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

Hackathon on a Boat Produces a Flamethrower Flash

In keeping with the “Sea-Fever/WaterFire” meme, here’s a fun video about what happens when you put a bunch of geeks on a boat for a few days and tell them to “make” stuff.

( via PetaPixel via Engadget via Photocomment)

Ten years later, it’s still hard to believe but impossible to forget

This is a repost from September 11, 2007.

It was hard to believe what was unfolding six years ago this morning. In our modern media saturated world, it was presented to us in real-time and then repeated over and over again like a horrific groundhog day. But as difficult as these images are, they are impossible to forget which is probably good because the events of those hours effectively defy words.

The New York maritime community responded to these attacks in heroic fashion which probably surprises no one who reads Sea-Fever. Here is an US Maritime Administration video entitled “Honoring the Living Heroes of the United States Merchant Marine.”

There is a small website called HarborHeroes.org that commemorates the maritime professionals, vessels and companies who responded that fateful day. On it there is a powerful piece by Andrew Greeley from the Chicago Suns Times of September 6, 2002 entitled Media ignored calm amid the 9/11 chaos. This short essay does a remarkable job in capturing the essence of leadership that exists in every individual and society’s ability to face an adaptive challenge of monumental proportions.

Cross posted at Sea-Fever blog and the Center for Leader Development blog.

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SeagullCam

via BoingBoing

Comment on YouTube

This bird is well known to the police and INTERPOL. He was not always a bad gull. He has changed his MO. He is suspected in a number of robberies at ATM’s. Not only did it provide him with cash, stolen ID’s were used in identity thefts. I think he just got in with the wrong crowd, jail birds.

What I’ve been up to for the past 3 months

OK, Sea-Fever has been dark for some time and that’s because in mid-March I started a new job as Managing Director of WaterFire Providence.  It’s destiny that a guy with a blog called Sea-Fever goes to work at a place called WaterFire.

If you’ve never experienced WaterFire you’ll probably just get confused if I try to tell you what it is. But I’ll try any way because you should know.

WaterFire Providence is a nonprofit organization whose mission is  to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. What’s WaterFire? This video does a better job than any words I could muster.

For a deeper dive on WaterFire, here’s an old video of founder Barnaby Evans explaining the artwork.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

I’ve been very fortunate to have some incredible jobs over the years and the chance to work with some amazing people; however, WaterFire is really a world apart. I’ll be writing about it here from time to time.

If you haven’t experienced WaterFire, you must come!

Tsumani at Sea (Japan Coast Guard video)

Translation:

  • 0:08 brace yourself guys, hold on tight.
  • 0:13 I have no idea what will happen to you if you are not holding on something.
  • 0:20 10 meter high, guys
  • 0:30 wowwwwwwwwwwwww
  • 0:38 good, we’ve just gone over it. the second wave is coming.
  • 0:43 this is bigger than the last one.
  • 0:50 Speed up, navigator!
  • 0:54 both screws at 20
  • 0:56 the fourth wave two miles ahead.
  • 1:13 now 1.6 miles ahead
  • 1:16 keep both screws at 20

Credit (and disclaimer): Video and translation via Russia Today on YouTube

And the winner is…HAUS, the Banksy of shipping

Banksy graffiti in Bristol via Tony Worrall Foto on Flickr.com

The first PortFire 40 Inductee has been named!

HAUS, a reclusive yet prolific contributor of maritime information to Wikipedia, was selected. This self proclaimed INTJ is kind of like the Banksy of the maritime world.

This appears on his/her Wikipedia profile:

This user has made over 37,000contributions to Wikipedia and, as a result, may be slightly insane.

We prefer to call HAUS “focused.”

Now will he step out of the shadows to accept this most prestigious award?!

In any case, congratulations and thanks for all of your contributions to the maritime world!

*The above photo by Tony Worrall Foto on Flickr is of a Banksy artwork painted on the side of a ship in Bristol, UK.