GMG Tech Talk- Google Plus, Google Circles

How many of you are actually using these services?


When they first appeared around what seems like a couple of weeks ago lots of people were signing up and tech media were predicting that it was going to turn Facebook on it’s ear. ahem (Paul Morrison).

The numbers of people were signing up for the services were enormous as there are already a ton of people who use and trust Google products to begin with.   So the growth was probably from people saying sure, what the hell, I’ll give it a try and with the sheer number of Google users to begin with those numbers of new accounts when reported in the media are staggering.

Well Google products have a long history of success and I use many of them daily. Gmail, Google Calendar, Documents, Google Music and Google Listen among a few I use most every day.  There have been a few misses with products that may have been a little ahead of it’s time or too smart to catch on universally.  Among one that comes to mind was the collaborative tool Google Wave which promised real time online collaborations.  I used it once or twice and it was interesting but not enough folks caught on.  Kenny and I edit our podcast shownotes in Google docs sometimes simultaneously and Google Docs seems like it took a lot of things from Google wave and integrated them.

As tech savvy as I consider myself I still can’t get the hang of circles.  It may be just a little too slick and I just don’t have the energy to figure it all out right now.  So my intuition tells me that if I can’t figure it out in a snap that most grandmothers will say fuck it and not bother.  This is a huge difference between Facebook and Google Circles.  Facebook seems just super easy peasy lemon squeazy whereas Google Circles seems like people really need to sort a whole bunch of stuff out to make it manageable.

Google +?  I’ve clicked on that +1 button on a bunch of different sites including this one when there are things that I find interesting and I figure it will share that somewhere but I’ve yet to figure out where that +1 button is visible or who gets to see the post or page that I find interesting enough to click the +1 button for.  Again, I consider myself pretty much a 9.5 on the scale from 1-10 on the tech geek scale so for me not to understand it gives me a strong sense that a good majority of people don’t understand it either.

Maybe once my season slows down and once the winter doldrums set in I’ll have time to get more into it but I’m just not sure the masses will and isn’t that what Google wants to capture with it’s products-  the masses?


The Man at the Wheel…on the arm

We thought GMG would appreciate this photo as much as we did here at the Blue Shutters…
There are many ways fans of Gloucester can show their love for our favorite seaside town — you’ll find "The Man at the Wheel" emblazoned on tee-shirts, baseball caps, refridgerator magnets, ashtrays and coffee mugs up and down Main Street. But we were particularly impressed with one Blue Shutters guest — Bob from Maryland — who showed us this most awesome tattoo. Bob, whose has roots here, says he always has Gloucester with him wherever he goes.
Tony, Patty, Ed and Annmarie

To see the Fisherman tattoo series of photos click here


Do You Know? (Big Nosed and Naked)

This big nosed naked thing showed up in the flower box at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery yesterday.  Does anyone know what it is, where it came from or who it belongs to?  It looks like it could be part of Paul Morrison’s ever expanding managerie of rubber creatures.  It can stay for now, but I’d love to see it find its way back home.

E.J. Lefavour

3rd Annual GMHC Harbor Race, September 10th

Please join us for our 3rd Annual GMHC Harbor Race, September 10th.  We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.

This is a 5.5 mile triangular course in beautiful Gloucester Harbor (see attached course diagram).

Registration – 8:00 a.m. (pre-registration is encouraged)

Captain/Cox meeting – 9:00

Race Start – 9:30

Water will be supplied, prizes will be awarded, and each participant who pre-registers will receive the first ever GMHC Harbor Race hat.  These are sure to be a collectors’ item, and to bring big bucks on eBay®.

Lunch will be served on the beach following the race (BYO liquid refreshments).

Cost:  $25 per person with advance registration (received by August 8th).
          $30 per person if registering after August 8th.


Esther Martin for registration – (please reply to the spam-blocker message;  it will only happen once, but I won’t get your email unless you reply)

Suzanne Clerkin for overnight accommodations –

Bart Schick for all other questions/issues –

Do not hesitate to contact Suzanne if you’d like to stay over the night before and/or after.   We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone.

URL for more information:

Registration Materials   |   Directions  |  Race Flyer  |  Race Course

Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to host Diane Blue

O.K.,Froggy , it’s time to plunk your magic twanger! Hiya, kids, hah-ah-ah…we got a really big shew for ya this week, so let’s get started….
  Starting off Thursday nite, we’ve got Ms. Diane Blue returning to our stage at the Rheum Line. One of our personal faves, she’ll be hootin’ and tootin’ her harp all nite long and singin’ all those groovey toonz that make you wanna dance. She’ll be backed up by that inimitable drummnambulist Mr. Roger Brocklebank, he of MADHOUSE fame. Of course, Greg T. and myself complete this foray into the unknown. Might have a srecial guest or two, too.

Some more news,

AND, on Friday nite, it’s the melting of the minds at the Studio on Rocky Neck, as the carpet remnants of  the Geezerz lay down the cool grooves to the boogie beat. DM is still recovering from back surgery and Dave Brown is going in for a brainstem bypass proceedure, so, we’ve added Steve Sadler and “L’il” Steevee Chagarris to the mix of Greg T. and myself. Highly explosive, I might add. Drinking, dancing, and keeling over starts at 9 pm.
AND FURTHERMORE, Saturday nite sees the return of John Keegan ® and MADHOUSE to the Madfish Grill! Johnny and his ants will all be there gnawing on the pilings and filling your head with dervishness from 9 pm onward. Come see Cardinal Cushing anoint him with Oil of Ofay! The best summer weekend you’ll never remember!

Forbes Knows What’s Up! The Other Cape: Cape Ann

Check out Beth Greenfield’s Nice Piece On the Place we Love-

Beth Greenfield, Contributor


8/22/2011 @ 12:56PM |232 views

The Other Cape: Cape Ann

Drive (or ride the train) just a half hour northeast of Boston and you’ll hit paradise: the diverse and scenicCape Ann, which likes to market itself as Massachusetts’ “other cape.” Less tourism-driven and therefore more mellow than much of Cape Cod, this little mass of land provides a gem of a getaway for anyone loving water, seafood, arts and a fierce community spirit. Its southern portion,Gloucester [Glóh•ster], achieved hard-won fame a decade ago with the release of the Hollywood film The Perfect Storm (based on the book by Sebastian Junger), which dramatized the story of six commercial fisherman lost at sea in 1991. Today it’s still a vibrant fishing community—the oldest in the country—but also home to spectacular beaches, a thriving music scene, great spots for shopping and eating, and an art colony that dates back to the late 19th century. And, come September 2, its bays will be filled with head-turning vessels for the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, bringing races, public sails, boat parades and fireworks to town. On the cape’s northern portion isRockport, a village that thrums with life through its quirky boutiques and eateries, quaint B&Bs and spectacular coastlines. Herewith, a handy guide to seeing it all:

click here to read the entire story

Casting Opportunities Forwarded By Meg at Film Cape Ann


Meg From FilmCapeAnn forwards these casting calls-

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August 22, 2011


Boston Casting is seeking expert baseball players to work as extras in the upcoming feature film "RIPD" starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.  We are looking for players in the following positions:


We are looking for very accomplished players – former college, professional or minor leaguers.  We will also consider semi-pro players depending on skill level.  We are also looking for accomplished umpires.
Job shoots in the Boston metro area at the end of September.  
If you would like to be considered, please email us at  Please include two recent photos (face and full body) as well as your full name, phone number, and a summary of your experience in baseball.  Those selected will be contacted directly by Boston Casting.
Please no phone calls.  Notices for general extras will be posted in the coming weeks. 

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Boston Casting is seeking experienced and licensed FORKLIFT operators to work as extras in the feature film "RIPD" starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.  
Job shoots in the Boston metro area on or around Saturday, September 17th.
If interested, please email your NAME, PHOTO, and PHONE NUMBER  Please also include a brief summary of your experience as a forklift operator.  Those selected will be contacted directly by Boston Casting.
Please no phone calls.  Notices for general extras will be posted in the coming weeks.

What’s New in Jenna’s Garden? Week 10

Week 10 from Jenna Howard

"Last week I reported some sad news that my Pumpkin did not make it, probably due to some kind of bug or mildew. I also lost a Squash to the same kind of circumstances about a month ago. Despite the lose of my pumpkin and squash, I’ve had pretty good luck with the other plants in my garden. It’s clearly harvest time and I can hardly keep up with the amount of veggies and herbs I’m picking each week– Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, green beans & more! So, you know what that means; it’s time to start canning! Don’t let your fresh fruits and veggies go to waste because you can’t eat them fast enough. Canning is a great way to make your garden last all year round. Happy Canning!"




Pinky Schooner Ardelle Heeled Over for Stability Test- Photos Mike Dyer

Hi Joey,

Monday, August 23: the Ardelle is shown heeled over for a USCG stability test.  She did just fine!

Mike Dyer


Don’t forget-

Not To Miss!!! Welcoming the Ardelle to Gloucester August 24th at 6:30PM

Come down to the Heritage Center to join the celebration!

Great Blue Heron Photo From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joe,

I wanted to share this photo of a Great Blue Heron that was feeding in Wonson Cove the other night.  He would walk very slowly and stand motionless while he looked for food, so he made a pretty good subject. I was fortunate that he allowed me to get close enough to take this shot.

I can’t imagine what it must be like for the prey though.  How terrified would you be if you were a crab that happened to look up and see this staring down at you! 

For more on the Great Blue Heron check this link from the Mass Audubon!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid