AMVER remembering the Titanic

For those who may not know AMVER (Automated Mutual Vessel Assistance Vessel Rescue System), it’s a unit of the United States Coast Guard that focuses on maritime safety and particularly rescues at sea. They also lead the way in using social media in the maritime world and government sector.

On the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, AMVER had a remarkable post on their blog which is a must maritime read. It included the this video.

Pssst, buddy, want a lobster roll? (Brooklyn’s Underground Lobster Pound)

Ben recently got busted but like every good “dealer,” he’s vowed to go even further underground which will be dificult because he already lives in a basement apartment.

You can learn alot more about Ben on his awesome website Seafood Secrets of the Brooklyn Chowder Surfer.

Flag dip to The Thrill List (The Lobster Pusher Man) and the great

Moby Monday — Monster mashups

The website Woot is holding a design competition for best “classic literature mashup” to print on a T-shirt. Moby-Dick is well-represented among the entrants. In one design, The Owl and the Pussycat float inside the contented whale’s belly; in another, Tom Sawyer’s whitewashed fence bears Moby Dick’s silhouette. There’s also a whale-besotted Little Mermaid and a bridled Moby Dick with Odysseus (?) on his back.

For my money though, the best Moby-Dick mashup isn’t a T-shirt but a comic book—Huckleberry Dick, a collage of two Classics Illustrated comics by Paris photographer Ricardo Bloch. Interweaving the first-person tales of watery voyages, Bloch discovers new humor and absurdity. (He also brings Moby-Dick’s thinly veiled homoeroticism to the fore.) The collage, created with scissors and glue in 1995, was recently published in a limited facsimile edition of 250, available for about $30 via PayPal.

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

It’s an ocean out there! Sea Lion vs. Octopus

Amazing never before seen National Geographic film of a sea lion attacking and eating an octopus.

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Flag dip to BrainPicker on Twitter

Pirated Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips on The Daily Show

You probably remember Captain Richard Phillips, he was the master aboard the Maersk Alabama who sacrificed himself in order to protect his crew when Somali pirates tried to take over his ship.  Jon Stewart does a great interview with him.

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Captain Phillips has a new book out: A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea

All Mini-Melvilles, On Deck!

Do you know a budding teen Melville or Conrad? If so, make sure they know about the amazing opportunity being offered by Merlyn’s Pen, a nonprofit organization which uses writing to create unique experiences for teenagers.

The Black Dog Tall Ships & Merlyn’s Pen Writing Contest will award one lucky young person a scholarship to sail board the tall ship Shenandoah which is sure to launch a boatload of creative writing ideas and life experiences.

Another reason, I like this contest is because they feature a poem dear to my heart, Sea-Fever by John Masefield.

Check out all of the contest details here and make sure that your application gets in by May 1, 2010.

From the Merlyn’s Pen website:

Since 1985, Merlyn’s Pen has supported teachers who promote creativity, critical thinking, and writing. Through its classroom magazines, teaching guides, instructional workbooks, audio tapes, staged readings, writing contests, and summer- and distance-learning programs, it has touched the lives of millions of students in America. Its most public service since 2003 has been the New Library of Young Adult Writing, which showcases outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction authored by America’s teens, grades 6-12. Literature in the New Library gives heart to beginning writers. To advanced teen writers, the Library is an online resource of successful models to explore, engage, and emulate.  When discussed in secondary classrooms, this literature sparks critical thinking and discussion about topics important in teen life.

Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue TED Prize Voyage Gets Underway Today

TED and Sylvia Earle, the 2009 TED Prize winner and world-renowned, deep-ocean explorer, announced the launch of Mission Blue to raise awareness of the urgent need to create Marine Protected Areas – Hope Spots – ranging from the deepest oceans to sunlit reefs. The announcement came on the first day of theMission Blue Voyage, a first-of-its-kind conference hosted by TED from April 6-10 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos Islands. (press release)

Here’s Sylvia Earle’s TED Wish:

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.

Here’s her great TED Talk:

The Mission Blue Voyage is a star studded expedition to the Galapagos Island that you can follow on their blog, Facebook and Twitter.

TED Conferences always seem awesome but this one is on a ship! How much more exciting than that can it get!

Oceansize | Every Mariner’s Nightmare (video)

First things first. This is why I love the Internet.

One of my professional mariner Twitter friends posts an update that he’s meeting one of his Twitter friend to do something. Being nosy, I follow the link and ultimately end up here and get sucked in by the short film which I think is a dream or nightmare that anyone who has ever gone to sea has had.

Oceansize has a cool website with lots of good info; if you enjoyed the film, check it out.

This is why I love the Internet.

Flag dip to @muffuletta and @brundlefly