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Reef Points: A Plebe's New Favorite Book

By Bill the Goat on Jun 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Reefing a sail is employed when a ship’s exposure to heavy winds needs to be controlled.  Reefing a mainsail allows for improved performance and stability in rough weather.  The sail’s reef points are the sturdy ties that secure the unused portion of the sail material to the boom.  These reef points increase helm visibility and prevent the foot of the sail from flopping about uncontrollably.  Skilled sailors rely on a ship’s reefing system to ensure a controlled and safe sail no matter the conditions.

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100 Objects: A History of the Navy

By Bill the Goat on Jun 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

We as a species are fascinated with the past. It’s a curious characteristic of mankind. Our history is something that delivers information, entertainment, and a sense of identity and community. But as intellectually oriented as humans are, oral stories and written descriptions only satisfy our curiosity to a certain point. Nothing brings history to life more than physical remnants of days gone by. Artifacts that we examine with our senses, provide credibility to what might otherwise be dismissed as myth or embellishment. We are drawn to the tangible and often fragile connections to our past like magnets.

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Preble Hall: A Podcast

By Bill the Goat on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Podcasts, once a fringe entertainment medium, have gone mainstream. Their origin story dates back to 2004, with Adam Curry and Dave Winer, commonly credited with the invention of podcasting, a term coined in an article posted in The Guardian, titled, “Audible Revolution”. It was the interconnected online realm’s adaptation of radio.

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