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Gallery: Lost a good one Today…

This is just the pics Matt and I shared over the last two months in iMessage text chat.  In the reviewing of it, I feel like I can get inside his head a little, seeing the machinery working. A few made it to instagram, some were just for us. We shared a lot of interests, with the capital N in NERD.  We have a connection you and I, we both didn’t have to speak it to know it.  I’ll cherish every meal, every smile, every smirk you gave me my friend. And you gave. I feel your humor still speaking to me in these pictures. Love you and miss you.

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Gallery: Ernestina of New Bedford Sailing Virtually in InWorldz Grid!

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I’m really excited.  I don’t usually get excited often, but today I spent a little while tooling up and down the seaways of the virtual reality grid InWorldz with a model I built of the Ernestina, based on the one I built in years past. I’m very pleased to see the scripts provided by BWind and adaptation to the physics of InWorldz resulted in one of the most fantastic representations of sailing virtually that I have seen.  And I’ve been looking.  Thank you to the folks who are developing this like Tenbears Running of Scrimshaw Boatworks and all the folks who are using InWorldz the way I envisioned the metaverse would look like in these early days.

I have documented here on this site over the years my attempts at a mock up of virtual boating environment.  In the 1990’s I used laughably slow computers to make some rudimentary data-driven simulations.  Today I can clearly see a path towards making this simulated boating skills tool a reality.  Working with great folks like mentioned here, a life saving tool can be realized, giving form to this dream of mine.

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Video: Foundation for Safe Boating Teach and Take a Kid Program 2015 Fundraising Campaign

Join the Foundation for Safe Boating and Marine Information for the summer 2015 Teach and Take a Kid sailing program! (more…)

Gallery – Caroline’s 11-24-2014

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Gallery: Foundation for Safe Boating T&T program photos

IMG_4797Over 30 Days at Sea. More than 25 Participants. The Foundation for Safe Boating and Marine Information has sponsored an on-the-water education program dedicated to introducing the residents of the local area to their marine environment. This year the topics included marlinspike seamanship skill building, navigation and chart plotting basics, and whale watching / marine biology basics during the 4-hour cruises aboard the Foundation’s vessels. On land, pre- and post- boating season, the mission continues with education for the public with respect to our local waters, being good samaritans and custodians to the coast.

Below are just some of the sights from the season of Teach and Take a Kid daysails. The boats used were Sonar 23′ keelboats, and a Hunter 31′ cruising sloop. For more information about the 2015 season plans and how you can get involved, visit the FSB Website.  Special thanks to those who support the programs and features of the Foundation.  Even more thanks to those participants who learned about the marine environment and continue to share the job of caretaker!

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Gallery: FSB Summer 2014 Season for Teach & Take Program begins

This season is starting out with great weather and great participants in the 2014 Summer Teach & Take a Kid program! For more information about the Foundation for Safe Boating, or how to get involved with the many programs there, visit the website, or give a call. I’m sure they would love to hear from you! (http://boatingandmarineinfo.org).  The first leg took us from Amityville, NY on the Great South Bay to Fire Island Sailor’s Haven at the National Wildlife Preserve and Seashore. The chart screenshots are provided by NOAA for free, in PDF form at their site: (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts/).  


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Gallery: Knaptrackicon Revisited 2014

The following snapshots were taken in the Knaptrackicon Channel region of Second Life. It’s a long term prim preserve and seaway maintenance project. Many thanks to Elbag Gable and Jane Fosset, as well as the Day to Day operations crew at Danshire Yacht Club and SLCG Station Danshire. BZs all around!

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Gallery: 3D Projects 1999-2006

Below is a retrospective of works using Bryce3D from 1999 to 2006, when I discovered Second Life as a tool for sharing safety at sea messages. Since then I have actively participated in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary prototype programming for the 3D Virtual Worlds platforms. I am always interested in development of a truly 3D interactive training tool with practicable use. Please drop me a line if you are interested in working on this further. The files below are based on engineering and survey data combined with a 3D display of the charted objects (lighthouses, buoys, and other shipping / sea lanes).

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Gallery: USS Helena tours the Kingdom of DeMolay

Special thanks to the crew of the USS Helena, CA-75 and David Brouchoud, former webmaster of the USS Helena Organization website. Much respect goes out to all vets on Veterans’ Day 2013!

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Gallery: Canoe and Paddle animation testing successful!

Special thanks to Valradica Vale, a gentleman and a scholar, for his wonderful canoe creation, whose understanding of quartenions -or whatever they are called -could confuse a team of stalwart mathematics theorists.

This craft combines two avatars, with seamless animations for delivery of a solid virtual outdoor experience in the Kingdom of DeMolay.

At last, vehicle support has made it to the Kingdom of DeMolay, an event anxiously awaited across the opensimulator community.  This would not be possible without the awesome skill of Balpien Hammerer of InWorldz.

Thank you my friends! It is wonderful to see it coming together so nicely.

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