About 68 years ago, the USS Indianapolis secretly carried out of San Francisco Bay, the atomic bomb that three weeks later would be dropped on Hiroshima. She unloaded her lethal cargo in Tinian island in the Pacific, then sailed on to Guam.
From there she was ordered to head for Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan. While enroute Leyte, the Indianapolis began a journey that would become the worst U.S. naval disaster. Traveling without an escort due to her extremely secret mission, her voyage would take her through an area of ocean patrolled by Japanese submarines and sharks.
A few minutes past midnight of 30th of July 1945, two Japanese torpedoes tore into her side, igniting an explosion that broke the ship in two. She sank in just twelve minutes. Of her crew of 1,196, an estimated 900 survived the explosion - but the worst was yet to come. MORE > >
Ocean of Fear is a documentary about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945, with actual survivor accounts combined with dramatic reconstruction of the events.
A popular culture adaptation is found in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller file Jaws, recounted by actor Robert Shaw whose character Samuel Quint is a survivor of the Indianapolis sinking, in the video above.
Vertigo video by Evan Severino
Sailing on a Hobie 16 (Vertigo) at Taal Lake Yacht Club. 20 knot winds with 25 knot gusts. Filmed on a Optrix iPhone 5. Music by U2 “Vertigo”
We have moved to the National Sailing Center!
Our boats (including appendages and rigging) have been moved from the Manila Yacht Club to the National Sailing Center (next to the Folk Arts in the Cultural Center Complex) run by the Philippine Sailing Association. A new fleet of Mirror dinghies have been added to the PSA fleet.
The National Sailing Center is offering learn to sail training to the public.
This is a Martin 16, the type of boat we use most often for paraplegic sailing. I’ve labeled the parts of the boat so you can see the set up. The steering is controlled by a joystick, onto which you can see the woman holding. The steering can also be controlled by an able-bodied sailing partner from the back by two lines that are hooked up to the joystick.
There are also a couple different quadriplegic setups where the sailor can press buttons or use the huff-and-puff system where the sailor can blow or suck air from a tube to control the sails. I personally have only seen the button system installed but never had a chance to take pictures thusfar.
According to experienced sailors, the Martin 16 is impossible to broach. It does heel a lot in heavy winds, however. I find that it is extremely important to know how to sail rudderless, especially when you’re partnering with someone who can’t control the boat at all, is a newbie and/or want to keep the heeling to a minimum, because the aft steeing controls are hard to reach when you’re hiking. You don’t want your sailor to be uncomfortably sliding around in their seat on every tack.
You’re always with competent sailors during races so they’re going to heel as much or little as they want. As a sailing partner, you’re mostly acting as tactician, an extra set of eyes to check the layline because the heeling creates a gigantic blindspot, and an extra set of hands to pull in the sails as you round the gybe mark.
Also, I finally got a chance to race with D. He was hilarious and he knew his shit. We got two bullets out of three that night. Fucking amazing.
Instagram FAIL, Five Other Photo apps WIN
Curious about all the hubbub about Instagram, we subscribed to the service shortly before Facebook bought Instagram.
Noted people wailing about the ruin the darkside would bring. We were still fence sitting however, the filters and frame features were primarily the reason for joining and we were not impressed, having used better apps. As to the the integrated social network, smart idea and possibly the main reason Instagram was such a big hit, but other photo apps also have sharing functions.
Then mid-December 2012, Instagram’s new terms of service came out:
… a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.
That outraged many folk. Kick your users in the teeth will ya? The darkside that is FB manifested itself finally! Goodbye Instagram! You can backpedal all you like but we’re gone.
The photo app hunt begins! With Photoshop as the gold standard, Photoshop Express’ “lite” mobile app makes sense when away from access to the full version. PSEx has all the basic functions needed for improving mobile snaps. Just don’t bother about the few preset effects and borders that seem tacked on as an afterthought. But what else is there?
So after trying several free IOS photo apps available for mobile users, here are our top 5 picks:
1. Snapseed (Google, Nik Software)
A refreshing take on imaging software (watch out Adobe!) and comes with a fascinating tilt shift control. The interface is cunningly designed for touch screen functionality on the tiny mobile screen with non-intrusive controls and well thought out functions and options. Selective Adjust uses control points to select areas for color or tonal adjustment. Absolutely brilliant for pro-PS users!
2. Tadaa - HD Pro (menschmaschine Publishing GMBH)
Has a masking function (works with finger or stylus) to select an area to apply blur, saturation, contrast, brightness, HD clarity and other effects. Many FREE HD goodies with rapid capture, EXIF support plus best part of all, “you keep the copyrights to your photos" (developer quote). Excellent!
Pixlr-o-matic app: Added omph to a boat being built (image partially processed via Paper Camera, JFDP Labs Limited)
3. Pixlr-o-matic (Autodesk)
A decent selection of filters with lighting effects that can add pizzazz to flat sailing photos taken on a gray day. More effects (PLUS packs) available on purchase. Frames come with grunge effects like scratches, dirt, light leaks, print textures for those of us who grew up with (analog) printed photography and have seen, touched real vintage photos of grandfolks. Fun!
4. RetroCamera (CLBITZ Ubiquitous Communications)
All the effects you never knew you wanted plus the kitchen sink, somewhat ruined by an in-your-face overly attached
girlfriend helpful help menu. If you can ignore the beastly menu, there’s endless hours of play! Makes you want to research tin types, clothing and poses of ancestors to recreate a true old-timey look. Put on your best pirate costumes and vogue!
Bow of the full-sized replica Andalucia Galleon, which visited Manila in 2010.
Vintiq app: Bow of the Andalucia Galleon, just add costumed crew with espada.
5. Vintiq (GMY Studio)
Another retro/antique/vintage look imaging app. Absolutely useless for sailing photos unless you have a real tallship, a galleon or some old map with a kraken to make faux nostalgic photos. Still fun with the right photo to play with.
Vintiq app: Taal Lake map circa 1911 (Lake Bombon back then) now looks like a treasure map, complete with “towns obliterated” in the bottom legend. A sobering note as Taal Lake is our favorite sailing venue.
Won 1st place Multihull class on both days of the Balai Isabel Round Taal Volcano Regatta 2012! Congratulations to Ms. Pinpin who skippered Teddy’s home-built W17 trimaran for the 1st time with crews PHBYC sailor Dave Gesilva (day 1) and PSA sailor Roel Batalagan (day 2). Thank you Teddy for sponsoring our entry and for lending your gorgeous W17 and a hug to W17 designer Mike Waters who is helping us refine her further for optimal sailing performance.
Taal Lake Yacht Club in cooperation with Balai Isabel, organized and held the Regatta on Nov 24/25 at Talisay Batangas, home to both clubs. Wind speed first day under 20 knots. Day 2 wind speed about 19-22 knots with gusts up to 25knots, constant whitecaps. Our max speed was 11.8 knots. more »
Photo credits: Carla Kramer, TLYC, Nick De Lange, CSP.
While all the proposed Philippine flood solutions will take years to build or implement or for attitudes/bad habits to change, here’s the perfect amphibious vehicle for dealing with floods (AND lousy roads), we would love to have right now:
the VW Schwimmwagen (from FreakCitySF).
Just imagine future jeepneys and local vehecles built following this design. (photo source)
Ferdinand Porsche saw the potential of an amphibious version of the VW Kübelwagen (type82). The German Army was searching for a vehicle could handle snow, sand, mud and other rough grounds. He combined these qualities and added all-wheel drive which had been developed at about the same time for the VW (type87). The development project was called the type 128 which appeared in 1940…
Thirty examples were built in 1941 at the Wolfsburg Volkswagen Works and delivered to the Army’s Engineer units. The type 128 had a boat-shaped body. The army was very impressed. In 1941 Porsche received instructions to further develop the type 128.
Professor Porsche thought that the type 128 was too large and so unstable. Porsche started to create a smaller Schwimmwagen, which resulted in the project: type 166. The first 125 vehicles were produced by the Porsche Team and they were hand-made in Stuttgart. These cars are also known as “Vorserienschwimmwagen” or preseries Schwimmers.
In the water the engine drove a three-bladed propeller at the rear of the Schwimmwagen. The type 166 was very popular, mainly because of the off-road capabilities thanks to the 4wheel drive…