Roger C. Taylor knows boats. Born and raised in Rhode Island in a maritime family, I imagine he could probably sail before he could walk. Mr. Taylor would go on to become Editor-in-Chief of the Naval Institute Press, and eventually found International Marine Publishing with the goal of creating "good books about boats." I had the opportunity to talk with Roger about the design of good boats. Both the science and the art of good boats, and how that science and art is being handicapped by a strange set of scenarios.Read More
In an interesting article on Ratter.com, Parker Higgins dissects the lawsuit by the Marvin Gaye family against artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams claiming their song Blurred Lines unlawfully copies Gaye's Got To Give It Up. The title Blurred Lines is dubiously appropriate, as that is exactly the conundrum here. At what point does inspiration become theft? The line certainly is blurry.Read More
"THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT."
- GEORGE SANTAYANA
The often overlooked importance of this famous quote is in not just remembering the 'what' and 'how' of the past. Names, dates, and places can only teach you so much. The most important thing history can teach us is the 'why' of the past. It is only in understanding why our predecessors made certain mistakes, that we can hope to avoid them in the future.Read More