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"Weird Fishes" by Radiohead and Tobias Stretch by Peter A. Mello
November 29, 2008, 10:41 am
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Earlier this year the rock band Radiohead challenged their fans to create videos for the songs on “In Rainbows ” album. Instead of choosing one winner as originally planned, they chose four. Here’s my favorite which is Tobias Stretch for their song “Weird Fishes.” Hope you enjoy it.

Radiohead Picks Four Winners For Animation Contest, Pays the Extra $30,000 in Prize Money (Rolling Stone – August 11, 2008)


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Dream Boats (Tilt Shift Videography) by Peter A. Mello
November 28, 2008, 10:45 pm
Filed under: maritime art, new media

I’ve previously posted about tilt shift photography. (Foto Friday – Miniature maritime?) I love the dream like qualities.

If you enjoy the above, check out Keith Loutit’s other videos on Vimeo.

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Foto Friday – Now and then… by Peter A. Mello
November 28, 2008, 10:14 am
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New Media and My Old School Ship by Peter A. Mello
November 24, 2008, 9:59 am
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I’ve written about maritime nonprofits using social media tools recently including Tall Ship Sailing and Social Media: US Brig Niagara Video. Here’s another great example.

Spencer Ash, a junior at Tabor Academy who participates in the schools storied sail training program, created a recruitment video for the SSV Tabor Boy and put it up on YouTube over the weekend. It might not be as slick a production as SEA’s Pursue It! but it certainly speaks to you from the heart and is just as effective. I’m looking to see if I can sign up again!

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YouTube – TABOR BOY

Also, check out all of the great photos from Tabor Boy’s Maine cruise last summer that Spencer uploaded to The Tabor Boy Project.

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New Masthead for The Tabor Boy Project by Peter A. Mello

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We’ve just tacked over at The Tabor Boy Project with a new masthead (above) and color scheme. While you’re there, check out all of the great new content too!


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Foto Friday – Scenes From Antarctica (The Big Picture Blog) by Peter A. Mello
November 21, 2008, 12:01 am
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Photo by Mike Usher / National Science Foundation

The former Russian icebreaker and now cruiseliner Kapitan Khlebnikov breaks through the annual sea ice near the Oates Coast of Antarctica on January 29, 2005. (Photo credit: Mike Usher/National Science Foundation)

If you are not familiar with the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture photoblog, you are missing out on one of the most amazing ongoing large scale photography exhibitions on the Internet. Click on the above photo to see the original and explore; you won’t be disappointed.


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Moby-Dick Mash-Up (Melville/Huston/Zeppelin) by Peter A. Mello
November 20, 2008, 5:18 pm
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Triple classic! Great mashup of Melville story, Huston film and Zeppelin music.

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YouTube – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

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This Day In Maritime History: A Stove Boat Begets A Whale of a Tale by Peter A. Mello

Gregory Peck as Ahab in Moby-Dick

Wired.com reminds us that November 20, 1820 marks the real life event that inspired one of the classics of American literature, Moby-Dick.

The story of the Essex was the inspiration for a young Herman Melville who himself served time at sea on similar whaleships. More recently the Essex story was chronicled in nonfiction fashion by Nathaniel Phlibrick in his award winning book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex .

From Wired.com:

The Essex had taken its share of whales and on Nov. 20 appeared ready to take a few more when a pod was sighted off the starboard beam.

The ship’s three remaining whaleboats — one had been destroyed by a whale’s flukes during an earlier hunt — were dispatched for the kill. As the harpooning began, First Mate Owen Chase, commanding one of the whaleboats, looked back and saw a large sperm whale, which he estimated at 85 feet, approaching the Essex.

As he watched helplessly, the whale propelled itself into the ship with great force. Some crewmen on board were knocked off their feet by the collision, and Chase watched in disbelief as the whale drew back and rammed the ship again. This time the Essex was holed below the waterline, and doomed.

The crew organized what provisions they could and two days later abandoned ship aboard the three whaleboats. Twenty men left the Essex. Eight would ultimately survive the harrowing ordeal that played out over the next three months.


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Live Piracy Map via BLDGBLOG by Peter A. Mello
November 20, 2008, 12:36 am
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imageThe always interesting BLDGBLOG has a post today about the Live Piracy Map generated by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which is basically plots piracy incident reports on Google Maps.  I posted about this back in April but BLDGBLOG presents a different spin. Sadly the map has quite a few more markers today.

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This sums up the current sad state of affairs in the Gulf of Aden.

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Pirates Invade Wall Street Journal! by Peter A. Mello
November 19, 2008, 1:34 pm
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Chad Crowe for the Wall St. Journal

Today’s (Nov. 19, 2008) Wall Street Journal has three first section articles/editorials about modern day pirates which might indicate that mainstream media is finally beginning to understand the serious nature of this international waterborne form of terrorism. Hijack a supertanker full of oil valued at over $100 million and you’re bound to attract attention. 

On page 12, JOHN W. MILLER wrote Piracy Spurs Threats to Shipping Costs (free content) Accompanying this article you’ll  find a slideshow, video and interactive graphics that shed more light on the problem.

On page 20, OpinionReview & Outlook you’ll find an editorial titled Pirates Delight – Other thugs will come if we don’t punish the Somali pirates

On page 21 OpinionDAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and LEE A. CASEY, two Washington, D.C. lawyers who served in the Justice Department under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush wrote an editorial titled Pirates Exploit Confusion About International Law.

Additionally, JOSEPH SCHUMAN’S The Morning Brief (a look at the day’s biggest news which is emailed to subscribers by 7 a.m. every business day) dealt with the subject. Failed State: Pirate’s Life For Somalia, Shippers

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Back in April 2008, I wrote a post titled Modern Day Pirates: No Kidding Matter. Unfortunately, the problem has gotten a lot worse since and there’s no immediate solution in sight.

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