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If you were heading to, and I cannot see why you would have, the website has been merged into had some good story entries from our initial days of the first voyage of the sea munchkin. It was also based on an older version of Joomla which I suspected was full of security holes. I was getting messages with bogus users registering with the site daily, and that cannot be a good sign. At best, it likely meant that somehow these users were trying to get in. At worst, they were using the accounts to make spam or other mayhem that would reflect badly on the Munchkins.

In other news, I expect to merge some of the writing from the previous two trips and then add some pretty pictures.

Here is a breakdown of the web sites going forward… – will be for describing the boat, her crew, HASHING at sea (see, and information and sign-on information for people wishing to crew with us when the boat splashes again in about a year. – WIll feature posts on the following topics (mostly)

  • Sailing and voyaging logs
  • Advice for people who wish to take up the cruising lifestyle.
  • Musings on my research into economics, political economy, inequality, bioethics
  • Rants about information technology.
  • Chapters and teasers from my planned novel, tenatively named “Vanity children”.
  • Practical advice on engineering solutions for marine and home computer lab gear.

There will in the near future be more and more useful reading in this space.

Not that I have any more time specifically for writing, or that I believe anyone will read it, but because writing is important. Don’t ask me to speculate why this might be.

I am currently reading through a book which I had high hopes would be interesting and festooned with characters and tales of debauchery and vice. Instead, it is a semi-readable history and travelogue. There are a lot of rather poor travel writings around. I have little enough time to read any of them. Aside from the fact that this is a real book and written by a person I know to have written interesting stuff in the past, I would probably get more out of the works of William Dampier. Now that is a chap I would not mind seeing Hollywood get their teeth into. Scholar, sometimes Pirate, explorer, profiteer and privateer, and showman and writer. Whats not to love. Dampier was directly involved in the life of a certain Mr. Selkirk – whom was later written up as the famous “Robinson Crusoe”. Between Drake and Dampier, there is a lot of cool pirating and exploring to commit to film.

Current techno lust is rather tame: Want to get a new laptop for the munchkin. Would like to find a tablet of some cheap kind for E when she is old enough. Wouldn’t mind some decent glass for the Canon DSLR, or better yet, a full frame 5DmkIII so that finding a decent lens isn’t a trade-off into telephotoland.

I downloaded a lot of charts lately, and have begun running numbers for a potential new voyage of the Sea Munchkin. Some aspects of the next adventure will be especially daring/reckless depending on who you ask for an opinion. With a crew or two and a source of funding, this might actually happen. It is hard to imagine anything happening when surrounded by a house full of possessions that would again need to be given away, stored, or sold off. The amount of work in that kind of unburdening is nearly equal to that probably needed on the boat.

But we will try. Something has to give. The numbers tell me I have spent more than the value of the boat itself on storage over the last few years. That just doesn’t sit right with me. It is like having one foot on land, and the other in a sandy muck-hole on the beach. Every hurricane season the sea rises and threatens to liberate me, or cost me a fortune. Better to be either rid of the thing, or out living on it. Time to get moving and planning again.