Kaitlin’s Response

Many of you wrote in asking just what the response from LA TV producer Kaitlin Herbert was after we requested nude photos before we could enter any serious negotiations to use the Crew of The Degelyse for the Food Network’s newest show.

In case you missed the first part I’ll repost it for you followed by Kaitlin’s response-

So yesterday morning I get an email from a woman named Kaitlin Herbert.  Kaitlin works for the television production company that produces the number one show on BRAVO- “the Millionaire Matchmaker and one of the top rated shows on Animal Planet “Pit Boss”.

So her production company is looking for some fishermen for a particular type of show they are developing for the Food Network.  She told me that she found GMG after an extensive search for Gloucester Fishing vessels. I sent here a pile of links to some of the videos we’ve done featuring Tuffy, Stoga and Trapper John.

Within an hour or so I got an email back from Kaitlin asking for the contact information for Tuffy saying that he and his crew seem like a great group of guys and that they would love to hear their story.

Tuffy happened to be out fishing but when he hit the dock we taped a special message for Kaitlin which you can view below.

Watch the video before reading her response so it will make sense.

Here is Kaitlin’s email response to Tuffy’s video-

I’m both mildly offended and incredibly impressed by your video. While I won’t be sending any nude pictures (that’s what free internet porn is for, boys), I’ve spoken to my bosses and they’re interested in speaking with the crew to get a better feel for the guys and what they do on a daily basis. They really enjoyed the video of Stoga, and would like to know if he’s part of the crew. If there is any more information you could give us, we would greatly appreciate it.


A message from Sefathia-

As you know Gloucester lost yet another young fishermen.. Giuseppe Joe Cracchiolo all of Gloucester is devastated and we all share the lost of this young man. Because of the storm the wake and funeral has been changed the Wake is now Thursday at St. Ann’s Church from 4-8 and the funeral Friday 12 p.m. Please spread the word.

Thank you Sefatia

Magnolia Swamp Board Walk Photo from Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

Here’s a picture of the Magnolia Swamp Boardwalk in Ravenswood Park that was mentioned on your 2nd podcast this week.  This property is now owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  I took this picture last year on April 7th , 2010.  I remember it was a really warm day for the season (a record at 88°F). 

This board walk is pretty sturdy (the boards are roughly 3” thick), sits about 8” above the surface of the swamp, and gives a great vantage point for spotting frogs eggs and watching swamp critters.  It runs somewhere between 500 to 600 feet across the swamp.  You have to cross another board walk further up the trail to get back across the swamp. 

This is a great walk through the woods any time of the year, but in the early Spring there are no bugs yet, and you have a better chance of seeing other animals through the woods due to the lack of foliage. The trail that leads to the boardwalk is a fun little adventure, with one or two neat surprises on the way.  At least it was for my two year old son, who was with me that day. The trail on the other side is pretty cool, too, with a lot of interesting things to see. In some spots the path narrows and  winds along the edge of the swamp. It kind of feels like you’re walking in a scene from the Lord of the Rings, and you’re half expecting to see a Hobbit poking along the trail ahead of you.

It’s definitely worth a visit when the weather breaks.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Meet Sarah Palin’s Parents, They Love Gloucester Video

Sarah “Sally” Heath
Charles “Chuck” Heath

I met Charles “Chuck” and Sarah “Sally” Heath, parents of Sarah Palin,  at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno Nevada and another couple they were traveling with.  They were a delight to talk to, and of course they all love Gloucester Massachusetts.

Enjoy Video 

Local Web Business Feature – Art Gallery of Kathryn Gentile Roberts

Here is our local web business of the week. A reminder we do this every week on Monday. If you are anywhere on the North Shore and have an online business or ETSY site, send it to me.

Site: The Art Gallery of Kathryn Gentile Roberts


Kathryn is not only a big fan of GMG, but a great local artist using the web as a gallery to feature her art. She is a lifetime resident of Gloucester and her work is inspired by the Cape Ann scenic coast. She has been fortunate to spend her summers as both a child and an adult on our beautiful beaches. I posted some of my favorites from her web site below and she does custom work as well.  Here is from the entry to her web gallery:

I invite you to browse my site to view original Watercolor Paintings, Antique Window Art, Prints and Cards of my original work. Many people are attracted to a special painting for themselves to enjoy for a lifetime, but why not give a painting as a gift for a Bridal Shower, Wedding, Anniversary, Special Birthday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

So check out Kathryn and help support local artists! Thanks – Patrick

The North Shore/Salem YMCA Could Use Your Vote


Hey Joe,

The North Shore/Salem YMCA is in the running for $50k in funding from Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Campaign, and they need people to vote.  The funds will be used to renovate an existing space to create a Youth Creative Arts Center at the Salem Y.  Voting ends tomorrow and you can vote with your Facebook account.  Can you help spread the word – if they win this $50k will benefit a lot of kids on the North Shore.


~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Ed Collard Wins Art Rocks! Lobster Buoy- Investigation To Ensue

Ed somehow managed to walk away from the Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction with the Art Rocks! lobster buoy sketched by GMG’s Paul F. Frontiero Jr.  An investigation into allegations of malfeasance and skulldudgery ensue.


Did You Know (Sunset)

Paintings of three sunsets and unique atmospheric conditions they create
Paintings by E.J. Lefavour

That Sunset or sundown is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon as a result of Earth’s rotation.

The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon in the west. The ray path of light from the setting Sun is highly distorted near the horizon because of atmospheric refraction, making astronomical sunset occur when the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon. Sunset is distinct from dusk, which is the moment at which darkness falls, which occurs when the Sun is approximately eighteen degrees below the horizon. The period between the astronomical sunset and dusk is called twilight.

Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the often intense orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky. (From Wikipedia). 

These are a few captures of disappearances of the sun below the horizon, and the resulting unique atmospheric conditions, as viewed from Annisquam.

E.J. Lefavour


The 7th Annual Annisquam Village Church Talent Show February 5th

The 7th Annual Annisquam Village Church Talent Show
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Woof, wag and whine as friends, neighbors and perfect strangers share
their flair for the comic, the tragic and everything in between!
A barking mad time for all!
6:00 gathering (soft drinks, coffee and tea provided)
6:30 Pot Luck Supper – Bring a dish to share!
7:45 THE SHOW!!!
$10 for adults, $5 under 16, $30/family max.
Share Your Talent! Contact Terry Sands at
alexander.sands@jud.state.ma.us or (978) 283-7065
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED! avchurch820@gmail.com OR 978-281-0376
For now,
Suzanne Brown
Annisquam Herb Farm

First Look- Palermos Brick Oven Pizzeria

In the former space of Trupianos ,The Causeway second location, Andiamos, Culina Café and now Palermos Brick Oven Pizzeria.  63 Washington Street Gloucester MA

My prosciutto, basil, mozzarella and tomato sandwich was fantastic.


Click the pictures of the menus to see the the full sized versions.







Model In The Studio, From Deb Clarke

From Deb Clarke;

from the archives: Model in the Studio copyright 1997

I think this is Brenda Tredwell. She was my model and studio assistant for several years. This drawing is turpentine wash on acid free paper. Use blotter paper or absorbant cardboard as a palette, this will reduce the linseed oil. The reverse of this drawing has one small bleedthrough, with no sign of decomp. This drawing pleases me.
Brenda grew up on Monhegan. Her hair flames. She calls herself a rock rat. She modeled for Jamie Wyeth. I recognized her knees and hair that matched the color of Jamie’s ‘burn barrel’.


Drilling Down n The Perfect Set Of Favicons Part III

The previous set of favicons from part II


While Bill did a great job with the set of favicons produced above there was still some minor tweaking to create what would be in my mind the perfect set.

Firstly the yellow ones will not be used because as I said in part II blue is part of the GMG brand.

Secondly, I noticed that there is a blue  border around the favicons.  While that wouldn’t bother me, I noticed on my iPad that when Apple modifies icons for use as buttons on their screens that the rounded corners accentuate and make them look hacked as the borders appear and then disappear at the corners.

See a screen capture from my iPad to see what I mean-


It may be nit-pickey but if we’re going to live with it for a while don’t we want to do it right?

My email to Bill-

OK here’s the question Bill.  It seems but it just might be the way they get put on screen  that there is a black border around the edges.  When they get put onto an iPad or iPhone is it possible to rather nave no border and just the blue so when the devices round the corners you wouldn’t see those lines?
because in that case I would appreciate the larger ones blue with text bundles with the smaller ones without and actually I’m not sure if it was possible and I don’t want to be a total PITA but in the smaller ones take out the crooked black bar at the bottom all together and just have the blue background with the black silhouette of the seagull so that the seagull can be larger without the black crooked bar on the bottom.
So the smaller ones blue background with just the gull
the larger ones with the gull/crooked black bar on bottom with GMG text
again I want you to be perfectly honest and feel free to let me know if I’m asking too much.  I don’t want to be a PITA but i think I now understand the benefits of being able to bundle all these different style images for the different places they would reside.
oh and even if you dont feel like doing it, thanks, these have been interesting blog posts that I’ve been able to share with the readership (the process)


Here is the set Bill came up with based on my Pain in the Ass tweaking request-


Bill writes-

Joe, you’re not a PITA, you’re a ROYAL PITA!  Seriously, though, if I wasn’t enjoying this I wouldn’t be doing it.

I think I understand what you are asking, so I made a new mock up.  The border edges have been removed.  Larger than 32×32 have the GMG text and the smaller versions are stripped out.  In the mock up you’ll notice the smaller icons have two versions.  One without the black band on the bottom and the other with it.  I did this because the ones without the band lowered the gull to the bottom edge of the image and it looked kind of funny to me [I’ve been tweaking these at a magnification of 500% so my perception of them is certainly skewed]. To raise the gull back up I had to add something for it to stand on.  I tried adding a column to represent a dock pillar, but it looked stupid at 16×16, so I opted for the flattened black band.  I just wanted you to have the opportunity to see the difference for the small ones and decide for yourself which one you prefer.

Also don’t forget this isn’t written in stone – and you can change for it in the future.  I was actually gonna suggest that you can add a set for each season with different color backgrounds behind the silhouette to represent the season: Spring=green, Summer=yellow, Fall=orange/red/brown, Winter=blue.

The aren’t technically icons yet, they’re just the mockups.  Once you’ve decided we’ll make them icons, bundle them into one icon, and test them out.  Testing is a whole other clusterf#!k.

Let me know what you think.

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Part 3 What is “Self” Publishing? From Kat Valentine– Before You Go To Press

Here is part 3. It is a little longer but I cannot emphasize the part in yellow enough! Thank so much!!!

Spelling and Grammar Matter

Thanks to the internet more people than ever are writing on a daily basis – they are blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, IMing, emailing, texting, etc. etc. However, all this writing has lead to a decline in basic grammar and spelling. This may be fine for everyday communications but that does not make it fine for books. Spell check will find words which are spelled incorrectly but it will not differentiate between there/their/they’re, point out words that are used incorrectly, correct punctuation, etc. There are also grammatical conventions for constructing things such as dialog that should be followed if you want your published work to look professional.

Authors who are not open to having their manuscripts proofed, edited, and critiqued should really consider whether they are serious about publishing. Professionals in the publishing business tell me that if an author resists editing and making changes they cannot work with them and will terminate the contract. While it is perfectly reasonable to resist significant content changes to a book (one of my agents wanted me to rewrite The Old Mermaid’s Tale for the Young Adult market — I refused), writers have to comply with standard grammar, punctuation, structure, etc. if they want to be taken seriously.


Please remember this: when you publish a badly written, badly proofed,

badly edited book, you don’t just make yourself look bad,

you make all self-published authors look bad.

Readers are becoming increasingly sensitive to self-publishing and have no reticence

to give very bad reviews to badly constructed books.

As a self-publisher commit to the highest standards possible.


Preparing Files: Print Publishing vs. ePublishing

Remember: printed material is made of ink, electronic material is made of light.

Continued at: http://parlezmoiblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/part-3-before-you-go-to-press.html

Rick Moore- The Good Morning Gloucester Interview

Rick Moore- the head cheese behind MooreStuffOnline.com swings by the dock to have a chat.

Check out the site, they are starting to get into news more, in addition to the sports-centric site that it had been.

I hope I have the energy and passion for something the way Rick obviously does for MooreStuffOnline when I’m his age.  The guy is a complete maniac!  I’m not sure if he already drank 6 or 7 cups of coffee but you should see this guy in action.  I’m looking forward to collaborating with him in the future.

A possible podcast guest Kenny?

Social Media for Artists (and non-profits)

Jo-Ann Castano presents-

Social Media for Artists

it’s all about engaging eyeballs (and iminds) get started with the basics …
use FACEBOOK PAGES to promote your work
use LINKEDIN to connect to colleagues, businesses and resources.
participate in the global art (and nonprofit) conversation on TWITTER…..
move your message on YOU TUBE

Ten Pound Studio . 1 Center Street . Gloucester MA – Saturday, February 12 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

presented by
Barbara Oliver (integrated communications consultant)

with preso by
Jo-Ann Castano (artist, community cultural organizer)
on The Arts Map-Cape Ann Arts Directory

registration on line coming soon
fee: $50 (includes how-to handouts)

email bthevision@gmail.com for further info

Bring your laptop, WFI available and explore the possibilities of marketing your art or organization.