robinwright: [Juan looking to Teresa; Teresa motioning him to…

Posted by jbc on June 25th, 2017 at 7:04 am

robinwright:

[Juan looking to Teresa; Teresa motioning him to quit while
he’s ahead.]

Moonlight (2016) dir. Barry Jenkins

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pixalry: Science Fiction Film Fan Poster Series – Created by SG…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 5:04 pm

pixalry:

Science Fiction Film Fan Poster Series – Created by SG Posters

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Safely docked at Pier 39, lures galore, multiple nearby gyms,…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Safely docked at Pier 39, lures galore, multiple nearby gyms, and three Magikarp in the Nearby tray. Nice.

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Achievement: Ulnlocked. 🙂

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Achievement: Ulnlocked. 🙂

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Closer…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Closer…

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Balaenoptera musculus, largest animal ever to live on earth,…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Balaenoptera musculus, largest animal ever to live on earth, coming by to check us out. I’ll post video later, but here are some gifs courtesy of the mobile app.

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stutterhug: Just Like the First Time.

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 12:04 pm

stutterhug:

Just Like the First Time.

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Approaching Half Moon Bay. I joked with my dad and Dottie…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 10:49 am

Approaching Half Moon Bay. I joked with my dad and Dottie yesterday that conditions couldn’t get much better for our trip.

I stand corrected. Today is better. 🙂

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oldsampeabody: For a Coming ExtinctionW. S. MerwinNow that we are sending you to The EndThat great…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 7:04 am

oldsampeabody:

For a Coming Extinction
W. S. Merwin

Now that we are sending you to The End
That great god
Tell him
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing

I write as though you could understand
And I could say it
One must always pretend something
Among the dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day

The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
Dead
And ours

When you will not see again
The whale calves trying the light
Consider what you will find in the black garden
And its court
The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas
The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless
And fore-ordaining as stars
Our sacrifices

Join your word to theirs
Tell him
That it is we who are important

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We sleepyheads got going a little late today: hook wasn’t…

Posted by jbc on June 24th, 2017 at 5:24 am

We sleepyheads got going a little late today: hook wasn’t up until 0608. Anyway, we’re off. Goodbye Santa Cruz; I hope to come back and spin the pokestops on your pier some day.

Next destination, with luck: the Golden Gate.

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Birds and whales and Pokémon, oh my! I’ve discovered that one…

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Birds and whales and Pokémon, oh my!

I’ve discovered that one difference between passage-making on a sailboat and on a powerboat is that on a powerboat there’s more time for sightseeing. Today the wind was light and southwesterly, which was ideal for the longest leg of our trip past Big Sur, the Monterey Peninsula, and Monterey Bay.

There was so much to see! Images above:

– The fog lifting to reveal Point Sur.

– A flyby by a black-footed albatross off Cypress Point. I saw more albatrosses today than I’d previously seen in my entire life. They’re amazing!

– A badly framed shot of a humpbacked whale sounding. There were humpbacks everywhere.

– The huge flock of sooty shearwaters we plowed through in Monterey Bay. We also saw pink-footed shearwaters, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, red-necked phalaropes, some kind of murrelet, pigeon gulliemonts, Forster’s terns, western gulls… The birdy highlight for me, though, were the aforementioned albatrosses.

– My dad steering us into the anchorage in Santa Cruz.

– The view of the pier IRL.

– The view of the pier in AR. Ahhhh! There are raids happening right now just a few yards away!

It’s okay. I can wait. The plan for tomorrow is another crack-of-dawn departure and the final leg of our trip. With luck we’ll soon be at the West Coast mecca for boaters and Pokémon players alike. Wish us luck!

Closer…

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thoselittleboats:- David Jones, Love and Space Dust

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm

thoselittleboats:

– David Jones, Love and Space Dust

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Up and out at 0530 today. Visibility is poor so I can’t see the…

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Up and out at 0530 today. Visibility is poor so I can’t see the big slide that buried Highway 1, but like Doc said to Marty and Jennifer, where we’re going we don’t need roads.

I think I figured out why Pokémon only sporadically gave me mileage yesterday: the boat’s speed is right around the cutoff point. Yesterday we were being slowed by the leftover swells. Today it’s smoother, such that we’re going a little faster (around 6.5 knots) and I’m getting no egg or walking buddy mileage at all. Looking forward to getting back on land so I can play.

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william-ryan: lift your venti cups like antennas to heaven

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 12:09 pm

william-ryan:

lift your venti cups like antennas to heaven

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mostlythemarsh:Lichen Covered Covered Bridge

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 7:04 am

mostlythemarsh:

Lichen Covered Covered Bridge

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sylvia-morris: the project

Posted by jbc on June 23rd, 2017 at 3:19 am

sylvia-morris:

the project

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just–space: Summer Triangles over Japan : Have you ever seen…

Posted by jbc on June 22nd, 2017 at 5:04 pm

just–space:

Summer Triangles over Japan : Have you ever seen the Summer Triangle? The bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair form a large triangle on the sky that can be seen rising in the early northern early spring during the morning and rising in the northern fall during the evening. During summer months, the triangle can be found nearly overhead near midnight. Featured here, the Summer Triangle asterism was captured last month from Gunma, Japan. In the foreground, sporting a triangular shape of its own, is a flowering 500 year old cherry tree, standing about 15 meters tall. The triangular shape of the asterism is only evident from the direction of Earth in actuality the stars are thousands of light years apart in space. via NASA

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Safely anchored in San Simeon Cove. Hearst Castle is hidden by…

Posted by jbc on June 22nd, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Safely anchored in San Simeon Cove. Hearst Castle is hidden by the clouds, but the new Pokémon gyms are active! We don’t have any plans to go ashore, and we intend to leave tomorrow at crack of dawn, so no chance to play for now. But still, closer… 🙂

Seadra is still a little short of evolving to Kingdra. I was able to pick up a few Horsea candies en route, but it’s a much slower accumulation than while walking. Not sure why that is.

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“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it…”

Posted by jbc on June 22nd, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.

President Barack Obama, June 22, 2017 (via ericmortensen)

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So far this morning I’ve seen Sooty Shearwaters, playing sea…

Posted by jbc on June 22nd, 2017 at 12:45 pm

So far this morning I’ve seen Sooty Shearwaters, playing sea lions, and a mola mola. Diablo Canyon is ten miles to starboard, but it’s too foggy to see more than a few hundred yards.

Update: It’s now somewhat clearer, though still too murky to see land as we close with the coast heading in toward San Simeon. Just saw a group of humpbacked whales! 🐋🐋🐋😍😍😍

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