Author Archives: Paul T Morrison & RD

A panorama of this morning’s DST sunrise

Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.

Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.

If you click twice to embiggen, the horizon is just a wee bit chewed but what is causing most of it is that there were two oil barges out about ten miles and they were replicated a few times as the software tried to cope.

DST means Take Your Christmas Wreath Down!

I will turn off my creepy Santa in the Attic if you take your Christmas wreath down. I moved back to New England 46 years ago and still haven’t figured this tradition out. Are you supposed to leave them up until Easter? Let’s start a new tradition and take them down when you leap forward. Gloucester Winter flags on Stacey Blvd. Take them down. Don’t wait until summer!

Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.

Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.

At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures  the conflagration.

At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures the conflagration.

By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward  the fire was out.

By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward the fire was out.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Springtime hits Boston

We made it. Hardly even had a winter. Just some randomness on the first really warm day in Boston.

That other winter that sucked.

That other winter that sucked.

Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.

Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.

Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.

Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.

The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.

The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.

Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.

Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.

OK, March so I had a piece.

OK, March so I had a piece.

Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.

Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.

Are you ready Rubber Duck?

Are you ready Rubber Duck?

Breaking: Last Night’s Aurora Borealis at Old Garden Beach Rockport

Roger Porter got a great shot of the Aurora Borealis last night looking north from Old Garden Beach in Rockport. All you need is a good view of the northern horizon and some sign that an Aurora might happen. Go here to the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Web Site and click on the Ephemerides menu and click Aurora. This will give you the odds as to an aurora happening.

The stubby white line is an airplane caught in the short exposure.

The stubby white line is an airplane caught in the short exposure.

Click here for more cool shots of stuff up in the sky by Roger Porter.

Rubber Duck: Best of GMG Blast From the Past #1

A new ongoing series wherein Rubber Duck selects a tidbit from the past. Here is Captain Tom Ellis of the Lannon answering questions during the long running but cancelled series of “Joey Sidewalk Twenty Questions”.

I have it queued to Tom’s segment.

 

From GMG post on November 11, 2011

Rubber Duck Hears Her Echo!

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Rubber Duck! Get off that ice or your next port o’ call is Portugal!

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Where did Kiwi Cow go? RD: “Last I saw her she was huffing on the car defrost.”

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RD: “My Limbago is kicking up can we go back to the car now?”

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RD: “You see that sea smoke heading to Spain? That means the hike back to the car is into the wind!”

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RD: “Where is my helmet?”

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This was running water three days ago? Polar Vortex? We used to call it a “Cold Snap”.

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“Can you see the moon RD? RD: “I can hear my ass crack in two under the arch and I did hear an echo. Home James, to the Superglue!”

To all the people (Skip Montello et al) who got up at the crispy crack of dawn (see what I did there?) and took photos of the sea smoke when it was wild and crazy I thank you. Better you than me and you take better photos anyway. Find them on Facebook in “Rockport Stuff”. Skip takes some of them in Infrared which are mind boggling.

nb. There is an old wive’s tale about the noise a duck makes, the quack, does not echo. Glad we cleared that nonsense up.

64 Degrees? Skunk weed got a Chubbie.

Hope this Skunkweed knows what he's (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she'll probably be fine. Let's all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.

Hope this Skunkweed knows what he’s doing (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she’ll probably be fine. Let’s all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.

Rockport: Bearskin Neck, Dock Square and on up the hill for those last minute Christmas Presents.

There were carolers this weekend but most of the stores I hit were going to be open all the way to Christmas Eve. So that pair of earrings or feather boa, salad bowl, or nutcracker, or that weird gift, the big stone thing to put in the garden and put a candle inside.

Bearskin Neck is a must but make sure you make it all the way down main street because there are gold mines of goodies all through town.

 

The best part is easy in and out. Rockport meters are all covered and plenty of street parking available.

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The little drummer boy said barampuh bu bum.

Finding Christmas Spirit this Friday and Saturday starts in Rockport

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RD itinerary for the next few days to find Christmas Spirit.

Friday night December 4 from 4-9 PM Shop Rockport. Bearskin Neck but don’t forget down the street past Shalin Liu for more art and great Tuscan bowls and stuff.

Saturday 1PM The Freemantle Doctor putters into Rockport Harbor with Santa. This is earlier than the previous 50 years so make a note. 1PM. Thousands of children crammed on the docks screaming “IT”S SANTA!!!” I have not seen one fall in yet. Maybe Saturday …

Saturday 1-4PM Santa hangs out in Rockport. Pull his beard. Drink hot chocolate. Sing Christmas Carols.

Saturday 4PM The Rockport Tree lighting in Dock Square.

Saturday 7PM The GMG Christmas Party at Cape Ann Giclee. Even if you have flexilis anatidaephobia like Joey and Craig you have to stop on by. RD will be on a leash.

Cape Ann Earthquake 260 years ago today

260 years ago today at 4:30 AM November 18, 1755, The Cape Ann earthquake struck. Epicenter was only 24 miles east of Gloucester, some ships thought they were going aground. A few steeples all the way down to Boston tipped and some chimneys fell. If it happened today, 2 billion in damages. There was an earthquake in Medfield this morning.

260 years ago today at 4:30 AM November 18, 1755, The Cape Ann earthquake struck. Epicenter was only 24 miles east of Gloucester, some ships thought they were going aground. A few steeples all the way down to Boston tipped and some chimneys fell. If it happened today, 2 billion in damages. There was an earthquake in Medfield this morning.

Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night is also Super Moon!

You will have to wait something like two billion years to see something like this again. 10:11 PM is the time you need to remember.

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

6:22PM the moon rises.
8:12 Penumbral eclips begins nothing to see
9:07 PM partial eclipse begins
10:11 PM full eclipse begins (shit gets real. The moon is now in complete shadow.)
10:47 PM maximum eclipse ( demons appear, world ends)
11:23 PM full eclipse ends (watch for that first glimmer of light passing over Mount Everest hitting the moon)
12:27 AM (only astronomers and nerds will stay up for this.)

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