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Friday, June 11, 2010

Not so Smooth Sailing


Mom and I on board © Buesing

It seems that sailor Abby Sunderland is fine (however she is not rescued yet). Her boat Wild Eyes, was spotted by a Quantas Airways jet that was able to also establish radio contact with the teenage girl.
Abby Sunderland has been in the process of sailing the world solo, in an attempt to becoming the youngest person to do so.
Rough weather (60 knot winds and 20-25 feet waves) in past days apparently knocked off the mast of Wild Eyes, communication was lost and a distress signal was picked up from Abby Sunderland's emergency beacon.
I am absolutely absorbed by this story.
I grew up sailing and love the sea, but if you ever have spent extended time on a sailing boat you also developed a very deep respect for Mother Nature. My opinion is that one should always sail with humility.
I am not sure how I feel about this story. On one hand I admire Abby Sunderland's skills and sense of adventure, on the other hand I do not understand what she is doing out there in the middle of the Indian Ocean during the fall season - and what her parents were thinking.
It is fascinating to read about the design of her boat and to think about the preparations and resources that went into this project.
It will never cease to baffle me how different people's lives are. On one hand you have a girl of 16 sailing around the world in her own boat encountering a storm and triggering a search and rescue mission involving boats, aircraft and three nations; while on the other hand many people struggle and perish namelessly every day in situations not of their making and that are much more common.
I am not judging the Sunderland family's actions, I am simply remarking on the maddening paradoxes of our world.
I do hope that one of the commercial vessels can rescue Abby Sunderland soon.
Her journey (including her rescue) is testimony to how preparation and collaboration can let us overcome many things.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Locals & Tourists


courtesy Eric Fisher Locals & Tourist: #2 New York (came across this via Kottke)

What a beautiful image - made of geo tag data.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Giving

Cynics say artists donate their work to advance their career. But mostly that isn't so. It constantly amazes me how so many artists who have limited income donate so much. I guess when you feel good about what you do and yourself, it is easier to act from the heart.
Right now the wonderful Julianna Swaney has a print for sale of which 100% of the proceeds go to the Audubon Society's Oil Spill Clean Up Effort.
You can find the print at: www.ohmycavalier.bigcartel.com.


Night Demons © Julianna Swaney

Another cause to my clause to my heart is the aid effort in Haiti.
My friend Wyatt Gallery is currently pre-selling books and prints for his upcoming book - and all of the proceeds will be benefiting the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Find out more by watching the video below:



and by visiting: www.wyattgallery.com/haiti.

As the checkout clerk at the supermarket said to me the other: You get what give.
Words to live by.