USCG Cutter Healy Ice Breaking Time Lapse

NOME, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy begins breaking the tanker vessel Renda from the ice near Nome, Alaska, Jan. 20, 2012. The vessels will now begin the more than 400 mile journey through the frozen Bering Sea to open ocean. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Tanker With Crucial Fuel Delivery Is Sighted Off Nome NY Times, January 13, 2012

The Amazing Men That Salvage Large Ships (video)

As the Costa Concordia sits on her side a stones throw from the Italian shore, here’s a great short video from Wired that profiles the men that undertake these types of massive salvage operations. The accompanying article is a must read too.

High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace Wired February 25, 2008

New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 16th Moby-Dick Marathon

It’s that time of year again. The Moby-Dick Marathon is about to get underway at the New Bedford Whaling Museum this weekend.

There’s lots on scheduled but the heart and soul of the event is the nonstop reading of the American classic. It starts at noon on Saturday, January 7 and if you want a real treat, a little before 1:30 PM get a “berth” at the Seamen’s Bethel across the street and have an authentic Melville experience. Melville’s pew is in the back left of the church.

Moby-Dick Marathon Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, January 6
5:30 p.m.: Ticketed buffet dinner and cash bar, Jacobs Family Gallery.
7:15 p.m.: Public lecture, “Moby-Dick in American Popular Culture,” with Dr. Timothy Marr, Cook Memorial Theater.

Saturday, January 7
10:00 a.m.: Stump the Scholars II, Cook Memorial Theater.
11:30 a.m.: Moby-Dick “Extracts,” Bourne Building.
12:00 noon: Moby-Dick Marathon begins, Bourne Building.
1:30 p.m. (approx.): Chapters 7– 9 in the Seamen’s Bethel with tenor Jonathan Boyd.
2:30 p.m. (approx.): Marathon continues, Jacobs Family Gallery.
3:00-5:00 p.m.: Chat with a Melville scholar, Wattles Family Gallery.
3:00-5:00 p.m.: “Imaging Moby!” tour with Dr. Robert Wallace, Centre Street Gallery.
7:00 p.m. (approx.): Chapter 35 to Chapter 40. “Midnight, Forecastle” performed by Culture*Park, Cook Memorial Theater.
8:00 p.m. (approx.): Marathon continues, Jacobs Family Gallery.

Sunday, January 8
1:00 p.m. (approx.): Marathon concludes with the Epilogue.

Ongoing related exhibits: “Imagining Moby!,” “Visualizing Melville” and the 1956 Moby-Dick publicity panels. Moby-Dick slide show, Cook Memorial Theater.

A Look Back at Good Mornings in Shipyard Park (2011)

Each morning I take a photograph with my iPhone using a program called Everyday to capture what the start of the day looks like at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett, MA. I post these images to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ where they consistently get many thumbs up and comments. In fact, if I miss a day or 2, people get worried and email me often tongue in cheek complaining that their day got off to a rotten start without the image of Shipyard Park.

I have been taking photographs since I was about 10 years old and I’ve always been interested in using the media to capture time and place. The Everyday iPhone app is great because in addition to helping to set up the photo each morning, it also creates these cool little movies like this one for 2011. Enjoy.

Turning Garbage into Art: Beach Plastic by Richard Land and Judith Selby Lang

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang collect tons of plastic debris off a beach near their Norther California home and clean, categorize and store it before using it to create beautiful artwork.

Explore their website Beach Plastic

via Colossal