alexander safanov montgomery gilchrist chris newbert chris newbert norbert wu eric h cheng alexander safanov todd aki franco banfi larry gatz


hammer time. schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks photographed in the galapagos by (click pic) alexander safanovmontgomery gilchrist, eric h cheng, norbert wu, franco banfi, todd aki, chris newbert and larry gatz.  

scalloped hammerhead populations have declined by over 95 percent in the past thirty years, largely due to the shark fin trade. this summer, scalloped hammerheads became the first species of shark to be protected by the u.s. endangered species act, one of the world’s strongest wildlife conservation laws. 


Shoulder Arms (1918) is a prime example of the most important aspect of Charlie Chaplin’s artistry - his ability to gracefully skirt the line between comedy and tragedy. Initially, Chaplin’s decision to make a farce based on the horrors of World War I was met with considerable skepticism; Cecil B. DeMille even tried to talk him out of it. But Chaplin was a man of instinct, and he felt he could generate a special kind of laughter by comically dismantling the hell endured by doughboys at the front.

The resulting three reeler is one of Chaplin’s early masterpieces, a film that nonchalantly moves between sentimentality, comic violence, and outright surrealism without losing sight of its serious subject matter. The fact that it ended up being one of the biggest hits of Chaplin’s hit-laden career suggests that he knew exactly what he was doing when tackling such a risky topic.

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