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Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Safe haven

If you are looking for an opportunity to help the environment in Hawaii while you are on vacation or even from afar, consider the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. This non-profit organization protects and restores battered lands back to their original disorder — making them more sustainable. Many of the sites also have a cultural background.

You can help Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) by volunteering on one of the many restoration projects and/or with financial donations

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Waihe’e

We had the opportunity to explore one of the HILT projects on Maui at Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Safe haven. Waihe’e was slated to become a luxury golf course when burial sites were uncovered at the start of construction. Work was halted and the further investigation learned that this site had been a significant Hawaiian village dating back to 941.

The 277 acres of Waihe’e were bought by HILT to restore the habitat and preserve this significant archeological site. So far, some of the progress made by HILT is the reintroduction of native plant species for conservation as well as encouraging the return of native Hawaiian wildlife. Per they website, they’ve shared this progress:

In tribute to the returning health of the ecosystem, eight different endangered species have taken up residence at the Safe haven in recent years. With the wetlands primarily cleared and habitat-appropriate plants now thriving, the area is host to many native Hawaiian bird species, including ae‘o (stilt), alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck), and even nene (goose).

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Scott Fisher, Director of Conservation, clarifies HILT’s mission to restore Waihe’e

Waihe’e is open to the public to explore via a self-guided, two-mile coastal trail. If you’d like to lend your hand to restore Waihe’e, HILT organizes a volunteer program on Fridays from 8 in anticipation of noon. For more information, call 808-244-LAND.

To learn more about volunteering with HILT on other Hawaiian Islands, email volunteer@hilt.org or call 808-244-LAND. Make sure that you pack closed-toe shoes, long pants, sun protection and a hat. 

Aloha aina (for the like of the land.)

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Why procrastinators procrastinate

    pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|
    noun
    the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to dodge procrastination.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution? Dodge procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity.

While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people dodge overeating, depressed people dodge apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should dodge being out of the ocean.

No, “dodge procrastination” is only excellent advice for fake procrastinators — persons people that are like, “I really go on Facebook a few times each day at work — I’m such a procrastinator!” The same people that will say to a real procrastinator something like, “Just don’t procrastinate and you’ll be fine.”

The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators know is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional — it’s something they don’t know how to not do.

In college, the sudden unbridled personal freedom was a disaster for me — I did nothing, ever, for any reason. The one exception was that I had to hand in papers from time to time. I would do persons the night before, in anticipation of I realized I could just do them through the night, and I did that in anticipation of I realized I could really start them in the early morning on the day they were due. This behavior reached drawing levels when I was unable to start writing my 90-page senior thesis in anticipation of 72 hours before it was due, an experience that finished with me in the campus doctor’s office learning that lack of blood sugar was the reason my hands had gone numb and curled up against my will. (I did get the thesis in — no, it was not excellent.)

Even this post took much longer than it should have, in view of the fact that I washed-out a bunch of hours doing things like seeing this picture meeting on my desktop from a previous post, opening it, looking at it for a long time thinking about how easily he could beat me in a fight, then wondering if he could beat a tiger in a fight, then wondering who would win between a lion and a tiger, and then googling that and reading about it for a while (the tiger would win). I have problems.

To know why procrastinators procrastinate so much, let’s start by understanding a non-procrastinator’s brain:

NP brain

Pretty normal, right? Now, let’s look at a procrastinator’s brain:

P brain

Notice anything different? It seems the Rational Pronouncement-Maker in the procrastinator’s brain is coexisting with a pet: the Instant Gratification Monkey.

This would be fine — cute, even — if the Rational Pronouncement-Maker knew the first thing about how to own a monkey. But unfortunately, it wasn’t a part of his schooling and he’s left completely helpless as the monkey makes it impossible for him to do his job.

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The fact is, the Instant Gratification Monkey is the last creature who should be in charge of decisions — he thinks only about the present, ignoring lessons from the past and disregarding the future altogether, and he concerns himself entirely with maximizing the ease and pleasure of the current moment. He doesn’t know the Rational Pronouncement-Maker any better than the Rational Pronouncement-Maker understands him — why would we continue doing this jog, he thinks, when we could stop, which would feel better. Why would we practice that instrument when it’s not fun? Why would we ever use a computer for work when the internet is meeting right there waiting to be played with? He thinks humans are insane.

In the monkey planet, he’s got it all figured out — if you eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, and don’t do anything hard, you’re a pretty successful monkey. The problem for the procrastinator is that he happens to live in the human planet, making the Instant Gratification Monkey a highly unqualified navigator. Meanwhile, the Rational Pronouncement-Maker, who was trained to make rational decisions, not to deal with competition over the controls, doesn’t know how to place up an effective fight — he just feels worse and worse about himself the more he fails and the more the suffering procrastinator whose head he’s in berates him.

It’s a mess. And with the monkey in charge, the procrastinator finds himself spending a lot of time in a place called the Dark Playground.

The Dark Playground is a place each procrastinator knows well. It’s a place where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t really fun in view of the fact that it’s completely unearned and the air is to the top with guilt, anxiety, self-hatred, and dread. Sometimes the Rational Pronouncement-Maker puts his foot down and refuses to let you waste time doing normal leisure things, and in view of the fact that the Instant Gratification Monkey sure as hell isn’t gonna let you work, you find yourself in a bizarre purgatory of weird activities where everyone loses.

Dark Playground

And the poor Rational Pronouncement-Maker just mopes, trying to figure out how he let the human he’s supposed to be in charge of end up here again.

Dark Playground people

Given this quandary, how does the procrastinator ever manage to accomplish anything? As it turns out, there’s one thing that scares the shit out of the Instant Gratification Monkey:

PM

The Panic Monster is dormant most of the time, but he suddenly wakes up when a deadline gets too close or when there’s danger of public embarrassment, a career disaster, or some other scary consequence.

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The Instant Gratification Monkey, normally unshakable, is terrified of the Panic Monster. How else could you clarify the same person who can’t write a paper’s introductory sentence over a two-week span suddenly having the ability to stay up all night, fighting exhaustion, and write eight pages? Why else would an extraordinarily bone idle person start a rigorous workout routine other than a Panic Monster freakout about apt less striking?

And these are the lucky procrastinators — there are some who don’t even respond to the Panic Monster, and in the most desperate moments they end up running up the tree with the monkey, entering a disorder of self-annihilating shutdown.

Quite a crowd we are.

Of course, this is no way to live. Even for the procrastinator who does manage to eventually get things done and remain a competent member of society, something has to change. Here are the main reasons why:

1. It’s unpleasant. Far too much of the procrastinator’s precious time is washed-out toiling in the Dark Playground, time that could have been washed-out enjoying satisfying, well-earned leisure if things had been done on a more logical schedule. And panic isn’t fun for anyone.

2. The procrastinator ultimately sells himself small. He ends up underachieving and fails to reach his potential, which eats away at him over time and fills him with regret and self-loathing.

3. The Have-To-Dos may happen, but not the Want-To-Dos. Even if the procrastinator is in the type of career where the Panic Monster is regularly present and he’s able to be fulfilled at work, the other things in life that are vital to him — getting in shape, cooking elaborate meals, learning to play the guitar, writing a book, reading, or even making a bold career switch — never happen in view of the fact that the Panic Monster doesn’t usually get involved with persons things. Undertakings like persons expand our experiences, make our lives richer, and bring us a lot of happiness — and for most procrastinators, they get left in the dust.

So how can a procrastinator improve and become more pleased? See Part 2, How To Beat Procrastination.

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How to model a living economy

It’s no secret that our economy has become more and more reliant on throwaway goods — there’s a garbage patch in the Pacific that covers at least 270,000 square miles, so it’s pretty clear we’ve got a bit of an issue.

This video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation questions what our economy might look like if we modeled it after natural processes instead. In view of the fact that materials in the natural, living planet are used and then absorbed back into the environment and reused, it’s a very sustainable system. So why don’t we try to do that with our economy? Rather than a linear economy — get the item, use it, throw it away — we could get to a point where all materials are recycled and re-utilized, thus ridding us of the problems that come with waste.

It’s not just an vital thought, it’s an essential one, especially if we want to develop a sustainable future.

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African safari perfection [pics]

MATADOR recently traveled to South Africa to experience the phenomenon of Singita — the most successful high-end safari strain in sub-Saharan Africa.

Singita has lodges in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa and is building new projects in Rwanda and Mozambique. We got the chance to experience four of their lodges in South Africa.

In this photo essay, you’ll get an thought of what it’s like to be a guest at Singita’s Kruger properties: Lebombo and Sweni.

Words by Ross Borden; photos by Scott Sporleder.

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Singita’s Kruger resorts

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Looking up at the suites of Lebombo

The rooms at the Lebombo lodge are spread crosswise a ridge that runs right down to a major river in the park. We stayed at one of the suites pictured here, which looks out directly over the river. Although it’s a longer walk to and from reception, the sights and sounds of wildlife at the river made it feel like we were out on a game drive even during downtime at the room.

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The planet’s coolest living room

The center of community life at Lebombo happens here in this massive and architecturally impressive commons area. It’s an open-air space where each day starts with coffee/tea and breakfast. Everything from the view to the art and furniture makes this room unforgettable.

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Witnessing a live hunt took patience

I’ve been on many safaris, and I know how rare it is to see a live hunt take place. We’d washed-out 20 minutes watching this gorgeous female cheetah stretch out after a nap as if she was preparing to hunt. Two other Singita Land Rovers sat next to ours, waiting for the action to start. No impala crossed the open field where she lay in wait, and everyone was getting antsy. The sun was hot, and the other two vehicles gave up and went on. Luckily we stuck with her and drove parallel to her as she switched approach and stalked into thick brush. Nearly immediately, she ran right into some impala in the trees, and the chase was on.

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The kill…and a small-lived victory

Quickly, our guide spotted where the cheetah had tripped up the panicked impala and had her by the neck, asphyxiating her with a death grip. We drove up so close to the kill that it startled the cheetah, and she momentarily loosened her grip on the impala as she looked up at us. The impala made one more desperate attempt at escape, but with a few bounds, the cheetah had her again, and it was all over. The cheetah lay beside her kill and rested for a full 20 minutes before feeding. Another half hour passed, and the cheetah was chased off the kill by a large male lion who had seen the vultures circling from miles away.

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A photogenic elephant

One of the many dozens of elephants we saw in our four days at Lebombo and Sweni.

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Hippo out of water!

A semi-rare sighting, this pod of hippos chose to reveal themselves to us just after sundown. Hippos typically spend 95%+ of the day in the water to protect their sensitive skin, and they get out at night to feed on plants along the bank. By the numbers, hippos are also Africa’s most perilous animal, and in view of the fact that they feel safest in the water, finding yourself between them and the water when they’re on land can be a deadly place to be.

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Knowledge, not bullets, keeps you safe

Although each guide at Singita carries a rifle in each Land Rover and wears a belt full of bullets, they’re never used. Each guide brings a wealth of knowledge to the desk regarding animal behavior and how to stay safe in the bush.

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Sunset at Lebombo

A roof of one of the suites at Lebombo looking out on the river below.

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Skulls and local art

Much like Singita’s other South African resorts in Sabi Sands, Lebombo is full of incredible art, natural history, and local artifacts.

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Living in style

Like the common spaces at each Singita property, the suites are all super chic, but the real genius of these rooms is their isolation from each other and the privacy guests delight in.

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Singita’s seclusion

Somehow they’ve spaced each room out from the next so that each guest room has perfect privacy from other guests and staff, as well as an individual and intimate connection to the surrounding nature.

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Sounds of the night

One of the nights at Lebombo I woke up at 4am, and instead of going back to sleep I went out and lay under the mosquito net, which the staff hung above the deck bed each evening. I listened to the night for hours—a thrilling dialog of wildlife from buzzing beetles to lions roaring at each other right crosswise the river.

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The buffalo and the bird

A Cape buffalo pants like a dog in the heat of the day, while the charismatic red-billed hornbill surveys the plains below his perch.

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A lion’s planet

If you want to see cats, this is the place to be. Lebombo and Sweni are well renowned for their huge cat populations, especially lions. This makes for a very competitive landscape for the male lions in this part of Kruger, as they compete for rights to the females.

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Over the hill

This large male, who we found with a full stomach fresh off a feast, has been the dominant male in one of the local prides for three years and has the scars to prove it. Three different younger males are now trying to push him out, and it liable won’t be long till he either dies in a fight or strikes out on his own and abandons the pride.

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Bone idle croc

The river that runs through this part of Kruger is packed with crocs. If you see them lying on the bank basking in the sun, they’ll seldom go a muscle, but when they want to be they’re quick—on land and in water.

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Classic Singita

Singita guests wait for a female cheetah to show them the speed and grace of an evening hunt.

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Planet’s most gorgeous breakfast room

This is where you’ll start each morning at Singita Lebombo.

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Beating the heat

Between each game drive you’ll be treated to an incredible lunch, and if you get too hot by the pool you can read a book in the shade or take a dip.

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Disfigured rotten

And just when you thought the luxury service couldn’t get any better, your guide and tracker will stop the vehicle during each evening game drive and set up a cocktail bar right there in the middle of the bush. Snacks and cocktails surrounded by wildlife…magic.

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Predator and prey

Left, we have the magnificent male kudu with his large spiral horns. The kudu is one of the largest antelope in Africa. Right, a leopard leads us back to her kill, which she’s dragged into the brush so as not to attract attention from opportunistic hyenas or lions who’d try to steal it.

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Protective over her kill

Typically, huge cats act as though they’re insensible to your presence in the vehicle, but not the case when they’re guarding a fresh kill. As we drew near to this small but aggressive female leopard, she let us know we were getting too close.

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Not a friendly cactus

The euphorbia cactus grows all over this arid region of Kruger and is super poisonous to humans.

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The oxpecker

This small bird lives off the parasites it finds living on large mammals, from rhino to Cape buffalo to small antelope like this impala. The host animal understands the service the bird is providing and is amazingly patient with it, even when the bird’s standing on its face.

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Bachelor lion

This young male lion faces a hard couple years fending for himself outside any major pride in anticipation of he gets mature enough to attempt to overthrow a dominant male.

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Co-moms of the pride

Lionesses share responsibilities in the pride, from taking care of the cubs to hunting game for the pride to eat. Most females specialize in one of the two roles.

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Stealing the scraps

We drove up on a group of hyenas tearing up the final scraps of a wildebeest killed by a group of lions during the night. Hyenas have the strongest jaws of any mammal (even stronger than lions) and are ultimate survivalists. They also live in a matriarchal society where the lowest-ranking female is more powerful than the peak-ranking male.

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Singita Sweni

Just down the road from the Singita Lebombo lodge, you’ll find another incredible property called Sweni. This lodge is literally on the river, whereas Lebombo is higher on the ridge. It comes with an attached spa (treatments are available to guests from both properties) and an incredible modest art gallery where most things are for sale.

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Part of a dazzle

Did you know a large group of zebras is called a “dazzle”?

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Young guns

In the pitch dark of night on our way home from a late game drive, we came upon two of the three mature males currently challenging the dominant male from one of the local prides. They looked huge, strong, and healthy and had already recruited a couple females from the pride.

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Breakfast at Sweni

The days at Sweni start much like persons at Lebombo: a light breakfast and tea/coffee overlooking a spectacular view.

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A well-protected friend

Under constant threat from poachers, black and white rhinos in Kruger are well protected with heavy around-the-clock security.

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A hungry stare

Making eye friend with one of the young, hungry-looking male lions only a few feet away from your open-top vehicle can be quite a moment.

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An eating safari

From tea to lunch to dinner to snacks, the culinary experience will blow your mind at Singita.

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New friends

Thanks to everyone at Singita Lebombo and Sweni, especially our incredible guide, Enos, and tracker, Sunday.

Matador visited the Lebombo and Sweni lodges as guests of our friends at Singita.

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Smart phones & travel infographic

TEN YEARS AGO, I could not book an entire vacation by surfing the net on my mobile phone. I don’t even reckon I could surf the internet at all, and if I could, it was super slow, ate up a ton of data, and it looked super ghetto. It’s incredible how, in ten years time, we can not only plot a trip, but send vacation photos to our friends and family in real-time, and even have a lengthy conversation over wifi, using mobile technology. I’ve been resistant to embrace it, but at the same time, these innovations have made traveling both simpler, and more fun.

Check out this infographic to see how mobile technology has completely transformed the way we travel.

How Mobile Technology is Changing World Travel

Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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Your shrimp may have killed a whale

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As a child, when I went out fishing, we’d cast our lines, wait for a while, and then no matter what bit was reeled in and later cooked for dinner. There wasn’t ever a problem with waste: The fish we caught were the ones we ate, unless they were smaller than was legally allowed, in which case we returned them.

Modern-day industrial fishing, unfortunately, can’t function with that same level of efficiency, as it’s responsible for feeding millions of people, and not just a 10-year-ancient and his dad. In industrial fishing operations — thanks to the use of nets and other fishing technologies — they often catch fish and other nautical life they weren’t intending to catch. This is called bycatch, and the bycatch is often killed and, in view of the fact that it wasn’t wanted in the first place, terrified back.

Bycatch — the fish that don’t end up on our plates — accounts for 90% of all fish caught. The worst offenders of this incredible bycatch inefficiency are shrimp and prawn trawlers. In fact, our attempts to catch shrimp, some of the smallest ocean creatures we eat, may be responsible for killing the largest creatures on planet: whales.

Considering how rapidly the oceans are losing their nautical life, and considering the 10% that does make it to our plates feeds up to 20% of the planet’s population, any reductions we could make to bycatch — to that 90% — would be incredibly beneficial to our planet’s oceans. There are ways of doing it, but they’re expensive, and as such aren’t happening as quickly as they might otherwise.

Check out this infographic by Will Hood for more information and learn more about bycatch via the Planet Wildlife Fund.

Infographic by Will Hood

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Lincolnshire

I bought this rather elderly and battered map of Lincolnshire (north east of England) for sentimental reasons.  I lived there for about five years when my father was working in Grimsby.  Well, someone has to.  I can’t say I got to know Lincolnshire very well but the place names on the map are very familiar.

Nowadays a map would show the Humber bridge which opened in 1981 connecting Lincolnshire at Barton on Humber with Yorkshire at Hull.

Why the US prison system sucks

The incarceration culture of the United States is messed up, and has been for a long time. We tend to confuse a “tough on crime” approach to law enforcement with a “tough on criminals” approach, and as such, we have the peak incarceration rates in the planet (thanks in no small part to the private prison industry), with 25% of the planet’s total prisoners.

Clearly we’re doing something incorrect.

Hank Green, quick-talking Lord of the Internet and one half of the brilliant YouTube team vlogbrothers, has teamed up with design site visual.ly to make this animation on the basics of the US prison system, and how it tends to focus much more heavily on the “punishment” element of crime reduction, and not enough on corrections and deterrence. Check it out and share it: All Americans need to see this.

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4 California artists #dreambig

ON FEBRUARY 28, 2014, Visit California took over YouTube and launched 24 videos in 24 hours as part of their Dream365 Project, telltale the tales of how California inspires artists and influencers to #dreambig.

Matador was proud to partner with VCA to produce four of the videos featured during the launch, and we’re excited to be able to to showcase them together below. Delight in!

Yosemite HD II

“A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We washed-out a combined 45 days in the park capturing the metaphors in this video.”

Chef Goes POP! Ludo Lefebvre Takes on LA

“Attention foodies: Pop-up restaurant pioneer Ludo Lefebvre’s newest venture, Trois Mec, is in a tumbledown LA strip mall in the rear a gas station with the broken-down sign that reads “Pizzeria,” but a desk in this 24-seat culinary experiment is still the up-to-the-minute ticket in town.”

David Garibaldi: Rhythm & Hue

“David Garibaldi’s artistic style fuses dance, graffiti, and fine art into an inspirational performance. Watch as this California dreamer transforms a picture into a California music legend.”

Ricardo Breceda: Metal & Magic

“The landscape of the Anza-Borrego Desert has been perpetually changed by the dreams and visions of metal artist Ricardo Breceda and his massive, magical beasts.”

VCA logoCheck out all 24 dreams on visitcalifornia.com.

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40 super successful stoners

Obama smoking

TODAY, WHILE MANY ATTENDED CHURCH followed by Easter brunch, ganja smokers around the planet celebrated 4/20 with the sanctity of a wake ‘n’ bake. Though the act can call forth metaphors of couch-locked unproductiveness and Funyun binges, our rich history of hemp-honoring hall-of-famers will make you reckon differently about the common weed enthusiast.

Here are 40 of the most successful stoners of all time.

1. Barack Obama

“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently.”

2. Jay-Z

“That record was, like, a process. I remember…I don’t smoke that much…. Well, my man who sold weed and shit came, and he said, “Man, you need — man, just smoke some weed.” I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished “Izzo.””

3. Bill Maher

“I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana. About 50,000 times.”

4. Bill Gates

“As for drugs — well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice.” (From Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry — And Made Himself the Richest Man in America, by Stephen Manes)

5. George Clooney

The owner of a local cannabis cafe in Amsterdam once told correspondents that Clooney was “no weirder there,” while shooting on location for Ocean’s Twelve.”

6. Lady Gaga

“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music.”

7. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is renowned for smoking weed to enhance creativity and promote relaxation.

8. Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

9. George Washington

The first president of the US really had his own hemp farm, and was renowned for separating out the most potent seeds to grow plants with higher concentrations of THC.

10. Bob Marley

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”

11. Willie Nelson

“I reckon people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God place it here. If He place it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is incorrect?”

12. Abraham Lincoln

“Two of my favorite things are meeting on my adjoin porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” (from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany)

13. Michael Phelps

‘Nuff said.

14. David Letterman

“I went through one period where I smoked a surprising, a really breathtaking, amount of grass nearly each night.”

15. Morgan Freeman

“Never give up the ganja.” (Morgan Freeman is renowned for referring to marijuana as “God’s own weed.”)

16. Martha Stewart

“Of course I know how to roll a establishment.”

17. Hugh Hefner

“Smoking helped place me in touch with the realm of the senses.”

18. Miley Cyrus

“I reckon weed is the best drug on planet. […] Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better.”

19. Rihanna

Rihanna smoking

“Kush rolled, glass full — I prefer the better things.”

20. Watch Dogg

“It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”

21. Hunter S. Thompson

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still reckon of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits — and millions of Americans agree with me.”

22. Alexander Dumas

“When you return to this mundane sphere from your visionary planet, you would seem to leave a Neapolitan spring for a Lapland chill — to quit paradise for planet — heaven for hell! Taste the hashish, guest of mine — taste the hashish!”

23. Herodotus

The Greek historian Herodotus was the first to make any mention of cannabis in Western journalism: “The Scythians place the Seeds of this hemp under the bags, upon the burning stones; and immediately a more agreeable vapor is emitted than from the incense burnt in Greece. The Company exceptionally transported with the scent, howl aloud.”

24. Stephen King

“I reckon that marijuana should not only be legal, I reckon it should be a cottage industry.”

25. Jimi Hendrix

“Purple haze all in my brain…”

26. Jerry Garcia

“Me and a friend of mine went up into the hills with two joints, the San Francisco foothills, and smoked these joints and just got so high and laughed and roared and went skipping down the streets doing amusing things and just having a helluva time.” (on the first time he smoked marijuana)

27. Janis Joplin

“When I bring home my hard-earned pay, I spend my money all on Mary Jane.”

28 & 29. Cheech & Chong

Cheech and Chong

The Original Stoners.

30. Lil Wayne

“I smoke weed all day.”

31. Kristen Stewart

“I’m kind of a weirdo, creative Valley Girl who smokes pot. Huge deal.”

32. Johnny Depp

“I’m not a fantastic pothead or anything like that…but weed is much, much less perilous than alcohol.”

33. Kirsten Dunst

“I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does. My best friend Sasha’s dad was Carl Sagan, the astronomer. He was the largest pot smoker in the planet and he was a genius.”

34. Brad Pitt

“I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was meeting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut.”

35. Jennifer Aniston

“I delight in it once in a while. There is nothing incorrect with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn’t call myself a pot-head.”

36. Woody Harrelson

Harrelson is an enthusiast and activist for the legalization of both marijuana and hemp.

37. Shakespeare

Shakespeare smoking

Researchers found clay pipes with traces of cannabis in the garden of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-on-Avon, which have been dated to the 17th century, contemporary with Shakespeare himself.

38. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Defying the stereotype that stoners have no drive and/or are wasting their lives, according to Arnold, marijuana “is not a drug, it’s a leaf.”

39. Bob Dylan

Apparently, on August 28, 1964, Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to marijuana.

40. Madonna

“It wasn’t in view of the fact that I was excited about you. I reckon it may have had something to do with the establishment I smoked before I came on.” (on her behavior on David Letterman in 1994)

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