Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Moai |Easter Island // Issuma

Moai | Issuma:

Issuma is at Rapa Nui - Better known as Easter Island 27 08'S:109 19'W, Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui, a Chilean possession, 2,0003 nm wsw from Santiago.  How far to other cities?  Far.

There's no harbor and just getting ashore is pretty dicey.









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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cirrus SR 22 - plane parachutes to safety at sea

In this VIDEO you see Cirrus SR-22 airplane , which has its own parachute. Not for the pilot. for the plane. Due to a valve malfunction the pilot had to ditch 250 miles from Maui. Via the Coast Guard he put the plane down - in big seas - near a cruise ship which fetched him out after the plane ditched safely but quickly overturned! h/t James Fallows - who owns one!

Mom & Dad - Maine - Summer 2009







Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy - in Shenzhen, China

This is where your iPhone came from - Shenzhen the huge manufacturing port city near HongKong.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Cutting transom angles - Glen L.com


Cutting Transom Angles | Boatbuilders Site on Glen-L.com: "Figuring out how to cut the angle on a transom can be a little challenging. Joshua Burks is currently building our Zip which is a 14′ runabout that has a 12 degree angle on the transom as do many of our designs. Joshua is documenting his build with video. He’s done a really good job at walking us through his build and explaining what he does. You can see all his videos on his You Tube Chanel. The second video pertains to today’s article about cutting the transom angles. One of the considerations is how much material to add to the transom to allow for the angle. We have explained how this is done in a formula and photo below, but for those of you who are visual, Joshua’s video is excellent and really shows how much more simple it is than you might think. I hope you enjoy the video:


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tommy Caldwell Climbing Pitch 15 - the Dawn Wall, El Capitan

This is the toughest stretch of the climb.  Kevin Jorgeson made 10 attempts before traversing it.  Caldwell did it on his first.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Van Morrison and Them: I can only give you everything I got

Van had been listening to the Stones.  He was 19 years old.  His group was called Them.

Easter Island! - Downwind! | Issuma

Easter Island 27.1167° S, 109.3667° W
Downwind! | Issuma:

by Richard Hudson

After four weeks of sailing closehauled (all but one day on port tack), the wind shifted north, and we had a beautiful tailwind. If you look closely under the spinnaker (colorful sail), you can see Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island and Isla de Pascua).

We did not have time to anchor at Rapa Nui before dark, so we spent a leisurely night sailing slowly under the stars, with little sail set, to time our arrival for dawn.

On this leg of the trip, we went farther west than the direct route from Mexico to Rapa Nui because the weatherfaxes showed a lot of light headwinds north of the equator on the direct route. That probably helped avoid motoring (I like sailing, not motoring), as we motored about 75 miles out of about 3100 miles logged. It also made for a somewhat longer (~400 miles) distance and therefore longer time at sea.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark - NYTimes.com



Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark - NYTimes.com

by Dawn Cardwell



Before dawn one morning in October, a handful of Americans gathered at a lonely pier on Samso, a small Danish island about four hours from Copenhagen. Bundled in layers of fleece and wool, the Americans, mostly from islands off the Maine coast, had come to get a closer look at a wind farm — 10 mighty turbines spinning in the Kattegat strait — that has helped make Samso a symbol for a greener future, one powered entirely by renewable energy.
Monhegan Island- Rockwell Kent

Among them was Marian Chioffi, the bookkeeper at the electric company in Monhegan, Me., whose population of about 60 swells to include hundreds of residents and thousands of tourists in the summer. They — along with generations of artists like Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth — have been drawn by the island’s lost-in-time charm and picturesque setting in the Gulf of Maine.

Monhegan faces challenges as stark as its beauty. Foremost among them — and the spur for the journey to Denmark — is dependence on expensive, dirty fuels for heating and electricity. Even with the recent fall in oil prices, Monhegan residents pay among the highest power rates in the nation — almost six times the national average — and the electric company, locally owned and operated, struggles to keep the lights on.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

El Capitan climber: ‘Just a matter of time’ | The Press Democrat

Kevin Jorgeson on pitch 15 which nearly defeated him
El Capitan climber: ‘Just a matter of time’ | The Press Democrat: "Kevin Jorgeson finally caught up to his climbing partner, Tommy Caldwell, on the face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Now both are ready to resume the climb of their lives.

While Caldwell spent Monday resting and supporting his friend’s efforts, Jorgeson setting about completing pitches 18, 19 and 20 of the never-before-climbed Dawn Wall route. It was a little after 9 p.m. when word finally came: Jorgeson had successfully made up the ground."



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