Posts Tagged ‘Sea’

Tonight’s NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

OMG, it’s a Filipino NightLife! June 30th, tonight only, starting at 6:00 PM in Golden Gate Park.

(I like the NightLife, Baby! She says, “Let’s go.”)

Our CalAcademy goes on expeditions all the time – find out what they’ve just found.

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

All the deets, below.

See you there!

California Academy of Sciences June NightLife Event Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30 at 6 PM

Our Scientists are back—be among the first to see what we’ve discovered

WHAT: At a special NightLife event on June 30, guests 21+ will be among the first to hear about the many new species discovered by scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in a recent expedition to the Philippines. This project was the most comprehensive scientific survey ever conducted in the Philippines.

For six weeks this spring, dozens of Academy scientists hiked, sweat and dove their way through this biodiversity hotspot to explore and document animal and plant life located in shallow coral reefs, deep sea and mountain forests.

Come hear their fascinating stories at this special NightLife. Newly discovered species include:

· A deep-sea swell shark—a shark that fills itself up with water to seem bigger and ward off predators
· “Laughing” cicada—an insect with the ability to make a high-pitched laughing sound
· Various nudibranch species—more commonly known as sea slugs, that have been overlooked in the past because of their tiny size

At this revealing edition of NightLife, guests will be able to explore new specimens from the expedition and experience a special preview of the results, straight from the scientists themselves. Guests will enjoy Filipino music, folk dance performances and delicious traditional Filipino food.

WHO:
· Fire urchins, ghost pipefish, a coconut octopus and other new arrivals as ambassadors to their ecosystem
· Kulintronica will be performing modern and gong music of the Philippines along with dancers from the Mabuhay Folkloric Society
· DJ Chicken Scratch and Marky (a.k.a. “Proof”) will be spinning some tunes
· Ramar Foods will offer tastes of traditional Filipino food
· Alberto A. Lim, (Cabinet Secretary, Philippines Department of Tourism) will introduce performances

WHEN: Thursday, June 30
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

COST: $12 per person/ $10 for Academy members
Adults 21 and up

WHERE: The California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information: http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

David de Rothschild’s Somewhat Flaky Plastiki Expedition Finally Makes it to Australia

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Well, he and his Plastiki crew finally made it, all the way from Sausalito, California to Cindy, Australia. Let’s hear it for “heteronormative postmodern causeo-European hubris,” or something like that.

With some major repairs along the way and a friendly tow down the east coast of Oz, he eventually got the job done so you got to hand it to him.

Check the site, check the blog, check the Flickr.

As seen yesterday down under, in a darling little harbour:

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All the way to the bottom, Davy. You made it!

Je vous lève le chapeau, Mr. de Rothschild.

See the Sea Princess in Drydock at Pier 70 Tonight on the National Geographic Channel

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Remember back in the day, when San Francisco was a blue collar town? Well, dude, S.F. is still a blue collar town, if only because of BAE Systems and all the stuff they do with ships on the east si-iiiide.

Remember the 70-yard band-aid that was slapped on the Cosco Busan at Pier 70 a few years back? This will show the same kind of deal – tonight you’ll be able to see all the deets of the work of our highly-paid blue-collar types. You’ll be able to see the Sea Princess, inside and out.

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Enjoy:

Sea Princess Stars in National Geographic Channel’s Hit Series ‘World’s Toughest Fixes’

June 3 Episode to Take Viewers Behind the Scenes During Princess Cruises Ship’s Drydock

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., June 1  — The immense job of drydocking Sea Princess will be featured in the June 3 episode of National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) top-rated show, World’s Toughest Fixes.  TV viewers can go behind the scenes as host Sean Riley follows the entire process from the time the Princess Cruises ship enters the drydock to the final sea trials.

Airing on Thursday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NGC, the show was filmed while Sea Princess was in a regularly scheduled drydock at BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair last September.  The episode focuses on the enormous task of completing a multitude of drydock projects in just 15 days, with emphasis on several technical “fixes” on the bottom of the ship that could only be accessed when the ship is out of the water.

“This is a unique opportunity for audiences to really appreciate the amazing around-the-clock effort needed to keep our ships in top shape to deliver the experience our passengers expect,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.  “We’re excited that the National Geographic Channel was interested in featuring this rare behind-the-scenes project.”

One of the network’s most popular shows, World’s Toughest Fixes takes viewers inside some of the most daunting repair jobs with Riley, a professional master rigger, as he works with many of the world’s top mechanics to show how they tackle these challenging fixes. World’s Toughest Fixes airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NGC.

Riley joins the Sea Princess drydock crew on a number of tasks, adding his own elbow grease and expertise along the way and tries out several drydock jobs.  He helps strip and power wash the hull, tries his hand at upholstery work and joins the team working high up on the ship to seal the windows.  He even gives viewers an up-close view inside the tail shaft housing as he crawls in to show the audience the work being done.

Throughout the episode viewers will get a glimpse of the buzz of activity on a ship in drydock, including a look at installation of carpet and floors, the stripping of wooden decks, and even a glimpse of the ship’s new adults-only Sanctuary which was constructed during the drydock.

More photos of last fall’s Sea Princess drydock are available in the Sea Princess Drydock Journal.  Behind-the-scenes photos of the World’s Toughest Fixes crew at work during the shoot are available on the Princess Flickr photostream.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

 Princess can also be found on:
 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PrincessCruises
 Twitter: http://twitter.com/PrincessCruises
 Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscruises

Plastiki Approaching Island of Kiritimati After 35 Days Asea – Oprah Impressed

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Here’s the update: Plastiki voyage leader David de Rothschild and crew are heading straight towards the northern Line Islands at a pace slower than walking.

Appears as if they’re slowly making a bee-line to tiny Teraina, Kiribati (aka Washington Island). Or Tabuaeran (Fanning Island) – that’s in the area as well. big old (bigger than San Francisco anyway) Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island)

Be sure to check out the action at Oprah.com.

DdR at the CAS last year:

Anyway, they said they would try for the Lines, and it looks like they’ll make it.

Stay tuned….

Catching Up With the Voyage of the Plastiki – Landfall Near Hawaii Expected Soon

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I don’t know, if Plastiki voyage leader David de Rothschild really were such a self-centered douchebag” “media hound, wouldn’t he be heading towards one of the Hawaiian islands, like Oahu or the Big One? (Numerous reports have stated that Hawaii is on the itinerary.) You know, there’d be a huge reception for him and his crew in ‘Lulu, with a concomitant media circus ‘n stuff.

But it appears as if the Plastiki is heading towards the nearby, not-all-that-populated Line Islands. So credit David for that, anyway.

See? San Francisco is off the map way up near the top right corner of your PC screen and the Hawaiian island chain is in the upper left corner of the graphic:

And do I blame him for skirting around the North Pacific Garbage Patch? Not really, for three reasons.

1. All them exposed two-litre bottles in the Plastiki’s hull make it the slowest pig on the high seas. And depending on conditions, that place isn’t the easiest to navigate through, so lots of extra time would be needed.

2. Garbage patch trekking’s been done already, by similar voyages; and

3. You can’t actually see the Garbage Patch – it looks like any other part of the Pacific. So, unless you are equipped for studying it, the whole place is kind of banal.

Anywho, I’m curious to see where this venture ends up. I’m quite confident this Andersonian craft  is seaworthy enough to make it all the way to Cindy, Australia, but how it gets there - that should be interesting.

The Plastiki plods along while the haters (“heteronormative postmodern causeo-European hubris”) hate. I’m thinking it’s still possible for David to beat the haters and win this one.

We’ll see.

Come to SF,CA if Your Huge Ship Needs Repair – Fixing Up the Sea Princess

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Check out this humongous cruise ship in drydock on the right side of San Francisco at Pier 70. (You know, right near the place where Mayor Gavin Newsom rented out San Francisco’s sovereignty and got snookered by the Chinese government simultaneously during the 2008 Olympic torch run fiasco.) This ship is big - like Cosco Busan big. But why did the people at Princess Cruise Lines choose San Francisco as a place to do a refit? Why not, baby? We rock! (It’s nice to know that San Francisco is still competitive in a few industries anyway.)

It’s the Sun-class Sea Princess, soon to be equipped with an adults-only [no, not that kind of adults-only] Sanctuary, an “oasis of tranquility” where you can escape from those pesky little anklebiters. 

Love, exiting and new - come aboard, we’re expecting you! Click to expand:

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Can you see the big black screen? It’s for movies under the stars, just like we have in Dolores Park.

And here are the twin screws:

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And here’s a thruster hole (or whatever they call it) – all the better for maneuvering around at ports of call.

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BAE Systems will have this princess back on her feet and heading down south, Panama way, in no time.

Check out all the deets here.

And of course, the PCL people are Twittering all about it.

And look at all the recent drydock photos here on Flickr.

And the Facebook, always with the FB.

And look who christened the Sea Princess, back in the day – Zara Phillips, a real princess, or princess-to-be, or something. Her grandmother is the Queen of England anyway.

Bon Voyage, Sea Princess!

A Sky Blue Pink Midwestern Sky Greets the Harvest Moon Above San Francisco

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Does this look like San Francisco? It must, because that’s what it is, or at least this is how SoMA looked last night when the Harvest Moon* started rising in the sky around sunset.

Can you spot the full moon? And what’s behind Door 17? Click to expand:

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That’s from a fish-eye lens. Here’s the same moon a little later with a zoom lens.

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Has it been 40 years since Whitey first set foot on the silv’ry orb?

Use the new Google Moon to keep track of the High Rollers who’ve made it up there.

*Or Fruit Moon, if you want to play it safe

U.S. Coast Guard Recovers Huge Buoy Off of San Francisco

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

What were you doing new year’s eve? Well, that was probably more fun than what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Aspen did, which was fix our buoy problem.

The San Francisco Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy SF, commonly known as the “Sea Buoy” was recovered by the Coast Guard Cutter ASPEN. The buoy was found on the sea floor in its assigned position, still attached to its mooring. The buoy was lifted onto the deck of the ASPEN, and will be brought back to San Francisco for repairs

They’re looking into why it sank – it might have been hit by an outbound vessel. Click to expand:  

Doesn’t look like too much fun.  

Let’s be careful out there.