Posts Tagged Gulf Oil Spill

Thank You, Dean Trippe: BP Photoshops as Only a Professional Can Do Them

We’d sooner shatter a church stained glass window, or your one-of-a-kind 1980s Burger King Star Wars glasses, before shrinking these gems below their viewing threshold.

Click each image to enjoy their fullness.

via dean trippe, whitechapel july on the net

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Thank You, Internet: BP Photoshops are All the Rage

People are photoshopping the BP command and control.

Check out a few:

via @amboy00

via @bpglobalpr

all via #BPphotoshop

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A BP Minute: “Are you f–king happy? Are you f**king happy? The rig’s on fire!”

Quote of the year.

A few clicks later and we tracked down a nice link citation.

The sailor, who Buzbee refuses to name for fear of costing him his job, was on the ship’s bridge when Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell, a top employee of rig owner Transocean, was speaking with someone in Houston via satellite phone. Buzbee told Mother Jones that, according to this witness account, Harrell was screaming, “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

Whoever was on the other end of the line was apparently trying to calm Harrell down. “I am fucking calm,” he went on, according to Buzbee. “You realize the rig is burning?”

At that point, the boat’s captain asked Harrell to leave the bridge. It wasn’t clear whether Harrell had been talking to Transocean, BP, or someone else.

via nick holmes, mother jones, newsweek

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A BP Minute: British Petroleum’s Extravagant Oil Spill PR Campaign. Tries to Spin Crap to Gold.

Fast Company shared, on Tuesday, the latest BP effort to save their name.

Among the various PR efforts that BP is engaged in, they’ve apparently sent out a “reporter” to file missives about the company’s efforts to stem the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

And what “Paula Kolmar” is writing tips well over the line of self-parody, into some kind of bizarro world where bullshit smells like puppies and champagne–and where cleaning up the oil spill while being slathered in tar balls and oil fumes is a bit like being embraced by Fabio in a grocery-store romance novel.

Get BP’s bullshit straight from the source, if you like.

We thought the words of BP Reporter “Paula Kolmar” fit perfectly with images from the Gulf Shore. So we spun-up the old Photoshop and threw together 3 macros for the occasion.

A couple more under the jump.
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Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Collects ‘Oil Spill Cartoons’ into iPhone/iPod Touch App

We’re not familiar with MSNBC cartoonist, Daryl Cagle’s work. What he’s done here is of interest to us. Centering an app around a theme in his work that just so happens to match current events is pretty nifty. Hell, it’s so obvious we wonder why it hasn’t occurred to us before.

The level of advertising Cagle is running for his new ‘Oil Spill Cartoon’ app, however, slams hard against the spam line. If he wasn’t advertising so hard, we never would have noticed them. Now that we notice them, and him, we can’t help but see his pleas for your $0.99.

Marketing and sales is a delicate dance between you and potential costumers. It’s never a good idea to slam hard on your partner’s toes.

via @dcagle, The Cagle Post

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Magic Cloth Separates Oil from Water. Do they Have One in Gulf Sized?

The cloth, seen above, developed by Assistant Professor Di Gao of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh easily separates oil from water in the lab. How? Look below:

It’s a simple cotton cloth that’s been coated in a chemical polymer that’s both hydrophilic (it bonds with the hydrogen molecules in water) and oleophobic (oil-repelling). What’s that mean? It can filter oil out of water easily, over and over again. Just look at the video above, where Gulf seawater mixed with oil is filtered out quickly and painlessly.

Now how to apply this to real world parameters. That’s the next question.

via dvice

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In Nigeria: Decades of Oil Spills there Dwarf that of Gulf of Mexico.

We spoke of learning the disasters earlier this week.

Here’s another:

Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. “We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots,” said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. “This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months.”

That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the region has been devastated by leaks.

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig last month.

That disaster, which claimed the lives of 11 rig workers, has made headlines round the world. By contrast, little information has emerged about the damage inflicted on the Niger delta. Yet the destruction there provides us with a far more accurate picture of the price we have to pay for drilling oil today.

Read the full article on The Observer.

via @marshallk, The observer

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Visualize: Map the BP Oil Disaster to Your Location, Gain Perspective

When descriptions are good enough, what is needed is a little visual perspective. Above you see the output from a Google Maps mashup of the Gulf Oil mayhem relative to our location in the world.

To get your own map, follow the link.

via In Perspective

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Gulf Oil Spill: Wherein We Learn Dick Cheney Might Be Responsible.

So Slate tweeted:

How the oil spill is Dick Cheney’s fault than a minute ago via

And we were like, ‘Dick Cheney. Again?’


After reading, two bits stuck out in our mind.

And so, in the last few days, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become Obama’s Katrina. Um…look, I’m as pro-pelican as the next guy, and obviously I don’t mean to gainsay the scope of this environmental catastrophe, which will end up being staggering.

But Katrina killed about 1,500 humans. And no, it’s not George Bush’s personal fault that they died, either. But I still rate Katrina a far bigger tragedy for that reason.

As do we.

And here, a snippet of the Wall Street Journal article used in said article:

The oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn’t have a remote-control shut-off switch used in two other major oil-producing nations as last-resort protection against underwater spills.

The lack of the device, called an acoustic switch, could amplify concerns over the environmental impact of offshore drilling after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig last week

Which leads to:

The Journal’s report doesn’t come out and say this, but the environmental lawyer, Mike Papantonio, said on the Schultz show in an interview you can watch here that it was Cheney’s energy task force – the secretive one that he wouldn’t say much about publicly – that decided that the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much a burden on the industry.

It always comes down to “follow the money,” doesn’t it?

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via Slate

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“A Tangle of Dull Grey,” NASA Views Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill from Space

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a natural-color image. The oil slick appeared as a tangle of dull gray on the ocean surface, made visible to the satellite sensor by the sun’s reflection on the ocean surface. On May 1, most of the oil slick was southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

via NASA

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