Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Glimmer the Mermaid

When a mermaid meets an Arduino microprocessor, something very special happens. Imagine a mermaid tail with about 180 LED's, controlled by a tablet computer.

Erin St. Blaine is the creator of the Glimmer the Mermaid project, and you can read all about it in the Arduino blog. Be sure to watch the video of the tail in action!

A big splash of thanks to Zoe Romano for documenting the project on the blog.

The Mermaid

Die Seejungfrau, or The Mermaid, is a classical music piece from the early 1900's by Alexander von Zemlinsky. Charles T. Downey brings us the story of Zemlinsky and The Mermaid in an article at Ionarts.

"According to Antony Beaumont's biography of Zemlinsky, it was Die Seejungfrau "that stole the show" at that 1905 concert."

Mr. Downey's article contains an 8.5 minute video with the first movement of The Mermaid.

Have a listen, this is truly music to swim by!

Nice Tail

Is that a mermaid on your dress? Lilly Pulitzer has created a wonderful mermaid print that looks great as a dress, pull-on, or necktie. You can see a small sample of the print above.

The pattern is called Nice Tail, and you can shop for items with this pattern and others at Lilly's web site.

"We envy mermaids. Swimming, hair flowing, singing and spending eternity at sea. Who doesn't dream of being a mermaid?"

At Lilly's site, you can also download Nice Tail backgrounds for your computer or mobile device.

Manila Ocean Park

This summer, the Manila Ocean Park will once again be offering their Mermaid Swim Experience. The park provides the tail, and instructors are there to teach you how to swim and how to breathe properly.

"The Mermaid Swim Experience aims to provide a fun outdoor activity and to infuse appreciation for marine life."

GMA News Online has the full story. Get ready to make a splash!

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mermaids Next Door

Is there a mermaid next door? Perhaps YOU are the mermaid next door!

In this article from San Francisco Magazine, we meet Mermaid Atlantis, the founder of the NorCal Narwhals Mer Pod.

"Most discover the pod through word of mouth, though the national merfolk community is larger than one might think."

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you can begin to appreciate just how large the national merfolk community has become. Not to mention the world merfolk community!

Mermaid Wedding

This week, the Daily Mail UK has a story on a Florida hotel, so something must be up!

The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in south Florida is now offering mermaid wedding packages, complete with tails. This is great for merfolk that never want to get out of the water!

"The pair are assisted by their own mermaid officiant who will help guide them through the ceremony in the deep end of the pool which is approximately eight feet deep."

Take the plunge, but first read the article by Suzannah Hills.

Mermaid Wall Decal

Need something special to decorate a bathroom wall or shower? Take a look at this 120cm high Mermaid Decal from Qinu Keonu at Amazon.

Mermaids and Shoes

One does not often see the words 'mermaid' and 'shoe' in the same sentence. In this article by Sarah Harrison Smith, we are introduced to two mermaid tales with unique titles.

The first story is “The Mermaid and the Shoe” by K.G. Campbell. Minnow lives beneath the sea with her father, King Neptune, and her 49 sisters. Unlike her many sisters, little Minnow just doesn't fit in.

The second tale is “The Mermaid’s Shoes” by Sanne te Loo. In this story we meet Mia, a little girl of about 6 that returns home from a beach vacation, yearning for the sea.

Read more about these cute stories in the article at the New York Times.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stop Whale Hunting

The United Nations Court recently ordered Japan to stop whale hunting. This is a welcome ruling, and one that all mermaids and mermen can applaud.

"The Australian government challenged the notion that Japan hunts whales for scientific study, which lead to Monday's ruling."

Check out the full story by Stan Schroeder over at Mashable.

Dolphin Chat

Human/Dolphin communication took a small step forward in August of 2013 when a computer detected a specific dolphin whistle that had been created by Wild Dolphin Project creator, Denise Herzing, and her team.

"As well as boosting our understanding of animal behaviour, the moment hints at the potential for using algorithms to analyse any activity where information is transmitted – including our daily activities."

Read more in this article at New Scientist by Hal Hodson.

Ten Things

On a lighter note, The FW presents an article by Carl Pettit, 'Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mermaids.'

"Mermaids have long captured the imagination of the public. They’ve thrilled us in 'documentaries', paintings, fairytales and in the cinema."

So, how many of the ten did you know?

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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