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RIP, Mike Nichols

I just heard that Mike Nichols, the great film director, has died. While perhaps best known for his masterpiece The Graduate, we should not forget his other masterpiece: Yes, Day of the Dolphin, the movie where George C. Scott teaches … Continue reading

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Does this thing still work?

By gum, I think it does! It’s been a while, internet…but I am getting the blog back together. And I have things to write about. Stay tuned…

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Nor’wester and Upwelling off California

Catching up with the blogs today, I saw that Cliff Mass had written about a big windstorm that hit California on Monday. Unusually for big storms on the California coast, the winds in this one were from the northwest. Through … Continue reading

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Shenandoah

Via my friend (and former shipmate, aboard a houseboat on Portage Bay in Seattle) Emily, Tom Waits and Keith Richards join forces to just kill it on what may be my favorite sea chantey: If you like the sound of … Continue reading

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“Oceans #1,” say Mountain Goats

As readers of my About page will know, this blog takes it’s name from a song by The Mountain Goats on their “Tallahasse” album. Well, yesterday evening I went to see John Darnielle do a solo set at the Columbia … Continue reading

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¡¡¡RADIOACTIVE TUNA REACH U.S.!!!

You may have seen the news last week—derived from a new paper in PNAS—that juvenile bluefin tuna were found off the California coast, carrying detectable levels of radionuclides from the Fukushima Daichi disaster last year. In addition to the inherent … Continue reading

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Seasteading conference in San Francisco

So, this is happening. Seasteading—the movement to build floating libertarian cities in international waters to escape the oppressive hand of land-based governance—is holding a conference this weekend at the Le Meridien Hotel in downtown San Francisco. I’m not about to … Continue reading

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Eastward Bound

As readers may remember from a few months back, I defended (successfully!) my master’s thesis at the University of Washington. More or less since then, I have been living down the coast in San Francisco, working remotely as an analyst … Continue reading

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Octopi May Day

From everyone’s favorite fin artist Ray Troll: this isn’t the first picture of “Octopi Wall Street” I’ve seen, but so far it’s my favorite. This design is available on a t-shirt at Troll’s web store. Happy May Day…

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Oceans Deep

Cool new XKCD today showing the depths of the ocean to scale. Click the picture below to see the original. And for two more views, check out this old post. As context for the last post, Beebe and Barton’s deepest … Continue reading

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