I guess you all have heard it already, the sub, named Titan, that was lost on a trip to the Titanic.
Below is a picture of the lost crew/passengers.
It’s a tragedy, the deaths, but they knew there was one helluva rlrisk.
I think I called it accurately from the beginning, the sub descended, it takes two hours to reach depth. 1 hour, 45 minutes into the dive, almost there, contact was lost. I said to my co.worker, “it got almost to the bottom and imploded like a light bulb breaking. Instant, nearly painless death for all. ( I’m pretty sure light bulbs have a vacuum inside to prevent the filament from burning rapidly, that’s why they pop like they do when they break) Well, at that depth, inside the sub was probably comparatively closer to a vacuum than the inside of a light bulb.
I questioned my theory when the news said there was “banging” heard.
Also there is very little, if any, equipment that could recover an object as big as the Titan sub at that depth.
From the beginning, if anything went wrong they were pretty screwed, and I’m sure they knew it.
But what a way to go… Beats dying in a hospital bed.
There was a massive earthquake in the Turkey – Syria border region. There’s wars and politics and borders messing up the relief efforts. 5000 dead so far, a number sure to rise.
My heart goes out to the people of that area, we’re all the same. Our only differences come from the fact that we all believe the local stuff we are immersed in day in, day out. From childhood to adulthood.
See the picture above. When I was a teen in the ’80s, my friends had a beanbag chair break. The styrofoam pellets inside were practically impossible to clean up. Static electricity made them jump away from the broom on a tile floor. Imagine trying to clean a shipping container full and clean them was by hand, one by one. That’s what they’re doing in France and Spain. It’s impossible to do.
In my personal experience from decades past, these pellets are possibly one of humankinds worst creations.
France is taking legal action, but what good will it really do? Plastic pollution is harming sea life and this will affect us all. Humans need to stop manufacturing these pellets and all non biodegradable packing materials. Even the large styrofoam peanuts are difficult to deal with.
I don’t know how to end this post. I remember the strange qualities of the pellets, trying to clean up after that burst chair. I can’t fathom a container full.
Today I will probably go sign the petition for divorce submitted to my lawyer by my estranged wife’s lawyer. It has already been signed by her. The documents will then go through the court system where they will probably be processed by some clerk. We won’t know the exact moment we are no longer married, but the moment I sign the document today, both of us have taken all the action we will take for a divorce. So kind of, these are our last few hours married.
In a month or so, we’ll both get called to the courthouse to pick up our documents. Our own document of divorce.
I don’t feel like a divorce was necessary. I don’t think we had any big problems that couldn’t be easily remedied. I feel like I imagine I’d feel having a healthy arm and healthy leg removed just for the fun of it. I still love her and I will always love her.
I remember reading an article about people in India seeing the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years because of lockdown and reduced traffic/pollution. Now, sadly levels are back up and a lot of places are still locked down. Sad. I suppose it’ll get worse than it was before as covid ends.
When we were at (and on) the Athabasca Glacier, there were photos that showed the glacier receding over the years. My brother in law in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, last night was telling my wife about his colleague/associate/acquaintance has been measuring the decline in the numbers of frogs and snakes in the rainforests. When I got certified to scuba dive in 1981, we’d see sharks on practically every other dive, often groups of sharks. Now, seeing a shark is rare, one in ten or more dives.
Glacial decline has been measured since the 1850’s, (according to an article on Wikipedia), so I’m not sure it’s all humans fault, but I think humans main power is destructive and we need to change. I remember a book I read years ago, “Mutant Message Down Under”, and ask, Which society is more advanced? One that lives in a place 10,000 years, and you can’t even tell they were ever there? Or a society that practically destroys it’s environment with pollution and war in 250 years?
I think the answer is obvious.
Today is my first day back at work since my vacation. blah. Why do I have to go work to get money to buy a fish for dinner when I could just go out and get the fish myself. Because I also have to pay for my house and the bills. The whole system of money has something inherently wrong with it.
This morning coffee went all over the countertop. I’m late from cleaning it up. (and sleeping an extra half hour)
Last night I had a dream a volcano went off. I was with a bunch of people and I looked up the mountain and saw black smoke coming out of the ground in two places. I yelled “LOOK!” and everybody looked and it blew up. We started running and rocks and dirt was landing all around us.
And I dreamed I was sorting coins in alphabetical order.