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65 Labadee Haiti

I’m past halfway.  As of today I have more time in than I have left and that is a good thing.  Today is Labadee, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean and as I said before it is pretty much like Disney engineers put together a beach day for Mickey.

I have the morning off, or rather I had the morning off.  See around here you can send an email at 10:00 pm that says there is a meeting at 10:30am and expect people to be there.  I left my office after a 12 hour day at 8:00pm and was not planning on returning until 1:00p when I have my first patient, but ran into someone in the hall who was kind enough to inform me that my plans have been altered.  Fuck Fuck Fuck.  but, just now I ran into that same person and asked what the harm would be if I had never seen the email and because she is the best spa manager you could ask for told me she would give me the notes.  Yes!!

I got all my Xmas packages and can’t tell you how excited I am.  I have been sharing my mom’s cookies with the spa girls (yeah, nothing goes straight to a girl’s heart like cookies and mom’s toffee)  Let’s just say the they are all being curiously nice to me…. me the possessor and distributor of sweets.  But they all take a look at the bounty that was my parent’s Xmas package and the word spoiled reared its ugly head more than once.  Hey man, I can’t help it that your mom doesn’t love you.  Also have had more than one girl ask if she could be adopted.  How ’bout it mom?  They say their, “Nans are rubbish in the kitchen” their kitchens obviously being slightly NW of France.

The 4X ginger cookies are a huge hit by the way as is the toffee, the other stuff is, of course, great, but they go crazy for those.  Jenny sent me some wrapped gifts and I am looking forward to Xmas, she even sent me some garland to hang in the cabin.  Something I never would have though of but it makes the cabin a bit brighter and the garland was stuffed in a bag over a couple of presents and yes, I am drinking coffee out of my new mug.  Awesome by the way, a travel mug with pictures of everyone from home.  I have a new favorite coffee mug.

Xmas around here is going to be tough.  A bunch of people pretending to be happy and making excuses like, it’s just another day so they can cater to people who are genuinely happy.  I hear that in the UK boxing day is just a day to go to the pub, it has lost its origin as the day the servants celebrate Xmas, but it will not have lost that significance around here as many of us are pushing celebrating until the day after.

btw:

The trivia went over great.  I did the easy version first and then asked if anyone wanted to stay around for the hard questions and no one left.  The winner of the hard round was, not surprisingly, a chemistry professor and the guy who does the astronomy lectures, a visiting PhD, came up after to tell me that he was really impressed by the range and structure of the questions.  So for an hour I got to be surrounded by about 30 nerds and it was awesome.  One lady told me that was the most fun trivia she had ever done.  nerdcore bitches!

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December 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

70- few pics

Flat Dave likes Kalik gold.  Flat Bill would agree and so would the bartender, Shaka.  This is a little place in Nassau close enough to walk to but tucked away just enough that the only people who are there are crew for the wifi and locals and tourist wanting to use the bathroom  (there is a whole trailer full of bathrooms right across the street.  How’s that for fung shui.. maybe that is why the place is pretty quiet

English DJ night in crew bar

James looks a tad surprised, Janey (next to James) does her best party- girl- lean-in for-the-photo try-to-look-adorable and I think Dionne just wants BRAINS!!! 

December 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

75 Flat Bill and Dave have coffee with the girls

Dionne thinks that Flat Bill might like a bit of muffin and Jolien knows how much flat Dave loves his coffee

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

75 one of the reasons I have a mac

after about 5 years my hard drive on my macbook gave up the ghost.  But in that 5 years it has run time in and time out like the day i took it out of the box, until it didn’t.  Luckily I had the OS with me and I installed it to a 16 Gig thumb drive but that was slow and limpy.  I was pretty sure I was going to have to buy a new laptop but didn’t really want to.  So I go into the Apple store in Charleston and told the first friendly face to come my way that I have a request that they probably can’t do.

I am here in town for just a couple of hours and I need a new hard drive installed and i don’t want to spend too much to do it.  I was expecting that they would tell me I needed an appt blah blah, but instead I waited a couple of minutes and a tech came out and said that they could do it no problem, it would take about 10 minutes and that the smallest size they had was 160G (mine is 60) but that it would cost $140 to do the repair while I wait.

He opened up the lid and noticed that the plastic bezel and one of my keys was pretty jank so he told me that they could replace the bezel, the keyboard, the monitor bezel and the trackpad all under warranty. (again, 5 years old) but that it would take half an hour to to that.

So I get an emergency repair and two upgrades by just walking in and it was really reasonable to have done.

This is the second time I have had a ridiculously good experience with the apple store and why I think they are worth the extra money.

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

75- Charleston… I thought this posted, but it looks like it didn’t

but if it posts twice then my apologies.

So it turns out that this wind was likely 40ish over the deck.  I took my wind meter up on deck later at night and recorded 62mph as the highest speed with about 48-54mph was what the sustained winds on deck were.

50+ is pretty hard to walk against and 55ish you can lean into on your tip toes.

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

76- In an actual stong gale

We just went through the leading of a front and the temp dropped 20F within minutes and the winds went from their already 45mph to near 60mph, now  keep in mind that we are steaming into that at about 20mph so the wind on deck was hitting 70mph, I will post video tomorrow when we are in port, this was the kind of wind that you can lean into.  Crazy stuff, about 25-30 foot waves, spray everywhere.  I think the worst of it is over, but it sure was fun while it lasted.

Beaufort scale 9 by the way, at least that is what the conditions look like and that is the whole point of that scale is that it is observational.  Ohhhh , great trivia question.

December 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

76- easier quiz, what do you think?

I redid the questions and I think these are much easier, let me know what you think

1.         The mnemonic ROY G BIV is used to remember what?

** Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet- the colors of the specturm in order

2.          What is the name of the highest mountain in North America?

** Denali although I would accept Mt. McKinley with apologies

3.          This is the lowest elevation on the surface of the earth’s crust, is located south of            Japan, what is this formation called?

** Mariana Trench 11km of deepness

4.         Chloroplasts are the engines that conduct what process in plants?

** photosynthesis

5.         Giga is the prefix used for Billion and Tera for trillion, what is the prefix used for             quadrillion?

** Peta

6.         Since Pluto is no longer considered a planet, which is the furthest planet from our           sun?

** Neptune

7.         Traditionally sulfur is used as a curative in this process that makes rubber more durable.

** Vulcanization

8.         You find yourself in a room where the bloodlines and behavior of Canis Lupus   Familiaris are being graded and awarded prizes, where are you?

** Dog Show

9.         Which of the following is the BAD cholesterol HDL or LDL

** Low density lipoproteins are low density because they have more fat in them

10.       What is the longest and largest bone in the human body

** Femur

11.       This measure has been considered one thousandth of a nautical mile or roughly   the distance between the outstretched hands of a man, it is used primarily to         measure the depth of water, what is it called?

** Fathom

12.       Ned Ludd led this movement of skilled textile workers who were opposed to    automated looms, they smashed many of the new looms and this movement gives            its name to people who are stubbornly opposed to technology.

** luddites

13.       If you are traveling from the equator to the tropic of Capricorn, which direction,             generally, are you traveling?

** South 50/50 chance

14.       Ethanol is a metabolic waste product of the fermentation of sugars, what is the   other waste product of fermentation?   

** C02

15.       On December, 21st 2010 what time will the sun rise in Barrow, Ak?

** it will not rise, that is the shortest day and Barrow is above the arctic circle, but they will have 2:58 minutes of twilight

16        All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, Socrates is mortal is the example of what            kind of logical argument

** syllogism

17        The star Polaris is also known by what other name?

** The North or pole star

18.       Digitalis has been historically used to control atrial fibrillation, it has been used    therapeutically since the 1700s, what is the common name from the plant where             we get this medicine?

** foxglove

19.       When you hear the sound of a train whistle get lower as it passes you, this is an example of what effect?

** Doppler effect

20        Arteries carry oxygen rich blood away from the heart, there is one and only one             set of arteries that carry deoxygenated blood away from the heart, where do they           carry this blood?

** the lungs because really where else would the heart send blood without 02.. the veins that return to the left ventricle from the lungs are the only veins that carry oxygen rich blood.

December 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

76- Atlantic

OK, I found out this morning that there is a vomit response team and this morning they are running behind.  People are just randomly projective vomiting all over the boat.  So if it is rough and you see three Indian guys in gloves and goggles toting around a steam cleaner, you have just met the vomit response team.

December 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

77 trivia

I was tasked with making questions for a science and tech trivia game.  I have been told by two people that they are too hard and I want to know what you think.  I will post the answers tomorrow, or whenever I get around to doing a new post.   But what I really want to know is if you think it is too hard.  Keep in mind that there is nothing here that you wouldn’t get in a pretty typical high school science curriculum. 

Natural Science and Technology Trivia (233 pts possible)

1.  Technology Easy                 5 pts

            Which law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits will double  every two years?

2. Geography               Easy                5 pts

            What is the tallest mountain on earth when measured from the base to the top?

3.  Space                      Easy                 5 pts

            An astronomical unit or AU, is the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun,       approximately how many miles are in an AU ?

4  Anatomy                  Easy+               6 points

How many lobes in the human lung?

5  Medicine                  Medium            10 points

            What does the suffix –plasty mean as in my friend had a rhino-plasty?

6. Weather                   Medium            10 points

            If the air temperature close to the ground is at the dew point, what are you likely            to see?

7. Nobel Prizes             Medium            10 points

            In 1978 Penzias and Wilson won a Nobel prize for their 1964 serendipitous      discovery of what?

8. Botany                     Medium            10 points

            Angiosperms are a type of plant that defined by what structure?

9.    Biology                  Medium            10 points         

            Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand is a mnemonic students use to remember  what?

10.   Physics                 Medium+         12 points

            Newton’s first law is that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest          stays at rest unless acted on by another force.  What three letter formula describes    Newton’s second law of motion?

11.    Space Flight        Medium            10 points

            The first space walk was performed by Soviet Alexey Leonov on March 18 1965,        who was the first American Astronaut to perform and EVA?

12.  Weather                Medium            10 points

            What is hotter, the surface of the sun or lightning?

13.  Biology                  Medium            10 points

            Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine are the 4 nucleotides that make up what?

14.  Chemistry              Hard                15 points

            What common chemical that we have on the ship in many forms is described by             this structure, C2H6O?

15.  Physics                  Hard                15 points

            Which fluid dynamics principle describes by which differential speeds of fluids    create differential pressures and is the principle responsible for the lift we get          from the shape of airplane wings           

16.  Geography            Hard                15 points         

            What unit of length corresponds to one minute of arc of latitude along any          meridian and has been standardized to 1,852m?

17  Chemistry               Hard                15 points

            This eponymous number or constant of 6×10^23 is the number of atoms or        molecules in a mole, what is this number or constant called.

18.  Space                    Insane              20 points

            Astronomers have hypothesized about an area at the furthest reaches of our solar           system called the Oort cloud and believe it is where our long period comets come      from.  What is the name of the region in our solar system that lies between           Neptune and the Oort cloud?

19.  Anatomy               Insane              20 points

            Which bone in the human body has the insertion of the biceps brachii?

20  Calculus                 Insane              20 points

            What is the first derivative of x^3

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Natural Science and Technology Trivia (233 pts possible)

1.  Technology Easy                 5 pts

            Which law states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits will double             every two years?

            (Moores Law)

2. Geography               Easy                5 pts

            What is the tallest mountain on earth when measured from the base to the top?

            (Mauna Kea)

            Mauna Kea is not only the highest point in the Hawaiian islands, but when          measured from its oceanic base is over 10,000m to Everest’s  8,848m

3.  Space                      Easy                 5 pts

            An astronomical unit or AU, is the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun,       approximately how many miles are in an AU ?

            (93 million) 92,955,807.27 actual.

4  Anatomy                  Easy+               6 points

            How many lobes are there in the human lung?

            (5)

            Humans have 2 lungs the right is divided into 3 lobes and the left into 2 lobes

5  Medicine                  Medium            10 points

            What does the suffix –plasty mean as in my friend had a rhino-plasty?

            (Repair or molding surgically)

6. Weather                   Medium            10 points

            If the air temperature close to the ground is at the dew point, what are you likely            to see?

            (Fog)

            Fog is just a cloud at ground level and generally forms when there is less than a 5F spread between the air temperature and the dew point.

7. Nobel Prizes             Medium            10 points

            In 1978 Penzias and Wilson won a Nobel prize for their 1964 serendipitous      discovery of what?

            (Cosmic Background Radiation)

8. Botany                     Medium            10 points

            Angiosperms are a type of plant that defined by what structure?

            (flowers) as opposed to gymnosperms which produce seeds but no flowers

9.    Biology                  Medium            10 points         

            Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand is a mnemonic students use to remember            what?

            (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species taxonomic order)

10.   Physics                 Medium+         12 points

            Newton’s first law is that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest          stays at rest unless acted on by another force.  What three letter formula describes    Newton’s second law of motion?

            (F=ma force = mass times acceleration)

11.    Space Flight        Medium            10 points

            The first space walk was performed by Soviet Alexey Leonov on March 18 1965,        who was the first American Astronaut to perform and EVA?

            (Edward White, June, 3 1965)

12.  Weather                Medium            10 points

            What is hotter, the surface of the sun or lightning?

            (Lightning)

            At over 53,000F to the surface of the sun which is around 10,000F—keep in mind        that the surface of the sun is its coolest part, the layer just below is massively            hotter and the layer above in the atmosphere is even hotter

13.  Biology                  Medium            10 points

            Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine are the 4 nucleotides that make up what?

            (Deoxyribonucleic Acid  or DNA)

14.  Chemistry              Hard                15 points

            What common chemical that we have on the ship in many forms is described by             this structure, C2H6O?

            (Ethanol or common Alcohol)

15.  Physics                  Hard                15 points

            Which fluid dynamics principle describes by which differential speeds of fluids    create differential pressures and is the principle responsible for the lift we get          from the shape of airplane wings           

            (Bernoulli’s Principle)

16.  Geography            Hard                15 points         

            What unit of length corresponds to one minute of arc of latitude along any          meridian and has been standardized to 1,852m?

            (Nautical Mile)

17  Chemistry               Hard                15 points

            This eponymous number or constant of 6×10^23 is the number of atoms or        molecules in a mole, what is this number or constant called.

            (Avagadro’s number)

18.  Space                    Insane              20 points

            Astronomers have hypothesized about an area at the furthest reaches of our solar           system called the Oort cloud and believe it is where our long period comets come      from.  What is the name of the region in our solar system that lies between           Neptune and the Oort cloud?

            (Kieper Belt)

19.  Anatomy               Insane              20 points

            Which bone in the human body has the insertion of the biceps brachii?

            (Radius)

            Origin is the head of the humerus and the supraglenoid tuberacle of the scapula and it inserts into the radial tuberocity origin is the immovable bone and insertion     is the movable bone

20  Calculus                 Insane              20 points

            What is the first derivative of x^3

            (3x^2)

December 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

78- 3 days at sea

Another 12 day cruise to the E. Caribbean comes to a close.  In about 6 hours we will start to see the lights on the Chesapeake and will start to get cell service.  The weather has deteriorated considerably, but just wind and rain.. so far no big waves.  It was a little rougher a couple of days ago and we got an email from the Captain that ususally says, “the conditions on the way back to Baltimore might deteriorate, secure all things in your area… blah blah blah”  this one was titled Seasonal Weather Alert.  This one wasn’t about if the weather was going to get bad it was about when it would get bad and stay bad for the season. 

I heard from a guy who did this route last year that in Jan there were 40 foot waves off the shore of Cape Hatteras.  That sounds like it will be exciting.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment