Salty Dog Day at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum by Lily

Hi!  My name is Lily and I want to tell you about Salty Dog Days at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Saturday.

I went to the event because my Nana was a judge in the Dog Costume Parade Contest and I thought it would be fun.  When we got there, there was a dog water rescue demonstration going on:

I didn’t take this picture quite fast enough but it is a dog in the water.

and this is Salty, another one of the water rescue dogs:

This is Parker–he is a Newfoundland–and was part of the water rescue program

I went up on to the land and saw a cute beagle named Daisy:

Then the parade started.  There were only two dogs dressed in costumes but there were lots of dogs in the parade without costumes.  The winner of the of the costume contest was Black Dog the Pirate:

and the beautiful twin golden retrievers Dylan and Gladys who won the prize as the prettiest pair of dogs in the parade:

and Monk the St. Bernard puppy won for the cutest puppy:

And here is a picture of people looking at Harold Burnham’s frame for his new boat.  I got to sign the frame

The Salty Dog Days was really fun and educational–and I took a tour of the shipyard too.  My great grandfather Wendell Lufkin worked in that shipyard a very very long time ago.

I hope you like my post–be sure to leave a comment if you do.  Lily

Thoughts On The iPad

The iPad sure is sexy. I’ll spare everyone from making any inappropriate jokes about tampons in this space and focus on the tablet gadget that Apple came out with back in April of this year.


Some folks take the Microsoft vs Apple thing way too far much like some folks take the republican/democrat things way too far and let the principles that each faction stand for blind them to any good there may be in the opposing camp.

Before Windows 7 came out I had crazy lust for a macbook because I couldn’t edit HD movies on my windows based computer like I could on a mac.  Walking past the Apple store at the mall without popping in was and is not very likely for me. 

When the Mrs’ laptop shit the bed this winter I priced out mac laptops for her as a replacement and as much mac lust I was having at the time, a $1000 laptop was/is overkill for her very simple web browsing and Facebooking needs. So I went out and bought her a Windows 7, 17 inch laptop with 500 GB of storage space and 4GB of RAM for $550.

It wasn’t long after messing around with her windows 7 laptop that my mac lust had up and left the building.  It baffles me that Microsoft is not crowing more about the success of it’s new operating system.  They made the file system so incredibly easy to use, they added a slew of useful tools that to steal the Apple phrase “just work”.  I can easily bang out content for the blog twice as quickly on a Windows 7 machine than I can on an old Vista machine.  Every single Microsoft operating system up until Windows 7 truly sucked ass but Microsoft really hit a home run with Windows 7.

The iPad still intrigued me as a pretty neat tool but once I dug into the specs and what it can and can’t do I similarly can’t justify the expense.  Sure it is visually stunning, sure it is light weight and portable but consider the price for the base model-

$499 for a wifi version with only 16GB of capacity. $599 for a wifi version with 32GB of capacity and $699 for 64GB of capacity.  The screen’s display is 9.7-inch (diagonal) and is really a thing of beauty to look at but if you were going to carry the thing around in a bag you would need to get some sort of case for it to prevent it from getting scratched up.

All this begs me to ask the question- Why would someone spend $499 to get a machine that can only do a fraction of what you could do with a windows based laptop that demolishes the iPad on just about every single statistic?

Here’s where I answer my own question-

The reason people are buying these things is because for 90% of the users out there they don’t need all the specs that a power user or someone that actually creates content needs.  My guess is that 90% of home based computing is for browsing the internet and consuming content and for those people the iPad is pretty damn good.  The interface IMO trumps anything that is out there for a internet content consumer.

My needs as a heavy content creator cannot be met by a $499 16GB of storage iPad that does not (as of this writing) allow you to edit video.  It also does not have a usb port which means you can’t even use a portable external drive.  That is a huge failure for MY needs but for most of the computing public it’s of no concern at all.  Apple to their credit is smart.  They aren’t trying to capture every single person in the universe.  they don’t care about the power user in this space or else they would at the very least up the RAM and provide a USB post.  They are producing quality products for the masses that are slick and extremely easy to operate and for the vast majority of users, my guess is that they never take a bit of video off their video cameras and edit into a movie on their computer.

Poll time-

You can’t argue with the recent study by Morgan Stanley Research which showed how much US Retail Notebook sales have decreased since the announcement of the iPad.  Those numbers are staggering.  I guess that will be good news for those of us power users who will probably be able to get incredibly powerful machines for very little scratch due to an abundance of supply while all the consumers of digital content add the sexy iPad to their Christmas wish lists.


So to sum it up-

If your computer usage only consists of browsing the internet and you never edit pictures or save pictures to your computer but want a slick viewing experience (and money to burn) the iPad is pretty sweet.

If you plan to do any serious content producing and/or can only own one device buy yourself a laptop.  They are pretty damn cheap and you can do a whole lot more.

Now if in future generations of the iPad they choose to up the RAM, give us a usb port, and  a movie editing app similar to iMovie I might reconsider my stance.

You never know, it could happen.

Lone Gull 10K Results

Click the Picture Below For The Lone Gull 10K Results

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Top Gloucester Finishers-

20   803 Matthew Curran 53   M5059 GLOUCESTER   36:29  5:53
30   708 David Cluett 36   M2039   GLOUCESTER   38:58   6:17
31   677 Ryan Sawyer  22  28/295  M  GLOUCESTER 38:59  6:17
64   638 Nathan Spencer 36   M   GLOUCESTER     42:47   6:54
95   696 Joe Sanfilippo 43  80/295 M  GLOUCESTER 45:31   7:20
117  760 Preston Curtis  47   M  GLOUCESTER      47:02   7:35

Top Gloucester Female-

155   602 Angel Feliciano 49   F GLOUCESTER      48:32   7:49
163   439 Judy Destino  49  F  GLOUCESTER        48:54   7:53
177   477 Julie Wyman   52  F   GLOUCESTER       49:28   7:58

Fall/Winter Cape Ann Fresh Catch Season Coming Right Up

Hi Joey-
Emily here from Cape Ann Fresh Catch. We’ve got a new season coming up
and I was wondering if you could help us spread the word:
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new fall/ winter season of
weekly fresh seafood deliveries across eastern Massachusetts starting
in November.  Cape Ann Fresh Catch was created with three main goals:
to support the local fishing fleet and promote the historic port of
Gloucester, to encourage sustainable fisheries practices, and to
provide consumers like you with a truly unparalleled seafood
experience. Local deliveries will take place at TURNERS SEAFOOD MARKET
on 4 SMITH STREET in Gloucester on THURSDAYS.
The CAFC model is simple: we take the freshest locally- caught seafood
available and bring it directly to local communities across eastern
Massachusetts on a regular schedule.  Interested consumers become
share-members by signing-up at the beginning of a season and then meet
us once a week to pick up their fresh-caught sustainable seafood.
The structure of the program allows CAFC to provide local fishermen
with a fair, higher-than-average price for their catch and opens up
new markets for some of the lesser-known species of the northwest
Atlantic.  Over the course of the current season, CAFC has been
pleased to provide its share-members with such varieties as blue fish,
hake, monktail, pollock, skate, whiting, and red fish, as well as
staples like cod, haddock and flounder.  Because of our simple and
direct boat-to-consumer model, the fish is simply the freshest that
you can come by- completely unprocessed and never frozen.  CAFC
seafood is good for the local economy, good for the environment, and
good for you!
After a full year in operation, CAFC has listened to the comments and
concerns of its share-members and has revamped its share options.
Share-members can choose between a variety of convenient pick-up
locations, whole fish or fillets, and are guaranteed the opportunity
to try a wide variety of seafood caught right off our own shores.  New
this season, share-members will be able to choose between weekly or
bi-weekly pick-ups.  In addition, to further the goal of promoting
underutilized species, all share-members will be provided with
northern native shrimp- caught right here in the Gulf of Maine- at
least once during this season.
This new Fall/Winter CSF season will start in early November and run
through February of 2011. Details regarding pick-up times and
locations, the delivery schedule and signing up will be posted on our
website as soon as they are available:


Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday September 25th



September 14, 2010

Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday September 25th

The City of Gloucester will be holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9AM-12 Noon at the Department of Public Works, (DPW) 28 Poplar Street.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, provides residents with the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible manner.There is no charge for Gloucester residents to dispose of hazardous waste up to a maximum of 25 pounds or 25 gallons and anything over this amount will require a payment to Clean Harbors. An additional 10 gallons or 10 pounds will be $28, anything over that will be $45 . Contractors may not use Household Hazardous Waste Day to dispose of materials. We will accept a limited number (12) of non-residents who will be responsible to pay Clean Harbors directly for the material they bring.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, gasoline, and other household hazardous chemicals. In addition, residents may dispose of mercury-containing waste, including car batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps at no cost. For this Saturday only we will not be accepting tires or scrap metal.

To ensure safety, please adhere to the following handling procedures: leave materials in original labeled containers; tighten caps and lids; place containers in sturdy upright boxes rather than in garbage bags; avoid smoking while handling hazardous materials. Most importantly, do not mix chemicals.

Cape Ann Skeptics To Meet

Before you all read this next announcement I’d just like to state for the record that I’m a little skeptical about this whole event. 🙂

Rick Sagall writes-

Cape Ann Skeptics 

The first meeting of Skeptics in the Pub will be September 21, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Dog Bar, 65 Main St. The meeting will kick off with time to meet, greet and order food, then Rich Sagall will give a talk entitled "What is Skepticism" followed by short videos, Q and A’s and discussion. This gathering is  sponsored by Cape Ann Skeptics and is the first of the regularly scheduled meetings to be held every 3rd Tuesday of the month. All skeptics or those interested in skepticism are invited. For more information or to join our mailing list, visit or email
Rich Sagall, MD


Women’s Guild of Holy Family Parish Penny Sale September 25th

Hi Joe

Well here I am again, a year later, and we, the Women’s Guild of Holy Family Parish, are having another Penny Sale to raise funds for the Parish.  We are aiming to be even more successful than last year and hope you will again post the information.  It will be held on

Saturday, September 25th in St. Ann Church Hall, doors will open at 6 p.m. with a hopeful start of 6:30 p.m..  Lots of great prizes as the merchants have been generous and the guild is also giving their all for this event.  There will be a food concession, lots of fun and friendship for everyone so come on over and join us at 70 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Thanks,    Helen Downey, President

Work in Progress – Trapper John and Dog and I Verre Eglomise

From deb Clarke

current status of my verre eglomise of The Dog and I and The Trapper John at Joey’s dock. a panel started last summer. preparing the glass to receive a new color field.