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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Orson Whales

A unique take on the classics - Moby Dick (novel), Moby Dick (song), and Orson Welles (a whale of an actor). Huzzak Alexitin!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Loomings by Orson Welles

Orson Welles performing his abridged and edited take on the classic Melville chapter, "Loomings" from Moby Dick; or the White Whale.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

JFK's Victura

"I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because, in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”
 – President John F. Kennedy speaking at the America’s Cup in Newport, RI in 1962.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

In the Mist of Summer (1977) Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Classic surf movie by Gary Pennington and Rick Jorgenson that captures a dreamer's ideal of the summer of '77; "Emerald green tubes, scented offshores, and summery water". Thanks to Scott Starr for keeping the dream alive.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kayak Unknown

Found this sweet ride on Flickr via Dave Langlois - Check out the sweet handles fore and aft. Hard rails. Big Seat. And of course, Personal Flotation Device.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard (Full Album)

A1. Spiritual 00:00
A2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise 13:45
B1. Chasin' The Trane 20:23

Bass – Reggie Workman
Bass Clarinet – Eric Dolphy (tracks: A1)
Drums – Elvin Jones
Piano – McCoy Tyner
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

Recorded at The Village Vanguard, NYC, November 2 and 3, 1961.

Coltrane defending his music against the critics.
Down Beat: April 26, 1962, vol. 29, no. 9

And then from Melville:
"The heavers forward now resume their song, and while the one tackle is peeling and hoisting a second strip from the whale, the other is slowly slackened away, and down goes the first strip through the main hatchway right beneath, into an unfurnished parlor called the blubber-room." - Chapter 67. Cutting In.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shooting the Pier

My wife and I recently acquired this fantastic photo of Laird Hamilton shooting the Malibu Pier. The photo was taken by Steve Munch of the Latitudes Gallery in Ventura, California. This pier shot occurred during the morning session on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. Getty Images photographer, Jason Merrit, captured Laird emerging from the beach just after this epic ride (image below).

In the interest of full disclosure, the pier is on my commute to work in Santa Monica. This day, I sat in traffic for over two hours because of the surfers, news crews, and looky-lou's that came to see the surf generated from Hurricane Marie.