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Ice on the Great Lakes till June?

Ice on the Great Lakes till June?

Ice on the Great Lakes till June?

Posted: 31 May 2014 11:42 PM PDT

On the last day of May and ICE is still on Lake Superior!! ( This picture was taken in Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan at a place known as Black Rock. Not too many people will swim in water under 40 degrees!


Photo was taken by my wife, Nicky Asselin.


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Wizard World Atlanta

Posted: 31 May 2014 09:57 PM PDT

The Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta plays host to another geek-centric convention this weekend and there is plenty to see and do!


In attendance are cast and crew from your favorite TV shows, comic book artists, tons of exhibitors, vendors and of course, costumers of all kinds.


A long list of Q&A sessions in the main auditorium brought in fans to listen to stories from the set and maybe have the chance to ask a question of the star they admire most.


Karen Gillan - who played Doctor Who companion; Amy Pond was a big draw this afternoon. Moderated by Aaron Sagers, the panel discussion covered Gillan's work on Doctor Who as well as her upcoming projects Selfies and Guardians of the Galaxy.


Straight after that, Michael Rooker; most recently known for his role as big brother Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, took the stage. After 20 minutes of your standard Q&A session, Rooker announced that the next part would be "rapid fire questions and answers", to which he often responded with quick retorts in the style that only Michael Rooker can.


The rainy afternoon didn't dampen my spirits as I left the show floor with some great photos and a smile on my face, eager to see what tomorrow will bring in the land of "Geek-lanta"

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#TakeOffJustLogo Global Demonstrations

Posted: 31 May 2014 09:46 PM PDT

Roberto Cavalli's 'Just Cavalli' line has raised eyebrows by vindictively using a faith group's symbol of faith. First it was the Hindus in 2004, and now Cavalli's at it again with the Sufis.


Cavalli claims to be using an image which represents a snake bite to reflect Original Sin, diametrically opposing the initial meaning of a sacred emblem with a heritage of 1,400 years.


According to the students of MTO Shahmaghsoudi, the Sacred Sufi Emblem - which has been trademarked for the past 27 years and has over 150 years of recorded use - spells out Quranic phrases and Sufi teachings, and also takes the form of an open heart - the foundation and very essence of Sufism.


Having built their #takeoffjustlogo campaign via social media platforms, the student are active on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, coupled with active blogging and online petitioning.


Throughout this consistent pressure, Cavalli has remained silent, leading to a new chapter in the campaign: Global demonstrations.


After weeks of preparation and with the assistance of Sufi Rights, a non profit organisation dedicated to 'Safeguarding the rights of Sufis in today's corporate climate'; the students of MTO Shahmaghsoudi gathered in Dallas, Texas to protest against Roberto Cavalli's misappropriation of their School's Sacred Emblem.


In their hundreds, they called for Cavalli to remove their faith's Sacred Emblem from his new fashion line. With the help of placards, banners and posters, they consistently pressed the issue, offering clear examples of the striking similarities between the two images.


Next, protests travalled to London, England, where over 300 demonstrators from across Europe gathered outside the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, where Cavalli was to give a speech on fashion.


However he was a no-show. The reason for his absence was unclear. Claims of being too unwell to travel and time conflicts were thrown around, without either quite sticking. However this did not halt the proceedings, with the demonstrators continuing to raise their voices in unison, chanting and demanding that their emblem be returned to them.


Still, no response from Cavalli.


With passion and growing determination, simultaneous protests next took place at locations in New York City and Los Angeles.


Once again, students traveled in their hundreds to joined forces for the sanctity of their faith,


They urged Cavalli to respond to them, to apologise and to #TakeOffJustLogo.


However Cavalli continues to dismiss them, refraining from any comment.


This has caused outrage on the part of the students, of which there are over 500,000 worldwide. With his unwillingness to listen to their claims, the protest have only begun, with planned demonstrations in France, Germany, Spain and Canada in the upcoming weeks.

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Ugandan Wildlife

Posted: 31 May 2014 07:23 PM PDT

Photos from Murchison Falls National Park, Northwest Uganda

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Foul and Interlopers of the Southern Hemisphere

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:29 PM PDT

These photos of a Rockhopper Penguin, Blue Eyed Shag, King Penguins, Elephant Seal, Spiny Lobster, and Cassowary, were taken in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Australia. Sven Michael Davison has spent the past fifteen years traveling and photographing wildlife on all seven continents. He is an executive at Sony DADC and is also an award winning author who focuses on the darker consequences of embracing emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and transcendence.

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Extreme Kayakers on Lake Superior

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:02 PM PDT

Dave Michaels of Marquette, Michigan took his kayak on Lake Superior to explore the interesting ice formations dotting the shoreline but was slightly hindered by the compressed ice pack as he tried to get back to shore.

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Native fusion!

Posted: 30 May 2014 01:09 PM PDT

My husband and I met in Anchorage, AK. He is Alutiiq Eskimo(his father) and Spanish Basque(his mother). I am Mexican American and Hawaiian (my father) and African American (my mother). Together we have three children who are a combination of us both. Needless to say, they will be getting a lot of scholarships!!

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Posted: 29 May 2014 01:59 PM PDT

Incredible beauty! I went to Croatia mainly for the lakes, and they sure did not disappoint. My life, I think, is divided into 2 chapters, before this and after this.

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