Friday, September 12, 2014

A late Lighthouse of the Week

I'll have a "full" Lighthouse of the Week post on Sunday, but since I'm late to it this week, here's just a quick one.

So I went with the picturesquely situated Five Finger Lighthouse in Alaska, on an islet 65 miles south of Juneau, in a group of islands known not surprisingly as the Five Fingers Islands.

There are some really great pictures of this one with sea kayaks or whales in the foreground, but most of the ones I saw like that had watermarks.  So these are simple and small.  I advise looking for the really good ones with plain ol' Google searching.

This one looks like the little scale models of lighthouses that can be found in gift shops.

Bump reduction

I didn't have a chance to note my congratulations on the birthing of their babies to Alyssa Milano and Scarlett Johannson.   Congrats to the Moms and Dads of the new tykes.

Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari welcome baby girl

Scarlett Johannson welcomes daughter Rose with father Romain Dauriac

(I always like noting the births of babies to attractive women because congratulations to the father are DEFINITELY appropriate.  Wink, wink.)

Warmer or colder?

I took a few days blogging break.  So first thing I thought I'd do is check in on the state of the Pacific Ocean.   SST anomalies, in particular.

Top is September 8, bottom is September 11. I'm looking for the surfacing of that new warm Kelvin wave.  Any sign of it?

 I don't see any real noticeable change, so I'll check with the weekly NOAA assessment on Monday.

Friday, September 5, 2014

1/3 of the Kelly Brook 2015 calendar

I heard the news that Kelly Brook, who has had an interesting year (to say the least), is teasing out some of the pictures from her 2015 calendar.   Four of them, in fact.

That's important news, at least for me.

I can report that Kelly looks as good as ever.  And that's d*mn good.

Kelly Brook - Official 2015 Calendar Preview

Here's the cover.

See what I mean?

I'm also on the watch for the Michelle Keegan 2015 calendar pictures.  All she's released thus far is the cover.

A small step forward toward saving bluefin tuna

Believe it or not, a fisheries commission in Japan agreed to a proposal from Japan to cut the catch of young bluefin tuna (smaller ones) by 50%.

Truly.  In Japan.

International conference strikes deal to slash bluefin tuna catches
"A four-day subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) wrapped up in Fukuoka with a broad agreement on Japan’s proposal to cut catches of juvenile bluefin tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms, from the 2002-2004 average."
 And they also agree to try not to catch more bigger tuna than they did on average in 2002-2004.

It's not a big step. What's really needed is a complete ban and international action to cut down on poaching and piracy.  That might give the bluefin a real chance.

But this might be a first step in that direction.  We can hope.

Aerial video of Iceland eruption

I'm putting this here as much for any rare readers of this blog as for me.  It's a wonderful aerial video of the fissure eruption in Iceland.  Like I said with my post on the amazing pictures, this is a rare and remarkable phenomenon to watch.  So I'm going to watch as much as I can.

Aerial shots of Holuhraun eruption (

Wish I could do that.

Plus, more great pictures and a twilight video here:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More on the banana crisis

If you've been paying attention, there is a botanical scourge on the loose in Asia that is threatening to wipe out (eventually) the world's dominant type -- pretty much the only type grown -- of banana.

OK, so maybe I should be worrying about Ebola.  But I'm not going to Africa anytime soon.  But I do eat bananas.

Here's a very good article about why the scourge (actually a soil fungus) is so bad, the current status of the problem, and some efforts to fight it.

And it also talks about suckers.

Saving the banana