Great White Sharks are pretty intimidating

Posted By on March 31, 2015

A large great white shark photographed by Greg Skomal off the Cape Islands on the Massachusetts coast. Hard to imagine a more intimidating killing machine.

The Treasure Coast was a popular place this weekend

Posted By on March 30, 2015

After the rain on Friday (above), the weather improve for a weekend finishing up a long drawn out engine work (plus a few other repairs) to Encore at the marina in Florida. The weather improved and was high 70s on Saturday and Sunday but with the north wind felt cooler in the shade.

I wasn't the only one in Fort Pierce (photo right)…

It's too bad there isn't a scheduled flight in and out of St Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida … like Airforce One. Sure must me nice to schedule a golf weekend and have the 1st class trip paid for by taxpayers. On the other hand, it would be far more convenient to fly into FPR “if they had scheduled flights” than Orlando, West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Oh well, no complaints really!

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The Color of Pee — Cleveland Clinic

Posted By on March 29, 2015

It has long been known that the color of urine can give doctors a insight into a patients health. For most in our day to day lives, it is a good way to monitor IF we are drinking enough water.

Check out the info graphic below or the Cleveland Clinic Health Hub.

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Creative Anchoring: Everything about Anchors and Anchoring

Posted By on March 28, 2015

One of my favorite sailing authors Fatty Goodlander has a new book, Creative Anchoring: Everything about Anchors and Anchoring, and it is now available. With some travel ahead I opted to purchase and download the ebook to my iPad for $9.99 at Amazon. Fatty's writing style is always entertaining be it a magazine article, sailing tale or educational cruising book. Since I follow he and his wife Carolyn on a couple of social networks, I also enjoy doing my part in keeping his vagabond sailing lifestyle in “freedom chips.”

Currently they are holed up in New Zealand, but I sure are anxious to continue “one again” sailing around the world … this time in their new boat Ganesh (rather than their long time smaller boat Wild Card). Fatty Goodlander is a prolific writter and has hundreds of articles to his credit not to mention several very enjoyable books. If you read one, you'll want to read another.

This practical, down-to-earth, step-by-step instruction manual isn’t merely about the basic mechanics of how to anchor—but how to anchor safely, while enjoying your boat more comfortably, in a far greater number of exposed anchorages. It contains everything a cruising sailor needs to know—including the proper cruising attitude and philosophy in relation to international anchoring-as-a lifestyle—and much, much more! It takes a completely new, totally unique “sea gypsy” look at the art and science of anchoring in today’s shrinking world. And, it does it from the penny-pinching perspective of a confirmed “economically-challenged, ever-restless” World Cruiser.

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TechFriday: Playing with Periscope from Twitter

Posted By on March 27, 2015

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I wasted a couple hours on Thursday morning while “working” (cough, cough) from home and downloaded the Periscope app for iOS on the iPhone.  To the novice “tech geek,” these live broadcasting social networking apps will soon have the Internet filled with video streams. Currently I’m seeing broadcasters like CBNC’s Julia Boorstin (above) jumping on the bandwagon and testing things out on the air. But as apps like Meercat (live video on Twitter) and Twitter’s Periscope take off, I’m beginning to wonder how culpable the “network” becomes. I’m thinking about underage children broadcasting live video using the conduits connected to Twitter, Facebook, etc as well as other crimes or terror publicity clips?

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NYTimes says one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit

Posted By on March 26, 2015

News is slowly trickling or leaking out as to what may have happened to Germanwings Flight 9525 with 150 people on board in the mountain region of southern France. The lastest indication from a New York Times report is that one of the pilots left the cockpit after having a “very smooth, very cool” conversation with the other (according to one report after listening to the audio on the cockpit recorder). After the pilot left the cockpit the Airbus A320 started to decend and the investigator said “the guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer. And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer. The investigator then said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

How much do babysitters get paid in 2015?

Posted By on March 25, 2015

Nationally the pay for babysitters is up in 2015 according to care.com as reported on CNBC this morning. When the reports indicate that wage growth is stagnent and inflation is at bay, they obviously don't have kids to take care of …

How long will paper magazines like Cruising World survive?

Posted By on March 25, 2015

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My magazine reading has slipped in recent years and after 35 years of nary a missed issue of Cruising World magazine, I’m considering canceling my paper issue. Actually with all the  information available on the Internet I may not even want a digital copy? I’ve posted numerous tips and comments associated with the publication, but have found my copies piling up with even a glance. Part is due to time and the above … although it is partially due to the excessive amount of advertising filling the pages. No decision yet, but I can’t see renewing when my subscription runs out unless the 35 years of nostalgia keeps me collecting the paper copies.

The Germanwings Flight 9525 debris field is gutwrenching

Posted By on March 24, 2015

Early in the day I wondered why French President François Hollande was so quick to say that he expected no survivors in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 … after seeing the debris field photos in the afternoon, I understand why (below). Sure seems like a suspicious crash considering the reliability of this Airbus A320 commercial airline workhorse – 6000 built, 3000 fly everyday.

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An Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf with 150 passengers and crew on board crashed in a remote, hard-to-reach region of the French Alps on Tuesday, in the worst air disaster in France in more than three decades.

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Rust is starting to take a toll on the 1998 Toyota Rav4

Posted By on March 24, 2015

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While doing a little garage work this past weekend (removed snowblower from the John Deere) I crawled under Brenda’s dented and bruised 270,000 mile 1998 Toyota Rav 4 (Links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). Besides repairing an exhaust hanger and heat shield, I spotted a leak in the power steering and inspected a couple rusting structural parts. Although I’ve driving cars with far worse cancer, it has been a long time. Nowadays the rust treatment and steel seems to be so much better than anything built in the 60s, 70s and 80s. We are at a point with this little bugger that I really don’t want to put to much work or money back into it. Hmm?

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.