Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some...

...Very good news.

Just a thought but when was the last time you heard about a cruising rally doing some good works like this in their wake?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Here's something that you might want to help with...

Not every day you have a chance to help out some kids, a couple of dogs, and kittens...

Face it, you know you really want to lend a hand.

Listening to some Talking Heads covers

So it goes...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Till later I suspect...

Mutton is currently on the menu, someone fighting the good fight, and if you don't find this simply outrageous we're AFU...

What a crappy day.

Well for one, It's raining. It's been raining ever since I hung my freshly washed laundry on the lifelines to dry (a couple of days ago), and I suspect it will continue to rain for some time to come.

Of course, there's the news and I'm not just talking about last night's debacle. It just keeps getting worse. Sanity and basic common sense, apparently, have left the building and are rumored to be on that impossible to find mythical Walmartless tropical island where Elvis disappeared to.

Lastly, there's this bit of real estate on the web called Boat Bits... It needs a rest and I need a rest from it. Nothing crazy like the "D" word but let's just call it a trial separation.

Now, if you'll forgive me, I have to go and research Walmartless tropical islands...

Listening to the Mamas and Papas

So it goes...

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Vote...

Very much worth a watch, some rather bothersome news about shrimp, and a timely post for today...

I'm sure you're all too busy voting to need something to read so I'll leave you to it.

Listening to Fairport Convention

So it goes...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

love at first sight...

If this doesn't worry you you're not paying attention (or possibly just dumb as a bag of hammers), Moore Better World points out something seriously important, and it's National Novel Writing Month...

Boy, have I been looking for this for a long time...





Listening to the Beautiful South

So it goes...

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Is it November already?

Sure sounds like cheating to me, one law for some (something altogether different for the rest of us), and just the same old same downward spiral...

The new issue of Latitude 38 is available for download (spelled FREE) and the Max Ebb article is something everybody should read...


Really.

Listening to Glambeats Corp

So it goes...



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...