A brief video about safety and intolerance, inspired by #safetypin

After the Brexit vote, the UK experienced a spike in attacks on minorities. The vote was largely about immigration, and the choice to leave the EU over border controls gave permission to a small number of Brits to harass dark-skinned and/or non-Christian immigrants. A Twitter user, @cheeahs, also known as miss pomeroy 1926, is credited with an idea for showing support for immigrants and others under attack.

The idea is this: wear a safety pin. It’s a brilliant idea, simple, to the point, and instantly recognizable.

Americans are adopting the symbol after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, women, and members of the LBGT community are all reporting verbal and physical assaults by ignorant thugs.

I made a brief video explaining why I’m wearing a safety pin. Let me know what you think.

YouTube: A War Beyond War, And I Am The Only Soldier

Here’s the third and the last of my “vaudios,” my author-read stories on the YouTube platform. A War Beyond War, and I Am the Only Soldier was the first (and so far only) fiction story I published in an anthology. It appeared in Satirica: An Anthology of Satirical Speculative Fiction in 2009. It’s not part of my Carbon Run series, so I’ve given the story its own playlist, Weird and Wondrous.

In the 13th century, Dominic de la Traversée is a young monk in a French monastery who undergoes a frightening transformation as he fights for the existence of our perceived universe.

I had some extra fun with Adobe Premiere’s special effects filters, mostly in the beginning of the video. Let me know what you think.

YouTube: Zillah Harmonia, a Carbon Run story

In a future decade when fixing the environment is the world’s top priority, an elderly homeowner must decide whether to fight a citation that might mean the loss of her home.

I’ve been experimenting with alternate ways to present my fiction, and I’ve created what I call a “vaudio.” It’s intended for listening more than viewing, while offering a way for me to reach the huge YouTube audience with something unique. Others have tried an audio track with an image, but what I’ve seen on YouTube uses a single still image.

For Zillah Harmonia, in which roses play a prominent role, I took a brief video of a rose in my neighborhood with my smartphone, downloaded it to my laptop, and combined the video with the MP3 file I built for SoundCloud. Using Adobe Premiere Elements, I added the “facet” special effect to soften the image, slowed the original image down by 75 percent, put in a couple of simple titles, and voilà, a vaudio.

Are you trying anything like this? Let me know what you think of my experiment. I’ll be posting more of these soon.

Video Trailer for My Book

Here’s a video trailer I produced for The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History. Thanks to Phil Borgnes for his help.

Tall Ship Picton Castle

Sail the world with the tall ship Picton Castle

NY Boatlift 9/11 Documentary

Boatlift (via YouTube) A documentary short film about the remarkable sea evacuation that occurred during 9/11, the largest of its kind ever. Narrated by Tom Hanks. Directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Produced by Eyepop Productions.

Video: Grays Harbor Lighthouse

Here’s an original Fyddeye Guide video featuring the Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Westport, Wash.

Project Shiphunt Results

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has announced the discovery of two Great Lakes shipwrecks. The discoveries were part of Project Shiphunt, an exciting archaeological expedition, sponsored by Sony and the Intel Corp., that included five high school students from Saginaw, Michigan.

In May, the students undertook the adventure of a lifetime: hunt for a shipwreck, investigate its identity, and document it in 3D for future generations. Accompanied by a team of scientists and historians from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the students conducted a full-fledged research mission, as they searched the deep waters of northeastern Lake Huron. The team also worked with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to investigate the historically significant shipwrecks.

The team located the 138-foot schooner M.F. Merrick. In 1889, the schooner collided with a passing steamer in a dense fog. The Merrick sank immediately, and claimed the lives of five crew members, including a female cook. Today, the intact hull of the schooner rests upright on the bottom of Lake Huron.

The wreck of the steel freighter Etruria was also discovered and identified by the researchers. Launched in February 1902 at West Bay City, Michigan, the 414-foot long Etruria sank in 1905, after colliding with a steamer in thick fog. Today, the massive steamer sits upside down in deep water.

Project Shiphunt produced this video to showcase the high school students’ efforts to find undiscovered shipwrecks in Lake Huron. The project will be chronicled in documentary that will be shown on the Current cable network 10 p.m. Eastern Time August 30. Sony and Intel Corp. are also partnering with the sanctuary on a comprehensive educational curriculum for high school science and history teachers.

The project represents the first time Thunder Bay area shipwrecks have been filmed in 3D, and the team is working to incorporate the new data into the exhibits at the sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

According to sanctuary superintendent Jeff Gray, the discoveries are an exciting opportunity to better understand the Great Lakes. “This research will help us protect the Great Lakes and their rich history for future generations. It is also an extraordinary opportunity to inspire the next generation of explorers and introduce them to technology and experiences that could shape their futures,” said Gray.

Great Lakes shipwrecks are among the best preserved in the world. Lake Huron’s cold, freshwater has kept many Thunder Bay sites virtually unchanged for over 150 years. Through research, education and community involvement, the sanctuary works to protect our nation’s historic shipwrecks for future generations, while providing access to recreational users. The sanctuary will continue to investigate the new shipwrecks and will work with the State of Michigan to provide location information so divers can access the new sites.