September 2011 Archives

Thu Sep 29 21:40:47 EST 2011

The Man who was Thursday

The Man who was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton, is quoted at several points in Deus Ex. Not only that, but it was referenced in the help file of the excellent Evil Sorceror's Party (as a scrapped ending). When collecting audiobooks for my trip, I noticed on a "best of librivox" list and knew that I had to give it a listen.

The narrative centres around a poet (who is also an undercover policeman) who finds himself elected to the Central Anarchists' Council. Each member of the council is named for a day of the week, hence "The Man who was Thursday". The bulk of the novel deals with the council's plan to conduct an assassination in Paris, and the protagonist's efforts to stop it.

I know that there are deeper layers to this work than the surface story, and I know that I've missed them (and audiobooks don't allow poring over the work like a dead tree does), but it's an enjoyable yarn nevertheless.

The work is well read, and read by a single person, something I consider essential for a good audiobook. The reader also reads each of the characters in a different voice, making the dialogue easy to follow.


Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: librivox

Tue Sep 20 21:20:47 EST 2011

First Voyage

From the 10th to the 12th of September was my first voyage with Windeward Bound. (Actually, we left on the 9th), but we immediately proceeded to a nearby anchorage and went to sleep.

We had so many passengers on board that there were more crew than crew bunks, so hot bunking was necessary. In addition, someone had to sleep in the saloon. Being the newest member of the crew, that someone was mostly me. Ths saloon couch is pretty comfortable, if a little short. It's also right next to the engine room hatch, which has its bilge checked regularly. It's also right next to the mates' cabin and the captain's cabin. Somehow I slept like a log regardless.

On the 10th, we motored to Adventure Bay for a good few hours, going more-or-less straight into the wind. The result was a lot of pitching and a lot of seasick people. I wound up on the helm, singing "Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой" (Indeed, I am very glad that I finally am returning home (Trololol)). Here's a shot over the side of the ship, but the camera never shows how it really feels.

Foam over the side

The stanchions are actually white, but they're reflecting the red from my wet weather gear.

Albatross

I also shot an albatross. I hope that's not going to bring a curse or anything.

I also took the opportunity to learn some more tunes for the harmonica:

Yay harmonica

The next day we sailed to Little Oyster Cove with the wind coming from about 90 degrees to the direction of travel. This means instead of the ship pitching all day, it rolled all day. We also had a chance to set the fore staysail and the two topsails.

Fore staysail Topsails

The cove was beautiful, but my camera doesn't capture landscapes so well.

Little Oyster Cove

Here's one last picture of the aft shrouds that I think's really cool.

Shrouds

Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: windeward_bound

Tue Sep 20 17:31:50 EST 2011

High Adventure: A Narrative of Air Fighting in France

On my days off, I like to go for a walk with an audiobook running. When I was in Melbourne, Stefan introduced me to the LibriVox project, where volunteers create public domain audiobooks based on Project Gutenberg eBooks. If I find ones I particularly enjoy, I'll write about them here.

The book I most recently listend to is High Adventure: A Narrative of Air Fighting in France. The entire book is read by one person, and he does an excellent job. The story is very interesting as well. The parts where the author is first learning to fly make me want to build a flying machine in a shed. I don't want to say any more to avoid spoilers. Strongly recommended.


Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: librivox

Tue Sep 6 12:42:28 EST 2011

Blackwall Hitch

We were recently given a list of knots that we had to know cold. At the end of the list was the blackwall hitch, which I firmly believe is the stupidest knot ever.


Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: windeward_bound

Thu Sep 1 21:24:14 EST 2011

My new home

The ship

This is the Windeward Bound, my new home for at least the next 6 months.

My cabin

Apparently the cabins are pretty roomy, relatively speaking. Out of shot are the other two bunks in this cabin. Cabins in the main accommodation have between two and four bunks, while the fo'c'sle has another 8.

My stuff

Dry bag, sea boots and a knife/spike set. For any Hitwisers who were wondering, that's where my gift voucher went. Thanks a lot.


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Thu Sep 1 21:07:54 EST 2011

Come-by-Chance

I was reading through a collection of A B Paterson's work recently, and came upon a neat little poem called Come-By-Chance. I was going to write a few words about it, but this guy did a much better job of talking about it than I could.


Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: readings