Author Archives: Paul T Morrison

The Five Retail Doors of the Cape Ann Tool Company

The Cape Ann Tool Company as of June 19, 2015

It has been decades since the ring of the 100 ton drop forge has been heard at the Cape Ann Tool Company. It took most of 2013 to get the smokestack down. Now it is time to dream about what will go behind the five doors.

My wish list:

1) A restaurant: Northern India plus Seafood. Greg Bover wants it named “The Tan Dory”. Or Mexican Seafood. “The Pigeon Cove Taco”. This will include a bar which does not require ordering a Cove Burger in order to be served a Fisherman’s IPA.

2) Coffee Shop and Bakery: fresh coffee and a bagel. Opens at 6 AM and imports Brother’s Brew Butternut Crunch Doughnuts.

3) Village Market: loaf of bread, butter, potatoes, onions, six pack of beer, Cape Pond Ice, scratch tickets, Allen’s Coffee Brandy.

4) Tackle Shop: bait, rods to rent for kids to catch a flounder behind the store, T-Shirts from Cape Pond Ice.

5) Art Studio: Art CO-OP, all media, pottery, ceramics, Rockport Art Association North Colony.

What’s on your wish list? A fresh seafood market? In-N-Out Burger? Uniqlo?

Retail Space Available: 617-482-6050

Rubber Duck Celestial Pinball Starts Tonight!

Some amazing collisions in our summer skies this summer and to really appreciate it you have to look at the darkened sky over the sunset starting tonight. It will be pretty easy to pick out Venus as the brightest object above the horizon. Then check out Jupiter which is sitting above Venus. Kind of cool but why are we looking at them? Because from here to the end of the month, keep track of how Venus tracks towards Jupiter. If you do, by the last day of June you will think they are going to crash into each other! It is only on July first that Venus edges by below Jupiter.

On June 30th Venus will be so close to Jupiter that by using a decent set of birding binocs with wide field you will be able to see Venus and four moons of Jupiter along with Jupiter a the same time! Comet 67P not to scale.

On June 30th, Venus will be so close to Jupiter that by using a decent set of birding binocs with wide field you will be able to see Venus and four moons of Jupiter along with Jupiter at the same time! An inner and outer planet with circling moons!  Comet 67P not to scale.

Then we can go back to figuring out where the Rubber Duck shaped Comet 67P is. This will be easy because the lander named Philae the European Space Agnecy sent woke up last week! The lander is sitting on the Rubber Duck’s head and we may be able to get photos of what happens to a comet when it heats up this August as it sweeps around the sun. Can you imagine photos of the Rubber Duck’s head popping off? (Joey and Craig are hoping!)

A photo of 67P if it landed in London. The Philae lander sitting on the head is the size and weight of a standard washing machine. But the gravity of this Mount Fuji sized comet creates an apparent weight for the lander of only one piece of paper! When this sucker heats up, fasten your seatbelts!

A photo of 67P if it landed in London. The Philae lander sitting on the head is the size and weight of a standard washing machine. But the gravity of this Mount Fuji sized comet creates an apparent weight for the lander of only one piece of paper! When this sucker heats up, fasten your seatbelts!

And here is where I got the photo of 67P Rubber Duck at the Bikini Speedo Tourney. David Cox is amazed.

And there are some interesting mushrooms growing over here!

There are some interesting mushrooms growing over here next to this tree. Should I post the next shot? Your call. Leave a comment.

[EDIT two days later]. Finally, someone asks about the mushrooms, EJ, wants to know. When I first posted the David Cox shot I was sure I caught a dodge ball player watering a tree in the background. But I looked at all my shots and a moment later got a clear view of the innocent players getting dressed after the game.

Forget the mushrooms, pull your pants on!

Hey, I’m just pulling my pants on!

2nd Rockport First Night Tonight! 4-8 PM

Dock Square, Bearskin Neck, the other neck on Cape Ann full of wonder. Check it out. The shops and galleries are stuffed full of new stuff while keeping the old  good stuff.

When: 4-8PM and beyond, Tonight, First Friday of the month all summer.

Where: Rockport; Bearskin Neck, Dock Square and up Main Street.

Feature: The Art Nook Gallery on the Neck. Go all the way down and turn right into Helmut’s Strudel. Have a small coffee and a cinnamon roll with raisins. Make sure and get the raisins. Trust me. Then three steps right across the street is the Art Nook Gallery.

Take a selfie of you standing in front of Stefan Mierz’s freshly painted”Rockport Harbor Sunrise.” Stefan or Kathleen Miller will shoot it with your phone. Send it to Rubber Duck. Blue Duck will be shooting her Selfie at 5 PM.

Rubber Duck: "Do you see what I see?" Blue Duck: " I think they add more than fluoride to the Rockport water ..."

Rubber Duck: “Do you see what I see?”
Blue Duck: ” I think they add more than fluoride to the Rockport water …”

Joey gets an award.

Joey is getting an award today so RD starts off at Brothers with a sugar high.

Joey is getting an award today so RD starts off at Brothers with a sugar high.

Then RD moves on to the hard stuff at the Studio during sound check.

Then RD moves on to the hard stuff at the Studio during sound check.

Mayor does an intro. Rubber Duck is all ears.

Mayor does an intro. Rubber Duck is all ears.

John does an intro and RD is sizing up Craig's ear.

John does an intro and RD is sizing up Craig’s ear.

Rubber Duck goes for the wet willie.

Rubber Duck goes for the wet willie.

Joey goes for the heart felt thanks, Lowell is not paying attention!

Joey goes for the heart felt thanks, Lowell is not paying attention!

Spectacular Rubber Duck Race in Rockport Today!!

I have attended the Indianapolis 500 race in Indianapolis and it does not hold a candle to the thrills and excitement of the Rubber Duck Race put on by the friends of the Council on Aging in Rockport! A few quick shots just after the race was completed follow.

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Rubber Duck and Homie mistakenly thought the race ended here after washing out to sea. They eventually figured it out and were able to get grandstand seats close to the pits with Blue Duck.

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The dedicated Rubber Duck Race Officials who make sure everything including psi of all ducks are within specs.

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Blue Duck has a winning ticket in here, she can feel it.

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Here comes the official pace car and OMG she starts spinning out!

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The Pace Car Rubber Duck blows a tire and flips as she goes by the pits!

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Here comes the pack! Little pinky is edging out baby yellow!

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Very few keep their head above water as the surge to gain an edge. The smell of burning rubber, the deafening quacks!

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Pile up in the third turn but there is no yellow light, no caution flag in this duck eat duck race. Race results will follow. Blue Duck was seen ripping her tickets in two. There’s always next year Blue Duck! Next time I think we need to shave and wax our ducks.

Annual Rubber Duck Race in the Mill Brook; Rockport Front Beach 11 AM Saturday May 30

The Rubber Gun goes off at 11 AM but if you want a chance at winning the race you need to put some cash down on a rubbery bill before that. Rubber Duck is increasing her odds by buying four ducks at 10 AM. Her Rubber Duck Army of 88 crazy Rubber Ducks that have shown up on her porch will cheer them on.

Where: Mill Brook is that lovely park and stream that flows into Front Beach, Rockport Center.

What: Rubber Duck Race to benefit the Rockport Council on Aging

What the Duck??: The “Rockport Stuff” Facebook page has been aflame with controversy for the past few days with Duck Gate but officials have promised that all ducks will be tested for proper inflation and the winner will have to pee in a cup post race.

Controversy was squashed once Rubber Duck Race officials disqualified any entrant with feathers or actually having a quack. These two will be spectators.

Controversy was squashed once Rubber Duck Race officials disqualified any entrant with feathers or actually having a quack. These two will be spectators.

Time to visit the all new Bearskin Neck, Rockport

You might think ho-hum, I’ve been to Bearskin Neck over the years many times, but you should try it out again. Lots of new stuff. Two examples:

A new turn-around and new breakwater at the end! There is still the “Pass at Your Own Risk” sign but now it is so much easier to walk all the way out to the #6 harbor beacon. It really needs a good storm to wash the grit off it left from mashing 13 ton rocks into a flat top but you should try it out now.

There's a party out on #6 ATON.

There’s a party out on #6 ATON.

New artists! I’ll highlight just one but there are tons of new artists and shops out there. One gallery you have to stop in to see is David Arsenault. Leaf through his website but you have to see these in person. The very familiar, Good Harbor Beach, Old Garden Beach swing. After viewing if you go back outside on Cape Ann you realize you are living in a painting.

You've sat at this picnic table before enjoying a sunset haven't you?

You’ve sat at this picnic table before enjoying a sunset haven’t you? New owner, same table, different sunset.

Click on Bearskin.net for the latest including first Friday Nights in Rockport or click on the frequently updated Bearskin.net Facebook page.

Rubber Dick Approved.

Rubber Duck Approved.

Then and Now; The Rathskeller, Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square

Joey’s post last month from breakfast at the Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square got me thinking of how that area has changed. I’ve never eaten at Eastern Standard but it turns out I have. But it was called the Hoodoo Barbecue which was at the Rathskeller. Sue and I ate there last in 1986.

I saw a lot of bands there, Human Sexual Response, The Atlantics, the Neighborhoods, lots of great bands I never knew the name of.

I drive by every day and couldn’t figure out where the Rat actually was so I made a photo molding together old and new.Rathskeller

And today I went by and took a new photo to show exactly where the Rat was. Eastern StandardIf you have breakfast at Eastern Standard and sit on the right side of the restaurant you are actually at the Rat. The waiter I talked to knew this. He said the kitchen is where the bandstand used to be for the Rathskeller.

The Hoodoo Barbecue had great ribs. I remember talking to the chef and he admitted he used liquid smoke, but it was pretty good liquid smoke.

If you ever hung out at the Rat in the 70-80s, check out the Rathskeller Wiki page. You will be amazed what good music you listened to.

Today is Homie and Rubber Duck’s fourth Anniversary

Four years? Seems like just yesterday.

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?” Solitude of the lonely Homie. Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic! A little stand offish at first. They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love. “So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time. “I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.” You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!” “We could make it work!”

Is it safe to come out?

Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

 

 

I cannot believe it has only been four years since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that six hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Part I posted April 18th, 2011: (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds: But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ” “I am so out of here!” But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over.

Why Did Blinded By the White Win for a third time?

What is it about a dynasty? Three wins, three World Champions of Cape Ann Dodge Ball. How does Ed Collard’s team do it? Here is the evidence. Ed or some hidden mascot of their team drives them to make the dives, make the saves, lose some skin, to win that trophy.

I am no geologist but you could look at this thigh and see the the “dikes” in the granite crisscross. That means that thigh hit the dirt more than once. That second and third hit has got to hurt. I won’t post the photo that includes the torso because it gets weird fast but suffice to say this dodge baller sacrificed some epidermal layers for the win.

Oh maybe after all the kids have gone to bed I'll post the rest of the photos holy cow!

Oh maybe after all the kids have gone to bed I’ll post the rest of the photos holy cow!

Game On!

Onions and peppers? Of course onions and peppers!!

Onions and peppers? Of course onions and peppers!!

Monday, Sunny and in the 70s. Opening Day. Yankees are in the basement and no need to watch anymore hockey. Game On!

Let’s see, Bruins SUCK! No need to watch them. Sox will bury the Yankees in the basement all weekend. Then, Monday, Sunny and in the 70s. Opening Day. Sweet Jesus Rubber Duck scored some primo tickets! Need to practice eating the Italian Sausage baby.

Is Fluoride an Evil Conspiracy?

Next month on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Town of Rockport is going to vote on whether to retain fluoride in their water system. Because I sound like I know what I am talking about when it comes to science I have been asked by several groups to voice my opinion, debate in public, discuss the finer points of a paper or papers pointing out something good or bad about fluoride.

But I won’t. I am not a biochemist or public health scientist. I can tell you the myriad ways you can analyze the expression level of thousands of genes from one human cell, (my current interest is single-cell genomics), but fluoridation is not something I study in detail.

So what do I do and how am I going to vote? I do what I always do when I have a scientific question that I am fuzzy on. I ask the scientific experts in the relevant field. I look at the consensus of the National Academy of Sciences which is charged with the responsibility of advising the President on scientific matters. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has some NAS members on faculty so sometimes this is as easy as walking down the hall.) In this case I also check the consensus science from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the American Dental Association, and other experts who have studied the question and written reviews. Since we have been adding fluoride to water for 65 years these reviews are extensive. They study the hundreds and hundreds of peer reviewed papers on the subject; there are old reviews and new reviews, they all say the same thing.

The one thing I will not do is google for the answer. That would lead to the Fluoride Action Network, or Dr Mercola, or Dr Oz, or the Food Babe, or Mike Adams of Natural News, or god forbid Alex Jones of Infowars. All of those sites are anti-science full of pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo that cherry picks when it cites papers, some of them even from Harvard and MIT. The problem is that all those sites have an axe to grind. They want you to fear something so they can sell you the filter or the cure or a book. The worst thing to do is to google for the information you want that supports your preconceived notion. This is called conformational bias. This is something even the best scientists have to watch out for because it is an easy trap to fall into. That is why scientists double blind their experiments so that their own bias does not invalidate the results.

So if you go with consensus science;  fluoride is in the top five for awesome public health achievements in the past century. It saves your teeth, young and old, and there is no downside to one part per million fluoride added to your town water system.

If you go with the websites I mentioned, fluoride is a poisonous toxic waste that is being dumped into the water because Big Chemical does not know where else to put it. Big Government lets them because everyone is making money and why not medicate our citizens to make them more compliant? On most of those websites it is a big conspiracy along with vaccines and chemtrails.

To me it is simple. On the one side is anti-science. Global warming denialists, anti-vaxxers, anti-evolutionists, and anti-fluoride groups. On the other side there is real science.

You can vote to keep the fluoride in the water, or you can vote against all consensus scientific opinion and vote to take it out.

– Paul T Morrison
Principal Scientist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Principal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Megan Fox loves the taste of Rockport water.

Megan Fox loves the taste of Rockport water.

A Chance to Own a Part of History!

By now you have all heard of the party on Friday at Cape Ann Giclee but did you know that there will be four and only four Rubber Duck signed photographs that were shot during the original meeting of Homie and the Rubber Duck?  Four people will be lucky enough to walk out with a piece of history!

And there will be other artist’s stuff and beer and Rubber Duck.

This is the first moment when Homie's eye (just his left one) locked onto Rubber Duck.

This is the first moment when Homie’s eye (just his left one) locked onto Rubber Duck.

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The Essex River Race May 16, 2015; Registration Open Now

Go to the Essex River Race website here and register for the tune-up paddle on the Essex River on May 16. The Cape Ann Rowing Club does an awesome job putting on both the Essex and Blackburn. Forty bucks and you get a cool T-Shirt, some grub and a beer after the paddle on the Essex. As Joey says, “Clearly you do not need to be a fine specimen of athleticism to finish this race.” He’s right. But it will get you out there for at least a few paddles in the next month to clean off the cobwebs and get rid of the acorns that the squirrels have hidden inside your boat.

And it is only 111 days until the Blackburn Challenge!

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Rubber Duck Listened to a GMG Podcast!

This photo is in honor of Aurelia Nelson and her bringing a GMG sticker and a rubber duck to France for a wedding. Rubber Duck loves weddings.

This photo is in honor of Aurelia Nelson (North Shore 104.9) and her bringing a GMG sticker and a rubber duck to France for a wedding. Rubber Duck loves weddings. (Aurelia, send photos to RD, Joey will just burn them.) Joey’s retelling of Capt. Tom Ellis of the Lannon mistaking the Rubber Duck as the GMG mascot was also heart warming. Homie loves that story! Then there was the part where Peter tried to bring up RD visiting Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute. Did Joey try to strangle him?

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