Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pre-swell RI Trip

I missed a lot of the usual suspects this time. But a few days in the Ocean State is always a good time, especially with 70° water temps.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

catching up from late July through August

Schooner fest in Gloucester
Labor Day + 93° temps = beach madness
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And a few from instagram
Lazing on a hot afternoon. #blackcatsofinstagram #blackcats #blackcatsrule
Not even Black Cat Appreciation day (Aug 18) could excite the cat in all the heat and humidity. 

Love 💕 this board! Mini Zeke, Maxi fun - 10 years & going strong thanks @tylersurfboards
The Mini Zeke came out for a rare Summer appearance to thunderous applause!
Monster rose bush at my house. Rose of Sharon? Not sure - the blossoms are white and have no aroma. Bees have hit the jackpot, they’re stoked!
My Rose of  Sharon bush (almost a tree) bloomed - no, exploded - no, erupted all August and into September.
And the bees are stoked! And it's still going strong as of Sept. 10!

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.: 1936-2018

Masterful as Jack Horner in Boogie Nights
Adios Smokey.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Beating the Heat in Small and Mushy Waves

Johnny O Glider Style
This young lady crushed it - her fun vibe made memorable an otherwise forgettable session

Muscle(Le)car Monday - French Style

In honor of France winning the World Cup in fine style, this episode of MM shows a decidedly Gallic flair.

In response to Lancia's rallying success with the mid-engined Stratos, Renault's Jean Terramorsi, vice-president of production, asked Bertone's Marc Deschamps to design a new sports version of the Renault 5 Alpine supermini. The distinctive new rear bodywork was styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone.

Although the standard Renault 5 has a front-mounted engine, the 5 Turbo featured a mid-mounted 1.4 liter Cléon-Fonte with fuel fed by Bosch fuel injection and a Garrett turbocharger. The inline-four engine placed behind the driver in mid-body in a modified Renault 5 chassis. In standard form, the engine developed 158 hp.

Though it used a modified body from a standard Renault 5, and was badged a Renault 5, the mechanicals were radically different, the most obvious difference being rear-wheel drive and rear-mid-engined instead of the normal version's front-wheel drive and front-mounted engine. At the time of its launch it was the most powerful production French car. The first 400 production 5 Turbos were made to comply with homologation rules to allow the car to compete in international rallies.
Plus some crazy video:


No surf last week meant more paddling

And what's paddling out to Plum Island without shooting a few sunset pics? The greenheads were mercifully absent.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sunset the other night.

No surf for me the past few weeks. Any surf that was to be had was pretty small and short-lived anyway.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cool Vandenberg AFB Launch Sequence - Geekery on the CA coast

A duo of twin satellites have launched on a big Earth mission! Our GRACE Follow-On mission launched onboard a SpaceX (@SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket today, May 22 at 3:47 p.m. EDT, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. GRACE-FO will study changes in Earth’s 💎ice sheets, 💦groundwater storage, 💥quake-shifted land, and 🌊ocean currents. GRACE-FO shared its ride to orbit with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as part of a commercial rideshare agreement with the German Research Centre for Geosciences. Changes in how mass is distributed within and between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, groundwater and ice sheets are fundamental indicators of the large-scale dynamics of the planet. For more than 15 years, our Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission monitored mass changes every month with far-reaching impact on our understanding of the Earth system and how it is evolving. GRACE Follow-On continues the legacy of GRACE, tracking Earth’s water movement and surface mass changes across the planet. Monitoring changes in ice sheets and glaciers, near-surface and underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, as well as changes in sea level and ocean currents provides an integrated global view of how Earth’s water cycle and energy balance are evolving—measurements that have important applications for everyday life. Swipe to see a timelapse image of launch and other launch images. Photo Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls #space #rocket #rocketlaunch #launch #liftoff #vandenberg #vafb #gracefollowon #earth #science #earthscience #nasa #jpl #nasajpl #gracefo
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