National Fisherman – The committee voted to fully fund NOAA operations, including ocean monitoring, fisheries management, coastal grants to states, aquaculture research, and severe weather forecasting, according to the press release. The bill rejects the proposal to eliminate NOAA programs, including Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Coastal Zone Management grants, and the Regional Coastal Resilience program, according to a press release from Senate Democrats. The bill also provides $75 million to begin building a new NOAA survey vessel.
Hans Fredrik Gude (13 March 1825 – 17 August 1903) was a Norwegian romanticist painter. Around 1860, Gude began painting seascapes and other coastal subjects. Gude would spend a few weeks each summer near the Baltic coast where he drew material for (his) paintings. more on wikipedia (more paintings)
Pink Floyd’s show in Venice, Italy, on July 15, 1989, unintentionally resulted in the mayor and the entire city council resigning in the aftermath of their performance.
The band, sympathetic to the city, agreed to reduce the volume of its performance from 100 decibels to 60, and performed from a floating barge in a lagoon 200 yards from the square. It was the audience, which numbered 200,000 (only 60,000 people live within the city limits), that did the most damage, however. Officials said that they left behind 300 tons of garbage and 500 cubic meters of empty cans and bottles. And because the city didn’t provide portable bathrooms, concertgoers relieved themselves on the monuments and walls.
BBC Travel – In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up on the Japanese island of Tanegashima. Antonio da Mota, Francisco Zeimoto and Antonio Peixoto – the first Europeans to ever step on Japanese soil – were deemed ‘southern barbarians’ by the locals because of the direction from which they came.
The Portuguese remained in Japan until 1639, when they were banished because the ruling shogun Iemitsu believed Christianity was a threat to Japanese society. As their ships sailed away for the final time, the Portuguese left an indelible mark on the island: a battered and fried green bean recipe called peixinhos da horta. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since. keep reading
This was the culmination of a massive feat of engineering which has seen parts of the carrier constructed at yards across the UK and assembled at Rosyth, in Fife. It took three hours to get out of the dockyard where she was built. At more than three times the size of HMS Ark Royal, Queen Elizabeth had a much tighter fit to enter Portsmouth. No wonder the Navy has spent months dredging millions of cubic meters of mud from the seabed at the entrance to the port.
Under-the-pillow listening, the radio station your Mummy doesn’t know about
by Simon Egleton
BBC radio in the UK in the mid to late sixties was incredibly vanilla and predictable. Radio 1, a chart-driven pop station with transcendentally annoying I’m-so-funny-and-drunk-on-the-sound-of-my-own-voice hosts. Radio 2, the station that your Mum and Aunties listened to, featuring soft, Jim Reeves-ish crooner music, and Radio 3 and 4: I can’t remember much about them other than one played classical music and the other had a lot of droning, intellectual adult voices.
Enter the pirate radio stations. Peter Gabriel would later sing “When the night shows, the signals grow on radios” and he was right as far as AM radio propagation is concerned. A converted cargo ship with a 200ft antenna mast, moored at sea off the Thames Estuary, with a transmitter from the 1940’s, could flood East Anglia at night, where I lived, with music that you’d NEVER hear on “The Beeb.”
Deep cuts from rock albums and pop tracks that had you imagining the rave ups and drug cigarettes that you’d never attended, or smoked. Even its name Radio Caroline, was cool…why not have all these aural delights delivered by something with a female name? As a schoolboy, this was truly something you had to be sneaky to enjoy.
Initially I had a tiny Japanese-made Dansette™ transistor radio (in a beautiful leather case!) that I would place next to my ear under the pillow. But this proved uncomfortable for long listening sessions. So, by being a particularly delightful grandchild, I managed to acquire enough money from the elders to get a bigger radio with an earpiece extension. The transmissions were mono, so no point in an unwieldy pair of headphones, plus the earpiece was perfectly concealable if my Mum would check in on me. Those nights were where my musical education beyond The Beatles began.
Europe’s first commercial offshore station, Radio Mercur, had begun broadcasting off Denmark in 1958, followed by Veronica off Holland in 1960, and Radio Nord and Radio Syd, off Sweden, in 1961 and 1962 respectively.
McALLISTER TOWING – Jennifer Lawrence shot the 125th anniversary Vogue pictorial with Annie Leibovitz on the tugs Marjorie McAllister and the Bruce McAllister.
Thanks to the Captains and crews on these tugs in allowing them to capture these amazing pictures! (via facebook)
NPR: “If there’s a soundtrack for last call in a Boston dive bar, the Dropkick Murphys’ music is on it.”
Campbell had previously traveled to faraway destinations—Spain, India, Ukraine and Kiribati—to record eclipses. However, getting the right conditions for the 1922 eclipse was crucial. The purpose of this expedition was to test Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which had been published in 1915. In order to do this—to see whether Einstein’s prediction that light from distant stars would bend around the sun was correct—Campbell needed perfect conditions to photograph the sun during totality.
In July, Campbell—director of California’s Lick Observatory—had sailed roughly 7,500 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. From there, he crossed Australia by train to reach Perth, then traveled north by ship for 10 days to reach the town of Broome.
“The sky starts to get cool and dark, a couple minutes before totality. And all of your instincts, all of a sudden, start to freak out. Something’s going wrong. . . . There’s this deep basic panic that sets in as the whole world changes in a way it’s not supposed to. All of a sudden it feels like you’re standing on another planet.” – Keep Reading on Smithsonian
Nearly 2 years after sailing from Cadiz in 1502, Columbus and his restless, disgruntled crew were stranded on the north coast of Jamaica, confined to worm-eaten, leaking ships. The native inhabitants were no longer awed by the newcomers.
Weary and ill, Columbus had withdrawn to his ship. There, he pondered his precarious situation. Returning to the stained pages of the Ephemerides, he noted Regiomontanus’s prediction of a total eclipse of the moon on Feb. 29, 1504. On the day before the predicted eclipse, he summoned the leaders of the native inhabitants and warned them through an interpreter that if they did not cooperate with him, the moon would disappear from the sky on the following night… keep reading
On July 20th, 1963, three scientists sat on a research ship 200 miles south of Woods Hole, MA, waiting for something remarkable. They were nearly 4000m above the seafloor, and using sonar, they could ‘see’ a line of creatures resting in the deep. By this time, biologists were beginning to unravel the mystery of this ‘false bottom’–a layer in the ocean that looks the the sea floor on sonar but isn’t–which covered much of the ocean.
This false bottom rises in up at night and sinks down during the day. This rising and falling is in fact caused by the largest migration of animal on Earth–everything from fish, shrimp and jellyfish, moving hundreds of meters in unison up and down each day. But how and why these animals rose in fell in the ocean wasn’t clear. As the scientists watched their instruments, the light began to fade. Not from the setting sun, but from something else.
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