HMS Irresistible (1898) was the second of three Formidable class pre-dreadnought class ships built in the late 1890s. Outclassed by newer ships at the outbreak of the First World War, she was used to shell defenses of Dardanelles Straits that separate the Mediterranean and Black Seas. In March of 1915 she struck a mine, which ultimately lead to her sinking with approximately 150 of her crew.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
History exists because of the people who experience it and the methods we use to spread the story beyond them. Once they are gone, history exists only as a collection of words collected in an imperfect and vulnerable medium. Once these are gone, history is lost to time and it is as if it never happened at all. So here this is, in a digital and virtual medium. How long before this is lost to time?
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Being of Scottish decent (and a few others), I partook of the Scottish Highland Games this weekend near Seattle. I recorded the opening "Mass Pipe and Drums" ceremony, which featured the songs Bonnie Dundee and Scotland the Brave. RIght after uploading the video to Youtube, I received an automated email from Youtube stating, "Your video "PNW Scottish Highland Games Mass Pipes & Drums", may have content that is owned or licensed by AdRev Publishing, but it’s still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it. If this is your performance of a 3rd party song then you can still make money from this video. Click here to change your monetization settings." I'm not interested in SHARING revenue, I don't want any revenue at all, nor do I want a company to get ad revenue from a video I shot without good reason. I did some research and the claim was filed as "AdRev Publishing" owns the copyright on an album published in 2001 that features a song that contains part of Bonnie Dundee in the opening. A bogus claim - the song dates back to the 1600s. But, in our modern faster-than-light world, some algorithm recognized the refrain and decided that a company centuries younger than the song had claim to it. So, I filed a dispute, but I note that disputes are submitted to the copyright holder and a fraudulent dispute may result in the termination of my YouTube account.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
As I process photos from my last trip to NARA II, I reflect about what we in the current times value versus what the sailors of the ships I study would have valued.