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Monday Morning Motivator – Marshall Goldsmith – Leading @ Google by Peter A. Mello
March 31, 2008, 9:30 am
Filed under: Leadership, life, Values, work

One of the powerful things about the Internet is that it gives us access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Here’s a video of a presentation by leadership guru / management coach Marshall Goldsmith. He’s an entertaining presenter full of commonsense actionable ideas. I know its tough to set aside about an hour to watch this but if you do you’ll come away with the tools to be a more effective leader.

Goldsmith’s website is full of useful downloadable content. Check out www.marshallgoldsmithlibrary.com

Latest NY Times Wall Street Journal bestseller: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful


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Russian Nuclear Icebreakers (Via Dark Roasted Blend) by Peter A. Mello
March 30, 2008, 2:11 pm
Filed under: maritime

Russian icebreakers

One of my favorite blogs, Dark Roasted Blend, had a great post (March 28, 2008) with AMAZING photography titled Russian Nuclear Icebreakers: to the North Pole! You really should directly check out this post so I won’t recap it here but here’s a YouTube video of the Russian nuclear icebreaker Yamal.

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Sunday VOW’s (Videos of the Week – March 30, 2008) by Peter A. Mello
March 30, 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Sunday VOW's

The Yacht Lot

It’s the time of year when people start getting antsy about launching their boats and getting underway. Many may also be in the market for that special vessel for the summer. As a public service, Sea-Fever is pleased to let our readers know about a few special yachts that are currently on the market.

$150,000,000

The Wealth Report blog in the Wall Street Journal reports that Tom Perkins Puts Superyacht on Market. (March 26, 2008 )

$80,000,000

Alright their name is downright silly, but Wally makes some of the most extreme and expensive gigayachts in the world. These clearly aren’t for everybody but if you own a refinery and have big bollards, this might be just right boat.

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond takes a look.

In case you need another look.

$20,000,000 Drastically reduced!!!

You can’t help feeling bad when a hiphop impresario falls on tough times and has to liquidate assets. Here’s an interesting take on the story. (WARNING: Strange and Not Safe for Work or Family Friendly)

EBay listing

Happy shopping and smooth sailing!



Sea-Fever Style: Air Bear in NYC by Peter A. Mello
March 29, 2008, 8:56 pm
Filed under: life, Sea-Fever Style

This is off topic from what is usually covered here but heck it is my personal blog and I love this street art by Joshua Allen Harris.

Using discarded plastic bags, Harris makes animals and other mysterious creatures that jump to life on NYC subway grates. There is something really magical about this. Hope you enjoy it too!

Via the always interesting Wooster Collective blog

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Messing About In Ships podcast episode 17 by Peter A. Mello
March 27, 2008, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Messing About In Ships, podcast, social media

Lou Vest calendar photo Jan 2008 Heather Knutsen - header This week we bring you the real life experience obtaining a TWIC ( Transportation Worker’s Identification Card ) with Captain Kelly Sweeney, monthly contributor to Professional Mariner magazine and author of From the Bridge: Authentic Modern Sea Stories. For more real life experiences in obtaining TWICs visit the TWIC Page of gCaptain’s Forum.


Download MP3 file: Messing About In Ships 17 – TWIC

Subscribe Via iTunes HERE

Shownotes at the Messing About In Ships blog



What’s that Giant Sucking Sound Down Under? by Peter A. Mello
March 26, 2008, 11:50 pm
Filed under: Oceans

BLDGBLOG had a great post today about a giant eddy recently discovered off the coast of Australia.

eddy_nar8

Somebody better get the word out to Reid Stowe on Schooner Anne so that he can make sure not to sail into it and never be seen again.

Speaking of Stowe, earlier this week he passed 333 of his planned 1,000 days at sea. Strangely, his post for that day didn’t even mention this major milestone. Ever since Soanya evacuated from the Mars Ocean Odyssey, the writing style and tone of the blog have take strange turn. The marvels of modern technology gives us a regular glimpse into the life of long distance/duration solo sailor. It’s getting darkly interesting.


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Waves by Peter A. Mello
March 21, 2008, 9:15 am
Filed under: life, sailing

Rounding out my last few blog posts, here’s a lesson about Waves from Twitter Sailor Darusha from her presentation at the Bluewater Cruising Association weather seminar. Nice job.

Darusha and Steve keep a blog about their sailing adventures aboard their 45′ centre-cockpit cutter rigged sloop, custom designed by Stan Huntingford and built in 1980 by Schmidt Boatworks in Sidney, BC. Their blog, S.V. Scream, is also the name of the boat.  From “about us:”

Steven and Darusha learned to sail in a classroom in Ross Shepherd High School in Edmonton, Alberta from a Continuing Education class that they thought would be about power boating. After a couple of afternoons on Lake Wabamun, they had attained their Basic Cruising standard through the Canadian Yachting Association and had caught the bug.

Always amazed by how sailing can change life course.


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Messing About In Ships Podcast Episode # 16 by Peter A. Mello
March 20, 2008, 10:01 am
Filed under: maritime, maritime heritage, social media

Lou Vest calendar photo Jan 2008 Heather Knutsen - header

Messing About In Ships podcast episode #16 has launched.


(54 minutes)

Download MP3 file: Messing About In Ships 16

Show Notes over at Messing About In Ships blog

Subscribe Via iTunes HERE

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Riding the Tube by Peter A. Mello
March 20, 2008, 9:15 am
Filed under: life, Oceans

Following up on yesterday’s Surfwise post, I thought I’d stick with the surfing theme since I recently read about an interesting new surfing location:

Perfect waves all day every day for all levels of ability will be created in the multiple pools…Half metre unbroken barrel waves are perfect for body boarding and learning to surf, while breaking waves up to three metres high are ideal for elite surfers and international competitions. Beach bars and surf shops will surround the surf pools; there will be an events stage, a video download area and ‘cool’ places to hang out and watch the action.

California’s Malibu? No. Hawaii’s Waikiki? No. Australia’s Bondi? No.

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"Wisdom you get from experience" – Surfwise movie trailer by Peter A. Mello
March 19, 2008, 9:15 am
Filed under: Experience, life, storytelling, Values

I love movies about the people whose lives are changed by their relationship with the sea. If this trailer is any indication, Surfwise should be an interesting flick. Opening April 9th.

surfwise_200803131657Like many American outsider-adventurers, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz set out to realize a utopian dream. Abandoning a successful medical practice, he sought self-fulfillment by taking up the nomadic life of a surfer. But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24 foot camper. Together, they lived a life that would be unfathomable to most, but enviable to anyone who ever relinquished their dreams to a straight job. The Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasn’t run out of frontiersman.

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