Messing About In Ships Podcast Episode # 16

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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

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Riding the Tube

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

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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Follow the Ups and Downs of London’s Tower Bridge on Twitter

twitter_logo A couple weeks ago the blogoshere was abuzz about the plant that Twitter’s. Well, that might be interesting to horticulturists, florists and plain old plant lovers but it really doesn’t float my boat.

However, I was excited to learn (via Russell Davies blog) that one of the most famous bridges in the world uses Twitter to tell the world about it’s ups and downs. You can now follow London’s Tower Bridge for the latest activity on River Thames. Now this is something us mariner types can really appreciate.


Not on Twitter? Don’t even know what Twitter is? Here’s a great short video by Lee Lefever of CommonCraft that explains things.

Twitter’s free so you should consider joining and if you do, you can follow me at; I’ll end up following you back too. There’s also a group of sailing enthusiasts on Twitter that you can join or follow. Give it a try, it can fun and useful after you get the hang of it.

Photo credit: Diliff via Wikipedia.

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Monday Morning Motivator – US Brig Niagara rigging it up

Here’s a short video to launch your high performance week.

If you are ever in Erie, PA, make sure you visit the amazing Erie Maritime Museum and the beautiful US Brig Niagara which offers one of the most authentic sail training experiences in America.

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Sunday VOW’s (Videos of the Week – March 16, 2008)

Commercials / Shipping

The Secret Tournament

This is Nike ad is an oldie but goodie. A three on three secret soccer tournament takes place between the world best players under the cover of darkness in the bowels of an old tanker. The director was Terry Gilliam, the only American born member of Monty Python. Filmed in 2002, the advertisements were part of Nike’s World Cup campaign. The music is Elvis Presley’s song A Little Less Conversation. The advertisements were hugely popular and critically acclaimed. (more details)

“The Secret Tournament”

“The Rematch”

Slightly lower budget than the $10 million Secret Tournament advertisement, this one involves a ship and sports too.

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Sea-Fever Style: Music for the Deep Blue Sea

Kitsune Noir is one of my new favorite blogs. It’s written by Bobby S. as “a collection of art, design, movies, music, technology and ideas that I want to share with people who read it.” KN’s was recently featured on Boing Boing for it’s cool Desktop Wallpaper Project.

Yesterday, Bobby posted a link to a great mixtape he created for a weekend journey. It’s call Deep Blue Sea so you can probably guess what the inspiration was. I really enjoyed listening to it today so I thought I’d pass the link on to you too. The music artwork is beautiful as well. Enjoy.



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