completely devoid of light. The water is between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius and has low oxygen levels. Due to the depth, the pressure is between 20 and 1,000 bars. Creatures that live hundreds or even thousands of meters deep in the ocean have adapted to the high pressure, lack of light, and other factors.

Video of deep sea creatures

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Podcasts | The David Steinberg Podcast

The legendary comedian and director, David Steinberg, sits down with comedians, entertainers, and creators to discuss life, art, and comedy.

Podcasts David Steinberg logoOne of the many interesting aspects of podcasting is that performers seem to be discovering the medium at the same time listeners are finding their way here, too. David Steinberg has signed in, and it’s great to have this longtime standup comedian in front of a microphone after what seems forever. The David Steinberg Podcast

He’s mainly been directing television for the past few decades (having won several Emmy awards along the way), but his background in improv and comedy have stood him in good stead over the years.

Some of the guests he has had on the podcast include Mel Brooks, Kevin Nealon, Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, and Phil Rosenthal. Continue reading »

Business Hacks | Learning to love networking

Why? Because professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority.

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los AngelesLearn to Love Networking

by  Tiziana Casciaro, Francesca Gino, Maryam Kouchaki

“I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social interaction—many understandably see it as brown-nosing, exploitative, and inauthentic.

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los Angeles

Corporate photographer shot this networking business meeting in Los Angeles

But in today’s world, networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority. Building and nurturing professional relationships also improves the quality of work and increases job satisfaction.

When we studied 165 lawyers at a large North American law firm, for example, we found that their success depended on their ability to network effectively both internally (to get themselves assigned to choice clients) and externally (to bring business into the firm). Those who regarded these activities as distasteful and avoided them had fewer billable hours than their peers.

Fortunately, our research shows that an aversion to networking can be overcome. We’ve identified four strategies to help people change their mindset.

Continue reading

Funny Dog & Cat Video | unlikely hodgepodge of cross-species fun friendships

This very funny and heartwarming viral video, Be Together–Not the Same, features a hodgepodge of animals of different species, romping around together and having friendly fun.

Humorous dog and cat video with unlikely interspecies friendships with elephants, monkeys, deer, lions, rhinos

Humorous dog and cat video with unlikely interspecies friendships with elephants, monkeys, deer, lions, rhinos