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Maritime Apps for Your Next Seaside Vacation




Of all summertime pleasures, few are quite as irresistible as a waterfront getaway, be it by the ocean, lake or city port. You can swim, sail, fish and partake in the age-old tradition of lazing around.

But a seaside holiday is also an opportunity for discovery. Maybe you want to learn how to tie fishing and boat knots? Or decipher the colorful signal flags Do you see on ships and in shops by the sea? With the right app, you can intensify your holiday on the water: identify the fish you just caught or the ship passing by, find out about the shell you have discovered or the lake you are diving into, explore, watch shark migrations nearby and study the rhythms of the moon and tides while keeping your toes in the sand.

One evening, as I watched a ship slip into a harbor, I wondered aloud where it might have been. “Let’s find out,” said a friend, who then pulled out his phone and opened it MarineTraffic – ship trackingan app that can identify ships near and far.

The app’s live map lets you zoom in and out of major ports and shipping routes around the world to see ships, their details and itineraries. Each ship is represented by a colored icon, including dark blue for passenger ships, orange for fishing vessels, and purple for yachts and pleasure craft. For example, when I was looking at a Norwegian cruise ship on the Hudson River in New York, I opened the map (there is a desktop version at, tapped the appropriate icon and instantly got a photo of the ship with information such as name, flag, last known port (it was at Kings Wharf, Bermuda two days earlier), speed and status (it was at anchor). in contrast to, for example, traveling with a motor). Later, as the ship departed, I opened the app and saw at a glance that it was now on its way to Norfolk, Virginia. (You can also search for a specific ship by name.)

For free; $9.99 per year for a “starter” subscription with more ship and port information and features like an augmented reality tool to identify ships with your smartphone camera. Note: The app uses a coastal network Automatic identification system (AIS) Receiver for displaying ship positions. It costs extra to unlock details for a ship that is out of its AIS range.

Planning boat trips, fishing or camping this summer? 3D node uses color animations to teach you how to tie more than 150 knots, from those that might help you catch a fish to those that might help save your life. Read about the uses and history of the knots, adjust the speed of the animations or pause them, rotate a knot for a different perspective, and use your finger to tie and untie it. There are several ways to search for nodes to master, including by category (eg Boating, fishing and camping) or node type (like anchor clutch, bowling and the eye of the fisherman). Also, the app doesn’t require internet service, so you can practice in the backcountry, too.

Cost: $5.99.

You never know what creatures will share the water with you on your summer vacation. or do you

This app out OKa non-profit organization that facilitates marine and fish research worldwide allows users to do so follow the walks of sharks (and some other sea creatures, like turtles) tagged with satellite tracking technology. For example, in July, I was able to see on the app’s map that an 883-pound great white shark, more than 11 feet long, was in the Atlantic Ocean off a nearby beach. The app lets you follow such sharks as they travel thousands of miles (select “All Pings” on the app’s map to see both historical and current tracking activity). In the meantime, data collected through tracking is helping scientists to understand shark migration patterns and life cycle to better protect them and ultimately the oceans.

For free.

Open Earth 3D – World Atlas for a virtual globe that rotates with a swipe of your finger, allowing you to explore wherever you are – or yearn to be. On a Great Lakes vacation in Wisconsin? Tap Lake Superior to learn about the first humans to arrive in the region thousands of years ago. On the South Carolina coast? Tap the Atlantic Ocean to find out how big it is. Or touch the Caribbean Current to discover where it flows. Holiday in a big city? Tap a monument or landmark like the Key West Lighthouse in Florida to learn more about it.

The information about the places comes from Wikipedia, which is easily accessible on the Internet. And Earth 3D lacks the granularity of, say, that Google Earth apartment. Nonetheless, it’s a charming, eye-pleasing way to sparkle Interest in geography and history, especially among young people.

Cost: $2.99.

(For a more whimsical compendium, try this Atlas Obscura Travel Guide apartment where you can discover lesser-known attractions near you or elsewhere in the world on an interactive map. And you can’t beat the price: free.)

Let’s say you’re strolling along the shore and spot an unfamiliar object. Let us advise you whether it is a shell, a piece of coral, a plant or a beetle Google Lens. Just point your smartphone camera at what you want to know, and Lens will search the web for visual matches and information. For example, when it recently aimed at a grenade, it found pages of photos showing it was probably a grenade moon snail.

You can also point your camera at a building or statue to discover its history. And you don’t have to do it in real-time either: Lens works with images in photos too. Some objects produce more useful results than others, but Lens is undoubtedly a powerful tool. Available as an app for Android; iOS users can download it Google appwhich allows you to search for images using Lens.

For free.

This digital reference guide for boaters provides information on essential topics such as collision avoidance. But myself Beachgoers who have never set foot on board can take advantage of it Navigation Rules Pro to decipher the sights and sounds of a seaside vacation. You can find out what those colorful flags and pennants mean (and how they each correspond to a letter) with, for example, the app guide to the International Code of Signals, a system ships use to communicate. Simply enter “ICS” in the search function to learn how signals can be sent and to view flag images, their meaning, associated letters and phonetic letters of the alphabet.

Or maybe you want to learn international Morse code using the app’s dot and line charts (just search “morse”), or learn more about the earth and its coordinates by selecting the “Naval Charts” section. Much of this information can be found online for free, although the app has it all in one place. So you can sit at a bar on the harbor and read through things that interest you – how waves are formed at sea – with one hand while sipping a beer with the other. For iOS only.

Cost: $4.99.

Keeping track of time may not be necessary on every type of vacation, but if you’re hoping to catch sunrise or cross a sandbar before high tide, a little planning is in order. tides near me makes it easy to check currents and get the time of the next high tide, sunset or moonrise. Look further ahead by tapping the Week tab. For free.

For a more sophisticated experience, consider shelling out a few dollars Tide Warning (NOAA) – United States, which has an inviting, interactive user interface and uses tide forecast data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A chart with a wavy line represents the ebb and flow. A yellow dot on the line indicates the current time and tide height. You can drag the yellow dot forward or backward with your finger, virtually traveling back in time to see the tides, or forward to see what they’re forecasting. Moon and sun symbols on the chart show you the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset. You can also see this information at a glance by tapping Rise & Set. Touch the calendar icon to view monthly moon phase calendars. iOS only. Cost: Free trial, then $3.99 for three months; $11.99 per year.

Surfers might also want to take a look at those MSW surf forecast App by Magicseaweed for forecasts that include surf and wave height. For free. An ad-free pro version with features like live Surf cams from around the world are available for $12.99 per month; $99.99 per year (Free Pro trial available).

And if you plan to go fishing, check this out fishangler App to explore fishing spots and view tide phase and barometric charts, weather and wind conditions, sun and moon states, and a “fish forecast” that suggests the best times to fish Solunar Tables (like moon and sun could affect Angler). Even if you can’t catch anything, you can use the app to find out about the top species in your area, whether it’s an American monkfish or a yellowtail snapper. For free.

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The Lululemon Belt Bag Was the Perfect Accessory for My Two-Week Hawaiian Honeymoon




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I used to think perfect duffel bag didn’t exist — until I stumbled across the now-viral Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag in May. Back then my long awaited Hawaiian honeymoon was about three weeks away, and I had spent months tracking down a compact speakerphone shoulder bag Pocket. I needed something that could get me hiking and snorkeling in the mornings, followed by leisurely afternoons of sunbathing, shopping, and sipping mai tais.

Back then, the Lululemon belt bag came in two sizes: Standard and Extended. I originally wanted the extended length in black; However, due to availability I ordered the purple extended bag and the more versatile regular length black bag. The strap lengths only varied by a few inches and I figured I could always return the regular version if it was too short.

I wasn’t ready to love her as much as I did — in fact, I ended up putting both options in my suitcase. As I slung one of the two bags over my chest, I was immediately struck by how light it felt. (So ​​much so, in Maui, for a moment I thought it had been lost.) Plus, despite its compact size, each contained a full day’s essentials: an SPF stick, a bottle suncream, AirPods, my iPhone, credit cards, cash, my ID, a lip balm, and to top it off, a disposable camera. Even after putting all of these things in the fanny pack, I didn’t feel the strain (read: no shoulder pain!) like I used to. While I mostly mean as handbag, shoulder bagYou can also wear it around the waist, fanny pack style.

Lululemon Everywhere bum bag

The clever design is another great benefit: instead of one main compartment, the Everywhere bag contains multiple zipped and mesh pockets, which helped me stay organized on the go. The secure front pocket provides easy access to my most packed items, like my driver’s license and AirPods.

As someone who tends to spill and soil my clothes, I also appreciate the Everywhere bag’s water-resistant polyester fabric, which is incredibly easy to clean. A wet napkin is really all you need to clean up ketchup stains, spilled coffee, sunscreen residue and the good old dirt and debris that can accumulate after a long hike.

Lululemon has since phased out the original bag in favor of the longer strap design, now referred to simply as the Everywhere Belt Bag. And although the bag’s popularity means it’s been sold in and out lately –check here to see if it’s back online – it was previously sold in a range of shades including a pretty pastel pink, simple black, bright light purple and more. If you see one you like, be quick – it may not be around for long and if you do get your hands on one I’m confident it will become your new favorite bag.

[Editor’s note: As of publishing, the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag was in stock on Amazon and eBay. You can also check your local Lululemon store for inventory.]

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Complicating the Plot – Surfline




[All photos and vid by Ryan Valasek]

Not all Strike missions are home runs or even base hits. Some are deletions. No thugs. During a recent surfing trip to Nicaragua, longtime California travel buddies and Xcel team members Christian “Cram” Ramirez and Ryan “Snacks” Valasek didn’t exactly hit thousands right from the start. But they were determined to at least stay in the game.

What was supposed to be a carefree, easy-peasy surf surfer ended up being spoiled by a crazy emergency going to Texas to expedite a passport renewal, all the usual and a few unusual diverted flights, and, oh yeah, an overzealous drug dog. “There were so many setbacks when I actually got to Nicaragua, I feel like it took years of my life,” Cram said. “It almost got to the point where I expected something to go wrong.”

Despite all the difficulties, the duo made it. And what they found was worth all the hoops they had to jump through along the way.

Snacks: “This trip was a huge stepping stone for Cram and me. We had been planning trips for a while but everything was put on hold with COVID so we just surfed locally while waiting for some travel restrictions to be lifted. I was camping up in Bend, Oregon with bumpy service when I happened to receive this text message from Christian: “We’re going to Nicaragua next week. I just bought a plane ticket.” I had had all these other plans but just canceled them, bought my ticket to Nica and flew home to California to pack. We left three days later.”

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Plug: “I knew I had to renew my passport to travel, but the only available slot across the country was in El Paso, Texas. I learned this 48 hours before I left for Nicaragua. After packing my gear with all the gear I needed for the trip, I drove from SLO (San Luis Obispo) to Santa Ana and then went on a 36 hour passport mission to El Paso. Finally, two days after leaving my home in SLO, I met up in Rancho for snacks.”

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Nicaragua’s regional surf forecast

Plug: “Six hours before our flight, I received an email from the Nicaraguan government saying we were denied entry into the country. Without hesitation we booked new flights to Costa Rica that were an hour later than our original flights to Nica. We landed in Costa Rica, got through customs, and then this drug dog started going crazy on my bag. After two hours of interrogation, while my pockets were being torn apart – and I had resisted several offers of bribes because I knew I wasn’t carrying anything illegal – I was finally able to leave.”

Snacks: “For this trip I brought the camera case I’ve had for a number of years: a Sony A7riii, a couple of prime lenses, a surf lens and a water case with a small lens mount. I’ve paired them with some of my favorite film cameras – a Yashica-D medium format camera and a Contax T2 point-and-shoot.”

Plug: “I really only have one window on the outer reef, but it shot. I had it all to myself, which was a little scary to find out on my own. The wave had an insane spin from a boil at launch. When I found out, the game was on. I had surfed for two hours, caught six waves and was ready for a marathon session when a storm hit. It started raining sideways so hard I could barely see land. It was just pouring rain. That was the end of my dream session, but I’m eyeing this wave for future strikes. There is still work to be done!”

CONTINUE READING: Nicaragua Travel and Surfing Guide

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What is a blockchain oracle, and how does it work?




Oracles provide a means for the Web3.0 ecosystem to link to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced calculations.

Blockchain oracles connect blockchains to external systems, enabling the execution of smart contracts based on real-world inputs and outputs, Cointelegraph reports.

Oracles provide the Web3.0 ecosystem with the ability to connect to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced computations.

Decentralized oracle networks (DONs) enable the creation of hybrid smart contracts that combine off-chain infrastructure and on-chain code to create complex decentralized apps (DApps) that respond to real-world events and interact with traditional systems.

Because the blockchain is a distributed ledger, each node in the network must produce the same output given the same input. For example, if one node tries to validate another node’s transaction, the result will be different. This architecture was designed with determinism in mind.

In blockchain, consensus is the technique to agree on a data value, and determinism is essential for nodes to reach consensus. Some of them, such as B. Proof-of-Work (PoW) with Nakamoto consensus and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) with Byzantine consensus may be recognizable to you. Consensus is one of the main reasons blockchain works in the first place.

The blockchain oracle riddle reveals a fundamental limitation of smart contracts: they cannot be linked in any way to data or systems outside of their native blockchain context. External resources are referred to as “off-chain,” while data currently being recorded on the blockchain is referred to as “on-chain.”

Software oracles deliver data from digital sources such as websites, servers or databases, while hardware oracles deliver data from the physical world. In addition, hardware oracles can deliver and forward data from camera motion sensors and RFID (radio frequency identification) sensors. Oracle software can provide real-time data such as exchange rates, price fluctuations, and travel information.

Oracles create a two-way communication channel with blockchains by sending and receiving data. Incoming oracles are more likely to deliver off-chain or real-world data to the blockchain than outgoing oracles. Additionally, the imported data can represent almost anything from asset price movements to weather conditions to payment verification.

A common scenario that can be programmed for incoming oracles is: when an asset reaches a certain price, you place a buy order. Outgoing oracles, on the other hand, notify the outside world of an event that has occurred in the chain.

(With insights from Cointelegraph)

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