Buy a peliCAN! Help a Healthy Gulf!

Feel helpless about the BP Oil Spill? Threadless is donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of this t-shirt to The shirt only costs $10 (plus $5 shipping). With BIG problems like this, every LITTLE bit helps!

peliCAN by Threadless

Here’s the story behind the design:

As of this writing, there is still no end to be seen to the Gulf oil spill. And as we all watch the gallons of oil spilling into the water and onto land, we can’t help but wonder what we can do to help. So a couple weeks ago, we decided to reach out to Threadless member Frederik Wepenerof South Africa to work with our own Ross Zietz on a collaboration tee. The result is this design, peliCAN, which is intended to add a bit of hope to an otherwise devastating situation. Continue reading Buy a peliCAN! Help a Healthy Gulf!

Moby Monday — Considerable Horizon

“It’s irresistible to make the analogy between the relentless hunt for whale oil in Melville’s day and for petroleum in ours,” scholar Andrew Delbanco recently told the New York Times. Moby-Dick is “a story about self-destruction visited upon the destroyer—and the apocalyptic vision at the end seems eerily pertinent to today.”

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

Inc. Magazine Says Don’t Miss The (Ferry) Boat!

Walberswick Southwold Ferry

According to the June 2010 issue of Inc. Magazine,  it’s a good time to launch a ferry, boat business. Ferryboat Industry Gaining Speed | Best Industries for Starting a Business 2010 Well, not surprisingly, the author does admit it’s an eyebrowraiser.

The industry as a whole is poised to experience a significant amount of growth in coming years. According to, inland water passenger transportation is a $440 million industry, which has grown an average of 12 percent a year since 2004. Who is actually benefitting from this growth? The majority of water transportation in this country is run by public agencies, but we tracked down several private ferry companies that have managed to profit handily. Despite water transit’s being a capital- and labor-intensive business, there’s no doubt it provides an increasingly pleasant relief from congested freeways and mundane subway commutes. There’s also the fun factor – running a fleet of boats sounds pretty exhilarating.

They identify 5 trends to follow: 1.) Public Subsidies; 2.) Think Multipurpose; 3.) Green New Machines; 4.) Catering to Local Tourists and Staycationers and 5.) Think Global. Interested in keeping others from but getting your own feet wet in the ferry business, read the entire article.

Of course, you can never be too young to start working for a ferry service. The above photo is of my then 6 year old son Luke, handling the lines of the Walberswick – Southwold Ferry in Suffolk, England. The ultimate “green” maritime operation which also benefited from a low capital investment.  It can be backbreaking work though.

Making The Man Your Man Could Smell Like (Old Spice)

When I grew up my dad used Old Spice so it’s not too surprising that I’m loyal to Old Spice too. I’ll bet that my son Luke will sometime Spice it up too.

It’s great that a mature brand like Old Spice can create some of the most interesting, fun 30 second spots on TVtoday. I’ve previously posted about Old Spice here and here.

You might remember this commercial from the Super Bowl. (Also, over 10,000,000 on YouTube!)

Hard to believe that it was shot with out an edit. Here’s a longish video by Leo LaPorte of TwitTV interviewing Craig Allen and Eric Kallman of Wieden + Kennedy to find out how Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” was made. If you’re into these types of things, it’s worth watching. If not, move along.

Moby Monday — So much for monomania

Comic strip artist Zach Weiner has done it again. In a 10-panel Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip, Weiner imagines Ahab getting an unwelcome answer to his standard greeting, “Hast seen the white whale?”

“Yes! Killed him!” replies a jolly fellow captain—turning a timeless, dramatic quest for vengeance into more of a shaggy-dog story.

In an earlier strip, Weiner spares the whale, but allows a de-armed captain (possibly that of the Samuel Enderby) to offer Ahab a little perspective. “Oh, it ate your leg,” he says calmly. “That’s pretty bad. Of course, it ate my arm.”

“Well, a leg’s pretty bad,” Ahab responds. “Actually, a leg’s worse.”

“Not really,” the first captain says. But hey, he adds—if you feel some crazy need to avenge the loss of your leg, “Go for it!”

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