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Support your local Pirate! by Peter A. Mello
April 29, 2010, 9:41 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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