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Monday, April 4th, 2016
6:42 pm
Another boat
It looks as if I've got a place on another boat, one I have been interested in.
OHP seems to be stagnant, and there's been a big shakeup, so I was looking around.
But as often happens, another door has opened- SPIRIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA seems to be
the next place. I'll be a mate and engineer. The boat is in Charleston, a city where I have
a lot of emotional connection- among other things, my parents met and got married there.
She was a radio reporter, he was a merchant sailor. There's a lot of story behind those facts.
We also went there regularly for holidays when I was growing up, and I have farm property
about 80 miles away and I'll have my motorcycle.

I don't know what we'll be doing with the boat yet. I have a little hope that we'll take her
to the Great Lakes for the tall ship festivals, but that's unfortunately unlikely.

I tested for my engineering license, domestic limited DDE and passed with creditable scores.
After that, I'll be working on my 500T mate's ticket. And I need seatime
to get the international equivalents.

I have some plans to go to England about late June/early July, and Worldcon in Kansas City
on 17-21 August. Both of those are subject to the needs of the boat, but are probable.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
10:37 am
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
4:15 pm
Overwhelming is the word.
It's being a rough time.
The latest issue is the apparent suicide of one of my shipmates, with others needing much support, also. Many of them are getting together next weekend, but I already have commitments.

I'm still concerned about Shackleton the cat- the biopsy was positive on the whole, but at 17 1/2 he is deteriorating.
The liver tumor is benign, but might cause problems. He's got cancer, but it's slow and treatable.
So, he just requires much care, and that's a worry, too.

The boat is going slowly, but I get to shed some responsibility very soon. We've hired a licensed engineer, who appears to be a very good fit. I meet him in person tonight or tomorrow, and we finally will get the gensets sorted tomorrow, also.
There are still lots of little things to make fit, though, and some major hurdles in front of us, with various deadlines looming (at least one, unnecessarily).

I've ended up with ANOTHER trip back to the Bay area for eye treatment- I have the beginnings of cataracts, but need to manage the timing of treatment. If I didn't want to do so much, it'd be easy. I thought I'd sorted the preliminaries, but not. I can take advantage of the trip for a couple of other things, but it's still a day to get there, two days at home and a day to get back.

Because of all the real world drama in my life, I have to take a step back from everything emotionally, to handle it all. It's not where I want to be, but it's where I must be. As I type, another charged event is taking place. Wisdom has prevailed, but it still hurts.
I prefer my drama on the radio or stage.

The weather has almost broken, although again, there was ice outside this morning and it's persisted in the shadows.
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
8:44 am
I've been unfriended on LJ, and have no idea who it was.

Current Mood: puzzled
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
6:08 pm
What does an engineer who's building a ship do when he's home for a couple of days?
Goes to look at another tall ship being built.
This is the MATTHEW TURNER, being built in Sausalito.

Current Mood: relaxed
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
8:59 pm
How do you get to be a sailor?
Bad decisions when you're young.
Bad decisions make for great stories.
12:21 pm
Cold, rain and snow
Weather Underground is claiming its snowing here, but I don't see it. OTOH, it is cold, blowing hard, and is raining some. The storm windows were installed on Friday, and apparently that attracted a storm, with high wind warnings. If I open the sashes inside the storm windows, I get plenty of ventilation if there's some wind, and I picked up some hardware so I can get more if necessary.

I walked out in it to get some groceries, and since it's on the way, had breakfast at the Franklin Spa. It turns out, it started as a pharmacy with a lunch counter, using the name "Spa" to indicate a place of healing. The pharmacy is gone, but the lunch counter that's the legacy is a great place for breakfast. Contrary to my earlier experience when alone, the service was great, and the crabcake Benedict was delicious.

I'll be taking some more courses this winter, I think- 3 days of Bridge Resource Management in Woods Hole, and a couple of less formal ones in Port Townsend in February.

My bio is up on the OHP website, http://www.ohpri.org/staff-listing/doug-faunt - I think it's worth a look. "Systems consultant" is a bit too "suits" to my taste, I'd prefer "donkeyman".

And I'm finally going to get to actually do some work- the electricians are just not up for working aloft safely, and they've allowed that I'm qualified to do electrical work, and the riggers know I'm good aloft, so now to wait for a bit of decent weather. The systems work is necessary, and right up my street, but not quite as satisfying as real hands-on work.

I'm drinking lots of tea- it's much more comforting than coffee, and I need a bit of comfort right now.
The second anniversary of the sinking was a few days ago, which provided another waypoint towards the future. We'll have a crew reunion in a couple of weeks, after I return from a very short trip home, and it'll be good to see them.

I'm going to get out of Newport for Thanksgiving, one way or the other.

Pet peeves- mail from "Do Not Reply" with no other indication of who it's from without reading the headers or content of the message.
Shipping notices with NO indication of what was shipped, or from a person's name with no company attached.

Current Mood: accepting, calm, lonely
Friday, October 31st, 2014
9:11 pm
Caulfield has it nailed
Frazz, 31 October 2014
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
12:28 pm
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
7:35 pm
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
11:39 am
Sting's "The Last Ship"
Here's the Old Salt Blog, with my comments from seeing the show in NYC, after listening to the album a lot.

Current Mood: relaxed and unwinding
Friday, October 10th, 2014
8:39 pm
"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
7:46 am
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,

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:

Oh, yesd, I've signed up for ello as n6tqs.  I'll not be abandoning anything else, though.
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
6:41 pm
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
8:24 pm
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
The Guardian 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
1:08 pm
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.
12:59 pm
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 and Amazon. 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
3:13 pm
Our temporary boat and the permanent one.

the old and the new
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
8:14 am
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.

Current Mood: accomplished, happy
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
8:20 pm
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.
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