Hungry Shark! (Crazy video!)

Update (Feb 7, 2010): Thanks to Jez Roff over at the great Climate Shift blog,  there’s more background about how this amazing video was captured.  It’s a must read, as is Climate Shift.

Wow! That’s one hungry shark. Please make sure you watch to the end.

Via @iescience and others on Twitter

Tall Ships Sailors Never Do Anything Easy

Think sailing a tall ship is challenging? That’s nothing compared to building one. Think building one is difficult, that’s nothing compared to finding the trees, cutting them down, dragging them out of the jungle, loading them on another tall ship and sailing them halfway around the world. Tall ships sailors never do anything easy.

Grab a beer and some popcorn because this will be the best reality TV that you’ll watch this week.

Flag dip to my friend Voytec on Facebook.

Moby Monday — Book Club Madness

Falmouth, Massachusetts, may be the Moby-Dickiest place on Earth right now. The town’s 2010 let’s-read-together campaign is pushing Herman Melville’s classic novel with a raft of films, lectures, and other events designed to whet the public’s appetite for the salty tome. Free copies of the book are available at coffee shops, doctors’ offices, and other public places where books are not sold. On Saturday, February 6, a big star descends: Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the brilliant history In The Heart of the Sea, will speak about that book’s topic—the real-life Pequod, the whaleship Essex—and the writing of Moby-Dick.

Second Moby-Dickiest place on Earth, by our calculations: Johnson County, Kansas, where a library truck was repainted to advertise “Captain Ahab’s Fine Seafood” as part of a clever P.R. campaign. The library is currently sponsoring a group read of Moby-Dick, complete with lectures and an online discussion group.

Third Moby-Dickiest place: any nominations?

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