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Only 3 days left to join Patrick Stewart (whose new show premieres tonight) in supporting Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot!

You’ve heard about SNOTBOT, right?  OK, maybe you’re just visiting, so you haven’t heard about this yet.  Let me explain: few other Kickstarter pledges could be better for the future of Gloucester (and anyone who lives or visits here) than this one — really, no kidding.  You’ll be helping Ocean Alliance develop revolutionary drone technology for whale research — and there’s no telling what they might discover.  But what ever it is, you’ll be a part of it along with iconic actor Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek”, with a new show called “Blunt Talk” premiering TONIGHT on Starz)!

This is good for Ocean Alliance (which translates good for Gloucester because we want them to thrive here), good for whales, good for our planet, and good for all of us who will benefit from whatever they discover using this new gizmo!  So pledge now right here.


So here’s the rescue I was waiting for! Finally we are getting dug out of here. With drifts as high as 8 feet, there was no access to Kilby St., until now. Sorry for the crappy flying, but it was very gusty up here!

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BREAKING!!!! MUSIC VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE! Directed by Craig Kimberley

Junkip Pop flyer

Yes, my good friends, it’s time to party! This Friday Night at DOG BAR @ 9pm is the place and time. Please come out and support our local artist POCKET TANYA, and have a blast at a live showcase performance and JUNKIE POP music video world premiere. Filmed inside the landmark locations of EMPIRE DEPARTMENT STORE and THE DOG BAR, this puppy is all Gloucester through and through! The video was conceived on the fly, and shot in a matter of a couple of hours. It was done all hand held, and just me and Paul, no other crew. This is a true run-n-gun production. Pocket Tanya is an amazing performer-singer-songwriter that will entertain the shit out of you! Also on the ticket is Megan McKenzie, a soulful and powerful vocalist that you won’t want to miss. Then to hold it all together is the pumpkin’ DJ stylings of SUPA UGLY. Calling all LGBT, ESPN, WKRP, NCAA, AACP, AARP..EVERYBODY COME OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN!!!!(The video will be re-played throughout the night, so you won’t miss it if you come out a bit late.)

Below is are some sample frames from the video!!



Pocket Tanya

Pocket Tanya photo shoot by CK

Pocket is amazing, so call all ya homies, best mates, stupid neighbors, and so-so friends and come to the show!! Maybe have some snacks & drinks, meet Pocket Tayna and special guests, and have a friggin blast!!!!

You can find Pocket Tanya on iTunes suckas!

Discovery Channel at Ocean Alliance

Ian Kerr Discovery Channel interview ©kim Smith 2014 copyIain Kerr Interview with Discovery

Sunday morning Discovery Channel News was at Ocean Alliance filming a story about SnotBot, the organization’s new drone. The drone was created by a group of Olin College of Engineering students, under the direction of Professor Drew Bennet, in the College’s robotics lab.

Drew Bennet Olin College studentys Snot Bot ©Kim Smith 2014. JPG

“SnotBot will be used to collect DNA, bacteria, viruses and stress hormones from whale blows. The team also tested SnotShot, a machine that makes a simulated whale blow (with the capacity to simulate different blow types) on demand—a testing tool that will actually help the scientists in the field collect a control sample.

Olin College students Snot Bot ©kim Smith 2014

The SnotBot drone works something like this: “as SnotBot flies out to a whale that is approximately 300m from the research vessel, it hovers over a whale and the whale repeatedly blows onto a collection device. After the sample is collected and brought back to the RV Odyssey, the data is used to help interpret an animal’s state of heath through the analysis of bacteria, viruses, DNA, and stress hormones recovered from the whale’s blow.”

Read More from the Olin College of Engineering Website Here

Snot Bot Ocean Alliance Archives Here

Captain Dominic ©Kim Smith 2014Gorgeous View from the Paint Factory of the Captain Dominic Fishing Boat

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