Sea Food, Eat It! The John Dory (NYC)

Rebecca McAlpin for The New York Times

A new restaurant has sailed in and taken the Big Apple by storm. It’s called The John Dory and Frank Bruni reviews it in the NY Times today. (Ocean Deep in Ambience)

TOO many new restaurants are just minor rewrites of a half-dozen restaurants before them, profit-minded plagiarisms with a side of bacon-studded brussels sprouts.

Not the John Dory. In what is clearly a labor of not just love but also vivid (sometimes too vivid) imagination and real guts, the chef April Bloomfield and the restaurateur Ken Friedman have fashioned a place that doesn’t look like any other and that doesn’t taste like any other, either.

ATMOSPHERE A visually frantic, kaleidoscopic riff on a chowder house with an open kitchen and two dining areas divided by an enormous fish tank. (Entire review)

The Times awarded it 2 out of 4 stars which translates to “Very Good.” It must be because you need to call four weeks ahead to reserve a table.

The John Dory has an interesting blog which you might want to navigate to before embarking on your deep sea food adventure.

Finally, in case you don’t actually know what a John Dory is (and I didn’t):

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YouTube – John Dory in Dorset

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Every college student in America could benefit from this experience…

Every college student in America the world could benefit from this experience…

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YouTube – A Five Minute Look at SEA Semester

Great video by Ryan Maneri, an SEA alum and founder of Oystercatcher Media. Ryan also produced SEA Semester – Pursue it!

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FotoFriday: How to pay a pirate – part II

Remember we showed you how to pay a pirate to get back your $250,000,000 oil filled tanker? Well, it seems it take twice as many parachutes to get your cargo shipped filled with military equipment released. Here’s a picture taken by the US Navy via MarineBuzz via @oldsailor on Twitter.

CLICK FOR HI-REZ - 090204-N-3931M-427 INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2009) Ransom money is dropped in the vicinity of the MV Faina off the coast of Somalia near Hobyo while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. Pirates did not actually leave the ship until Feb. 5, more than 24 hours after this photo was taken. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is operated by Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine and is carrying a cargo of Ukranian T-72 tanks and related equipment. The ship was attacked Sept. 25, 2008 by pirates and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick/Released)

Photo on official US Navy website plus more photos.

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seaz me, a blog for a new venture

Earlier this week we launched a new venture called seaz media which will function as the social media unit under the umbrella of Sea-Fever Consulting LLC. We will focus our efforts on assisting maritime organizations, nonprofits and small businesses get their “feet wet” with social media. A companion blog called seaz.me was launched and hope you will visit it, subscribe and join in the conversation.

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We’ve been actively engaged with social media for about 3 years and have worked on several pro-bono nonprofit projects through Sea-Fever. So it seemed like a good time to share our experience and knowledge.

Social media is still in it’s early days but if you lead a business or nonprofit organization you need to be thinking about developing a strategy to use these new communication tools and integrate them into your marketing mix. Communicating with and engaging stakeholders has never been more important than during the challenging economic times we face today. Don’t miss the boat; social media is here to stay. If you need help getting started, seaz media is here to help.

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Finally, Google Ocean

This is very exciting! Unlimited opportunities for marine educators and students around the world. Go ahead and explore!

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YouTube – Explore the Ocean in Google Earth 5.0

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YouTube – Google Earth 5 – New 3D Ocean

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Atlantikwall

Bunker by Paul Virilio

While it might resemble a Bauhaus version of an Easter Island Moai, the above structure is actually a World War II bunker in France and part of the Atlantikwall which was an extensive system of coastal fortifications built by the German Third Reich in the early 1940’s along the western coast of Europe to defend against an anticipated Allied invasion of the continent from Great Britain. The photograph is one of a series taken by Paul Virilio, a renowned French urbanist, political theorist, and art critic, for his book Bunker Archeology.

The Morning News has an interesting essay from Virilio’s book about this ghostly architecture that haunts France’s coastline with an accompanying slideshow of his eerie black and white photographs. (The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers) He writes:

These concrete blocks were in fact the final throw-offs of the history of frontiers, from the Roman limes to the Great Wall of China; the bunkers, as ultimate military surface architecture, had shipwrecked at lands’ limits, at the precise moment of the sky’s arrival in war; they marked off the horizontal littoral, the continental limit. History had changed course one final time before jumping into the immensity of aerial space.

As a kid growing up, I recall climbing on similar structures an ocean away at Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA and in my teen years on Dutch Island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island while sailing on the SSV Tabor Boy. While ours never saw the “action” that Virilio’s did, they still left an strong impression on a young mind about the war that wasn’t so many years before.

Make sure you visit The Morning News and read Virilio’s essay and check out his beautiful photographs.

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Maritime Art: Reuben Margolin Making Waves

Reuben Margolin makes amazing kinetic sculptures that include among other things, waves. I highly encourage you to watch the below video in full screen mode because #1 it’s HD, #2 it demonstrates why Vimeo is one of the best online video services and #3 Margolin’s art work is very cool.

Thanks to cewhite via Twitter.

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