Messing About In Ships Podcast Episode 25

(33 minutes)

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"A star to steer her by"

If you are looking for a star to steer by, you should check this out.

The Planetarium at Mystic Seaport in conjunction with the “NavList” online community is pleased to announce the second biennial “Celestial Navigation Weekend” devoted to preserving the art and practice of celestial navigation and nautical astronomy, to be held at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut Friday through Sunday, June 6,7,8, 2008.

In case you can’t make it to Mystic you can always brush up on your stellar knowledge on Google Sky.


I’m sure that there’s lots of good info on the Interwebs but this one caught my eye. Boating for the Not-Too-Bright offers “Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot.”

Finally, I know this appears to be off topic but it’s one of the best music videos I’ve seen in a long time and there actually is a loose connection.


Sea-Fever references in Star Trek (via Memory Alpha)

  • “John Masefield was a 20th century English writer and poet, noted for his
    poem ‘Sea-Fever’ which contains the line: ‘And all I ask is a tall ship and
    a star to steer her by.’ This line appeared on the dedication plaques of
    the USS Enterprise-A and the USS Defiant.
  • In 2268, James T. Kirk quotes from Sea-Fever to Leonard McCoy. (TOS: ‘The
    Ultimate Computer’)
  • In 2287, Leonard McCoy confused the Masefield for Herman Melville, but was
    corrected by Spock. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
  • In 2372, Quark paraphrased Masefield’s poem, Sea-Fever, while aboard his
    ship Quark’s Treasure, saying ‘all I ask is a tall ship…and a load of
    contraband to fill her with.’ (DS9: ‘Little Green Men’)”

Live long and prosper!  


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Monday Morning Motivator – The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

This morning while at Logan airport for an early flight to Bermuda I stopped by Borders and picked up Dan Pink’s new book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. I like the marketing campaign for this book is which pretty unique and intriguing; here’s a YouTube video.


Written in the popular Japanese manga style, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is a quick and easy read and perfect for a short flight to Bermuda. Pink lays things out in six lessons:

  1. There is no plan
  2. Think strengths not weaknesses
  3. It’s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint

Okay, it’s not Good to Great or In Search of Excellence, but it is a fun book with some useful, if common sense, advice and the manga (cartoon) style is entertaining and engaging. While it clearly won’t be everyone’s taste, it does take a dry and much written about subject and presents it in a fresh and innovative fashion. Even if it doesn’t help you examine your career track, you can use it as a catalyst or inspiration for looking at things from a new and bigger perspective, just like Johnny ends up doing with his “Charger” shoes during Lesson 5.

Here’s a YouTube video of an excerpt of an interesting interview with Pink about the book.


I recommend this book for anyone interested in exploring an age old personal dilemma in a new way. It’s an easy, fun and quick read that just might set off a spark of new thinking. 

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko blog

Dan Pink’s blog and on Twitter 

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