Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mermaid Sighting 1430

In 1403 violent storms broke the dykes near Edam, West Friesland in Holland. The low-lying land was flooded and a mermaid floated in through the broken dyke. Some girls from nearby had taken a boat out to milk their cows and saw a mermaid floundering in shallow muddy water. They brought her home and dressed her in women's clothing and fed her. The mermaid hoped to return to the sea but was carefully watched to prevent any escape. Eventually she was taught to weave and spin and show reverence for a Crucifix, but she could never learn to speak. She lived on land for fifteen years and then died. Because she learned to kneel before the Crucifix she was permitted burial in a churchyard.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spring fashion already?

It's always amused me that the New York Fashion week in September is for the Spring collections. I get that they need time to make the clothes that are ordered but it still seems funny.

At fashion week Marchesa premiered its new underwater fantasy looks. The inspiration for the line came from a painting by Ilya Repin called "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom."

The line is entirely gowns and evening wear and is full of mermaid shapes and"fish threadwork and oyster silk cording." Feathers were used to give an underwater flowy feel to some dresses and there was tons of scalloped edges and chiffon!

I am completely in love with a few dresses from the line (see below) and sincerely hope that this is the start of a big trend in fashion!

You can see more pictures here

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mermaid Sighting in a Geico commercial

Saw this last night on TBS!


 Personally I find the mermaid more amazing than the savings, although I do have Geico.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Live WebCam

Seems like Irene is skirting us, we're getting some rain and wind, the beach is definately getting some waves and it's all supposed to get somewhat worse before it's better tomorrow. Thankfullly we're not getting the full force and my wishes and prayers go out to everyone who does.

You can check out the beach via the webcam at this site:
http://www.earthcam.com/usa/southcarolina/myrtlebeach/

The best one pops out on your screen: http://streamer.screaminstreamin.net/TheCrownReefResort.asx

http://www.oceansoneresort.com/webcam.cfm

http://www.oceancreek.com/webcam/

And here's one from the Springmaid pier which updates every so often:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Classic Movie News

On September 2nd starting at 8 there's a mini-mermaid movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies! Set your DVR, VCR, mindclock or whatever!

They're showing Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Beach Blanket Bingo, Miranda and Mad About Men! As of right now only Miranda and Beach Blanket Bingo are available on DVD so this is a great opportunity!

Hopefully soon they'll play Tarzan and the Mermaids and The Mermaids of Tiburon (both of which are available on DVD.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Irene

Well it looks as though Irene may hit right around our area, so we're all preparing. We're expecting lots and lots of rain which means our first floor will potentially flood. We're buying a pump for the back yard to hopefully help. Even if she doesn't hit us right on we know we're going to get that rain and the beaches are going to have some killer waves. In preperation the county/state has closed all the beach starting tomorrow night so the Sea Captain and I are heading out very early in the AM to see if we can find some shells. We don't expect to find much but as soon as the storm passes we're expecting some great finds...if we can manage to be among the first back out there. (As you can tell the possability of seashells are my silver lining in this!)

Of course there are other concerns (rain, flooding, winds, do we need to board our windows?) and I'm praying that she heads out east not hitting land at all but that's not something they're predicting. Should we manage to avoid a dead on hit my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone else in Irene's path.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaga is finally a mermaid

Gaga finally released her mermaid video for You and I...and it's not what I had expected, of course who could possibly hope to predict what she'll do!? I'm not sure I like it altogether, but it is nice to see her as a mermaid.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Explore "Ocean Mysteries" with Georgia Aquarium and Jeff Corwin

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin will feature unique creations, exotic locations and fascinating stories, quickly drawing the whole family into the journeys that Jeff and the Georgia Aquarium team take as they unlock the mysteries of the ocean. Ocean Mysteries will air each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. starting September 3 on ABC!



Maybe he'll find a mermaid!?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oceanic Whitetip

From its distinctive look to it's easily aggrivated manner it's easy to see why Carcharhinus longimanus, the Oceanic Whitetip, is quickly becoming one of my favorite sharks.
Jacques Cousteau ranked this shark as one of the most dangerous for its brazenness in evaluating prey. 
It's probably one of the most easily recognized sharks as it has very large, rounded dorsal and pectoral fins that are mottled with white on the edges. 
The Oceanic Whitetip is found throughout the world in deep, open water. It is almost never seen in shallow water and therefore not a threat to beachgoers. It is considered one of the four most dangerous sharks to humans on the open ocean and it has been known to bite for no reason.  They are known to be fearless and very aggressive. Divers can safely dive with Whitetips (except in the Red Sea it would seem) but as with all sharks you must use extreme caution. The Whitetip can grow up to 13 feet, so that's one big fish you don't want to mess with!
The Oceanic Whitetip is the most common ship-following shark, and in the 16th century were known to mariners as 'sea dogs.' The Whitetip is believed to be responsible for many of the fatal attacks on plane and shipwreck survivors at sea. Because of this the Oceanic Whitetip is responsible for more fatal attacks on humans than all other species combined. It is only because of the lack of survivors, that the whitetip does not have the highest number of recorded incidents.
The Oceanic Whitetips were responsible for the deaths of many many men when the steamship Nova Scotia was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off northern Natal, South Africa in WWII. Of the 900 men on board only 192 survived. The survivors said that most were victims of a "feeding frenzy."  They are also well known for being one of the species of sharks that scavenged on the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. (The other types reported were Mako and Tiger.)

Recent studies show a huge drop in the Whitetip populations because its large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup. Their numbers were estimated to have dropped by as much as 70% in the Northwest and Western Central Atlantic between 1992–2000. They have been listed as "Critically Endangered" but so far there has been no sign of improvement.

Hopefully more bans on shark fishing will help the species regroup.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Deep Blue Shark Song

Get your Shark on!

Shark in the water

VV Brown sings Shark in the water.



It's not really about sharks, just anxiety. ;)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jaws: Behind the scenes

On the 36th anniversary of Jaws, Matt Taylor published a book with hundreds of behind the scenes photos. Time.com has a slideshow of a few of them.


or the actual website for the book

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shark Fun Facts

In 2009, more people were killed from being crushed by soda machines than were killed by shark attacks.

Amanzimtoti Beach in South Africa is the most dangerous beach in the world for shark attacks.

The Megamouth shark is the rarest of the shark species. It was discovered in 1976.

Bull Sharks have been seen swimming up the Mississippi River.

Baby sharks are born with sharp teeth and the ability hunt right from the start.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 2.5 miles away. They can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

Sharks, in their 400 million years on earth, have shown an extraordinary ability to resist cancer and other diseases.

The ostrich is often credited with laying the largest eggs, but the largest egg in the world was actually laid by a shark, the whale shark. The egg, 14 inches (36 cm) long, was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953.

The great white shark has 3,000 teeth at any one time. A white shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rogue Sharks

It started out as a so-so show for Shark Week, random attacks and qustioning whether or not rogue sharks exist (they don't,) I actually got a little bored for a bit but then there was this great surprise ending!
Basically what you need to know is that there were a series of shark attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh (one of Egypt's Red Sea resort towns,) which were all very similar and by the same shark; an oceanic whitetip with a nick in its tail. The shark had bitten off several hands and taken bites from several butts! So the question was is this a rogue shark? Is this shark hunting humans on purpose? The answer, it turns out, is sort of yes!
A video surfaced showing a diver "training" this very same whitetip shark. He would hold a dead fish in his hands for the shark and then would turn around. The shark would then swim up behind the man and the man would produce another fish from his fanny pack and feed the shark behind him! The shark began to associate humans with "treats."So the shark bit off hands hoping for treats and then bit the butts looking for the second treat!  Incredible! Of course if the shark was actually rogue it wouldn't have just bit the people, instead it would have just devoured them.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How Jaws Should Have Ended


Hilarious!

Shark Week app

Be sure to download the Shark Week Live app for iphone. It's synched with the shows and offers fun trivia, behind the scenes info and shark related games and quizzes! Best part is.... it's free!

Download it here

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Andy Samberg Chief Shark Officer

Mermaids of Hollywood

About a year ago (I think) I posted about a photo shoot done with the Kardashian girls and mentioned that a photographer was photographing celebrities as mermaids for a book: Mermaids of Hollywood. Unfortunately, as of right now, the book is only available as an iphone/ibook app!
Text from the book:
"Chronicles of Mermaids have been told for centuries in the form of legends and fairytales. Images of this sea queen have haunted artists in their efforts to bring the beauty, sexuality and mystery of the mermaid to life. The role of mythology is ever changing in society and it is with this in mind that photographer Mark Anderson has captured contemporary images of this mythical creature as she may appear in today’s society.

We're all familiar with the playful modern mermaid of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid and of Darryl Hannah’s depiction of the human/animal creature in Splash. But lurking behind these light figures is the sadness and mystery of the mermaid's plight. Using over 60 female stars of the entertainment world, Photographer Mark Anderson brings us photos that weave together a never before seen perspective on what life could be like if Mermaids lived amongst us. His fantastical representations place the mermaid in often-unexplored territories to expose the roles to which we assign modern women: as sexualized beings, as temptresses, as mothers/daughters, and as creatures themselves constrained and created by myth"
I find the images all very interesting and would love to ask him what was the thought process behind each picture. The mermaids are certainly placed in some everyday situations and there are definitely some there just for laughs (the Kardashian Sardine pic.) I do think that there maybe a few too many sad mermaids though. What's your opinion?

Mermaids of Hollywood App

See more Mermaid pics here

And don't forget to check out the Youtube video of some of the shoots!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shark Week at the Aquariums

If you're gonna be in the area I'll bet it'll be worth it to check out some of these events!
The South Carolina Aquarium is also having some Shark Week related specials including a party tonight with a live DJ, $1 drink specials and nibbles! It's from 7-11 and you must be at least 21.
On the 4th they'll be having Jaws on the lawn. Free to the public, it starts at 7. Bring your own chairs and blankets. There will also be special events and activities all week long for young and old so go and get your shark on!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shelling

It's been raining here on the Grand Strand for almost the whole week. The Sea Captain and I saw this as a perfect opportunity for shelling. There we were at North Myrtle in the pouring rain doing the "Shell Stoop" at the high tide line finding lots of olives and cockles and even a few baby whelks when I spotted something I couldn't identify. The Sea Captain was unsure what it was as well so we picked up a few. It was a light brown and had a smooth shell it was smallish and almost shaped like a slipper shell. As we continued down the beach we commented on the overabundance of trash littering the shore; Orange peels, cigarette butts, bottle caps, peanut shells...it was disgusting. As we were bemoaning the trash we suddenly knew what the new shells were...Pistachio shells! We had a good laugh over our North Atlantic Pistachio shells and promptly dropped them in the trash!

Please consider this post a friendly reminder to pick up your trash at the beach.

Hipster Ariel Sighting

She's gotten pretty darn popular lately. Especially after the mention in Time! So popular, in fact, that she was seen on a sign at a Pro-Choice march! (How's that for Mer-politics!?) I guess that shows just how "current" she can be.


I'm not sure I'm "into" the whole hipster thing... (I think it's kind of silly to dislike something becaus other people do and vice-versa, but to each his own) so I find her 'ironic' statements quite amusing. 
 If you wanna see some more check out the Hipster Ariel Tumblr.




Friday, July 22, 2011

Bette Midler and Dolly Parton

It certainly seems like this month is full of fun youtube videos! Here we have Bette Midler and Dolly Parton singing Islands In The Stream!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shark Week 2011 promo

This is from "Great White Invasion."  Our favorite shark specialist, Chris Fallows, goes diving in Guadalupe with Great Whites!



Incidently, Guadalupe may sound familiar because I have mentioned it here before. It is the best place to dive with the Great Whites!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mermaid Sighting on America's Next Top Model

 I'm not huge into reality shows so I didn't catch this one the first time around back in 2006 (boy am I slow.) My DVR did happen to record it the other day so I watched a bit (and mostly fastforwarded to the shoot.)
In each show the girls are given photo shoot assignments and in the episode The Girl Who Is A Model, Not A Masseuse, the girls are told that they must hang upside down in a net, in a mermaid tail, over a river market. If that wasn't enough raw fish get added to the nets for a little reality! CRAZY! I thought the girls did a pretty good job of hiding the discomfort and I was super shocked that they weren't more excited!
Here's a clip:

Joanie won the episode but in the end Danielle ended up winning the whole show!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mermaid Esther Ofarim





Esther Ofarim singing Split Personality and with Rudy Carrel singing If Your Were The Only Girl from The Rudy Carrel Show (Dutch T.V. 1964)

I love YouTube, you can find the most fabulous and amazing things that you never knew existed.

Ocean Voyager

I added live streaming video (thanks to the Discovery Channel) of the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga. Check it out at the bottom of the page and be sure to switch it around on the multiview! Hopefully they'll keep it up after Shark Week ends.

Shark Week 2011 starts soon!

I am so excited I can hardly stand it. My favorite holiday is just around the corner! Shark Week 2011 here we come!!




Shows start July 31st at 9PM. Check out the schedule here.

Also remember while Discovery Channel does tend to talk about attacks quite a bit, sharks are endangered! The point of Shark Week is to learn about sharks and maybe when we know them better we'll stop fearing them needlessly and figure out how to save them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bette Midler's Mermaid Delores Delago

The original(!?) 'wheelchair mermaid'! Bette Midler has apparently been doing the mermaid bit since 1980!


First a little history:

I find especially hilarious (given the current arguement over the creation of Gaga's mermaid act) the segment where the narrator says "The world had taken her career from her. She was a genius but everybody stole from her..."

And then singing New York, New York!


You can find more fab videos on Youtube!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Merman Sighting 1684

In 1684 Italian couple Elizabeth Nastasia and Peter Anthony Consiglio gave birth to a fish boy. According to his parents "when born, the boy was quite covered with the scales of fishes, having nevertheless a beautiful and comely neck and face with no unseemly colour. His head was adorned with curious flaxen hair and from the neck down to the sole of the foot, he is all over blackish and hairy intermixt with spots of several sorts and colours like the scales of a fish.'
'He is of human stature and tender-limbed. The bottoms of his feet are white and so are the insides of his hands, like unto shells of a sea tortoise. He is about ten year of age and called Barnardin."
His mother, being afraid for his safety kept him hidden and prayed over him hoping for a change. Unfortunately every time he would lose a scale another would be under it to replace it. Eventually he was found to be quite intelligent and sent away to be privately educated. He could speak Italian, French and Dutch but his education didn't save him from being exploited. Barnardin was 'exhibited' in London by a Mr. Barton where he was seen by the King and poor alike.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Katy Perry's Mermaid "Planking" and more mermaid Gaga

So obviously I'm the last person to hear about "planking" (laying flat on your stomach while balancing on something) but anyway, this morning Katy Perry tweeted a photo of herself "planking" in a mermaid costume saying "PROPER planking FTW! #itswhatArielwoulddo"! Now the rumor mill is swirling with theories that this could have something to do with her next music video! Very cool, and also not the first time Katy's been a bit fishy!
Of course not everyone is happy with the photo. Gaga's Little Monsters (what her fans are called) are ticked. They have been raging since the photo came out. Apparently they think Katy is ripping Gaga off!? Sounds kind of petty to me. It's been done before, will be done again...anyone remember Madonna's Cherish video? Ok how about Sade's video for No Ordinary Love? Or remember Bette Midler!?

And speaking of Gaga, she has once again mentioned doing something "fishy." On Taiwanese tv while discussing her next video, she said "I will also say that Yuyi is in incubation. I won't explain it but all the little monsters who are superfans will understand what I'm saying if they follow my twitter. Yuyi may just be born in the next video." Just so you know Yuyi is the name she gave to the mermaid she preformed as on Le Grande Journal.



At any rate... More mermaids = more interest in mermaids which = Awesome!

Mermaid Sighting on So You Think You Can Dance

Well, techinically a Siren sighting. I, of course, missed this when it came on but my Grandmother mentioned it to me and I managed to find a video:



All you need to know is that the dance is a waltz showing a man falling under the spell of a siren, and at the end, the kiss of death! The dancers are Jordan Casanova and Tadd Gadduang and the song is Nocturne.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mermaid Style Article

There's an interesting article on StyleList about the recent reemergence of mythic fashion trends, which of course includes the big influx of mermaid styles this summer!

Check it out here.

Miranda on DVD

Finally a non-taped-from-the-VHS copy of Miranda is available on DVD from the company VCI! The movie orignially came out in 1948 (Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid also came out that year.)

"Paul Marton is a Harley Street doctor who announces to his wife that he intends to take a fishing holiday alone. He sets off for Cornwall and indulges in a spot of fishing until one day he catches a beautiful mermaid! Meanwhile, his wife receives a telegram saying that her husband will be returning accompanied by a patient. Expecting an aging invalid, she is shocked on their arrival to see a beautiful young woman with her legs wrapped in cloth. Will anyone discover Miranda’s fishy secret?"

I've seen the movie several times and it's quite funny and definitly recommended. Every time she eats a fish I laugh! Here's a clip where Miranda is taken to the zoo:


There was also a sequel released in 1954 called Mad About Men, but so far it hasn't been released by a studio. You can, however, find copies taped from TV on ebay.

Here's a fun fact, Glynis Johns later played Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, and the butler/chauffer is David Tomlinson or Mr. Banks! (He was of course alo in Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

EDIT****

According to one of our swimmers (Michelle) Miranda, Mad About Men, and Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid are all going to be available streaming on Netflix!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beyonce the Mermaid

MTV premiered a special on Beyonce earlier this month called Year of 4. It opens with her frolicking on the  beach. “I’m always happy when I’m surrounded by water. I think I was a mermaid,” she says. “The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.”


 
I unfortunately missed the premiere but you can undoubtedly catch it in a repeat.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Seaweed Bath Company

A couple of weeks ago I came across an article that mentioned the Seaweed Bath Company. I did a little more reading and learned the company was founded by Adam Grossman, a psoriasis sufferer who found relief in seaweed. His company has created shampoo and body wash, bath soaks and body butter all designed to help people with eczema and psoriasis, or anyone with dry, flaky, itchy skin. 
Being rather fond of seaweed and it's benefits (not to mention the atopic dermatitis) you know I had to give it a try.  I decided to try one thing at a time and bought the Wildly Natural Unscented Body Butter and so far, I love it! I've tried it on hands and elbows, feet and knees and it seems to work well. Being in a tube much like deoderant it allows you to put it anywhere you want without getting it all over your hands. It's not horribly thick or greasy and the moisture lasts on my skin for most of the day. It has a slight scent from the shea butter and the bladderwrack but nothing overwhelming.
For those of you that aren't scent sensitive they've got lemongrass, peppermint, and lavender scents using all natural oils.
I'm planning to try the powder bath next and eventually the shampoo (which is thankfully free of sulfates, and scents.) Of course shampoo being the product I have the most difficulty with I'll probably force the Sea Captain to give it a try first.

You can buy the products directly from the company or from Amazon!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Folkstone Mermaid

Georgina Baker, 38, was chosen from a shortlist of 50 people to model for a £25,000 nude statue replica in Folkestone of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. You can read the whole story at the Daily Mail online.



I think it's quite neat and she must feel oh so lucky. Of course in my opinion nothing beats the original statue!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Another Mermaid Sighting on the Muppets

This time it's Mermaid Piggy with Robin, Kermit and an undersea band! Look for Animal and a sharky looking Flounder a little over half way!



Also someone finally posted the Ethel Mermaid song from Sesame Street!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mermaid Sighting AD 90 and 558

This is the story of Liban the mermaid, although she didn't start off life as a mermaid. Her sighting in 558 was written about in The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland, compiled in 1636. It is interesting to see that this mermaid is held in high esteem by the church (even considered holy) despite other stories of pagan mermaids and the belief that mermaids lacked a soul.

In AD 90 a sacred well overflowed forming Lough Neagh. Eochaidh and all his children, excepting his daughter Liban, were drowned. Liban was swept below the lake to a cave where she and her dog lived for twelve months under God's protection. Eventually Liban became bored and lonely and prayed to God that she could become a salmon and join th eother fishes. Her prayer was granted by way of a tail only; her dog was changed into an otter. Liban swam the seas as a mermaid for hundreds of years.
In 557 Beoc, a fisherman and missionary, was sent by St.Comgall to Rome to speak with Pope Gregory. At sea Beoc heard the most beautiful singing below his boat that his crew thought it must be angles. Hearing them, Liban swam to the surface saying:
"I have lived for hundreds of years beneath the sea, and I have come hither to fix a day and a place of meeting with thee. I shall now go westward, and I beseech thee, for the sake of the holy men of Dalraida, to come to Inver Ollarba to meet me, on this same day at the end of a year. Say also to Comgalland to the other holy men of Bangor, all that I say to thee. Come with thy boats and thy fishing nets, and thou shalt take me from the waters in which I have lived."
Beoc finished his journey to Rome and on his return to Ireland told St. Comgall and the rest at the monastary of his meeting with the mermaid.
On the appointed meeting day all the men arrived at Onver Ollarba. They caught Liban, took her ashore and placed her in a boat filled with water where the crowd that had gathered could look at her. After a while the Saints told Liban that she could choose to die and go straight to Heaven or she could live for three hundred years on land and then go to heaven. She chose to go to heaven immediatly, was baptized by St. Comgall and was buried at Beoc's church, Teo-da-Beoc. There she is revered and supposedly miracles have occured through her.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Benefit Beauty in a Box

Available online only, Benefit has a very special kit of handpicked favorites from their cosmetic line!
The box is way cute with a mermaid chatting on her shell phone by a pretty famous bridge!

The kit includes:

- 0.16 oz full size Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P (sparkling champagne)


- 0.14 oz deluxe travel size A Little Bit Badgal Lash Mascara in Black

- 0.34 oz full size Some Kind-A Gorgeous in Medium (sheer natural beige)

- 0.42 oz full size Dallas (rosy bronze)

- 0.4 oz full size Girl Meets Pearl (pearly golden pink)
 
It also comes with directions on how to use each item, so you can't mess up with this kit. They're only available for a limited time so order it soon!

Finally

It seems the Isla Sirena stuff is just about to be released on the DuWop site!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tomorrow is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

Celebrate King Neptune (Man v. Food host Adam Richman) and his mermaid queen (NBC New York’s Cat Greenleaf), as well as the throngs of semiaquatic (and seminaked) creatures, perched on floats and walking the streets of Coney Island during the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (W 21st St at Surf Ave to the Boardwalk at Stillwell Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn; 718-372-5159, coneyisland.com; 2pm; free). Over-the-top under-the-sea costumes are de rigueur; smear a little glitter paint on your face and you’ll fit right in. (Check out our Coney Island guide for more things to do while you're in the area.) Stick around for the Mermaid Parade Ball (New York Aquarium, Surf Ave at 8th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn; coneyisland.com; 7pm; $25), featuring live music, burlesque performers and more.


I'll be sure to post links to some fintastic pics (if you happen to be there please send me a link or to your pictures or feel free to submit an entry)!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gaga gets Fishy again...or does she?

Lady Gaga recently dressed as a mermaid on Le Grand Journal performing her recent hit "The Edge of Glory." This sparked rumours that the video to accompany the song with be mermaid themed.  Video director Laurieann Gibson also hinted that the video would be fishy, so I've got my fingers crossed hoping that it will be awesome! We'll find out tonight when the video premeires on So You Think You Can Dance (not something I watch but probably will force myself to watch it for the video!)

This is of course not the first time Gaga's dabbled in mermaidery she dressed mermish in the Paparazzi video and also posed for Vanity Fair looking like Sea Nymph.


EDIT********

There was nothing fishy or mermaidenly about the video. It was not under the sea or anything.  There is a reason for this according to the New York Post:

Yesterday he ( Joseph Kahn ) Tweeted, "I did NOT direct Lady Gaga's 'Edge of Glory' video. Lady Gaga did -- I don't co-direct. One canvas, one paintbrush. Respect the art. Very simple rule with me."

This seemed to imply disagreements on the set, a theory that has been corroborated by Joseph's team, sources close to production and, well, watching the video.
One such insider, Chancler Haynes (Kahn's on-set editor), revealed on Twitter exactly what went down in a series of DM's with a fan ... who then released the conversation.
It seems that the mermaid motif GaGa debuted on "Le Grand Journal" was supposed to be the video's theme as well. "[Joseph Kahn] had sets built for a hospital scene, Brooklyn Bridge, and a big underwater mermaid scene. It all made sense. Concept was done," Chancler wrote.
But somewhere along the way there was, to hear Laurieann tell it, "an issue." One that, according to Chancler, stemmed straight from The Haus of GaGa. "GaGa changed her mind and told Joseph what to do. His hands were tied. The director just didn't have control over GaGa after she started making changes [and] Joseph's concept died."

Ok so was anything shot or filmed before the mind change? I mean other than the production stills. If so I really hope we get a peek!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

G of the Sea

Earlier this year Gwen Stefani released a new fragrance in her Harajuku Lovers line called G of the Sea with an adorable mermaid right on top of the bottle. Not being able to wear most perfumes I have yet to try this one but the scent is described as "fresh, aquatic fragrance with a dry down of sun-drenched woods. Delight in juicy splashes of crisp apple, magical water lily, and the tangy sweet surge of crushed berries. Soak in a heart filled with flirty bouquets of dewy freesia, whispers of pink peony, and delicate kisses of jasmine petals. Finally, leave an enchanting trail of smooth sundrenched woods, sensual, transparent musks, and luscious amberwood." Sounds very complex.

Sephora (where you can purchase the fragrance) also has the new G of the Sea bag collection perfect for toting your makeup (or whatever) around. Not enough? Regencies has some of the larger bags as well as some from a line called Water Colored Mermaids.

Disney Sketchbook Series: The Little Mermaid

I've been scouring the internets for a copy of the Little Mermaid Sketchbook that's under $200, (I haven't been lucky so I'm gonna have to dig deep for this one.) I did find a blog that belongs to a CalArts teacher. This person has put up a pdf file of said sketchbook for the students. I have thus far not recieved a response to my emails but have decided to go ahead and put up the link since if anyone looks for it, they're gonna find it anyway! Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Andy Samberg hosts Shark Week

I am super excited about this! The Sea Captain and I just love the Lonely Island guys!

This is from EW.com

Did Andy Samberg have any reservations about being the host — or Chief Shark Officer — for Discovery’s 24th annual Shark Week, which kicks off July 31? “I had reservations at the restaurant of destiny,” he jokes to EW. “It has very little to do with me on the surface, which to me was a perfect sign that I should do it. Everyone loves Shark Week. I love Shark Week. I was just so flattered. The pitch was that I would get to fly to the Bahamas and literally swim with sharks, and I was thinking there’s no way I would ever have the balls to do that on my own, so I went for it.”


This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Samberg swimming with Caribbean reef sharks for his own Aug. 4 special, Shark City. “My buddy John Solomon, who’s a director and a writer at SNL came with me. We were doing a bunch of wrap-arounds for the show, and I’d been floating there in the water, and I was like, ‘Okay, I think we got that. Should we chum the water and get some sharks over here?’ And everyone on the boat kinda looked down, kinda looked away, like, ‘Yeah, yeah, we should, um, get some sharks over here,’” Samberg recalls. “It turned out that there had been huge sharks all around me the entire time, and I just hadn’t realized it because they were under the water.”


Samberg also shot footage at his CSO desk in the water, which was quickly surrounded by sharks after some chumming. “They were definitely dumping tons of bloody meat into the water all around me. I knew that they needed to do it to get the sharks over there, but there’s also a part of me that was like, have you guys heard of Photoshop? Like, we live in an era where you don’t have to actually do this. But I guess they’re purists over at Discovery,” he says. He admits falling backwards blindly into sharks, even if they’re gentle Caribbean reefs, scared him. “But I had to just kind of ignore it. I went into Braveheart mode,” he says.

“If you want to know the coolest part,” Samberg says of filming the special, “it was getting to go in the little one-man submarine and, like, drive through a bunch of tropical fish while they tickle my feet. I just kept asking everyone if they’d seen my son Nemo.”


As part of Samberg's duties, he's also the face of Discovery's Shark Week Challenge. At sharkweekchallenge.com, fans can post their own 30-second Shark Week commercials. A select 16 will make it into a tournament bracket game, and the two spots receiving the most votes will actually air on Discovery. "That’s definitely a fun part, encouraging people out there to do their own Shark Week stuff," Samberg says. "Like, I’d always enjoyed Shark Week, but I didn’t realize until I did this how much people love Shark Week. Every single person I’ve told that I’m doing this has to take a pause and be like, No [pause] Way. There’s a real passion and excitement for Shark Week, so I lucked out."

Also look for last year's specials (Restless Fury) to be on DVD July 19th, and don't forget to check out the great shirts and etc. at the Discovery shop!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales From Around the World

My favorite compiler of all things fairy tale related, Heidi Anne Heiner, has a mermaid/water sprite book coming soon!
Although there's no date yet she'll update soon on her blog! You can also check out the table of contents for this 828 page book! Also be sure to pick it up as soon as its out, if the response is good enough she's got enough info to write a second volume!!!

You should also pick up her other books! There's a story in her Sleeping Beauties book called Richilda (it's a Snow White tale) that knocked my socks off!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Today is World Oceans Day!

Our oceans need your help! Everywhere species are being fished out of existance and our seas/lakes/rivers are being polluted.



What can you do to help? Take the Seven C's Pledge and learn about how you can help our oceans!

The Seven C's:

  • Commit to making a real difference
    Aim to be carbon neutral by reducing and offsetting your energy consumption.
  • Conserve in your home
    Upgrade to Energy Star appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Consume consciously
    Rethink what you need, purchase “green” products, buy locally grown foods, and choose
    sustainable seafood.
  • Communicate your interests and concerns
    Let your friends, family, colleagues, and the local media know about the impact of climate change on the ocean.
  • Challenge yourself daily
    Walk, bike, carpool, and take public transportation to cut down your carbon emissions.
  • Connect in your community
    Get active as a volunteer with a local
    watershed or ocean group.
And don't forget to wear something blue to show your support!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ripley Mermaids Video

We went to Ripley's today. I have to wait for our pictures to be developed before I can share them (digital camera died on us so we had to buy a disposable) but I did take a minute or so of video on my phone!



As for the aquarium it's nice but it doesn't compare to the one in ATL! 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mermaids at Ripley's

Today while we were out shopping the Sea Captain and I saw several billboards for Ripley's Aquarium with lovely mermaids on them saying Text Maid to XXXX for more information. You know I had to run right home and check it out!
So the big news is Ripley's aquarium here in Myrtle Beach has got mermaid shows going on all summer (May 27th until September 5th.)
It would seem that the week-long visits from the Weeki Wachee mermaids over the past couple of summers really got business booming so Ripley's has trained their own girls!
There will be three shows daily (12, 4 and 8pm) plus the opportunity to visit the mermaids and have your picture taken. You can also visit Ripley's Fancy Fins Mermaid Boutique for makeovers and to purchase souvenirs. There will also be Mermaid Camps, where you can learn to swim with the mermaids (ages 6-14.)
For more information, call Ripley's Aquarium at 843-916-0888 or check out the website http://myrtlebeach.ripleyaquariums.com/mermaids/

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ariel's Undersea Adventure the video

Thanks to Robert (for all things Snow White check out his fantastic blog Filmic Light: A Snow White Sanctum) for sending me the pic of the Poster for the Little Mermaid ride.

And after a little looking... A video of the ride!!



So what do you all think!? Is it as fantastic as you thought it would be?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ariel's Undersea Adventure

When Disney opens The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure in June, guests will be treated to lifelike animated figures of popular characters and today Disney has shown off the capabilities of one of the Audio-Animatronics that will be featured in the ride.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Imagineers are seen programming and installing the large new Ursula animatronic figure, showing off her range of motion and other capabilities:




Ursula is just one of many advanced animatronic figures that will be seen in the new dark ride based on the film The Little Mermaid. Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself, will feature highly-articulated facial expressions and plenty of other creatures will dance and sing as guests travel “under the sea.”
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will open at Disney California Adventure on June 3, 2011, followed by an opening at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida some time in 2012 as part of the New Fantasyland expansion.

The ride has certainly come along way from sketches!!!  I'm really looking forward to this ride. Unfortunately I won't be seeing it till it hits WDW in 2012!

Disney is, of course, already releasing commemorative collectibles for the big day! A couple of Vinylmations have been released as well as a pin!






While they've been working on the ride there have large walls keeping people from seeing what all was going on.  On flickr there are some great pics (by Loren Javier) of what it looks like now plus several from before the walls came down. Check them out here The walls have come down around Ariel's Undersea Adventure!

 There are also more pictures of the updates here.
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