Friday, February 26, 2016

Evanston: a new video; poncho

        As an exercise to learn about videos, I’ve made a short one of the author reciting the poem, ‘Ithaca, Illinois’, which he wrote almost four years ago, and uploaded it to YouTube.  I’m not sure I’m going to leave it there.  If you want to view it, you might want to do so soon.
        What I learned in the process is that I have no interest in editing videos.  I cut the first and last few seconds of this one, where I am reaching forward to start and stop the iPhone, but then restored them because I like it better this way.
        I have no commitment to video, as I do to words and, to a lesser extent, photographs; but some day when I’m on GANNET and have nothing better to do, I may give you a brief tour of the little boat.  And I may shoot some video at sea.  I have three waterproof cameras on board:  a Nikon AW1; a goPro; and an iPhone 6 in a waterproof case.


        While I don’t have much belief in weather forecasts beyond forty-eight hours, I must confess to having checked the NZ Met Service site to see what conditions might be when I arrive in Opua next Thursday NZ time, Wednesday in the U.S.  Some of you may recall that I was drenched on my last return.
        Above is the 10 day forecast for KeriKeri, the closest station to Opua, about 16 miles/25 kilometers away.  In fact, March 3 may have only showers, not a deluge.  Still you can see why New Zealand is green; and why I’m am going to Home Depot tomorrow to buy a cheap plastic poncho.  Struggling into my dry suit for a five minute row seems excessive.