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What the People of the Amazon Know that You  Don't. Excellent TED talk by Mark Plotkin, whom I hadn't read about since the 1990's. This talk reminds me of our Huaorani friends Otobo and Minigue who taught us so much about the forest and the Huaorani ways.

The Huaorani are an Amazonian people living in the lowland forests of Ecuador for as many as 6,000 years and were first contacted by the outside world in the 1950’s. There is a mystery surrounding the origins of the Huaorani and how they avoided contact for so long. To this day there are at least 2 groups of Huaorani, the Taromenane and Tagere that are still living completely without contact from modern society. They hunt monkeys and birds with poison darts shot from blowguns and hunt peccaries and other ground mammals with spears. The way they avoid contact today is probably a vital clue on how the Huaorani avoided contact until about 50 years ago. The Huaorani are traditionally deep forest people, avoiding larger rivers.
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http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_plotkin_what_the_people_of_the_amazon_know_that_you_don_t
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to ...
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To see that alpaca in the photo standing in the middle of the road? ;-)
 
Why did the llama cross the road? Give us your best answer! #question #questionoftheday #llama #q&a
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Because it was the chicken's day off?
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It's easy to forget just how huge Apple is. 
 
Quick reminder: Apple is pretty gosh darn huge!
Some of this, via Business Insider, is actually comparing apples to orchids, but still quite impressive...
$44 bil: Apples sales in Q1 '14. More than Google, Facebook, Amazon combined!

$26 bil: iPhone revenues. $20 bil: Microsoft's entire revenue.

$4.6 bil: iTunes/software revenue in Q1. $4.4 bil: Netflix in 12 months.

$130 bil: Apple's share buyback program. $137 bil: Amazon's market cap right now. : )

800 mil: iTunes accounts with credit cards. By a huge margin more than any other company on the planet.

My favorite...

$10 bil: Apple Q1 net profit. More than what Amazon has earned in its entire 20-year existence!

Remember, it is apples and watermelons (or was it orchids). But man, those are some Apples!
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Thanks Paul, likewise for you.
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New movie about the Galapagos. Intense, "Darwin meets Hitchcock". Real story, read about it here...
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Building the new mountain bike Flow Trail at Soquel Demo Forest, Santa Cruz, California. And yes, we got to ride down the trail to test it after we built it! 
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I enjoyed (while simultaneously suffering) doing the Vuelta al Cotopaxi, an epic mountain bike stage race in October. I wrote about it here: http://www.ecuadorexplorer.com/html/vuelta-al-cotopaxi-mountain-bike-race.html
The Vuelta al Cotopaxi, held in the South American country of Ecuador has become one of the world's most epic mountain bike races. "La Vuelta ...
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Google announces Google Fit to compete with Apple HealthKit. Let's see if they're more developer friendly than Apple. Here's a good article: http://readwrite.com/2014/06/26/fitness-apps-google-fit#awesm=~oIlfSJpu84WlXJ
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Ready for part 2 of the Stanford Technology Entrepreneurship Course...
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If you're staying in Quito, this place is really quaint, beautiful and friendly.
 
Quaint and classy small hotel in a converted house. It's in a good location close to tons of restaurants and the Mariscal district. The owners, an Italian and British couple are extremely friendly and very helpful in helping you find your way around and organizing trips.
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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19B, that's $42 per user, not counting all those other contacts on your phone the app sucks up. Metcalf's Law rules.
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Quaint and classy small hotel in a converted house. It's in a good location close to tons of restaurants and the Mariscal district. The owners, an Italian and British couple are extremely friendly and very helpful in helping you find your way around and organizing trips.
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