Aquaman

By: ycd0108 , 5:01 PM GMT on February 07, 2012

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Aquaman's first origin story was presented in flashback from his debut, narrated by the character himself:
“ The story must start with my father, a famous undersea explorer — if I spoke his name, you would recognize it. My mother died when I was a baby, and he turned to his work of solving the ocean's secrets. His greatest discovery was an ancient city, in the depths where no other diver had ever penetrated. My father believed it was the lost kingdom of Atlantis. He made himself a water-tight home in one of the palaces and lived there, studying the records and devices of the race's marvelous wisdom. From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the ocean, drawing oxygen from the water and using all the power of the sea to make me wonderfully strong and swift. By training and a hundred scientific secrets, I became what you see — a human being who lives and thrives under the water. ”
Talk about "Sunken Cities"!

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41. BriarCraft
9:30 PM GMT on February 16, 2012
"an old gorilla hugging a cougar while the cougar cuddles a dachshund"
What a happy picture that makes in my mind's eye! Lucky man, er, gorilla. Especially lucky cougar!

BTW, I finally took the time to read about Liberal Constipation. Not only that, but I shared the link on sp34n119w's blog. I read an article in Psychology Today awhile back titled, "Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives" followed by a related article, "If Liberals Are More Intelligent than Conservatives, Why Are Liberals So Stupid?". They said basically the same thing, but Liberal Constipation was a much easier and more entertaining read. Thanks for sharing it.

Thinking of your coming trek around the west side of the island at this time of year, I am reminded of a certain Pemco Insurance ad. I know you'll be in an RV, but don't forget to take along a blue tarp or three. And don't forget to have fun!
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40. shoreacres
2:19 PM GMT on February 16, 2012
Ah, ha! If you're still around, happy travels, indeed. If you're checking in later, hope all is well. Above all, enjoy!
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39. Ylee
7:50 AM GMT on February 16, 2012
Happy travels, ycd!
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38. ycd0108
4:13 PM GMT on February 15, 2012
Mornin':
Last post for a few days.
"See you all this coming spring."
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37. ycd0108
9:24 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
BriarCraft:
Though a lot of my endeavors do involve "manly" things - tools and machinery et cetera, "Why am I so soft in the middle?". I promise to give Tlom a hug and maybe do it while she is hugging Roxy. Dunno if I can get it together to get a picture as well but the image of the chimp and the kitty will do. Just transpose an old gorilla hugging a cougar while the cougar cuddles a dachshund. Happy Valentines to you.
Ylee: Yup, that's the plan. Whether I can find any WiFI ports up Island will be interesting. If so I will be texting from an iPod, if not I should be back in 3-4 days. For now I'll be here till morning. The motor home is ready and I just went to the dock and warmed up the boat and stuck it "stern to" between two 40'ers with lots of bumpers out. They will need to pry my boat out of the slot if anyone else wants to move their boat but most of the others look like they are there for a while. Just hope they all have good pumps.
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36. Ylee
8:21 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Hi, ycd, I think I saw somewhere you were headed out tomorrow? If so, have a great time; we'll be here when you get back! :)
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35. BriarCraft
7:03 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
At the risk of dropping a bit of feminine mush into a man-blog, here goes ;-D

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34. ycd0108
4:29 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Tony:
Forget the link - just google William Hind and go to something that mentions his sketchbook. I just flipped through 92 pages of his sketches. Most of the rifles look longer than a Winchester.
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33. ycd0108
1:48 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Late today - stayed over at an house party last night. Slept in the R.V. and we were very comfortable. Roxy was quiet too 'cause she was tuckered out from playing with the two kids under 8 years. When we got back it was so warm and sunny I checked out the van a bit and even replaced a couple of decorative trim pieces.
Tony: Those ancestors were just passing through the Prairie to get to the Gold Rush in B.C. Not many found gold but they settled in this province. Some of the pictures by William Hind can be seen here:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hind/index-e.h tml
I thought these sketches might interest you.
Ylee: The folks that loaned us the Van are special. I wonder why it took us so long to find each other. They have done some additions to a tiny old "Miner's Cottage" with things like "Cob" walls, wild curved blue stucco interior walls with wine bottles and fisherman's glass floats embedded and a "Living Roof".
Trying to imagine how we will pay them back because they would not accept any more money than the cost of insurance. First I will try to return the R.V. in good shape.
When I look around here though, there are R.V.s and boats that sit in yards and deteriorate while someone else is out there buying another.
We plan to share the boat with our extended family: they have been getting their "Boat Operator" licenses and helping paint and even threw in a thousand dollars here and there. We always transported them to the island anyway but now we can just set them free. We offered to trade boat use for R.V. use but he's a commercial fisherman and she hates being on boats.
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32. Ylee
12:50 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
I've toyed with the idea about going on a vacation with a motor home, but renting one is $$$ down here, and I'm not as fortunate to know someone as kind as your friend to let me borrow one!
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31. plapman
9:34 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Good afternoon
I checked the CNIB library but they don't have the book. So I asked if they could get a audio version. With the peripheral vision problem I miss the first couple of letters while trying to read.
I wonder any descendants of your ancestors still live in the Portage area?. I think the Charleton trail is now highway 16 which branches of the TCan 7 miles west of Portage and heads for Edmonton.
get better soon so you can enjoy the your day while I think of a new project, maybe a tiny axe. :)
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30. ycd0108
8:08 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Got the afternoon off 'cause the Mechanic has the flu. I had it for about a lifetime over the past few weeks. Wished him well.
Afternoon Bogon: Dat tune is now in my head. Gonna check out the link to WP 5.1 info. The old stuff (ramblings and emails) from earlier systems might be interesting - goes back to '91 or earlier. I can read them on the Bondwell, or at least someone with better EYES could.
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29. Bogon
6:29 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Found a site at Colombia University offering advice for stranded WP 5.1 users. That suggests that you're not alone.

Your closing words in comment 26 sent me haring off to YouTube last night. Didn't get very far because,
a) I didn't want to wake up my wife (maybe I need some headphones?), and
b) YouTube is balky today. I don't know whether to blame that on my new ISP or on Google's new policies.

Anyway, there was music in my head to go with the words "in my life". It turns out that the Beatles have a tune by that name, but that wasn't the music I was hearing. I tried Genesis, then Phil Collins and finally ended up on Peter Gabriel. To quote the Stones, "what a drag it is getting old!" The tune I misremembered actually says, "In Your Eyes".

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28. ycd0108
4:20 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
It was fun last night digging through the old storage disks. I can not figure out how to look at the disks without Markey but he saved some photos to my main computer. Seems like anything recorded in MS Dos Word Perfect 51 is unreadable.
Yesterday: Went to the docks to warm up the engine in the boat - still in the "Break-in" mode.
There was a fellow there who was checking on his '40 wooden ex fishing boat and imagining how to modify the boat for live aboard and day cruising. I was glad I only have 21' of boat to worry about.
Today: If I can figure out how to roll up the awning on the side of the R.V. I'll see if my mechanic wants to take his sons out for a short shake down cruise. This harbor is quite long - about a mile or so is restricted to < 5 knots.
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27. ycd0108
2:47 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
This item on CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/02/what -was-the-first-videogame-youve-ever-played.html
Seems appropoe this morning.
I played Pac Man and Pong but got fair at Missile Command.
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26. ycd0108
5:37 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
“I don't necessarily agree with everything that I say.”
Sounds like Bob Zimmerman.
I did not pay much attention to McCluhan but I did listen to Dylan, Cohen, Young, and "what's his name?" with the Rolling Stones.
Quicksilver Messenger Service and good old (anything by) Jefferson Airplane or Starship - come to think of it: I loved them all! "In my life"
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25. ycd0108
5:13 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
Thank you Shore: I was over on Grothar's blog weeping away. Boats and R.V.s and dogs are fine.
You gotta see some of the old photos we pulled off the old disks. I'll post something once I figure out what is there.
So far my favorite is me (as is normal) with the grand daughters holding one of my hands each with one daughter's house a'building in the background.
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24. shoreacres
4:14 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
Hope the boats, RVs, psyches and harddrives all are clicking along just fine.

What would McCluhan say if he stopped by? I'll vote for this, one of my favorite quotations from the guy: "“I don't necessarily agree with everything that I say.”

;)
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23. ycd0108
3:45 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
My main man was here: Markey brought a disk drive that could read some of the old 3.5" floppies. What an HOOT!
Mainly pictures so far but there is me as a younger man and my grand children as toddlers. I ain't about to bore anyone with this stuff yet - if I find something worth passing on I will.
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22. ycd0108
11:24 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Here is the best I've found so far on local anthropology:
http://communications.uvic.ca/edge/mackie.html
These guys are digging on land and talking about artifacts 9500 years old!
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21. ycd0108
1:24 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Morning Ylee: Das Boot is doing alright. I did not make it to the dock yesterday 'cause I was taking delivery of our "new" motor home - Popular 190 on a Dodge chassis. I looked it over with the owners and had tea with them then drove them home.
We are planning to do a bit of early spring/late winter touring around the west coast of the Island with another couple that bought a somewhat larger rig on Mercedes running gear.
Just now it's all rain and has been for the last few days.
We are hoping for a break in the weather but I guess we will take what we get. A break here can go either way:
Bright and sunny or cold and snow so you can guess which one we hope for.
Maybe I can get some iPod photos of some Old Growth Fir and Forest - maybe I'll take the Cannon camera and the tripod and put some effort in to the pictures instead of my normal shakey point and shoot.
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20. Ylee
4:10 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
How's the boat coming along?
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19. ycd0108
4:14 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
Bogon: I was "in de nile" when McLuhen was busy dyin' - I did not have a computer and TV was minimal.He was touted up here as some kind of Guru.
Seems to me he saw some trends and mentioned them. I don't remember ever listening long to his lectures either and I would not be able to parse much of anything because I'm not sure what that means. I'll look that up.
You gotta allow that he said this in about '78 and was gone in '80.
There has been a lot of "water under the bridge" in the meantime.
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18. Bogon
2:14 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
ycd, I don't know what kind of computing environment you are using to write your blog, so I'll have to take your word about those pesky spaces. It's no problem to delete them on this end. It would be nice if I could simply click instead of highlight, copy, paste and edit.

McLuhan writes with a style and point of view that is alien to me and hard to parse. I was able to stumble through this short sample (despite the tuber-colored background), but I'm not sure I learned much in the process. It doesn't help to think of myself as discarnate as I sit here and type. You and the other WU bloggers are not present here in my room, but it would never occur to me to describe your remote telepresence as a kind of disembodiment. I perceive the medium as technology -- wires and electrons. McLuhan is talking about something else.
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17. ycd0108
7:12 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Bogon:
I agree the observations fit the theory you mention. I wonder what Marshall Mcluhan would say today.
http://www.thehandstand.org/archive/march2004/art icles/mcluhan.htm
By the way: I can not edit out the space from the links I post. Shorter links seem to be fine but if they are longer than one line the space appears
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16. Bogon
6:10 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Here's a theory.

With our modern media-driven lifestyles, we seldom find time for introspection. Thus we don't always reconcile our internal inconsistencies. We may not even be aware of them. We react to stimuli and display adaptive behavior. We don't necessarily integrate everything we process. We forestall deciding where new information fits into our worldview. We may ultimately choose to ignore it in order to deal with the next thing in the queue.

The unexamined life is not worth living.
  — Socrates

Of course, Socrates lived before television etc. He could introspect any time.
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15. ycd0108
4:50 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
As one of old hippy neighbours said after landing a secure teaching position: "I only became a conservative when I had something to conserve."
My theory that the whole present western society suffers from "Tight Ass Syndrome" might need to be revised now.
But my other pet theory is that we also exhibit strong clinical schizophrenia symptoms. At least one of the personalities must be able to eliminate waste or the organism would perish.
Here is the chorus of a ditty I wrote many years ago after I had installed an indoor compost toilet:
"People think I'm Crazy
And I just might be
But I don't mind S--t
And I hate TV"
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14. ycd0108
3:00 PM GMT on February 09, 2012
Thanks Ylee: Had a good night, Good choices of new cams there! See you Monday if not before.
Morning Bogon: Monbiot is generally worth a read but I often miss the comment function there.
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13. Bogon
6:30 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Hey, ycd, finally got around to reading about your liberal constip ation. :o)

I reckon the quote for the day is:

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

I found this listed among numerous sayings attributed to Edmund Burke. This one is disputed. Apparently what Burke really meant to say is,

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Incidentally, elsewhere on that page Burke was characterized as "the father of modern conservatism". Perhaps that means he was not constipated.
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12. Ylee
4:24 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Have a good night, ycd! I probably won't be back here until Monday, but I should have a new blog up by morning for you to look at!
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11. ycd0108
4:11 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Me oh my oh: were did the time go? I gotta get horizontal
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10. ycd0108
2:08 PM GMT on February 08, 2012
That's me in the corner:
http://www.monbiot.com/2012/02/06/liberal-constip ation/
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9. ycd0108
5:06 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Good Night Ylee:
Bogon got me started on this theme. Though I've been looking at this stuff for some years, information comes and goes.
If I had my "druthers" I'd be dragging a side scan sonar off Haida Gwaii just now.
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8. Ylee
4:08 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Hi, ycd! My memories of Aquaman was on Sat. morning cartoons when the Justice League of America was on ABC. He could communicate with marine animals via sonar, and he was strong from swimming in deep, high pressure waters, but that's all I remember.

A conspiracy nut would think "Bold Alligator" is practice for a UN invasion of the US! ;-)
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7. ycd0108
2:22 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Evening Pat:
Lordy! I hope they go on practicing somewhere, not Iran.
What we do not need just now is another Whatchamaycallit
(war) to run ships and planes about as distant as you can get around this globe and explode ordnance on folks who never knew what hit them.
Forgive me. I was watching "Das Boot" last night.
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6. Patrap
1:44 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Quoting sunlinepr:
D-Day 2: U.S. marines and 8 countries to stage mock-invasion exercise on U.S. east coast

Posted on February 7, 2012
February 7, 2012 – NORTH CAROLINA – With beach landings, 25 naval ships and an air assault, the United States and eight other countries are staging a major amphibious exercise on the US East Coast this week, fighting a fictional enemy that bears more than a passing resemblance to Iran. After a decade dominated by ground wars against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drill dubbed Bold Alligator is “the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the fleet in the last 10 years,” said Admiral John Harvey, head of US Fleet Forces Command. About 20,000 US forces, plus hundreds of British, Dutch and French troops as well as liaison officers from Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia are taking part in the exercise along the Atlantic coast off Virginia and North Carolina. An American aircraft carrier, amphibious assault ships including France’s Mistral, Canadian mine sweepers and dozens of aircraft have been deployed for the drill, which began on January 30 and runs through mid-February. Monday was ‘D-day’ for Bold Alligator, with US Marines stepping on to the beach from hovercraft, near the Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina. The American military, mindful that Marines have spent most of their time in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan since 2001, said the goal was “to revitalize, refine, and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps role as fighters from the sea.”

With defense spending coming under pressure after years of unlimited growth, the Marines – which devoted a brigade to the exercise – also are anxious to protect funding for their traditional role as an amphibious force. The exercise scenario takes place in a mythical region known as ‘Treasure Coast,’ with a country called Garnet, a theocracy, invading its neighbor to the north, Amberland, which calls for international help to repel the attack. Garnet has mined several harbors and deployed anti-ship missiles along the coast. The threat of mines, anti-ship missiles and small boats in coastal waters conjure up Iran’s naval forces, but the commanders overseeing the drill, Admiral Harvey and Marine Lieutenant General Dennis Hejlik, say the scenario is not based on any particular country. Amid rising tensions with Iran and threats from Tehran to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, naval officers and military planners are keenly aware of the Islamic Republic’s arsenal of mines and anti-ship missiles. When asked by reporters last week, Harvey acknowledged that the exercise scenario was “certainly informed by recent history” and that it was “applicable” to the Strait of Hormuz, as well as other areas. –Deccan Chronicle


Semper Fi..


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5. ycd0108
1:35 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Hi Rob:
Let's go!
I hoot up my air pretty quick but if we can find a city in less than 60-70' of water I should be good for 20 minutes or so.
We'll take my iPod and film it all and call it: "Sea Hunt"
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4. RobDaHood
1:24 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
I remember when I was young. Dreams of being an undersea explorer...finding lost treasure and ancient undersea cities.
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3. ycd0108
1:20 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
Afternoon Bogon:
You must remember the "Silver Surfer",though:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Surfer
Patrap's avatar reminds me of dat guy.
The Med. has some miles of salt deposits under it's floor. Apparently Gibraltar opened and closed a few times. Read an article about sunken cities in the Black and was invited to dive on one off Vlore, Albania in the Agean. Tloml, daughter, son in law and grand daughter cruised over a sunken town off Izmir, Turkey but they didn't take me along. She says you could see stone steps under water near St Nickolas Island.
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2. Bogon
12:02 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
If the blog owner leaves the first comment, does it still count as first post if I grab second?

I'm afraid I can't remember much about Aquaman from my comic book reading days. There are a lot of Atlantis-like legends, though. I wouldn't be surprised if they originated when rising sea levels drowned settlements after the last ice age.

There were two cataclysmic floods: once when the Atlantic Ocean broke through the pillars of Hercules to form the Mediterranean Sea, and again when the Med poured into the Black Sea via the Dardanelles. Some scientists think that the latter event might be how the story of Noah's flood got started.
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1. ycd0108
10:22 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
Just back from checking out a small motor home to borrow/rent: we pay for three months insurance and drive away.
We want to do some local touring on our Island this year - one reason is that we have the care of Roxy the Dachshund, for the duration of Tloml's time off and we don't want to take her on the Ferries let alone fly anywhere.
- there are some pretty neat places on this Island. Not too much white man's history since the first explorers from Europe are supposed to have arrived in the late 1700s (http://thetyee.ca/Books/2006/10/26/SevenCities/) and settlers did not bother till around the early 1800s but even that stuff is interesting.
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