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This is my second week working for The Seattle Weekly , doing what I can to live up to the lofty standards set

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Paul Allen and His Big-Ass Yacht to the Rescue

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The Octopus
This is my second week working for The Seattle Weekly, doing what I can to live up to the lofty standards set forth by my predecessors. As an example of this quest for Daily Weekly excellence, I happily note that in only eight days on the job this marks my second post involving Northwest gazillionaire Paul Allen and his mega-ass yacht.

No stone left unturned.

Last week I mentioned Allen, his yacht, and his Twitter thumbs played a big role in Titanic director James Cameron's one-man dive to the bottom of the ocean. If they awarded Pulitzers for questionably aggregated blog posts, I would be awaiting my notification for the effort.

Today the Associated Press reports that Allen and his yacht are back in the news, "part of a flotilla scouring the Pacific for an American pilot and two Palau police officers whose plane disappeared over the weekend," according to the story. Apparently the missing plane disappeared Sunday while its crew was helping to investigate the alleged poaching of giant clams by a Chinese vessel.

Enter Allen and his 414-foot yacht, known as the Octopus. As the AP notes, Allen's yacht is equipped with two helicopters, a submarine and a remote-controlled underwater vessel. The yacht is also believed to carry four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on DVD, though that couldn't be confirmed as of press time.

What can be confirmed is this bit from the AP story:

The Coast Guard said it wasn't clear if Allen was still on board. Allen's spokesman David Postman said Allen had been in the region to support his friend, film director James Cameron, who recently explored the world's deepest point, the Mariana Trench northeast of Palau.

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