Sunday, May 20, 2007

The ship wreck attracts more than just people

So we got up at this morning at low tide, well maybe an hour after low tide since it's Sunday and low tide was at about 8am, and went down to look at the ship wreck again and look who we found!

This little guy was about 100 yards from the ship wreck. At first we thought it was a small dog that some people were taking pictures of. We were walking that way any way and as we got closer It seemed like maybe it wasn't a dog after all. It's cool to be able to walk across the street to see part of a 130 year old ship wreck and find cute little sea lion pups hanging out. We called the Marine Mammal center to report it and they said they would send someone to check it out.

Here s/he is in 3D! I asked if s/he could hold still for my 3d picture but I guess s/he doesn't understand my east coast accent and moved a little so you may notice the head looking a little funny in 3d.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Lost in SF

Yesterday was a very sad day for us here in SF because we lost one of our best friends, Butter, to lung cancer. Thanks for putting up with me and letting me hang out with Linda. We'll miss you.

A 3D ship wreck and some numbers

So on our walk today we came across some stuff at the edge of the surf we have see a few times in the past few weeks but until now the tide was to high to get a close look at it. Today we could get right up to it. Mostly before we just saw the pole and something biggish under the shore break. We called it a sub because of the periscope. Today we figured we would see a sub. Nope. I took a look and decided it was a ship wreck. Yeah, right, probably just some old part of a pier or something. I took this 3d picture (it's hard to tell but take a look with some red/blue glasses). Then went home and looked up Ocean Beach ship wreck. Wow, it was a ship wreck! From 1878 no less! It was called the King Philip and was a three masted clipper ship. Clipper ships were apparently about as fast as ships got back in the day and were used for hauling valuable cargo. Cool! But what kind of cargo did this Ferrari of the high seas carry you ask? The best cargo of all, Bird Poop! Hell yeah! Any way you can read more and see videos about the wreck at these links:
An SF Gate article
A good picture from the last time it was uncovered in the 80s
A local news report about it (you have to watch an ad first)

We also spotted this tiny abacus which was most likely before today last used to calculate the
strength of the King Philip's anchor line...

...and today to calculate the advanced 3d formulas needed to make the great 3d image below.

I'm not totally up on my abacus skills so I'm not sure if it is set to zero or to our national deficit.

Yet another rusty thing!

Mmmm, rusty frito thing.

In 3D -:]

Another Rusty Thing

And here it is in stereo 3d!

I love 3D rusty things even more than plain old rusty things!