Thursday, October 30, 2014

So, does this make me a volunteer?

Patagonia is certainly on to something, why a living wage makes sense, and in the "it's just not right" department...

Today's Archdruid report actually made me catch my breath with two words from the title...

"Involuntary Simplicity"

Adding the word "involuntary" to the word "simplicity" makes a world of difference and, as someone who is hopefully making strides towards a more simple lifestyle, it made me sit up and take notice.

For instance, there's a huge difference between choosing to go engineless and being forced to go engineless beause your engine packed up and died. The person who chooses to go engineless is prepared, one way or another, to deal with such things as no wind, lee shores, and suchlike. On the other hand, the guy who uses his engine on a regular basis find the loss of said engine disruptive at best...

A lot of people tend to shy away from simpler boats or boat systems because they tend to think of them as doing without needful things rather than the act of simply losing things they don't really need at all.

Listening to Bob Delevante

So it goes...





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For boatbound guitar and bass players only...

Some worrisome skullduggery, one third is a frelling scary number, and just how is this surprising...

Now this is one seriously boat-friendly amp...



More info can be found over at Roland.

Listening to my favorite Jesse Winchester song

So it goes...

Monday, October 27, 2014

so, about that "F" word...

Something important you need to read about Ebola, about that white privilege, and Ian Welsh offers some good advice...

The other day I was watching yet another politician playing the fear con and it occurred to me that the word "fear" doesn't get used all that much in spite of the fact that we've been fed an almost steady diet of ersatz fear-inducing crap for the last fifteen years.

Fear is actually a healthy emotion... A couple of weeks back when Invest 90L popped up out of nowhere it gave me a serious jolt of stomach churning, iced bowels, and pissing your pants fear. Yeah, way past Spidey sense because I knew that 90L was a serious threat. The next forecast and the more reliable computer models show it would track right over us which increased the fear level a notch and we got into big-storm-come-soon mode.


Trust me, fear is a pretty awesome motivator to get your shit together which is hardly surprising as that's what it's for.

Luckily (for us) the storm edged a bit north (but still within the forecast cone) and Gonzalo never even touched us. Of course, just a hundred miles away St Martin got nailed and, judging from the number of ill prepared boats wrecked, too few people were afraid enough to get sorted out and that might have let them fare better.

"Fear" is an emotion that is there for a reason but, sadly, it has been corrupted to the point that a lot of folks now concentrate on nonexistent threats and ignore the sort of thing that's coming right at you with your name written all over it.

Then again, with so many pseudo reasons for fear like those pesky Islamic State Ebola carriers sneaking over the Texas border to steal your trick and treat candy and other such drivel, it's hard to tell the difference. Maybe it's needful to reacquaint yourself with what threats are real, which ones are not, and then learn to embrace and listen to the fear when it speaks rather than be controlled by it.

Listening to Jesse Winchester

So it goes...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

a design for limited mobility...

This is kind of interesting, 50-billion dollars in theft but no one's doing any jail time, so much for the bad apple conundrum, and the world just became a little less because Jack Bruce is no longer with us...

Here's a seriously neat design.


Hope 28' : l'espoir de l'handi-voile by vlydtv

More information over at Nautical Trek


Listening/watching Cream



So it goes...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Not just any chicken...

Very much worth a watch, I'm pretty sure the phrase "Read it and weep" is an apt description, and a last blast from the ever great Johnny Winter...





Listening to Johnny Winter

So it goes...

Friday, October 24, 2014

a good read...

A depressing trend, a little good news, and in the "Not Holding My Breath" department...

The new issue of Yachting Monthly is well worth checking out...

They had me at the "Why all boats still need a leadline-and how to use it" article

Listening to David Pramik cover U2

So it goes...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On developing your DIY skills...

The sort of man we can't afford to lose, getting warmer, and one step closer...

Friends of ours recently had a rudder failure and it cost them $14K for a shop to repair it which, however you look at it, is a lot of money for some fiberglass/epoxy, a bit of foam, and some stainless steel pipe. The new rudder for "So It Goes" is budgeted at less than $500 for the same matrix of materials but then I work for free.

Admittedly, their boat is bigger but not all that much bigger and the bulk of that heart stopping yard bill is simple labor and mark up... Or, should I just say lots of markup.

For a bit of mind-expanding tomfoolery, next time you're in a yard ask the guy who's working on your boat what he's getting paid as an hourly wage and then deduct that number from what you're getting billed hourly for labor... It might teach you a valuable lesson. Then again, it also might make your head explode so consider yourself warned.

In the mean and lean times of a waning 2014, DIY is even more a survival skill rather than just messing about in boats...

Listening to Jefferson Airplane

So it goes...



Monday, October 20, 2014

What we're watching...

A bit of needful perspective, some good news on the Ebola front, and John Oliver has a solution to a problem...



You can find more here.

Listening to Jo Jo Gunne

So it goes...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

They might be on to something...

Someone not doing their job, someone making a lot of sense, and, just maybe, the stupidest man in American politics (so what does that say about us that he's there?)...

Has anyone else noticed some positive changes over at the West Marine website recently? They now have a cruising oriented section which has what looks to be the start of a good thing. While you're there be sure to check out their Cruising TV section which seems to be the real plus in the new mix...

I'd like to see more of this sort of thing.

Listening to Jo Jo Gunne

So it goes...