Friday, August 7, 2009
In honor of Shark Week I want to share something of interest. To learn more click on the links here:
Statistics about SHARKS
22 -- Number of years the Discovery Channel has aired Shark Week
29.1 million -- Number of viewers Shark Week 2008 attracted
450 -- Known species of sharks
244 -- Number of documented unprovoked shark attacks worldwide since 1876 (65 of them fatal)
100 -- Number of documented unprovoked shark attacks in the United States from 1916 to the end of 2008 (12 of them fatal, and 8 of those in California)
90 --Percentage that the hammerhead shark population has dropped in the last 20 years
63 -- Average number of shark attacks a year
56.6 -- Percentage of all shark attacks that involve surfers and windsurfers
3 -- Species of shark considered deadly (great white, tiger and bull)
250,000 -- Number of sharks being killed every day by targeted fishing and bycatch (sharks accidentally caught in nets trawling for other species)
1 in 264 million -- Odds of being killed in a shark attack
1 in 9 million -- Odds of being killed by a dog
Sources: International Shark Attack File, Florida Museum of Natural History, the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., the National Safety Council, Nielsen Media Research and the Discovery Channel
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Note, my oldest on the right had to wear his bathing suite
the entire way down even though we stopped
and slept overnight in a hotel. Kids.
the excitement on Charlie, Reece & Keenan's faces?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A while back I had asked my favorite painter friend Billy Blob if I could exchange a painting I had purchased for another. I figured if I can take stuff back to Wal-Mart then why not do the same with real art. At the time he hadn't been painting in a while but I just knew he would be producing some new art any day and I'd have something like a shark or squid or possibly even a hairy big-foot creature. Little did I know that I'd end up with a painting that he had already finished about a year earlier and that was truly one of my all time favorite blob paintings. Yes, I am now the owner of a large piece of canvas covered with a mixture of acrylic paints in shades of green, blue, black and a touch of something orange. All this makes for one cool looking African elephant head titled HALF. Billy still has a few paintings left from his last batch which he doesn't do nearly enough so rush on over to his site today and buy one. If you don't like it I'm sure he'll let you exchange it in a couple of years.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is part of a promotional piece I'm working on. I can only guess that my parents weren't paying attention when they bought my ticket to see this blockbuster in 1975. I have a vivid memory of being somewhere down front in the theatre, standing in my seat. The scene where Richard Dryefuss dives down to investigate a sunken boat and a dead body floats by the camera got a big scream from the audience and I can still see all the scared faces of the people in the seats behind me. For many years after this I thought anything sticking up out of a lake, river or creek was a shark fin.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I must admit, I was not aware that my son's story which I had thought he had made up on his own was his version retold from a fairly popular picture book. He had recently spent a few nights with his aunt and had likely been read the story there. As a proud daddy of my kids creativity I wanted to share something that I thought was neat and funny especially for a kid this young. But to now come to this realization that my kid is a plagiarist is even better. You can't teach this stuff.
This is the book.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The big bad wolf was baking a cake one day for his grandmother but he was out of sugar. He went next door to ask a pig if he could borrow some and when he walked in the pig was laying in the floor dead so the wolf ate him and went to the next house to get some sugar. When he got there that pig was shaving his chinny chin, chin hairs so the wolf ate him. He then went on to the next pigs house but that pigs house was made out of bricks and he heard the wolf outside and called the police. The police came and took that wolf to prison and do you know what that wolf wants more than anything in prison? ....sugar.