Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Mummy Who Would Be King - A Family History

Our Douglas Clan is one filled with a rich history of exploration and adventure.

None richer than old Dr. James Douglas circa 1856.

As it turns out the late 1800's had an unusual fad for the times. Travelers coming back from Egypt and the far east often came back with actual mummies for display in home drawing rooms.

Gruesome though it sounds it was as popular an entertainment as today's flat screen televisions. Our clans own Dr.James Douglas, not one for passing on any fad, spent several years in Egypt collecting mummies.

Unknown to him or anyone until the late 90's one of his mummies turned out to be a celebrity.

Ramesses 1.

It's a strange story that has spawned several documentaries and a NOVA special. Our family knew of the mummy fetish, but didn't know of the mummy pedigree until investigators called us looking for answers.

The Mummy Who Would Be King follows the long voyage of the Pharaoh Ramesses I, ancestor of Egypt's most illustrious rulers, who was buried in a richly painted tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Ramesses entered his tomb expecting to undertake an arduous journey through the underworld. The king could hardly have imagined that his journey would take over three thousand years, through the drawing rooms of Victorian Canada, only to end up in Niagara Falls as a nickle amusement.

He now resides back in Egypt, where his amazing voyage began.

Patric Douglas CEO

Deadliest Catch - Hooking a Shark in San Francisco Bay

From UrbanDaddy.com:


It’s a constant debate as to whether they’re lurking in the Bay. But the definitive answer is yes, yes they are.

Which means: you need to catch them before they catch you.

Cue the Jaws theme song. Fire up the boat. You’re going fishing...

Behold Sole Man Fishing, a seafaring outfit at the ready for baiting and hooking sharks in the San Francisco Bay, now taking charters out of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Now, if you’re having visions of wrestling gigantic great whites with your bare hands as the sea whips your sturdy craft to and fro, you should know those beasts are rarely seen inside the Golden Gate. But there’s a slew of other prehistoric, big-jawed fish—leopard sharks, giant seven-gills, threshers and soupfins—ready and waiting.

And that’s where Captain Don and his trusty deckhand come into play. You and five of your closest angling buddies can charter a 32-footer with an ample fishing deck, onboard grill and even a heated cabin—and head anywhere between SFO, the Golden Gate Bridge and Vallejo.

The method for shark fishing isn’t all that different from regular fishing, but for the slightly more powerful fight you might have to get it onboard (hint: a bat comes in handy). Nearly eight out of 10 catches will be leopard sharks, with the occasional seven-gill at the end of your line, so with a per-boat limit of three, you’ll have to choose wisely.

But remember, the sharks are probably thinking the same thing.

GEERG Shark Observation Network

One of the better concepts for sharks to come along in a while from the fine folks over at GEERG.

This is smart conservation thinking in action and first rate eco branding as well.

Welcome to the Shark Observation Network

The Shark Observation Network (www.sharksonline.net) is a partnership of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG), the Shark Research Institute (SRI), and the BIOAPP.

The network supports the collection and organisation of data as well as the development and dissemination of information concerning the state of shark and elasmobranch populations and their worldwide distribution.

The information serves to support environmental awareness, assessment and policy making, and public participation at a global level. You can help us by reporting your own shark observations on a regular basis. This service is free and it is accessible to the general public at all times: www.sharksonline.net

If you would like to add an observation for a species that is not yet listed, please contact us and we will create a new file.

Go to the photo upload page if you like to make a contribution.