Monthly Archives July 2008

BBC Interview with Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has been responsible for some of the best “new” Doctor Who episodes. He will take over as show runner after the current season. From a recent BBC interview: Asked about his reputation for writing scary episodes he said: ‘If people are worried that because I’m taking over Doctor Who it’s going to be just really, really frightening, if that’s your concern then… tough.’ This bodes well. Well indeed!
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Categories: Entertainment.

BVI Bareboat Cruising (Part 2)

In my Bareboat Cruising Class post from a few days back, I promised a followup post about the boat itself. This is that post, along with some general travel notes. The Boat Salaway was a Moorings 494. In any other context, it would be better known as a Jeanneau Sun Oddessy 49.4. She was a good boat in general, and handled very well both under sail and power. Like any charter boat, it was configured with more cabins and heads than the boat was really designed for–in this case, 2 double berth cabins, 2 1.5 V-berth cabins, and 4 heads.
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Categories: Entertainment and Messing About in Boats.

Star Trek: The Experience Closing in Vegas

Star Trek: The Experience Closing in Vegas Several of us visited this during the SIP interim meetings in Vegas several years ago. I was fairly impressed, particularly with the “ride” that simulated a transporter in a way that almost made me suspend disbelief. As the article mentioned, it was a nice “geek-friendy” break in a town that is not particularly friendly to non-gamblers. J.J. Abrams, we’re counting on you to make things right again.
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Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and Entertainment.

Bareboat Cruising Class

Candace and I just returned from the Colgate Offshore-Sailing school’s live aboard cruising class out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This was a weeklong class on bareboat cruising on a 40 to 50 ft sailboat. This post is about the class itself–I will post more on the boat and the area separately. Offshore Sailing is a USSailing affiliate. The course assumes you have experience sailing smaller boats. Successful completion will get you the US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certificates. Theoretically you need the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification to qualify for the others. Candace and I
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Categories: General and Messing About in Boats.