Friday, December 02, 2011

I'll post here when I can...

Hey nobody who reads me, i'm posting while on vacation at my girlfriends house on my Toshiba thrive using the Android blogger app, interesting. I just tried booting up my Clevo computer with Ubuntu on a USB flash drive, weird and interesting but doing anything is a much too involved process, no wonder Android is a virtual Java machine on too of a Linux kernel, I can't imagine having to do all that code commands on my phone on a daily basis.

I'm going to try a few other Linux distros to see if I like them better. The windows vista boot up hard drive failed when I upgraded it to windows 7, so I tried to restore back to vista and it kinda doesn't work anymore, thank goodness I can still boot up to windows XP. I'm trying to try a Linux distro that works for me on that other had mainly because I want to play minecraft and it keeps crashing the blue screen of death on my windows XP on the latest version of Minecraft and latest nvidia drivers and version of Java runtime.

In the meantime my stint on the USNS Pecos went fairly well, except for the whole thirty day thing. Long story short,I was yanked off of the USNS Kanawha to go to the Pecos, which happened to be in Singapore at the time, with the promise that it was only going to be a thirty day assignment or so (I know, I have the original email). It turned out to be four months later when they finally paid me off, not because they sent a relief, but because the engine room 2nd engineer was coming back from ships funded leave and he had cargo experience, so the chief engineer had no problem paying me off.

Now I've got plenty of ammo to refuse an assignment like that if its ever offered again. Ordinarily those assignments are technically an offer to refuse, but I've heard more times than not from people who have sailed with MSC for years, decades, etc... That to refuse it would leave a black mark on my career, especially since at the time it would be considered a promotion (I was a permanent 3rd engineer).

I have a YouTube video that has well over 14 thousand views now! I was a part of the development community that first rooted the Toshiba thrive and put clockwork mod recovery on the thrive! My video is a walkthrough tutorial on how to root it, its a little old, in that the tool used is newer but at least the steps used match the same process.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Long time coming back?

Hey there, haven't posted here in forever, just been busy and well to be truthful, I've completely let this blog slide from my mind. I may decide to post pictures from everywhere I've been since I haven't posted (Who wants to see pictures from Rhodes, Greece?), and then again I may completely forget about this place.

I may decide to only post about techno-stuff, who knows?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Long time gone.....

Its been forever since I've posted anything. Right now I'm feeling a little let down by team USA in the World Cup, working my ass off in another shipyard. I have the Motorola Droid and I'm posting from it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Post #200 On Memorial Day

Yesterday, I received the following email from my father.


This Memorial Day, I want you to know that I appreciate
the fact that you are serving in probably the most under-appreciated
service. It was just two years ago that I attended the funeral of my Uncle
Jim Burke, who served as a Merchant Marine Officer during the Second World
War. He, like you, traveled the globe in support of the military's mission
in that war, including supporting the invasion of Europe on D-Day. It
wasn't until many years after the war that the Merchant Marine members of WWII
received the proper recognition and veteran status they

When I was in the Navy, all of the non-combatant ships were
part of the Navy, as you know. In fact, your grandfather, CDR Mike
Trens' last command was as skipper of the USS Rehoboth (AGS 50), an
intelligence gathering ship. I've attached a copy of the ship's
seal. Service in the fleet auxiliary is by it's nature dangerous, because
our enemies know the fleet can't do its job without logistics

Yes, you are a Civilian, but you are doing a job that in past wars was
done by members of the military.

Thank you. I love
you very much, and am very proud of you.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Fun times in Fujairah

Well we pulled into Fujairah, U.A.E. to load on fuel and stores yesterday, and we just pulled out a little earlier today. Whenever we pull into Fujairah, we're usually restricted to the port. It's alright, though, because there are 3 duty-free shops and 2 seaman's club "bars". I enjoy Fujairah because its simple. Go ashore, grab a few things from the duty-free stores and then have a few beers and some good food. Enjoy some Filipina entertainers even.

Last night, though, is what demonstrated what being out to sea with your shipmates is all about. Most of the people who had free time ended up at the one bar at the very end with the "Filipina cover band", air conditioning and is above the duty free store at the end of the run. So pretty much we were all there from the Kanawha, enjoying ourselves, the Captain was getting relieved to go on vacation, and he was buying drinks left and right, a few people were leaving, a few people were coming, all swapping stories, getting drunk and enjoying themselves. Eventually the entertainers were pushed aside as a few of our shipmates got on stage as if it were a karaoke bar!

It was one crazy night, and we all made sure that we all made it back to the ship safely, no matter who you were, a shipmate was there to help you up the gangway and into your bed. So that next morning, when it came time to get underway, everyone made muster.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Delivering Cargo to USS Bulkley

Photo progression, from loading cargo to the flight deck, the Bulkley approaching, and their helicopter airlifting their cargo away.

Fueling up the HMCS Charlottetown
Charlottetown coming up alongside us
Our twin prop trails (how's that for a carbon footprint?)
Big wigs on the Bridge Wing
Canadian dude doing laps on their flight deck
Hose is across, started pumping!
Another shot, from the fantail

Saturday, March 29, 2008

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More California Maritime Training Cruise 2004 Pictures

Still in Mokpo, South Korea

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Instructors managed to arrange a tour of the Hyundai Samho Shipyard in Mokpo, these are just a few of the pictures I have. One reason shipbuilding moved overseas (and stayed overseas), is that these yards have a turnaround time of just months, instead of a few years, not to mention less regulations, less overall costs. Unluckily, this yard did not manufacture any of the main engines or crankshafts, so it was just a cookie-cutter style of assembly. They had "models" inside their office, and the second model, notice, is one of the newer style of LNG Tankers (easier to manufacture than the older "sphere" style).

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Later on the same tour, we stopped by the Maritime Museum that was in Mokpo. They were assembling a VERY recent excavation in the nearby ocean, apparently one of the biggest finds of recent history (I forget what it was though).

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More California Maritime Academy Training Cruise 2004 pics
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We did a "cultural exchange" with Mokpo Maritime Academy in Mokpo, South Korea. Played a few sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball). We ended up tying them in Soccer, which was interesting because our score (1-1) was the exact same as the US-South Korea score in the World Cup just previously (1-1). I'm in the last picture (wearing sunglasses, in the very middle).

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As we were arriving, we rode past the Mokpo Maritime Academy Training ships

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I'm dancing with one of the girls on the ship (a Cal Poly San Louis Obispo "Summer Sea Term" Student who rode with us)....havin fun at a bar in Mokpo.

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More California Maritime Academy Training Cruise 2004 pictures
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I happened to be the Midshipman Engineering Officer of the Day (training to be a "Duty Engineer", preparing for the daily fuel transfer, I was taking around a freshman cadet helping me, and a senior deck cadet who was seeing what exactly we did). I'm the guy in the middle.

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Senior Deck cadets getting another of their requirement of "fixes" for their Senior Cruise.

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The lovely harbor in Vladivostok, Russia.

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Another sights that are just better at sea....Sunsets

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Here's some Pictures that I've found on my external hard drive.

California Maritime Academy Training Cruise 2004

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Dutch Harbor

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Somewhere in North Pacific, one of those views you can only see from the ocean....

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A few brief shots from the small deserted island of Kiska, one of the Aleutians (Alaska's "beard").
On the island of Kiska was a small post during WWII that we let the Japanese "conquer" so that we could destroy their fleet elsewhere (if I remember correctly, please correct me if I'm wrong).

Hence the plaque placed in the last picture.

Long time no Post

Hey folks, apologies for the lack of posting. Hello to the Lizards from LGF. So here we are way out on station...its amazing how much a ship needs to function. We've been a busy beaver so far in the Indian Ocean for the small boys out here, fighting them pirates (we don't do any of the fighting or patrolling, we get called over to give supplies and fuel to the ones that do, though).

I've recently run across some old pictures so in a few following posts, I'll have up some old pictures from my past, either Training Cruises with California Maritime (my alma mater), or SUNY Maritime (my first job as a 3rd A/E, as one of their licensed watch training officers).

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Getting Ready for deployment

Hey folks, extremely long time without an update, I know. Currently the USNS Kanawha is getting ready for its deployment to the Persian Gulf. We're set to leave within the next week, the crew is almost all gone this weekend (the last weekend before deployment).

Lots of last-minute contract work is getting done, too, all in preparation for the upcoming deployment, last minute crew changes and additional crew members. We even have 2 deck cadets (both from Kings Point, United States Merchant Marine Academy), and one engine cadet, from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

I hope I'll be a little bit more frequent with updates while we're underway. Obviously I cannot divulge schedules, locations (maybe port visits), due to the "Operational Security" nature of where we go and what we do, but I'll try to keep writing.

Fair winds and following seas,

Monday, October 15, 2007

Back @ Norfolk Naval Base

The USNS Kanawha is now back at Norfolk Naval Base.

We've been busy lately going through "ATT", or "Afloat Team Training". Any time there is a major change in crew (such as post-shipyard, or pre-deployment), we get these people from "the base" that apparently have to train us on how to properly respond to Fire, Emergencies, and Abandon Ship (because apparently none of us know anything). It's funny, we get these people who haven't sailed in years (sometimes over a decade), and they're telling us how to respond to fires on board our ship. One more instance of people trying to justify their paycheck I guess.

What's really amusing about it, is they have no power to beach the ship, and we're currently going through the basic annual "COI" with the Coast Guard (continuing tomorrow). We just did a Fire drill (fire in demac shop!), and an abandon ship drill. The ATT idiots wanted us to do a Collision drill, but so far we've been too busy as it is taking care of the COI. Sorry Federal Government Cheese workers, but Coasties come first. Once we get certified to sail, THEN you can continue your useless training.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

More Shipyard pics!
Shot of me at bottom of drydock with propellors (before removal and cleaning)
Inside Port Main Engine crankcase, I was down inside when pistons/connecting rods were lowered to put up the ConRod bearing caps, new bearing inserts, and bolts w/ nuts
A buddy took these shots of me
Before I go in (are you sure you know how to work my camera?)
Dry as ever, stern shot of ship in drydock
Sea growth inside removable section of pipe
Port Engine put back together, heads down, and plastic covering valves and what not (before valve covers and rocker arms were put in place)
Ah, on the day of leaving the drydock, they started before bulk of ship's force arrived (Captain and Chief were onboard, of course)
People waiting to climb onboard the drydock via ladder (right in picture)