iNavX gets an update for iOS

On October 31, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

You can find more information on iNavX here.



Photo Credit: Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand

i09 is reporting:

More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott’s final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica’s Ross Island.

The compete i09 post by Robbie Gonzalez is here.




FoxtrotAlpha is reporting:

When it was launched it looked like nothing else. Its pizza slice-like design made it one of the most stable ships for its size and it has since spawned a whole new class of crazy looking vessels. Yet this clandestine spy ship is most notorious in Russia, whose military absolutely detests its existence.

Meet Norway’s Marjata, one of the most advanced spy ships in the world.

The complete FoxtrotAlpha post by Tyler Rogoway is HERE.


How to read the Notice to Mariners

On October 28, 2014, in Coast Guard, by CaptRR


Three Sheets NE has the post:

Notices to Mariners are updates generally issued by the charting authorities of various chart-producing countries, initially to provide notice of features of those charts which had been rendered inaccurate or incomplete in some way by the overhaul of current events. Chart corrections, if you practice such things — and responsible mariners should — generally appear first in Notices to Mariners, even though we usually get them more succinctly and easily via various hydrographic agency websites. Sometimes, you hear more urgent or timely versions.

The complete Three Sheets NW post by Scott Wilson is here


World population by latitude and longitude

On October 27, 2014, in Interesting, by CaptRR

The inter active link is HERE.


USS Constellation in dry dock

On October 26, 2014, in Coast Guard, History, by CaptRR

The video is HERE.

History and a great video is HERE.


Big Wind Tonight

On October 25, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR




Solar activity is high. During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity. The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV radiation in the sunspot’s magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT:

Remarkably, not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing a series of short-lived VHF radio communications blackouts. Such blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.

Earth-effects could increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate at 65% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: text, voice

AR2192 is shaping up to be the biggest sunspot in many years. Its area is now approaching that of AR0496, the last great sunspot of the previous solar cycle, which covered 2610 millionths of the solar disc on Oct. 30, 2003. As of 0h UT today AR 2192 is 2410 millionths. (Thanks to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory for this comparison.)

Because the sunspot is so large–now about as wide as the planet Jupiter–people are beginning to notice it at sunset when the sun is dimmed by clouds or haze. Pilot Brian Whittaker took this picture on Oct. 21st while flying 36,000 ft over Resolute, Nunavut, Canada

(Thanks to Alan Hobbes Buchanan for the link via Facebook)


Man falls of pier while taking selfie

On October 23, 2014, in Just for Fun, by CaptRR

Neatorama is reporting:

A reporter from a Lebanese news program is interviewing a man standing on a pier. Behind him, another fellow thinks this is a great time to take a selfie with his smartphone. Or he’s trying to record the scene in front of him. Anyway, he’s not watching where he’s walking and goes for a swim.

The complete Neatorama post is here.


GizMag is reporting:

If you want to get a picture of wild dolphin populations’ health, it’s typically necessary to capture some of the animals and then obtain blood samples or skin biopsies. Needless to say, it’s hard work, and the dolphins tend not to like it. Soon, however, it may be possible to gather the same information using a device that samples their breath.

The complete GizMag pos by Ben Coxworth is here.

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