Miscellany

Accounting For My Time While Waiting For A Visa

6 Sep

Waiting for our visas to Papua New Guinea is taking forever.  So, what have we been doing in the meantime?

1. Swimming.

2. Going to the park.
3. Preparing for the apocalypse.
4. Looking at giant squid.
5. Braiding anything that stands still long enough.
6. More swimming.
7. Ferris wheeling.
8. Riding the City Hopper free ferry.
9. Hula hooping.
10. Looking at chopped-up orcas and oversized angler fish.
11. School. (not pictured)
Call me jaded, but I am bored as stink.  Get me into the jungle, ASAP....
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Podcast: Adam Buxton’s Drunken Sailor

4 Sep

Sometimes doing the right thing pays off. I was going to just publish this, but in the middle of the night one night decided I’d better ask Dr. Buckles himself if I could use it. I’d want others to do the same with my work. So, not expecting a reply from a comedian of Adam Buxton’s stature, I asked anyway, on Twitter. He immediately responded and said it’d be fine to use it! So thanks Adam! Check him out, one of my favorite comedians, on adam-buxton.co.uk or on Twitter @adambuxton, and enjoy his version of the classic Drunken Sailor song ...

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With gratitude for Liebster award blog recognition

4 Sep

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A few months back, we were nominated for a Liebster award. This award is a personal nod from one blogger to another in appreciation of their work, asking them to answer questions and share the names of blogs they in turn find inspiring. I was flattered, but I ducked (wha…? me?). But then there was a successive nomination, and when a third came in conjunction with a flurry of new visitors to the blog this last week- it seemed the right time to step back, look to the source, and answer some questions about who we are, what we’re ...

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Gizmo south: TFU, IBEX, NMEA, HSR & other self promotions

2 Sep

Written by Ben Ellison on Sep 2, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I didn’t write the seminar title, but I do understand the value of a grabby headline and I’m excited about being part of the entirely revised TrawlerFest in Baltimore. Paul Comyns and I will make a valiant attempt to cover all the important electronics bases for the knowledge-hungry, long-range-cruisers-to-be that tend to take the all-day “TF University” courses. An interesting added challenge for the presenters is to provide money-saving tips. I’m already working on concepts like how GPS, AIS, and improved signal processing have made ...

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Not All Ovens Are Created Equal

29 Aug
It’s that magical time of year again when birthday madness reigns supreme in our household. Indy, Erik, and Stylish all have their birthdays within a three week period, and so when the end of August rolls around, I feel like I do nothing but wrap presents and bake cakes.
I took care of the present-acquisition in Canada back in May, and dutifully toted my partially-depackaged goods (the kids haven’t seen a board game arrive in its box since 2010) from Toronto through Vancouver, Seattle, Auckland, Noumea, and now Brisbane. Step one: complete.
But baked goods are more of a just-in-time ...
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Catalina Takes a Beating

28 Aug

By Kimball Livingston Posted August 28, 2014

Hurricane Marie, in the Pacific off Mexico, has been downgraded from its 140-knot top wind speeds to the status of a tropical storm. But not without supplying some thrill rides to the boldest of Southern California surfers, not without flooding parts of Seal Beach, and not without beating up Catalina Island’s southerly-exposed harbor at Avalon and interrupting ferry service from the mainland.

The images here were circulated by the Catalina Island Yacht Club and have appeared in multiple news accounts. All or most of them can be credited to Erica Minuto. CIYC dates ...

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No Child Left Dry

15 Aug

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By Kimball Livingston Posted August 15, 2014

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s prescription for engaging the next generation to save the ocean that supports all life:

“No child left dry.”

In her own case, moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida as a child, and later discovering the early films of Jacque Cousteau, opened the floodgates to a passion that just won’t quit. As Earle puts it, the Cousteau footage, “inspired me to want to see fish swimming in something other than lemon sauce and butter.”

This comes up because the new Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, was screened recently in San ...

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VARIOUS MISHAPS: Two Abandonments and Two Boats Sunk at Harbor Entrances

12 Aug

Walkabout in distress

It’s been a busy fortnight in the realm of sailing mishaps. Number one involves the abandoning of a 42-foot sailing vessel Walkabout (see photo up top), whose crew of three were caught in Hurricane Julio and issued a distress call Sunday about 400 miles northeast of Oahu. They reported their liferaft had been stripped off the boat, a hatch cover had been ripped off the deck, and they were taking on water faster than they could pump. Not at all a sanguine situation.

Two planes did fly-bys: a hurricane hunter that diverted from inside the storm and then a ...

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Coast Guard Boardings and Your Fourth Amendment Rights, Part 4: Longer and Legaler

30 Jul

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…continued from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The Coast Guard Boardings and Your 4th Amendment Rights posts have been spawning some lively discussion ever since I wrote them, nearly two years ago. Most recently I hear a Coast Guard Facebook page linked to the posts, so there’s been a renewed boost of comments from the Coast Guard side of things. Thanks to all who commented. I’ve been largely silent because I already had my say, but of course I’ve read what all of you had to say, most of which was constructive, and I investigated ...

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