Sea-Fever blog

Support your local Pirate! by Peter A. Mello
April 29, 2010, 9:41 am
Filed under: life, Marketing | Tags: ,

Sponsorship opportunities still available. NO amount too small! Leave your treasure pledge below in the comments. If you don’t pay, Pirate Joy will make you walk the plank!

Bonus: Get an autographed photo of a future hall of famer!

Summer’s Virtually Here in Mattapoisett! (according to Google) by Peter A. Mello
April 27, 2010, 9:32 am
Filed under: Environment, life, social media | Tags:

Every year a true sign that summer is here occurs when the popular Ice Cream Slip makes it’s way down to it’s Mattapoisett harborside location. Well, just in case you can’t wait, Google to the rescue with a virtual visit!

While your there, grab the screen and navigate around town. You can visit the library, town hall and Seaport Village, the operators of the slip. Perfect for friends around the world who can’t make it to Mattapoisett.

I stumbled on all of this while creating a map of all of the Mattapoisett Land Trust properties, so please make sure you visit them, virtually and in real life! (Get some fresh air!)

To give you a little different perspective on the Slip, here’s a picture of Shipyard Park from Wikipedia.

ShipyardPark, Mattapoisett

Moby Monday — Moby-Dick breaches in Dallas by MegDC
April 26, 2010, 9:30 am
Filed under: maritime, Moby-Monday | Tags: , , , ,

On Friday, the Dallas Opera presents the world premiere of composer Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. The idea came from playwright Terrence McNally, Heggie’s collaborator on Dead Man Walking in 2000. When McNally first suggested creating an opera from Melville’s audaciously sweeping whaling tome, Heggie has said, “my answer was a big yes and a gasp of amazement, all at the same time.”

Because McNally was ill with lung cancer, the job of writing the libretto for Moby-Dick eventually fell to Gene Scheer. Though Scheer used Melville’s language whenever possible, he did help make at least one fairly radical change: the narrator is called not “Ishmael” but “Greenhorn.” [Sic!!!]

But some things are sacrosanct: there’s still a mad Pip (though he’s played by a girl, soprano Talise Trevigne), and there’s still a stalwart Starbuck.

Margaret Guroff is editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.

FotoFriday: Photoddling the Docks by Peter A. Mello
April 23, 2010, 10:56 am
Filed under: FotoFriday, photography | Tags: , ,

If you are a photographer, you’re probably familiar with the term photowalking. Well, I have a couple little kids learning about the excitement of photography and we call it photoddling. It’s a fun activity and a great way to create an appreciation for art, nature and community. Of course, we’re working on a website.

Here’s a couple of shots from the other night.

Mattapoisett Harbor Sunset

Mattapoisett Harbor Sunset by Daddy

Mattapoisett Harbor Sunset by Luke (7)

Mattapoisett Harbor Sunset by Luke (7)

Luke photoddling


Are you friends with a dolphin? She needs your help. by Peter A. Mello
April 21, 2010, 11:32 pm
Filed under: life, Oceans | Tags: ,

Here’s a powerful PSA.

Hope you will help. Here are 5 simple things that you can do that will make a difference.


BIG NEWS! First Underwater Tweet! by Peter A. Mello
April 21, 2010, 12:59 pm
Filed under: social media | Tags: ,

Imagine the endless possibilities created by this technological breakthrough! Leave it to the Russians.

Flag Dip to HuffPo.

Moby Monday — A cobbler’s job by MegDC
April 19, 2010, 9:30 am
Filed under: maritime, Moby-Monday | Tags: , ,

UK-based graphic designer Veronica Martinis has imagined a Moby-Dick wedge sandal: the whale’s flukes wrap around the wearer’s toes, and its spout forms the ankle strap.

Martinis isn’t the first shoe designer to be inspired by Melville’s tome. Naturally, there’s already a line of boat shoes called “Mobydick.”

I also found some pink canvas Keds silkscreened with a passage from the book. Curiously, it’s a passage about a squid with “innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas…” I”m no shoe designer, but that sounds more like gladiator sandals to me.

Margaret Guroff is editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.

Octokleptomaniac! It’s an ocean out there! (video) by Peter A. Mello
April 16, 2010, 10:35 am
Filed under: Oceans | Tags: ,

This octopus MUST have seen this video and was hopping MAD about the bad PR so he decided to take things into his own hands tentacles.

Here’s what happened to Victor Huang while diving at Wahine Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand (via Vimeo)

“while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashes towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.”

It’s an ocean out there! Guard your valuables!

Flag dip to @kzelnio on Twitter and Deep Sea News

Eerie video of Sunken South Korean Warship being raised by Peter A. Mello
April 15, 2010, 9:11 am
Filed under: life, maritime | Tags:

On the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, here’s an eerie video of the recent sunk South Korean warship being raised from the depths.

more about “BBC News – Stern of South Korea naval…“, posted with vodpod

Note: If you have trouble viewing the video, try reloading the post.

Flag dip to imcbrokers on Twitter

AMVER remembering the Titanic by Peter A. Mello
April 15, 2010, 8:55 am
Filed under: maritime heritage, social media | Tags: , ,

For those who may not know AMVER (Automated Mutual Vessel Assistance Vessel Rescue System), it’s a unit of the United States Coast Guard that focuses on maritime safety and particularly rescues at sea. They also lead the way in using social media in the maritime world and government sector.

On the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, AMVER had a remarkable post on their blog which is a must maritime read. It included the this video.


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