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|Sunday, October 26th, 2014|
|More Ig Nobel exposure
NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, took all the celebrity challenge questions from this year's awards.
|Tuesday, October 21st, 2014|
|It's a struggle sometimes, but I think I'm winning.
So, today, we have a plan for heating the boat for the winter, and I find that it's come about because I brought up the issue.
We will have some lightning protection, because I brought up the issue, and then implemented the solution (and where lightning is concerned, that's fuzzy).
Sometimes I wonder if I'm accomplishing anything, and then....
On other fronts, I had a good time with a friend at "La Traviata" in Boston Sunday afternoon. The soprano, Anya Matanovic, was superb, and Weston Hurt also was outstanding. The hall leaves something to be desired, although we were in "nosebleed" seats.
Boston looks to be pretty accessable- MBTA runs commuter trains to Providence, although I'm constrained by the RIPTA bus from there to here. And I've found what looks as if it'll be interesting lodgings in the city, so I can reasonaby do overnights for later shows.
I'm considering going to Bristol, UK, for a perfomance of "Swallows And Amazons, the musical", which would almost certainly mean a visit to my odd-son (and his parents) in Stroud.
And I'm making a flying visit home in a couple of weeks, 4 days there. There are a number of things that need personal attention, none of them critcal, and I can pick up more and warmer clothes. I'm told that sometimes the high here is in the teen's (brrrr).
And I'm reading a lot of Swallows and Amazons fan fiction, mostly romantic, mostly about the characters after the books. "constantlearner" is very productive, tells a reasonable story, but could use a good copy editor. it's working for me.
But I must do some more work. Current Mood: content
|Saturday, October 11th, 2014|
|Friday, October 10th, 2014|
|"an engineer is a man who can do for five shillings what any fool can do for a pound."- Nevil Shute
But you have to convince them that the 5 shillings solution will work.
And when you're talking about lightning protection, it's fuzzy enough that you're just changng the probabilities, in any case.
We're still waitimg for some more opinions about #4 vs #1/0 wire. The difference is about $1000, $1300 vs $2300.
I've got the basics down, it's just that one detail- I've even got parts specified for both cases.
Now the human factors come into it.
And a decison was made, while I was watching, but didn't know enough to catch the ramifications for the operating people,
that I now see was wrong- not spectacularly, but annoyingly. I did not participate in the decison, because of my lack of knowledge
a the time, but.... And it turns out is against the National Electric Code, shoreside, but is apparently allowed on the boat.
But most of the time I'm able to see the right way, and cause that to happen. I can talk to the craft people, and the designers, and bring my knowledge
and experience as a tall-ship sailor to the job.
There's little better in life than creating something that will enhance others lives, particularly the young ones.
I'm lucky enough to have done that before, and am doing it now.
I am SO LUCKY!!! Current Mood: Satisified, if a bit lonely
|Saturday, September 27th, 2014|
|OLIVER HAZARD PERRY mast stepping, and my life.
So, we're building a ship. This article is a good one, with lots of photos from the mast stepping on Wednesday. I was working with the rigging crew that day,http://www.eastbayri.com/featured-news/a-tall-ship-is-born-in-portsmouth/
And the next day, I found a problem with the way our nav lights were wired (the drawings were wrong), and started the process of correcting it. I really feel that I'm contributing, although up to now it's been mostly collecting information and passing it in useful directions. I'm a tall-ship sailor with an engineering background and skills, so that's where I fit.
I looks as if I'm in it for the long run. I'm living in Perry's last residence in Newport, which is also the OHPRI headquarters. It'll be a while before we can move on to the boat, but I'm going to be looking at facilitating that. In addition to being in charge of all fluids on the boat (including coffee, apparently), I also am the electrical wizard, so....
But I have to get home and get some wamer clothes, and some tools and equipment. And I need to make a quick trip to the UK for my Arthur Ransome Society obligations. I really want teleportation booths.
This is the second weekend I've been in New York or environs, but Boston is MUCH more convenient. However, I just couldn't pass up the the opportunity to see the Caravan Stage Company, who do a play/performance on a boat. Here's a link to an article about that:http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-theater-fantasy-brings-high-seas-to-red-hook-1411747795
Oh, yesd, I've signed up for ello as n6tqs. I'll not be abandoning anything else, though.
|Sunday, September 21st, 2014|
|Tired from the weekend off, now to relax and work
Two days of Ig Nobel ceremony work in Boston, then a party in NYC, both of which ran late into the evening, have got me craving my currently normal early to bed, early to rise pattern. 95% humidity here in Newport also has me beat.
The party was at the house of the fellow who owns and runs this web site, http://atlantic-cable.com/
, and he has an incredible amount of cable system memorablia, so it was a little like staying in a museum of stuff in which I am very interested. Very cool. I also got to see a few old friends, and make some arrangments for future activities.
Geri was a star and rose early (for her) and took me to the New Rochelle Amtrak station so I could take the train to Providece and from there a bus to Newport and arrive mid-afternoon. A run for provisions and then sorting some more stuff in my digs took some time- we'd removed all the OHP and personal gear from MYSTIC in a progression, and stored it, so sorting it all out is taking some effort.
I'm heading for NYC again next weekend, for this: http://caravanstage.org/portfolio/hacked-treasure-of-the-empire/
And I may go to the UK a couple of weeks later for the Arthur Ransome Society trustees meeting. Newark to Glasgow seems the best flight to end up in the Lake District.
I'm looking forward to this week's work, which should include the stepping of the main and mizzen masts. I don't think I have an active role in that activity, but I can't ignore it, and may be able to help the rigging crew.
It's almost sundown, and I still don't have any lamps in my room, so I'll do the outdoor workers thing and go to bed and then rise with the sun.
|Friday, September 19th, 2014|
|Geri's personal favorite of this year's Ig Nobel Prize Winners, and my comment on it
I'm one of the "better" people- I get up early, and go to bed early.
Originally posted by gerisullivan
at My personal favorite of this year's Ig Nobel Prize Winners
does a fine job of reporting on the Ig Nobel Prize that has me pumping my fist while exclaiming yes
each and every time I see reference to it. I've had favorites before, but never has there been a prize that I claim as mine.
"And what prize might that be, Geri?"
The PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE
[AUSTRALIA, UK, USA]: Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons, for amassing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are,
on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning.
REFERENCE: Creatures of the Night: Chronotypes and the Dark Triad Traits
, Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 55, no. 5, 2013, pp. 538-541.
Heck, even the comments made so far on the Guardian site are good, especially this series at the beginning:wiganwill 19 September 2014 12:40am
First time I have ever been around at the right time to make the opening comment and it turns out this suggests I am a psychopath. Great.
richardmuu wiganwill 19 September 2014 1:20am
Go to bed. Now.
chutzzpah wiganwill 19 September 2014 1:32am
It's not late.
Proper Psychopaths stay up till at least 3am.
Maybe you're just a Narcissist with Insomnia ;)
Okay. Gotta work now. And collapse. Excellent times in Sanders Theatre have me rather on the wiped side.
All of this year's winners are online at Improbable Research
, and in worldwide media coverage.
|Wednesday, September 17th, 2014|
|I'm building a ship
With the help of a lot of other people.
I started in the rigging crew for OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, was recruited to be engineer on the schooner MYSTIC which we'd chartered to do summer programs since the OHP herself isn't complete. Now, the summer programs are over, MYSTIC has been returned to the owner, and I'm on the construction crerw (as opposed to the rigging crew) as an engineer. I'm living in Oliver Hazard Perry's house in Newport, which is also the headquarters of the OHPRI organization (www.ohpri.org).
Today I'm in Boston to work on the Ig Nobel award ceremony as posted a bit earlier.
Next weekend is a trip to NYC for a theatre performance which should be interesting, since it involves a ship and some circus elements.
|Today, in the Boston Globe...
Originally posted by gerisullivan
at Today, in the Boston Globe...
In the Food section, Peggy Hernandez writes about The Ig Nobel Cookbook
Now available from the Harvard Book Store
Also available from Amazon in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. A radio interview with Marc Abrahams and Corky White is scheduled to run on Public Radio International's The World
today. The interview with PRI's Clark Boyd is at the same cafe where Corky first came up with the idea to do an Ig Nobel cookbook.
Yes, it's Ig week. The cookbook celebrates this year's theme: Food. I had a blast doing the layout and learning just what a remarkable future we live in vis a vis POD publishing.n6tqs
is my assistant helping run the slides for the show. That's something of a last-minute thing that's working out very well. Likewise, James Donald
stepped into the job of slide show producer just a couple of weeks ago and has quickly put together by far the best set of slides we've ever had. Win.
As usual, there's a Live Webcast
starting at 5:40 pm US Eastern Time) on Thursday, September 18th for all who, for whatever reason, can't join us in Sanders Theatre. The ceremony starts at 6 and typically runs about 1.5 hours. Miss Sweetie Poo
helps us keep on schedule.
There's also the NSA Courtesy Feed (a second, parallel video feed run as a courtesy to the world's security agencies) James Harkin
(QI's head elf) and Polina Harkin will be live-tweeting from the stage at @ImprobResearch. Audience members will be live tweeting with hashtag #IgNobel.
So. Much. Fun.
|Saturday, August 23rd, 2014|
|Saturday, June 28th, 2014|
|Lomg silence, now broken
I've not been posting here on LJ, since I am mostly doing Facebook directly.
But new news- I'm going to be the engineer on the the schooner MYSTIC, doing the OHP programs until OLIVER HAZARD PERRY is ready, so will be sailing around New England, in and out of Newport for several months.
I'd come here to work on the rigging crew, but when MYSTIC was hired, many of the systems were not working well, and since the Chief Mate is and old shipmate, he suggested that I come see what I could do. I was quite successful at that, so when the setup for hiring an engineer for the boat fell through, I was offered the job I wanted but didn't feel fully qualified for. They knew my short-comings (I have no experience with Diesel engines), but felt, as do I, that I can pick up that part, and know everything else pretty well. The crew likes me (I'm one of them, a tall-ship sailor), the CM and cook are old shipmates, and the captain thinks I'm a wizard.
So.... Current Mood: accomplished, happy
|Tuesday, February 26th, 2013|
|Looking forward now, but not forgetting
I'll be spending a week on EAGLE with at least one of my BOUNTY shipmates, leaving New London (fraught), and arriving in Savannah for the BOUNTY beach house party.
I'll also take a quick trip into SC to see my farm property.
And we'll probably toss some messages in bottles at our CPA to the last know location of her.
|Monday, February 11th, 2013|
|Thursday, August 9th, 2012|
|Unpack and repack
I've gotten mostly unpacked (some stuff isn't stowed yet), but am already starting the repacking process. I've alos had one dinner at Pancho Villa and another at Zachary's, so two more things done. And I'm awake at 21:30, so maybe I'll get some theatre in in the next week.
I went for a short motorcycle ride and haven't forgotten how (I last rode in April). I was comfortable on the bike at speed and in street traffic, so that's one concern laid to rest. Maybe some twisties soon. Current Mood: satisfied
Life at home is too complicated. Some of this is that I need to do a lot of things in a short time, but I have too many paths.
On the boat, life is simple- watches or tours, and the projects are well-bounded (even if I do tend to take them further then necessary, if it's appropriate).
I'm not even unpacked yet and I've only gone through a part of the mail. Some of that mail had deadlines that are long gone (at least the DMV date was only a week ago). And I need to start getting things together for my next trip.
And I'm still jet-lagged. It took 24 hours to get home, from the time I got off the boat before it's 06:00 departure to arriving home at 0-dark-hundred, just due to connections and delayed flights.
And I'm not taking care of myself- I need to stretch and even exercise more. Even though working on the boat is hard work, it's not anything like balanced exercise.
So, now I keep going, at least until tomorrow. And I'm working on a major fix for some of this. Current Mood: crazy
|Saturday, July 14th, 2012|
|late update- Newburyport MA
It's been wonderfully crazed since I got back on the boat in Philadelphia three weeks ago.
I met my elder brother for the first time there for a few hours, and then sailed to Port Jefferson, NY, the owners home town.
It was busy there, and I had some catchup work to do.
Next was a very brief visit to Bristol, RI, for a visit to the Herreshoff Museum and on to Newport, RI, for a tallship festival with MANY lovely boats, both tallships and others. PEACEMAKER, BOWDOIN, UNICORN, and MYSTIC WHALER were standouts there, and PICTON CASTLE was again in port with us and had a good party, with dancing on their tonnage hatch.
The parade of sail out on Monday morning was spectacular!!!!
After that, New Bedford for the whaling museum and Seaman's Bethel, and suddenly we were in the yard across the river in Fairhaven.
There we reconfigured the boat to its 1969 configuration, more or less, reacquiring our own tonnage hatch and losing the butterfly hatches and forward doghouse. We're still reeling from the changes, and I have much work to do, since the tweendeck area was significantly affected, too, which means a bunch of electrical work to be done.
We're in Newburyport, MA now, but I'm only doing a little work on today, my day off, since I'm pretty tired, too.
Next, we hope, is Halifax, Nova Scotia. Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2012|
|If this is Tuesday...., the SHTANDART edition
We left Szczecin on Sunday afternoon, stopped in Swinoujscie for a few minutes to pick up some giveaways (a pretty neat bicycle clip, in my case), overnight to Saznitz for half a day, now we're in Copenhagen for another 1/2 day. We may stop in Helsingor, too.
Aalborg on Thursday.
I like the Danish cargo bikes (actually tricycles).
Things are a bit different on this Russian tallship.
Belaying is O-X-O- fairlead is ignored- no one else coils on deck (my coils look better than theirs), etc.
OTOH, the helm is easy.
I wish I spoke the language. Most of the small crew doesn't speak English.
Time to get out of this cafe. There's a sand castle festival down near the boat, and I need to try to find the "Mermaid". Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, June 7th, 2012|
|The circus, and Charleston
I'm hanging out at Maisie's mother's place near Marlborough, having a restful morning after a stressful day. The circus, http://www.giffordscircus.com/ , moved from Newbury to Sunningwell, which should have been easy, but there were a couple of major breakdowns of the tow tractors and lots of little things, like blowouts and a vehicle in a ditch (with two trailers).
The kitchen got to Sunningwell first, but much of the support infrastructure was late.
So we got here very late for a good fish dinner, cooked by cousin Allen (sp?).
We'll go back to Sunningwell this evening and I leave tomorrow for Szczecin
and SHTANDART. I now know where she'll be, which is satisfying.
But, back to Charleston-
When I was growing up we went to Charleston and Sullivan's Island a fair amount, but I didn't really know the place well.
So I was interested when Katherine (my niece) had a clipping about my parent's marriage there, including the address where she was living at the time. It was easy to find and close to BOUNTY's location, and I found an old, tall duplex house with a similar one next to it, a folding-stock anchor embedded in the front wall and an entrance to a courtyard labeled "Pirates Courtyard" (and "please close gate"). That gate was open so I closed it behind me and took a couple of photos there and then closed the gate again as I left.
(Damn LJ, it's not uploading the images, and the pop-up box is blank, so I have no idea what's the problem).
Anyway, when I was talking about this while selling tickets to the ship, I was overheard by a woman named Molly who knew the houses and dropped off an envelope with more information about them. They were built in 1704, with stone from Bermuda, and were later believed to be the haunts of pirates, so they are known as the "Pirate Houses". St Phillips is just across the street and one of the St. Phillips cemeteries adjoins the property.
More later about Charleston. Current Mood: at LJ
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2012|
|flexible, and books
This is definitely the trip to be flexible. Plans have changed again.
I'll be going to Giffords Circus, Newbury, UK instead of TRINCOMALEE, Barter Books and Altberg boots.
And then SHTANDART is going to Aalborg, Denmark instead of Kiel, Germany. This makes very little difference in my plans, actually.
We visited Lowick Hall, one of Ransome's houses. The current owner in an antiquarian book dealer, and the decor is books, where possible, as well as wallpaper and paintings of books where actual books aren't possible (also tins and cushions that look like books). The host even had a "book" tie. I felt right at home, if a bit envious.
I'm now a board member of the Arthur Ransome Society, so I'll probably be back in this area in early October, at which time I can do the three visits mentioned above that 'm not doing next week.
|Wednesday, May 30th, 2012|
|The Arthur Ransome Society, Pitcairn Island and PICTON CASTLE
This is the PICTON CASTLE anecdote mentioned earlier.
In 2003, I went to Ducie Island, the eastern-most of the Pitcairn group, as part of the VP6DIA DXpedition.
We stopped at Pitcairn (I stayed overnight on that island on the way back) to pick up a half-dozen Pitcairner's for support and so they could visit the island which is too far for them to reach in their longboats. One of them was David Brown, the teenage son of VP6DB.
While there, I flew my TARS burgee over my camp, and David liked it, so I gave it to him, stretching the rules a bit (I did get the gift approved later).
A few weeks back I was on BOUNTY in Savannah with, among other ships, PICTON CASTLE. I had heard that David had joined her, and since the 2nd mate was an old shipmate from BOUNTY in 2009, I decided to ask about him.
I found that he is the engineer now and on locating him, also found that he still is carrying the TARS burgee with him. He's got a photo of us together with our burgees. Pitcairn to Savannah, 2003 to 2012, that's not a bad connection.
Here's a photo of the TARS burgee that's been flying on a backstay on BOUNTY for more than a year and many thousand miles. It's a bit raveled, but still flying bravely. It was taken in Greenport- unfortunately, PICTON CASTLE was berthed on the other side of us there.