Monthly Archives: September 2010

Gloucester MA Wishes Jimmy T The Best On Survivor Nicaragua Video

Video of people giving odds of Jimmy T’s success on survivor Nicaragua and wishing him the best.

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Make your own Youtube Video wishing Jimmy T the best and I’ll post  it here as well.

You can go to The CBS Survivor Website and They have a forum where you can say nice things about Jimmy also and find out about other cast members here-

Survivor Community Forum

Goooooo Jimmy T!

Salty – Pet of the Week

 

Salty

Salty – Pet of the Week
Good Morning Gloucester!  My name is Salty and I am an eleven-week-old orange-and-white
male kitten.  I am very handsome and adorable.   I have lived with dogs,
cats and humans and get along with them all.  I am very popular at the
shelter because I am so social; my roommate said I am just nosey.
The Cape Ann Animal Aid is a non-profit shelter located
in Gloucester and in addition to kittens, we have full grown cats and
several puppies and dogs.   You may access photos of all adoptable pets by going online at
capeannanimalaid.com and you are welcome to visit us – but remember, we are
closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please consider adopting me and if you are driving and
you are a guy, please ask for directions – remember, 260 Main Street in
Gloucester!!!

Homey in Wikipedia

Laridae, or the gull family is well represented in Wikipedia here. Everything you wanted to know about Homey. Although well filled out with citations it needs a little more work. The first problem I had with the page is the second photo depicting two homies playing tug-of-war or possibly waiting for a third to play jump rope:

Click to embiggen.

Do you think it is disrespectful to homey to have this photo contained on the official Wikipedia page of the gull?

A quick additional edit since the first three voters want the photo removed. If you examine the large photo it is clear this ground squirrel has been pinin’ for the fjords for some time. A flat squirrel, run over by something large, maybe a truck, and baked on the tarmac. I think either homey would say, “crispy, tastes like bacon!”

Riley Represents!

Hi Joe. My name is Riley and I am a Fawnaquin Great Dane puppy. My new Mom and Dad have told me how Great G-town is and they promised to take me there this fall to meet all of their friends. Honest, they promised. All of their other Great Danes have made it out there and even went on Whale Watches. I will stop by and see you when we get into town. My Dad said it’s time to have a COLD ONE and meet his G-Town family.

Arf-Arf

Riley

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Time and Tide Opening Reception Masquerade and Illusion Sept 17th

 

Friend of the Blog Kristina Brendel writes in-

T&T Masquerade

Time & Tide Fine Art, 4 Market Street in Ipswich will hold an Opening Reception for their latest exhibition, Masquerade and Illusion on Friday, September 17 from 7-9 pm.

Time & Tide is teaming up with Time Well Spent to collect books at the reception for More Than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Visit http://mtwyouth.org for more information about More Than Words.
Masquerade and Illusion includes painting, photography, multi-media and sculpture from area artists including Marilyn Swift, John Geesink, Anne Demeter, and Thorpe Feidt. Also included in the show are works by Belarusian painter Vladimir Kontsedailov. (The photograph is a detail from "Masquerade" by Kontsedailov.)

For the night of the reception only, Brian Brogan of The Painted Story (whose studio and gallery is on the third floor of 2 Central Street in Ipswich) will display his work as well. Brogan’s work is primal, shamanistic; showing human’s indigenous spirituality and equality.

"I’m hoping that we will raise a few eyebrows with this exhibition," smiles Kristina Brendel, Time & Tide’s director. "I’d really like to push the expectations of a local gallery past the tried and true into artwork that makes people pause and wonder."

Masquerade and Illusion will be on display at Time & Tide until November 15.

Here’s a fun new party pizza recipe

Last night I was given the task of coming up with a recipe for a product that was sent to me in the mail.  This is a fairly new company and they asked me to try their product and come up with an easy recipe that would be perfect to share at a party–and what says party like pizza?

You can buy the Saucy Mama products on line at this site:

http://www.barhyte.com/

but in a pinch you could use the sweet vidalia onion salad dressings that I have seen locally in the grocery stores.  This is just one of the products that they sent me–they have a HUGE selection of excellent marinades, mustard, gourmet olives and more on their site.  If you would like to win a couple of products, just leave a comment here after my post and I will randomly choose a winner and mail (or drop off,  depending where you live) a selection for you to try.

So, here is the recipe I created using their Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade:

Cheese Lover’s Saucy Mama Chicken Party Pizza

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in to bite sized pieces
1-12 oz bottle Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced leeks
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-homemade or prepared one pound ball pizza dough
3-4 small sliced canned or leftover cooked potatoes
1-small onion, sliced in to rings
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded fontina, mild cheddar or jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Move oven rack to the bottom third of the oven and insert a pizza stone or overturned large baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combined sliced chicken and 1cup Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade and set aside.  In another small bowl, combine 1/2 cup Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade, dried thyme and cream cheese.  Mix together until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil, garlic and leeks and aaute until leeks are tender and translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, stretch pizza dough on a pizza peel or back side of another large baking sheet that has been floured or sprinkled with cornmeal.  Spread Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade and cream cheese mixture on to dough to  cover, leaving  1” uncovered to form the outer crust.  Top mixture with cooked leeks and top leaks with a single layer of sliced potatoes. Add the onions in a single layer.

Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese.  Drain chicken from Sweet Onion Marinade and place on pizza in a single layer.  Top chicken with shredded fontina and season with salt and pepper.

Slide pizza on to preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden brown and chicken is cooked through.  Remove from oven and  sprinkle on grated parmesan and chopped chives.  Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing in to small squares or slices to feed  your guests.   Enjoy!

Ocean Alliance Odyssey Log For Day 57 From John Pierce Wise

interesting day for odyssey……

Day 57, September 11

Today was an interesting day.  We saw and heard no whales for most of the day making it a very slow day.  There were a few dolphins bow riding that left shortly after we reached the bow. There were some birds.  There were some oil slicks from some boat that cleaned its bilge pumps into the water. The water was a smooth as glass (thanks again Mr. Atkinson) but no whales. Oh, I should also mention now that I forgot to include Mr. Mark Hayes as part of our Ocean Alliance team -no offense Mark one just loses track of things at sea. Mark too is an invaluable part of the team.

Thus, the day provided a chance for me to catch up on work from home writing papers and abstracts etc. I am pleased to report our first abstract from the voyage was accepted for publication and will be presented in Portland, Oregon on November 10th. Johnny and Matt got caught up on their online classes.  Bob, Sandy, Carolyne and Ian caught up on some much needed duties and sleep. Matt, Johnny and I too caught up on sleep.  I have now had enough to become merely exhausted and should sleep well tonight.

I thought you might be curious to know how we visualize whale clicks and dolphin whistles on the boat. I have attached some PDF documents of them. Please excuse the picture quality I was rushing out to see the dolphins and the sun’s glare was on part of the screen.  The dolphin whistles are primarily seen in one program and the sperm whale clicks are tracked in another.   The dolphin whistles are mostly yellows and orange and reds. When farther away they look like squiggles and streaks on the screen as you will see from the picture labeled "dolphin clicks away from boat". When near the boat the screen is bathed in colors as you will see from the attached picture of "dolphins near the boat".  We can hear them over the array as they whistle and it really is fascinating to hear all of the clicks and whistles and wonder where they are and what they are saying.

The sperm whale picture is from another program and their clicks are visualized as circles of color.  In this picture they are in the upper part of the picture and are large black circular dots.  The line they are slightly above is the center line of the boat. Our goal is to put they at the top of that white box above the line which means they are on our bow. Below the line then means they are on our stern and we have to turn around. In this way, we can follow the whales. we can also hear them on the array too. They sound like popcorn popping and at times horse hooves on cobblestone roads.

When we hear sperm whales clicking we know they are most likely underwater as they rarely click at the surface. So we follow them acoustically listening to the clicks and moving the boat so the dots are at the top of the box.  Then when they are quiet we rely on our team watching to find the blows.  Today, we heard and saw nothing…that is until 2 pm when First Mate Ian heard clicks on the array and started turning the boat. About 2:30 pm, Johnny called out from the midlevel platform that he saw a whale blow and we headed for it. The team was assembled and ready to go, but the whale dove deep, which you can tell when its tail flukes out of the water.

Now sperm whales dive deep (over a mile) and long (about an hour). So we waited, listening all the while to the whale click and eat.  Then a little after 4 pm Carolyne spotted the whale from the top of the pilot house and again we headed towards it. Again it dove deep before we could even get close. At a little after 5 pm, Carolyne spotted the whale again, this time from the midlevel platform, and again it dove. About 6:15 pm. Bob spotted the whale from the pilot house and again it dove.  One lone whale just out of reach.  Iain Kerr described this exact sort of experience when he was on during the first couple of days, but I think he was referring to groups of whales you couldn’t quite reach not just this lone whale.

By now, we had the pattern. The whale would surface somewhere shortly after 7 pm. Carolyne wondered what the reward was for the person who saw the whale that led to a biopsy. A number of humorous suggestions were radioed to her including that the winner gets to be on the cover of a Japanese whaling magazine called "Let’s go whaling"! In the end, it was decided it would be ice cream in port. About 7 pm everyone could smell dinner and questions rose. I was hopeful we would get one last try at a sample so I said no dinner would not be at 7 pm tonight.

Carolyne expressed her hunger so I sent Johnny up to relieve her. But when I went outside he was on the bowsprit. So I asked Johnny which part of "go up and relieve Carolyne" was unclear. To which Carolyne yelled down that she was not about to be relived with only about 20 minutes left of daylight. At this point, I realized two things. My  team was determined to get a sample and time was our enemy as light was fading fast.  Well, three things- Carolyne really wanted that ice cream too! 

The sun set. Bob saw the green flash as the sun went in the water. It was about 7:20 pm and no whale and the light was going quickly. I was just about to call it a day, when Carolyne called out "whale blow behind us" and like that we turned around and headed that way.  Someone called out that the whale was about 2 miles away. I gulped because this outcome had been the pattern. Every time that whale had surfaced it had been about 2 miles away and we never quite got there. Captain Bob expressed his surprise and frustration that the whale was that far off.  It looked to both of us and I imagine the whole team that with the fading light and the distance we would once again come up short.

Then a different sound caught my ear. The boat engine had reached a higher pitch. We began racing through the water.  I looked in the pilothouse at the gauges. Captain Bob typically has the boat at 1400 rpm when on whales. Now, it was over 2000 rpm and we were doing 8-9 knots (very fast for this boat). In short, Captain Bob had had enough and it was a last ditch effort to get a sample. The entire team was as determined as a team can be.

We approached the whale. It did not move. Closer. Closer. Still not moving. Closer and then as it had before it started to dive. Johnny readied for an attempt with Rick right behind him in case of a miss.  We were close enough and had time enough for just maybe one try.  Johnny took it from the bow and it bounced off the whale. Ian took a picture of the tail as the whale completed its dive. Matt quickly gathered the data. I grabbed the net and tried to recover the arrow. Captain Bob threw in the ring to mark the arrow and we turned around to get it.

The recovery was not simple. I tried with the net. Matt tried with the hook. Then just before Captain Bob was going to try and lean down into the water, I caught it with the net and explained that  I could not have Bob moving my job as well. Matt took the arrow, noted a good sample, and also noted that the arrow tip had practically become unscrewed. He then processed the sample. The light faded into darkness and Carolyne had won her ice cream!

I held up dinner until Matt was through in the lab and then we all sat on the back deck enjoying Sandy’s dinner, recounting the events of the sampling (Bob was to describe it as a half court pass leading to a three pointer at the buzzer to win the game). It certainly had that feel to it. We spent the rest of the meal swapping stories and admiring the beautiful night sky. 

Only one sample today, but in many ways the best one yet.

John

John Pierce Wise, Sr., Ph.D.

Director, Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health

Dolphin whistle away from boat-

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Dolphin Whistles near boat-

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Sperm whale clicks being tracked-

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Calling All Gloucester Parents- We Want Your Pics

Thom Falzarano and David Cox do a great job covering Gloucester sports for GMG but I’d like to invite parents of all the sports teams to send in pictures of Gloucester Sporting Events like Pee Wee Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, or any other sport that we can’t possibly get to.

You can do this in a couple of different ways.

One you can send in your pictures to the GMG Tip Line- goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

or you could do it the best way by uploading the photos to a Flickr set and send us the link so we can run them as slide shows.  GMG is based on community and we are INCLUSIVE.  Without the community we’re just another blog but with everyone being involved everyone has an interest in making it the best it can be.

So be a good parent damnit and send in some pictures of the local teams and we will do our best to get them up on the site.  This goes obviously for any group such as Theatre, robot building, chess team, ect, ect ect…….