Larry Hosken: New: Tag: maritime

Book Report: Manhattan Beach

It's a novel. People enter the water, people exit the water. People change names, people change themselves. There's some WWII waterfront life bits, which were fun; and shipwreck raft survival which was realistic (but maybe not so interesting to me since I'd already read enough accounts of such?). There was some WWII criminal life bits, which were probably well-researched and well-written, but which I wasn't so interested in. Probably fans of novels would tell me I shouldn't try reading this novel as if it were non-fiction, hoping to gobble up facts. Ah well.

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Book Report: We, the Navigators It's a book about navigation techniques of Pacific Islanders. I'd thought this was a lost art, only written about by westerners recently, carefully-hidden mysteries of guild-like navigator clans. But...

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Book Report: A Voyage for Madmen In the late 1960s, someone single-handedly sailed around the earth. This inspired a newspaper to sponsor a race for someone to single-handed-sail around the earth without stopping at port for repairs...

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I took an overnight trip to Monterey, which has a scenic rocky coastline and a big aquarium. I took some photos of rocks and of people looking at fish. ...

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Book Report: The Lost art of Finding our Way This book is darned near perfect: It's about how folks navigated back before there was a GPS phone in every pocket. Had things I didn't know about Vikings and about Marshall Island stick chart wave m...

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The Dutch word "scheepvaart" means "maritime", not ovine flatulent whatever. ...

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Book Report: Last Man Off It's a survivor's story from a fishing boat that sank in Antarctic waters. Not everyone on that boat survived; this book might be a good gift for someone who's become blasé about boating safety. It's...

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You know you've overtrained your brain to look out for secret messages when you're reading an interview about crewing an old-timey sailing ship and see Question: What is your favorite line (rope) o...

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"Pledging on Kickstarter is buying my future self a surprise gift." –Joshua Little This Baggywrinkles comic book by Lucy Bellwood was a pretty awesome surprise. Sometimes I think the projec...

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This afternoon, I clomped around the decks of a couple of tall ships, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. These ships are usually up in Washington state, but for now they're at Oakland's ...

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Book Report: She's Just Another Navy Pilot A memoir by Loree Draude Hirschman about being one of the first women combat pilots for the US Navy, mostly about her first voyage as such on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. As if learning to l...

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Book Report: The Old Ways It's a book of philosophical meandering ramblings about walking and sailing old routes. It starts out with a great deal of meandering musings, but if you can get past that, there are some interesting...

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Book Report: Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs It's about crabbing and fishing and nautical life in Alaska. There's some tough bits to slog through: bragging about having survived some harebrained stunts; an attempt at a framing story that makes ...

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Caught the play "Fanny" at Fort Mason this afternoon. It'll be playing for the next week. It hearkens back to a simpler time, a time when ruination was darned simple and common. A time when everyone ...

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Book Report: Livesaving Lessons This book by swordfisherwoman Linda Greenlaw is different—it's about adopting a teenager. This feels like higher stakes than life-or-death actions out on the water: Greenlaw and her daughter ha...

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Book Report: The Long Way In this memoir, Bernard Moitessier sails around the world solo. By the end, he either achieves some enlightenment or goes kinda loopy from being on his own for a few months. There is sailing. There i...

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A resident addressed me: "It would be interesting to set up a time-lapse camera here." I was walking at Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, a big houseboat area. Specifically, I was stepping off a tempo...

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Link: The International Code of Signals I watched the new Studio Ghibli film, "From up on Poppy Hill" and of course all I could think about was the marine signal flags. In the movie, our heroine, who lives in portside Yokohama, hoists sig...

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I'm just back from GC Summit 2013, in which Game Control folks talk about how to run games without going crazy...crazier than necessary. Folks presented on a cool variety of games this year. Well, th...

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Book Report: The New New Thing It's a biography of Jim Clark, a high-tech entrepeneur. This book talks about a period of his life after he helped found SGI and Netscape, when he was working on health-service software and designing...

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If LASER stood for Liquid Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Ripples http://goo.gl/Mdb2p. ...

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Comic Report: Syncopated #3 It's an anthology of comics. Some are about New York City; some are about history; some are about New York City history. Special bonus: an interesting article about heading out to Staten Island to lo...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, including water-related places in the SF Bay Area I was sooooo sure that the Shinteki Aquarius Remix water-themed puzzly treasure hunt game thingy would send us to the Pulgas Water Temple. I remember a few years ago, back when I started playing thes...

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Book Report: Seaworthy What does "seaworthy" mean? It means something that can survive being out on the sea. But "worthy" is a word with interesting connotation. It doesn't just hint at toughness, but also at a sort of rig...

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Zine Report: Giant Robot #66 It is another issue of Giant Robot. There is an advertisement for Android figurines decorated by Andrew Bell. There is an article about MSG advising you should use it even though a few people have ...

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Book Report: The Battery and the Boiler You think you've seen cultural imperialism? The Battery and the Boiler shows you what cultural imperialism looked like in 1880s England. I read this book because it's an adventure story about the l...

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Book Report: Offshore It's a novel; it's litrachaw. I tend to approach a book of litrachaw as a puzzle: spot the theme, spot the metaphor, that kind of thing. I was feeling all clever for having figured out this novel, ...

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Zine Report: Giant Robot #65 In the new issue of Giant Robot (available at fine periodical stores and the Giant Robot store on Shrader just off Haight), there's an interview with Eric Cheng! He doesn't talk about The Game, only...

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Seattle 2010 Trip Notes Remember how I went to Seattle months ago? I finally got around to writing down some Seattle 2010 travel notes. Time-saving tip: you can write up your travel very quickly if you first procrastinate f...

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